Safety in workplaces

Updated 01 January 2017
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Safety in workplaces

In recent times, industrialization has faced many problems. They may be due to the lack of safety awareness in workplaces. As a matter of fact, safety awareness consists of shared beliefs, practices and attitudes that exist in an establishment. The awareness of a culture of safety depends upon the atmosphere created by those beliefs, attitudes, etc., which shape employees’ behavior.
In a strong safety culture, everyone feels responsible for safety and pursues it on a daily basis; employees go beyond the call of duty to identify unsafe conditions and behaviors, and intervene to correct them. A company with a strong safety culture typically experiences few at-risk behaviors; consequently they also experience low incidence rates, low turn-over, low absenteeism, and high productivity. They are usually companies who are extremely successful by excelling in all aspects of business and excellence.
Creating a safety culture takes time. It is frequently a multi-year process. A series of continuous process improvement steps can be followed to create a safety culture. Employer and employee commitment are hallmarks of a true safety culture where safety is an integral part of daily operations. A company at the beginning of the road toward developing a safety culture may exhibit a level of safety awareness, consisting of safety posters and warning signs. As more time and commitment are devoted to safety, a company will begin to address physical hazards and may develop safety recognition programs, create safety committees, and start incentive programs.
A company must understand that human lives are important. If there is any mishap at the workplace, that may lead to the loss of the worker with the company’s production decreasing. Due to this factor, many companies are striving for zero accidents in the workplaces so that extra expenditure in the form of insurance, money for legal battles, a loss of production due to absenteeism of the worker’s injury can be avoided. Seen from this perspective, workers should adopt safety measures and procedures in earnest so that untoward incidents can be avoided and by this they can protect the company’s valuable asset and their families from experiencing hardships.


Cartoon in bad taste

Updated 07 August 2017
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Cartoon in bad taste

I wish to use my “right of reply” to complain about the unfortunate caricature that appeared on Aug. 5, 2017, in your well-known newspaper. The cartoon represents President Nicolas Maduro sitting on a military tank and a hand coming out of the tank’s cannon writing on a book titled “New Constitution.” Such a caricature is offensive to my country.
What the caricature seems to imply is that President Maduro wants to rewrite a new constitution with the power of arms. This is totally false. It is immoral to give your readers such a forged image of Venezuela and its constitutionally- and democratically-elected government.
The revision of our constitution, which is among the best in the world, is mainly to reinforce it and make it more adaptable to the new times. It is not an imposition of our president; it has been backed by more than 8 million Venezuelans and has the objective of re-establishing the peace process that has been trampled by a violent opposition backed by interested foreign countries that pretend to give orders to our sovereign populace.
I fail to understand why some international media report fake news about my country, with the purpose of undermining our sovereignty, and the people of Venezuela’s absolute right to decide, in a free and independent manner, how it wants to conduct its internal affairs.
I invite your newspaper to inform about our country with the truth and the same respect that we, in Venezuela, treat to our brothers of Saudi Arabia.

Joseba Achutegui
Ambassador of Venezuela
Riyadh
Saudi Arabia