Saturday, May 30, 2009

Failing to embrace health and safety standards

In South Africa we continue to kill workers on a shockingly regular basis, even though we have adopted and adapted some of the worlds best standards. The question must be why are we continuing to fail in our attempts to embrace these standards and make them work in our unique environments? We need to become pitbulls - continuously pushing for best practice, and by that I dont mean researching it but actually making it part of how we operate on a day to day basis. When it comes to safety South Africa is still reactive, avoiding safety as an active part of our corporate governance. We talk safety first and insist that communication around safety must be improved, but we fail to realize that the best form of communication is action: What are we doing or seen to be doing? Do we close areas of our works down to mitigate factors which may lead to serious injury or death timeously, or do we just continue to wait until we have killed someone? The time to act is now- stop planning and strategising, start implementing so that we no longer have to export or buy products tainted in the blood of fellow workers. Follow the 20 steps to success and make a difference today

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