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    HSE Conference, Sudan

    RRC’s Conference Helps Spread HSE Awareness in Sudan As part of its aim to achieve safer working in Sudan, RRC Training Middle East (RRC ME) held a very successful two-day conference, ‘Enhancing HSE Culture for Sustainable Solutions’, in Khartoum. A high level of audience participation, plus excellent opportunities for networking, were the order of the day at the conference, which was attended by more than 200 delegates from public and private organisations from all over Sudan, representing the many burgeoning industries, including construction, energy, mining and manufacturing. The importance of HSE to Sudan’s government, the increasing need for local training and the damaging effects of accidents on Sudan’s economy were…

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    Health & Safety

    Lofstedt – Chapter 5, Apply Within

    Professor Lofstedt now turns to the regulations themselves. The focus of attention is those regulations that everyone had already suspected as redundant. They add little, if anything. The requirement to notify HSE if you have a Conventional Tower Crane, is one such case (not the small plastic remote control toy ones – it’s the real ones we want). I assume by painting it in psychedelic colours, you could get away with not having to register it (because it then could be argued that it is “unconventional”?). Even though they only came in around 2010 (amended in the same year), Loftstedt thinks that they should now go. A similar point is…

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    Loftstedt – Chapter 4, Everyone Has a Part to Play

    Chapter 4 of Loftstedt’s report takes a look at the scope of UK regulations. In particular it’s interested to see whether that proportionate, risk-based approach is applied. One might argue that bigger, riskier businesses should have to do more to satisfy the law. There are also economies of scale, whereby larger businesses are resourced to do things that smaller businesses find much more difficult. But the fact is that often small businesses do engage in high risk activities. The professor argues logically, that the regulations should remain risk-based (and not company size based). But smaller businesses should be given more support and help in complying. The point is also made…

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    Health & Safety

    Can The Young Teach Us Anything About Health and Safety?

    I detect a certain amount of righteous indignation and resentment when young kids come out of college with a degree in health, safety, environment and quality. The argument goes something like: “They have no experience to speak of. They have no significant scaring (mental or otherwise) and no regard for the traditions built up over a lifetime devoted to cynicism and ridicule.” But that’s not my view. It’s fashionable in some circles to demonise the young (see here for example). Oscar Wilde famously said “I am not young enough to know everything”. Sure, the young can be arrogant, inexperienced (how can they be any other?) and impetuous but they are…