Can you imagine what’s going through the mind of the Safety Officer in the featured image at the left? We don’t know what’s happening in front of him, but we can tell it’s hellish. There appear to be people packed all around him, looking on or else waiting with bated breath. The man is grimy; he’s obviously been working hard under some stressful conditions. And now, while he waits, he can only cross his fingers, knowing he’s not in control. Is somebody’s life on the line? Are there more than one victim in this accident or catastrophe?
Imagine you were in his shoes. How would you feel? What would you be thinking? Just thinking about it makes my chest tighten up so it becomes hard to take a comfortable breath. How would you cope under the kind of stress he is facing? What would your response be: How would your body respond? Your mind? Your emotions? What steps would come next? Hospital trips? Insurance reviews? Investigative reports? Commissions of inquiry? Lawsuits? And that’s just the tip of the iceberg.
Welcome to MGMT 3311, our course on Occupational Safety and Health Management. This is our class blog, to be used by us all as we explore the elements of OSH Management, spanning support systems, hazard identification and control, risk assessment and mitigation, to health and welfare considerations, to the mandates of our OSH Act. Let’s find out what can be done to significantly reduce the chances of us one day having to stand by powerlessly, with our fingers crossed.