Speech 1 (This is my greatest speech, I’ve used it in front of 70 workers once in La Romaine, it was simply perfect. People were believing it. To be used in the right situation)
I would like us to take a few seconds and think about our girfriends, boyfriends, our children, our parents, our brothers, our sisters and our friends. Ask yourselves: who has the most dangerous job among all these beautiful people? I’m willing to bet it’s you because you work near heavy machinery; you work with tools that require specific procedures to remain safe. You work in places where the dangers can come from everywhere and where you have to anticipate them quickly. Also, in OH&S, our goal is that we want you to go home alive safely with all your members. You’re not having a good time when you’re at the hospital and you won’t be able to spend quality time with your family and friends.
In OH&S, we are not there to watch you, to catch you doing something wrong, we are there to identify the dangers with you so that there is no risk of injury. So that’s why it’s important to complete your Take 5 everyday.
In health and safety we always want to isolate the danger at the source. If a machinery where the workers work around is very noisy; we will try in the first place to make improvements on the machine to reduce its emission of decibels. If that’s impossible, we will try to isolate the worker by building a structure that will dampen the noise around the machine. In case it is still insufficient, we will ask employees to wear earplugs. Wearing EPI is always a last resort because it constrains the worker a lot.
Often in health and safety, the dangers will not come from us but from others. When working in a fork lift in a place where there is pedestrian traffic, you need to have eyes all around the head. Other workers are unaware of your next move and endanger themselves, which can lead to serious injury collisions. To remedy this problem, we will mark our work area with cones and danger ribbons. Also, we will place adequate signage to divert traffic for example.
Fatigue is a well-known accident factor in health and safety. Even on the road, how often do we hear that a road accident was caused by a sleepy driver? The consequences of fatigue at work are numerous:
• reduced ability to make decisions,
• reduced ability to communicate,
• decline in productivity or yield,
• lower level of attention and vigilance,
• reduced ability to manage stress at work,
• reduced reaction time – both physically and mentally,
• loss of memory or reduced ability to remember details,
• unable to remain awake (eg falling asleep while operating machinery or driving a vehicle),
• increased tendency to take risks,
• increased errors in judgment,
• increase incident / accident rates.
If you need to drink 2 coffees in the morning, you may be tired. So we must remain vigilant about this problem.
Speech 5 (Great reaction on that one, I had a big laugh with the Afrikan proverb)
An African proverb has always pleased me: “When you swim and you escape the crocodile, be aware of the leopard on the bank.” In this proverb, the crocodile and the leopard represent a danger. Often a danger can hide another one. If there are speed limits to be respected on the site, it is because there are dangers that have been detected and it is to give you an adequate reaction time to react to it. In the end, we continue to comply with the signage.
Speech 6 (same as Speech #5)
An African proverb recently questioned me: “The antelope which is always moving does not take long to fall into a pit”. If we do not take the time to stop, if we always go headlong; we will not see the dangers in front of us which can increase accidents and incidents. It is for this reason that you are asked everyday to fill out your Take 5.
An African proverb says “the habit puts the prudence to sleep”. If our tasks are similar from day to day, we may tend to cut corners. We gain confidence and we work faster. Sometimes that’s how incidents become accidents. We forget to put the safety catch on our tools and we hurt ourselves. Caution and vigilance is not working half the time. We work at the same speed but we are always aware of what is happening in our environment.
A Chinese proverb has appealed to me recently. Sun Tzu said, “If you do not know your opponent or yourself, you will be defeated in every battle.” Our opponents are the dangers around us. You have to detect and control them if you want to reduce the risks of accidents to zero. To know yourself is to know your strengths and limitations. If you work in a place where there are restrictive temperatures that do not allow you to perform your tasks at full capacity; give as much effort as you can and take breaks to hydrate yourself as needed. It is often when we test our limits that accidents happen. In this case, we could talk about future heatstrokes. There are criteria that increase the likelihood of heatstroke:
• chronic diseases such as heart disease;
• advanced age;
• uncontrolled diabetes;
• the use of certain medications such as diuretics and antihistamines;
• the use of psychotropic drugs such as alcohol and cocaine.
Can you name me symptoms of heat stroke?
• an extremely high internal temperature – up to 41 ° C (106 ° F);
• dry, red, and hot skin;
• a fast pulse;
• rapid and superficial breathing;
• confusion, strange behavior;
• possible loss of consciousness.
Occupational diseases are often neglected in OSH. This is normal because they take time to declare themselves, sometimes twenty years. Yet they kill more people than work accidents. In 2015, 127 workers died of an occupational disease in Quebec, compared to 69 who died as a result of an accident at work.
Do you know some occupational diseases?
• Illnesscaused by ionizing radiation
• Retinitis (welder’s flash)
• Siderosis – ferrous smoke dust
All of these diseases are greatly reduced when wearing our PPE. The places where we work often have signs mentioning the obligation to wear certain types of PPE. It’s important to respect them if we want to avoid occupational diseases which can be declared many years later. You won’t be able to go back in time when they will be declared.
Some people say that what you do not know cannot hurt you. It’s not true at work. In some jobs, including yours, what you do not know can kill you. A danger can be anything in the workplace that could hurt you or the people you work with. We have all heard of a worker who lost his life at work. We have all heard of workers who have fallen to the ground, got stuck in equipment or are electrocuted and burned. Events like these send a shockwave through the workplace and the community, and it’s a tragedy for the family and friends of the victim. Unfortunately, this kind of event does not happen once or twice, but dozens of times each year in Quebec.
There is a hazard at the base of any deaths, injury or work-related illness. A danger can take many forms. Sometimes more than one hazard can combine to create even greater danger. You must know the hazards in your workplace before you start working.
Speech 11 – Introductory
Hi everyone. Today I’m very happy to be standing in front of you and to give you insights about what my job will be throughout the project. The idea behind health and safety is that everyone deserve a safe working environment so everyone can go back home without any scratch. We’ve prepared Job Safety Analysis for every companies here and I intend for myself and our OH&S team to make sure that we apply everything that we find in these JSA. We’ll also be around when you guys will be doing your daily Job Hazards Analysis. In general, my role is to identify the risks for every tasks we’ll be doing and control them with the right working methods. Also, my job is to think if we can eliminate the most dangerous tasks like work at heights and hot work tasks which increases the risk of injuries for everyone. For instance, if a job could be done on the ground and then we can lift the load in the air and then fix it where it should go, we’ll promote this way of working instead of doing everything at height. If we can’t eliminate the danger: we will control it. Guardrails for instance are installed to prevent a fall from height. If it’s still impossible we will use our head to think about another way of doing it. The 2 last filters that will prevent yourself to be injured are your PPE and also your Luck. Someone who tests his lock to often will be eventually injured so don’t leave your destiny to good fortune.
There are some words that shouldn’t exist in H&S. ¨Recklessness¨ is one of them. It’s been said that it’s a ¨lack of regard for the danger or consequences of one’s actions; rashness¨. In French we talk about ¨témérité¨ or ¨insouciance¨. In order to avoid being reckless, we must control what’s happening around us. If there is some un controlled energy on a machinery where we have to work on, we need to suppress this energy before starting any work. If there is work at heights, we must protect ourselves the right way. If we work in a confined space area, we must take our readings with 4 gaz monitors before going in. Being reckless won’t help you, and it may endangered other workers around you as well. So make sure that your worksite is controlled before starting any work.