The consequences of a drop in safety standards at National Key Points, Strategic Installations and Places of Importance don’t only have legal implications. They can also mean loss of life and the interruption of strategic services, so it is vital that clear procedures, reliable instrumentation and trained personnel are in place to monitor potential dangers such as substance abuse by employees.
Substance abuse is an increasing headache in the workplace. It can have dire consequences in terms of safety, morale and production, no matter what size the business. Investment in reliable detection solutions, used in conjunction with a sound health and safety policy, can go a long way towards avoiding unhealthy tensions or even life-threatening incidents on the shop floor.
As the official supplier of Lifeloc Technologies’ products in South Africa, Precision Safety Appliances (PSA) is fully behind the company’s decision to join the World Federation Against Drugs (WFAD) as a member organisation. WFAD is a multilateral community of non-governmental organisations and individuals working for a drug-free world.
Its office party season, where bosses and employees indulge in excessive alcohol consumption, committing irreversible mistakes made under the influence of both the booze and the festive atmosphere. Trawl the internet and you’ll find surveys and stories of regretful behaviour brought on by ‘just a few drinks’. In one office party survey, 75% of respondents regretted their indiscretions the next day and 60% changed their opinion of a colleague after witnessing their blunders.
Hydrogen Sulfide (H₂S) is a highly toxic and flammable gas that is considered to be a broad spectrum poison, adversely affecting many different systems in the human body. It is a hazard found in a number of industries and early detection is essential to maintain safe working conditions in these industries.
“The gas occurs in working environments such as petroleum and natural gas drilling and refining; waste water treatment; coke ovens; tanneries; paper mills; and the bacterial breakdown of organic matter. Early detection is important if we’re to avoid poisoning employees,” said PSA’s Hank Lombard.