Industrial and commercial activities such as mining, construction, energy and similar are no doubt major economic contributors in Africa; however these activities carry the risk of unfortunate occupational injuries or fatalities. This makes quality work safety gear and project-specific PPE critical to teams being able to work comfortably, securely and productively.
In this post we’ll take a look at the importance of being fully kitted-out and compliant by using the right protective gear and equipment to ensure health and safety standards are met head-on. First, take a look at this short video, just one of thousands of similar cases that highlight the need for safety in the workplace.
Who is HSE Solutions?
HSE Solutions is a division of the Sturrock and Robson Group – an industry forerunner in the supply of high-performance Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) gear in Southern Africa. As specialist providers of tailored, cutting-edge health, safety and environmental (HSE) solutions, the company is also the exclusive regional distributor of Honeywell Safety Products.
Breaking boundaries with specialised PPE
When it comes to creating systems, procedures and a culture that fosters safety in the workplace, high quality PPE makes the task easier. By offering a wide range of specialised PPE and extended products our core objective is to thoroughly equip organisations and their dedicated teams to operate with ease and comfort in the harshest of environments.
We equip workforces with the following work safety gear to address a host of risk factors. Our product offering consists of a head-to-toe range of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) including:
- Eye and Face Protection:
Products that protect against mechanical or chemical exposure; as well as harm from radiation and ultra violet exposure.
- Hearing Protection:
Designed for hearing conservation, these products ensure that the worker’s hearing suffers no harm from mechanical or other noise-related exposure.
- Respiratory Protection:
Protecting the worker’s lungs and body from harmful exposure to contaminants and adverse elements that could possibly be inhaled while on site.
- Fall Protection:
These are essential safety components such as harnesses, lanyards, kits and accessories, as well as installed systems, designed to prevent employees working at heights from fall-related accidents.
- Gas Detection:
Facility workers and on-site contractors have access to advanced equipment that detects the presence of gas.
- Disposable Clothing:
Specialised garments enabling employees to function effectively in environments where there is extreme exposure to harmful toxins, gases, radiation and other such hazards.
- Hand Protection
A range of suitable safety gloves to address mechanical, chemical and thermal industrial hazards.
- Welding Protection
A range of advanced headgear and related products for protection as well as advanced capabilities to make a welder’s job safer and easier.
Remember: occupational health and safety is the field concerned with the entire workplace safety, health, and welfare cycle and PPE is critical to achieving the core objectives of this field.
Work Safety Gear – More than a formality
Work-related accidents are on the rise in SA. Recently the SABC highlighted that one of the mining giants attributed occupational fatalities and related lengthy H&S halts to the worsening of its “all-injury frequency rate”, the widest measure of workplace safety during the relevant SA assessment period. Preliminary data from the DMR (Department of Mineral Resources) shows that in the same period in 2015, fatalities increased from 45 to 55, which suggests a decline in health and safety adherences.
According to CIDB global H&S performance of the construction sector also depicted alarming statistics:
- There are 60 000 fatalities or one every ten minutes in the construction sector.
- More than 25-40% of occupational-related deaths take place on construction sites (this sector employs between 6-10% of the working class).
- 30% of construction workers suffer from back pains or other musculo-skeletal disorders.
Minimise Costs | Adopt Project-Specific Work Safety Gear
These statistics should be an eye-opener about the importance of safety in the workplace. An investment in speciality work safety gear not only enhances job efficiency, but translates to a considerable cost-saving exercise in the immediate and long-term too. In short, safety translates to productivity, which is good for business.
South Africa’s Labour Department governs the occupational and health standards in SA, always encouraging production to be fostered in safe working environments. Ensure that your organisation is both compliant and optimised for operational efficiency – simply contact HSE Solutions today.