Lone Working in HVAC and the Trades

Technician is checking outdoor air conditioner unit

What are HVAC and the Trades? There are many different occupations that fall into the HVAC and Trades category: Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning, Plumbers, Electricians, Roofers, Carpenters and many, many more. The May 2020 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates for the United States has 656,5100 registered Electricians.¹ They also state the number of Heating, …

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Farming as a lone worker is the most dangerous industry in the UK

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The HSE has released their latest figures about UK health and safety – and the results may be surprising for some.  The annual HSE report always makes for sobering reading. The good news is that health and safety standards continue to improve – but as always there is still room for improvement. What may be …

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Duty of Care and Lone Working

Duty of Care

You will often hear the term “Duty of Care” use when people are discussing lone working. Have you ever wondered exactly what Duty of Care is?  For those of you not up on your legal history, Duty of Care dates back to the 1800s with connections to both Tort and Common law. Originally, a Duty …

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A collaborative approach to safety strategy in Canadian logistics

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I recently worked with a logistics company which delivers goods across Canada. They were interested in improving their Occupational Health and Safety Management System and their overall safety strategy. This company had the basics covered but were eager to develop a system that met all jurisdictional requirements. Over several months, I met with the company …

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How to Create a Formal Hazard Assessment

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How to Create a Formal Hazard Assessment A formal hazard assessment is the basis for the organization’s entire occupational health and safety management system. It outlines the hazards, measures risk (to help prioritize hazards), and points to the necessary control measures. Levels of Hazard Assessment Formal hazard assessment Field-level hazard assessment Formal Hazard Assessment are …

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