Health and Safety

Is prioritizing safety an inconvenience?

Training Manuals, Health and Safety, First Aid|

We’ve all heard the big bosses say “safety is our top priority”, “safety first”, “our number one priority is the safety of our employees”, and the like, but what about when actions speak louder than words? What happens when the big boss upstairs decides that proper safety protocols are eating away at his billable hours, or his rate of production, or, heaven forbid, his profit margin? How does a company recover from an overseer who views prioritizing safety as an inconvenience? […]

Why PPE is paramount! 

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  Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) is vital to whole-body safety in the workplace. Ensuring safety in the workplace requires efforts to provide work-place safety training and education on emergency procedure to all employees. Suitable supervision of employees at all times is also paramount to workplace safety. […]

Hazard Identification

Health and Safety|

  As an owner of a business it is your responsibility to make sure that your workers are protected from occupational risks and hazards. In order for an employer to understand which steps need to be taken to ensure worker safety the necessary analysis and assessments must first be effected. […]

Health and Safety Act: The Importance of being Informed

General, Health and Safety|

In order to illustrate the vitality of educating your staff in, and remaining up-to-date with relevant rules and regulations, such as the Health and Safety Act; Strat Training invites you to learn from the following case study:  […]

Scaffolding Safety? Here is your Strategy!

General, Health and Safety, Working at height|

In the construction industry there exists a well-known three-pronged approach to scaffolding safety practices. The first factor that needs to be taken into consideration when judging scaffolding safety is whether or not the scaffold itself has been erected in accordance with specific scaffolding safety protocols. The second policy against which safety standards can be measured when working at height is the use of the appropriate protective apparel and apparatus. Lastly, whether a company or employee is working safely at height is determined by judging the company or individual’s adherence to existing guidelines for working safely at heights.  […]

Three ways to Stay Safe this Holiday

General, Health and Safety|

  It’s the festive season, holiday time for many and invariably it involves at least some travelling. Whether navigating between home and a vacation spot or to and from parties, gatherings and functions, there is a good chance you’ll be spending more time on the road this month. […]

The Construction Site Safety Conundrum

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According to a recent study conducted in the United States, working on a construction site of any nature is the job which carries the highest risk of fatal injury. At first glance this seems understandable, especially when the potential hazards are added up and duly considered. […]

Are you Staying Safe when Working at Height?

General, Health and Safety|

Falling is still one of the biggest causes of major injuries and fatalities. Work at height (work performed in a location where, if the necessary precautions are not in place, one could fall a distance likely to cause personal injury) often poses the risk of falling through poorly constructed surfaces or from ladders. […]

Harassment in the Workplace

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The South African Constitution promotes the Protection from Harassment Act, 2010 (Act No. 17 of 2010). All people in South Africa should be allowed and not denied their rights to equality, privacy, dignity, and security; according to the Act. In working situations, it can often be difficult to know and understand whether or not you have been harassed, and how to deal with it. This article will give you  a couple of guidelines about dealing with harassment. […]

How to Handle a Chainsaw

General, Health and Safety|

  Using a chainsaw as a power tool is great to get large scale jobs done such as tree cutting. As with most things in life, that which is most powerful can also be most dangerous and therefore requires particular precautions. […]

Why and How to Become a Paramedic

General, Health and Safety, First Aid|

  At the time of medical emergencies such as accidents or natural disasters, paramedics are the first people to respond and reach the site to care for and save the injured. […]

Helping Others: First do no Harm

Health and Safety, AIDS Awareness|

  Working in the medical industry where people are often injured, diseased, contagious, or dangerous can be a challenge. Medical practitioners must be vigilant in their health and safety efforts so that they can ensure their own safety while helping others. […]

Are Our Schools Safe as Houses?

General, Health and Safety|

School is an environment that for some can be safe and friendly while for others it can be difficult and threatening. Whether there is a safety issue from lack of equipment and procedures or from out-of-control bullying, safety should always be top priority. So how do we make our schools safe? […]

To Risk or not to Risk?

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  Many people have a misconception when it comes to risk. Although it is of course important to apply risk management, awareness and weighing of risk is what keeps people safer in the first place. It is when we are unaware of danger that we would don’t have the ability to implement safety measures. […]

Why Personal Safety Comes First

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Personal safety is a concept that we all need to have in order to feel at peace and minimally comfortable. Many people know of Maslow’s hierarchy of needs, which places safety and security second on the list. This means that after satisfying our physiological needs we need to feel safe. Today, this means being able to sleep at night without being threatened, having job security, as well as mental, health, and emotional well being. […]