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Setting Requirements and Being a Resource as a Manager

Itis a challenge for managers to ensure the performance of the team and at the same time promote the health and long-term performance of employees. Managers can fulfil this leadership task by prioritising tasks and designing working conditions. If managers endeavour to be a resource themselves and support their employees, their experience of stress is reduced. How can managers succeed ...

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All Good Things Come in Threes: Risk Assessment, Operating Instructions and Briefings

Identifying hazards and stresses at work, informing employees about them and the protective measures to be taken are the foundations of systematic occupational health and safety. This article was first published in the BG RCI magazine, issue 3/2023 on pages 14/15. In 1996, the Occupational Health and Safety Act ushered in a new era for systematic occupational health and safety. ...

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Take it Sporty: Success in Occupational Safety through Targeted Training

Let’s be honest: What do you think about risk assessments, instructions, personal protective equipment and the like? Do thoughts like: “annoying, boring, only costs time and money, doesn’t help at all” come to mind? But what do you think about sport – skiing, mountaineering, cycling or even skydiving? ­Already much more interesting? This article was first published in the BG ...

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Many Dangers Lurk

Ageing and wear and tear do not stop at machines and industrial plants. This can be counteracted with maintenance. What are the legal regulations and obligations? What are the risks? Answers to these questions can be found on the following pages. The topic of “Hazardous Substances in Maintenance Work” will also be the focus of a symposium of the ISSA ...

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How Noise Affects Humans

Noise can endanger human health and safety in different ways – both physically and psychologically. Many occupations have daily noise exposure levels of more than 85 dB(A) or peak sound pressure levels of more than 137 dB(C). If these affect the inner ear over a long period of time, it can lead to permanent damage to the so-called hair cells. ...

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Tactical Medical Mining Rescue − Guideline-based Tactical Emergency Medicine for Mine Rescue Teams and Rescue Organizations in Remote Areas

In mining and remote areas of resource industry, there has been a development towards lacking emergency medical first aid response, that creates a potential disadvantage for patients after work accidents and other medical emergencies compared to standard population. This is due to structural changes in mine rescue brigade coverage caused by transformation from formerly few major resource companies towards many ...

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Smart Safety: More Data Means More Safety

Digital gas monitoring with IoT platforms or automated device management via cloud software are potential milestones on the way to digitizing safety processes and generating new knowledge. Today, networked hardware systems and data platforms already offer more transparency about the condition of industrial plants and workplaces. These and other Smart Safety solutions can ensure safe, transparent and efficient operations in ...

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Emergency Stop or Emergency Off? – That is the Question!

The red mushroom button on a yellow background is an important safety element on machines and mechanical equipment. In many places, the so-called emergency command device is labelled emergency off, although it is actually an emergency stop. But why is that? This article is a reprint from the BG RCI magazine, issue November/December 2022, pp 16 to 17. Why are ...

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“You See the Issues that Are Important”

In 2017, the gypsum plant Uehrde, Rump und Salzmann GmbH & Co. KG, Osterode am Harz/Germany, carried out the risk assessment of mental stress for the first time. In 2022, the assessment was repeated. In the interview with Kristin Kramer, Dr. Ulla Nagel GmbH, Dresden/Germany, and Bernhard Kirchner, German Social Accident Insurance Institution for the Raw Materials and Chemical Industry ...

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Mine Rescue for the Future Underground

Smart mining allows the industry to meet current and future challenges. The corresponding solutions include digital networking, automation and robotics. Mine rescue also benefits from this development – as well as from the further developments in functionality and ergonomics of established solutions such as closed-circuit breathing apparatus. The mine rescue team of the Swedish mining company Luossavaara-Kiirunavaara AB (LKAB) may ...

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