My Latest Article for HSME

By Phil La Duke

For those of you who aren’t familiar with “Health and Safety Middle East, it is the Region’s Only Industrial Health and Safety Magazine Promoting holistic occupational safety across the Middle East and Africa, HSME shares best practices and cross-industry knowledge to ensure safer workplaces for all.

Since HSME’s launch in 2008 a lot has changed in the Middle East and Africa, but our commitment to the region’s industrial safety has remained constant. Workers’ conditions, the ever more colossal structures of the Middle East’s escalating skyline, and South Africa’s long history of mining strikes and violent disputes have certainly kept safety issues in the global spotlight. Published five times a year, HSME magazine shares insight from industry experts based across the Middle East and Africa to help ensure your workers get home safely at the end of each day.

Regional comments and in-depth articles get to the heart of the region’s industrial safety concerns, tackling issues ranging from staying safe while working in extreme heat, the Kafala system and ensuring Ramadan doesn’t impact on safety, through to the sustainable and ethical procurement of personal protective equipment. Worker safety must be seen as a priority. Businesses that invest in the well-being of workers experience improved reputation, resilience and results. Geography shouldn’t dictate safety. Workers are not disposable.” 

I’ve done a really poor job updating my other contributions for other magazines so if you’re interested, Instinctual Safety  I was asked to write a piece on confined space but, as is so often the case, I couldn’t quite shake the idea that the fact that for every person killed in a confined space accident there are (on average) at least two who die trying to rescue the first worker.  I attribute this to people springing into action without thinking; in other words, doing what is instinctual.

Did you like this post? If so you will probably like my up-coming book which can be ordered here I Know My Shoes Are Untied. Mind Your Own Business or on Barnes & Did you hate this post? Did it offend you deeply? Maybe you should organize a book burning (minimum of 150 books) but be sure you  are only burning my book, I don’t want you to go to a used book store and buy a bunch of cheap books and stack mine on top.

The book is a compilation of blog posts, guest blogs, magazine article (from around the world) and new material. Much of it is hard to find unless you know where to look. A second and third book has already been green-lighted  by the publisher (expect less reprints and more new material).