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.