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Hospital Employees Learn To Fight Fire - YouTube

Technology is fueling a lesson in fire safety at Spartanburg Regional Medical Center.
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Let’s hope that we see more interactive safety teaching technology like this developed in the future. There is no better way to learn than actually getting hands on and participating.  

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Empowering safety programs with real-time data visualization

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These simple capabilities of real-time trending, analysis and data visualization empower safety personnel, enabling them to expedite the implementation of corrective and preventive actions, analyze ongoing trends in safety ...

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A 'real-time' analysis for workplace safety data would be an advantage to occupational health professionals. Moreover, if this information could be accessed by other workers what would be the effects? Could it give these workers another way to engage with workplace safety, making them more attentive towards workplace safety goals? On the other hand, could it make workers complacent towards safety after periods of low incidents?

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This a great website which I have found which is dedicated to mental health issues in the workplace.  The articles and statistics are really interesting; it's wonderful to see initiatives like this to help employees and their employers.

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We aren't all this bad :)

We aren't all this bad :) | Thoughts of the budding  ohs professional | Scoop.it
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This picture has been circulating around on Facebook for a while now. Already in my exposure of  OHS, I feel like it is an up-hill battle to get people to respect our role in a workplace.

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Changing her Tune - BCIT Occupational Health & Safety Grad Changes Careers

Dailaan Shaffer was forced to make a career change in mid-life, so she headed straight to BCIT and enrolled in the Occupational Health and Safety program: ht...
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It just goes to show that you can't put people into any sort of likely personality/career category. Since starting my own bachelor in Occupational Health and Safety, I have met so many people from different walks of life who all have different motivations for wanting to be a OH&S professional. It's very interesting to see how these different motivations all still come together to form a common goal: to be the very best safety professional possible.

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Hospital safety: your responsibility or theirs?

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Airline passengers don’t review the preflight checklist with the pilot, and restaurant customers aren’t expected to check the kitchen and the staff for cleanliness.
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Billions and billions of dollars spent on infrastructure, technology and education to provide modern and well-equipped health care services; despite all this effort, positive health outcomes for patients are being jeopardised by the lack of simple hand hygiene practises. Not only are the patients at higher risk from infections and diseases, but these communicable illnesses could also be contracted by hospital employees.

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Losing breath - The Adam Sager story - YouTube

Losing breath tells the tragic story of Adam Sager who died from mesothelioma (an asbestos related disease) at the age of 25. Adam's family shared the heartb...
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Listening to this family's story is heart wrenching...  With so many people undertaking DYI renovations, this story must be listened to. Knowledge is power.

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Jimmy Rodgers Safety/Comedy - YouTube

Jimmy Rodger speaking to Narragansett Improvement Construction Providence, RI on March 23, 2013
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haha.... well I guess this employee learnt about physics and mechanics the hard way. Poor bugger!

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How we developed the Hendra virus vaccine for horses

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Although the Hendra virus “disappeared” for some ten years (with only one case reported in 1999) after it was discovered in 1994, it has recently been identified every year in Queensland with serious consequences for the health of animals and people.


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The Hendra virus is a scary prospect for anyone in contact with horses; and the majority of the horse community celebrated the day which the Hendra virus vaccine was released. For me, it meant that I felt like I wasn't playing Russian-Roulette anymore when heading out to the paddock.

 

Though, I have personally seen resistance in some horse breeders shying away from the vaccine, citing concerns about reproductive problems which could arise in valuable mares and stallions as a result of the vaccine. Therefore, they choose not to put their breeding stock at risk.

 

I understand that monetary investment in breeding programs can be huge, not to forget the blood sweat and tears poured into producing quality stock; nevertheless, I do disagree with the decision not to vaccinate... During one month a horse may come into contact with multiple hands: farriers, vets, chiropractors, stable hands, trainers, buyers, dentists, and people passing through. I believe that a horse owner has the duty of care to people to keep them as safe as possible. It's not acceptable for anyone to contact Hendra from unvaccinated horses when preventative methods are available. The risk to life and the far reaching consequences are just too great to ignore at the cost of wanting perfect 'money making' foals on the ground.

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Thank God You’re Here – Safety Officer

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Thank God You’re Here – Safety Officer A classic skit from the Australian ad-lib comedy show “Thank God You’re Here” “Construction Site – Safety is For Sissy’s” – LOL Related PostsWe have always done it that way We have always done it that way...

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Hello! Welcome to my site. If you haven’t already gathered by my page title, I am a budding in a career as an Occupational Health and Safety professional. This is a decision that I haven't made lightly and many interrelated factors have led me to this point. Although I do take my journey seriously and like getting down to the nitty-gritty of analysing things, I also love a good laugh along the way. Hopefully you'll find some of the same things which I am interested in also meaningful for yourself..... Here's a light-hearted comedy to have a chuckle at. Enjoy.

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Naomi Williams's curator insight, March 2, 2014 3:49 PM

I loved this clip as I have seen similar happenings on site myself. Lack of responsibility and understanding within the work crews themselves of the importance of safety management in a major factor within the construction industry.