List of Environmental Factors

The following are some of the environmental issues that businesses should be familiar with:

  • Environmental Permits
  • Air Quality Regulations
  • Environmental cleanup including brown-fields, resource conservation and recovery
  • Ecosystem protection (regulations for wetlands, watershed protection, national park/reserve permits, geological research and concession activities)
  • Emergencies and Disaster Planning including reporting and responding to environmental emergencies such as chemical accidents, oil spills and radiological emergencies

  • Fish and wildlife regulations
  • Pesticides: regulatory compliance for manufacturers and applicators
  • Pollutants, chemical and toxic substances
  • Storage tanks including regulations that apply to underground storage tanks
  • Toxic release inventory
  • Waste regulations
  • Water quality regulations that aim to protect drinking water and ground water

Excerpt from Safety, Health, Environment and Quality (SHEQ) Guide to managing risk, page 76 Available here


Occupational Health Hazards

List of Occupational Health Hazards

(how many can you tick at your workplace?)

  • Chemical
    • Dusts
    • Fibres
    • Fumes
    • Gases
    • Mists/Aerosols
    • Vapors
  • Physical
    • Noise
    • Temperature Extremes
    • Illumination
    • Vibration
    • Pressure (atmospheric)
    • Radiation
  • Biological
    • Micro (bacteria, viruses, fungi, molds, mites)
    • Macro (insects, parasites, plants and animals)
  • Ergonomic
    • Physical stress (repetitive motion, heavy lifting, awkward or static postures, fatigue etc)
    • Psychological stress (monotony, perceptual confusions or overload)

Excerpt from Safety, Health, Environment and Quality (SHEQ) Guide to managing risk, pages 48-50 Available here



Just Do Something Safe

Monday 2

Safety Monday – a tiny excerpt from The Safety Rep’s Survival Guide, page 4 – 5

  • Make it a daily habit to look for opportunities to Just Do Something SafeTM. They don’t have to be big things. Choose things you can do by yourself, easily and quickly.
  • Pick up and put back something that’s lying around (basic housekeeping). Get your own workspace organised.
  • Make sure that there is a ‘place for everything and everything in it’s place’.

  • Avoid looking for faults only. Talk about the good things you see.
  • Help someone else to get their workspace cleaned up.
  • If a bin needs emptying or a hose needs rolling up, do it – for safety’s sake – and do it as often as it needs to be done.
  •  Always look for things that can go wrong and that could be improved.

REMEMBER – take safety home with you

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Anyone listening?

If you work in the SHEQ space you possibly feel like you’re running an adult day-care. Everytime I’ve asked that question of our students and auditors they all nod in agreement.

You might even feel like your message is falling on deaf ears… but keep putting out your message none-the-less; I’ll tell you why:

While running training in the Middle East last month I was catching up with my wife online. She was annoyed – and the reason was this – she was watching TV. She’s always enjoyed watching “whodunits”, like Sherlock Holmes, Agatha Christie, CSI, NCIS… you get the picture. However, this particular episode got her so annoyed she ‘almost’ stopped watching… for 1 reason…

“The characters in the program entered a condemned building, known to contain asbestos (so there would have been signs on the outside stating such). Not ONE of the characters was wearing a mask, let alone any appropriate PPE” The next evening, in the same program when the characters went to arrest the suspect on a construction site, everyone (including the forensic team) EXCEPT the arresting police was wearing a hard hat.

My wife is not the SHEQ specialist in our home, I am. Apparently sharing stories, mishaps and case studies has made an impression on her.

So keep putting out your message. People may not acknowledge your input as they may not realise that it’s having an impact on them… just keep putting out your message.

Keep Fire Escapes Clear

Fire Escapes

We recently visited a venue where we were told that fire escapes were deliberately blocked to prevent break-in and theft.

Question: how would you feel knowing someone died in a fire on your premises because they couldn’t get out, and you had been responsible for the escape being blocked. The feeling is bad enough, except you’ll also be pondering it in prison.

What value of stock theft is worth finding yourself in this position?

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