Occupational Safety and Health
Occupational Safety and Health

Workers (People), we are family in the area of occupational safety and health. Hence, we need one another to overcome our stubborn (persistent and determined pride). Let us cooperate. If great and small work side to side for our sake at the workplace, I stand solid as a rock along with the St.Kitts-Nevis Trades and Labour Union on this topic. I’ve prided myself always on being reliable and believe me: My brain is what I rely on.

Hello! As life is largely trial and error, instead of coming down on one of your workmates who makes a mistake, find out how it came about and see if you can learn something from it. I said already that there is considerable joy in skill dexterity and moving, and such can only be done safely with practice.

Listen, trying to live in a high speed world with low speed people is not very safe. Workers (People), are you hearing me? I can only hope (which is a desire). I cannot be tired of saying this; never in this world or the other. There is an urgent need for knowledge and experience gained by the industrialised countries to be passed to developing countries if workers in the Caribbean are to be protected. We in St.Kitts-Nevis need it very badly if the hazards of new technology are to be understood. Workers (People), I always feel good whenever I write on this topic because it puts a spring in my step as I pick up the pace.

Before I close, let me say something on the topic of Fires. The effects of it on workers (people) take the form of skin burns due to exposure to thermal radiation (caused by generating heat eg. Emission of energy as particles), the severity (of burns which is unpleasant) and the intensity (extreme force of the heat and the exposure time. People, heat radiation inversely (sequence direction) and proportional (size, extent to the square of the distance from the source starting point) in general terms in this regard, the skin withstands a heat energy  approximately five (5) seconds and that for only 0.4 seconds before pain is felt.

Hear this: Fires occur in industry more frequently than explosions and toxic (poisonous releases) although the consequences (result in terms of loss of life) are generally less. Therefore, fire might be considered as having less major hazard potential than explosion and toxic releases. I’ll stop here for now.

*Note well* Look! What you observe is what you observe. Workers (People), look at things and life and others directly not through any cloud of prejudice (unreasonable curtain of fear or interpretation) of another. See you next week by the help of the Almighty.