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Green World Group | 2nd Dec 2017

How to safeguard your enterprise from electricity hazards

Most of the fire accidents happening in Residential and commercial buildings across the world are due to
  • faulty and Low quality electrical circuits
  • Overloading of sockets
  • improper handling of electrical devices or Using inferior devices.

Apart from causing devastating impact on the business and people’s lives, electricity can be more dangerous if used improperly by inexperienced hands.

Overloading is the most common cause of electricity related accidents in industries and also in homes.

Overloading a socket can destroy a building completely, causing irrecoverable loss of lifetime possessions, mental agony due to financial hardship, loss of business and reputation. By following simple precautions, many lives and more injuries can be prevented.

By following simple precautions, many lives and more injuries can be prevented.

What are the causes of electricity related accidents?

With increasing number of industries, distribution of power has become a major challenge to electricity providers. Uneven power distribution can lead to over utilization of electricity from the grid thereby straining the equipments and overheating the power cables and sockets.

Apart from over drawing from power source, the following are the reasons which can lead to electricity-related accidents in industrial environment.

  • Poor maintenance of electricity circuits and industrial equipments
  • Usage of low quality wires, switches and other critical safety devices
  • Non compliance to electrical safety regulations and standards
  • Failure to assess the dangers and risks.
  • No frequent/quality checks and safety audits
  • Using inexperienced people to correct faulty electrical system
  • No regular training to workers about electrical safety standards and practices
  • Failure to document earlier incidents and feedbacks from experts

There can be electricity leakages which can lead to life-threatening injuries to workers. Poorly maintained or loosely wired circuits can pose danger to workers and costly machinery. Due to sparks and overheating of cables, fire can break out and create havoc to the entire surroundings and lives.

In the recent past, most of the fire related accidents reported worldwide were cause due to short circuit or improper usage of electrical power. Scores of lives have been lost due to electricity accidents, both in residential and commercial buildings, which other, could have been avoided if proper precautions and safety standards are followed.

Electrical shock can indispose employees and render them incompatible for normal life activities. In some severe cases, such accidents can be fatal too.

Accidents due to electricity can cause production loss to employers, loss of man-power hours due to shut-downs, increase over-head and other hidden costs, hike staff insurance and compensation payouts and finally, loss of business reputation.

Way out

The best possible way to prevent fire due to overheating of sockets and other faulty electrical equipments is to have well qualified and highly efficient team of safety experts who have electrical safety diploma certificate from reputed institutions.

Workers should also be aware of various electricity hazards and risk areas for that they should be given frequent electrical safety training by competent HSE experts.

One of the most outstanding electricity courses available for aspiring safety professionals is diploma in electrical safety training Course offered by Green World Group at its centres across the globe. This government sponsored diploma is highly rated by industries as the best and internationally recognised diploma in electrical safety.

So, start your HSE career today with a diploma in electrical safety.

Green World Group | 2nd Dec 2017

Preventing workplace violence and creating safe and healthy environment

Occupational violence can happen at workplace anytime and the reasons can’t be predicted and hence prevented beforehand. As human behaviors are highly unpredictable, in a workplace where different people have different levels of temperaments where even a small misunderstanding can flare-up to a full blown violence between individuals or groups.

According to statistics, of the total occupational related fatalities reported in a year, over 9% accounts for homicides caused due to workplace violence. Skirmishes can happen between workers, but it should be controlled and managed by competent workplace managers so that it will

  • Not lead to uncontrollable situations causing loss of properties
  • Injuries
  • Downtime
  • Loss of reputation
  • and production loss.

Workplace violence is the violence against workers, says the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA).

Violence, which can happen within or outside the workplace, can be classified into simple threats and verbal duel to physical fights and homicides. With right tools and training, such violent behaviors can be controlled and contained.

As any workplace environment is prone to violence among people, safety in-charge should never be complacent. There should be proper risk assessment exercises conducted regularly by the management representatives considering all possible parameters to prevent or control violent behaviours among workforce.

It is the responsibility of the workplace safety managers to keep a personal record of individual employees, their background, family, and other details such as financial issues, personal tragedy, from which one can deduce that whether a worker can become upset and turn violent even with a small provocation. Any behavioural change among workers should be observed and if need be, psychologists or counselors should be engaged to smoothen the nerves.

Impacts of workplace violence

Apart from the obvious impact the workplace violence has on victims, business implications are disastrous. Violent incidents can even destabilize the business as companies have to shell out more on

  • Enhancing security to workers
  • Compensation to victims
  • Loss of skilled workers
  • Loss of downtime
  • Property damages
  • Legal cost
  • Loss of reputations among clients and psychological harm.

So what can be done to reduce risk?

Companies need to have workplace violence program which should include business policies and procedures, dos and don’ts, code of conduct and designated protocols. In the case of unpredictable incidents, workplace managers should apply a reaction and evacuation system and conduct regular drills. Companies should also spell out their zero-tolerance policies to workers on violent and un-social behaviors, what is expected from them and consequences of such behaviours.

Immediate supervisors should watch for sudden irritability and poor response from subordinates. Information about suspicious and dangerous behaviors should be shared through designated people so that such incidents can be probed further and employees concerned shall be rehabilitated..

To prevent violent outbursts at workplaces, the management can offer counseling services to stressed or overworked employees so that they would openly discuss their problems for a possible solution.

It is also better to create a positive and pleasant work environment which can go a long way in preventing workplace violence.

Green World Group | 30th Nov 2017

Put your mask on to be safe and healthy at construction sites

Apart from physical injuries, workers associated with construction activities are subjected to one of the most dangerous risks caused by

  • Inhaling dust
  • Silica
  • Asbestos
  • Fly ash or chemical solvents from paints.

When workers inhale dangerous gases or pollutants over a period of time, chances are more that many of them may get lung-related disorders which can be fatal if not treated early. However, with proper preventive systems and control measures, construction companies can prevent workers getting various heath disorders.

So, what are the kinds of air pollution that can affect workers and how can one prevent it?

Silica and asbestos are the most common pollutants which, when inhale over a period of time, can create irreversible lung disorders.

Some of the major diseases which are reported among construction workers exposed to dangerous gases and suspended pollutants in the air are :

Silicosis, caused by inhalation of dusts and Repairable Crystalline Silica (RCS)

Asbestosis, caused by long inhalation of asbestos, Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disorder (COPD) and Asthma.

We need to create clean surroundings around construction sites. Or workers should choose different industry to remain safe.

But is it practical?

We need development all around and for that construction becomes imminent. Hence, apart from the usual slips, fall, cuts, or bruises, breathing unsafe air becomes the major health threat to construction workers across the world.

However, with technological advancements, increased awareness and following standard safety procedures, the negative effects of pollutants around construction sites can be controlled.

Workplace managers in construction industry should follow the hierarchy of control measures which are :

  • Elimination of the hazards
  • Substitution of risks
  • Using Engineering Controls
  • Administrative Controls and
  • wearing Personal Protective Equipment’s (PPE) such as dust masks and breath enhancers.

People working in certain occupational types are subjected to different health risks due to long term exposure to hazardous dusts and gases.

The high risk professions are :

  • Stone masonry and cutting
  • Demolition and construction
  • Ceramics and glass manufacturing
  • Painting works, road repairs
  • Re-carpeting of roads, quarrying
  • Sand blasting, mining and pottery.

Inhaling of Silica and Asbestos can affect the body’s immune system. Symptoms of Silicosis and Asbestosis can usually take few years to surface. Even one discontinues working in this type of environment, the symptoms, such as persistent cough, difficulty in breathing and weakness, may develop after a few years.

Control measures

There are several levels of control measures which can clean up the air around the working area of pollutants. Some of them are filters and industrial extractors. But using personal protective equipments will be the last resort to protect oneself from the dangerous air. From using simple paper dust masks, cartridge filter masks to full face air supply masks, workers can choose the appropriate protective gear to safeguard their health.

Also, by following safety and health measures and standards and also using the latest technology, one can keep the air around the construction sites below the danger level.

Having experienced and qualified HSE professionals or those having safety diploma in construction engineering can prove helpful in containing pollution and improving quality of life around construction sites.

Green World Group | 28th Nov 2017

Making Construction Sites as Healthy and Safe as Ever

Construction sites are the major contributor of workplace related accidents and injuries. Being dubbed as word’s most dangerous industry, construction sites’ health and safety failures, due to various reasons, can cause immense harm to workers’ wellbeing with injuries ranging from temporary to permanent in nature, or in some cases, it can be fatal.

Since at construction sites, a large number of workers need to perform various tasks simultaneously, both during daytime and also during nights, chances of accidents, injuries or mishaps can occur anytime which can be classified into different types.

Let’s analyse different risks and dangers and how safety and health failures at construction sites can be avoided to reduce the occurrence of unfortunate events.

Work Related Injuries

Trips, slips and falls are the most common work related injuries happening at construction sites. Though in most cases, it will be non-fatal, such accidents are caused due to careless working practices, failure to assess the dangers and risks and not reporting hazards or near misses to the workplace managers or immediate supervisors.

At construction sites uneven surfaces are the major reason for accidents involving slips or trips. Failing to improve walking surfaces, non-providing of safety footwear and signposts, improper lighting and failure to assess danger areas are some of the common mistakes which can lead to bone breaking slips. Keeping construction items not in their designated places can also prove danger to workers.

Lifting and Handling Hazards

As lifting and handling hazards at construction sites are responsible for more than 20 per cent of workplace accidents in construction industry, building companies and worksite managers should take lot of care to see to it that no one carries extra load and also, all manual loads are properly and safety delivered using the latest available technology.

Management should also assess the lifting potential and health of each worker and avoid such manual activities where the possibility of automatic lifts or mechanization is there to do the jobs. If the manual lifting of loads can’t be avoided, managers should work ways to make the loads manageable during the repetitive trips and check whether the loads can be broken down into smaller loads.

Falling from Height

Falling from heights is also one of the major contributors for workplace accidents and fatalities at construction sites. Some of the reasons are: not using safety equipments, not assessing the danger correctly, not having precautions such proper support system such as scaffolding or rope access system, using improper, weak or unbalanced ladder to reach the heights and not assessing the health condition of workers who are not capable of working at elevated places. Workers working at heights should be properly trained to keep them safe and healthy.

Other hazards

Apart from this, hearing more noise continuously above certain decibels, repetitive actions, continual bad posture, regular exposure to vibrating tools, exposure to hazardous substances such as fly ash, paints, inhalation of dust created by cutting and using dry cements can be highly dangerous and can cause various health disorders.

Workplace managers should assess the dangers and risks and use preventive measures such as rotation of workers exposed to such conditions and use protective gears to safeguard workers from falling prey to workplace related illness and accidents.

Diploma in construction safety

Construction safety training course is a health and safety program which is accredited by BSS of India. Construction safety diploma course cover vital legal needs regarding to HSE in construction sites.

Green World Group | 27th Nov 2017

How to turn-around your NEBOSH exam failure into success

Everyone knows the value NEBOSH certification and why people go crazy about acquiring it as part of their qualification profile. NEBOSH is the most outstanding and desirable qualification for those seeking successful career in Occupational Safety and Health sector.

But clearing NEBOSH is not like any other school or college exam. The professional qualification is one of the most challenging to get through, but it not an impossible task either.

There are quite a few reasons why students may fail in NEHOSH exams.

Not studying well: Students devote less time to study the course material and attend questions incorrectly.

Misinterpreting questions: It is highly disappointing that even you know the answer, if you misread the question, you may end up losing marks for writing wrongly.

Not including enough vital points: Examiners look for all relevant points to give you full marks for the questions asked. So, it is important to analyse the questions and include all required points to complete the answer.

No depth answers: NEBOSH wants to test your knowledge and you have to show that you know what they want. So, writing brief answers for questions asked to elaborate or explain will not fetch you maximum marks.

So, how to address these issues and turn-around your NEBOSH exam debacle into a grand success?

Since NEBOSH will not give you feedbacks what went wrong after you get the negative results, it is important to understand beforehand that how to approach the exams and what are the various parameters to get successful result.

Tips to crack NEBOSH Exams


Devote time and prepare well: There is not short cut to success. Unless you devote time and spend quality hours to prepare well, understand the lessons thoroughly and clarify all your doubts from your tutors, it is difficult to impress the examiners. Also, you may have qualifications more than NEBOSH or have better knowledge in the domain, but NEBOSH requires hard work, dedicated time and systematic preparation for success.

There is no fixed study hour for every learner, as everyone has different kinds of understanding and retention ability. So, understand your ability whether you are a fast or moderate learner, and then plan your study hour accordingly. Give enough time between exam registration and exam date and workout a systematic timetable to complete all the lessons before exam and allocate time for revision too.

Misreading questions: This is the most common error students make in NEBOSH exam. Take time to read every question thoroughly. We know that for such high-profile exams, time is prime. But it is fine if you take an extra minute to read the question again instead of writing wrong answer and losing full marks.

Right answers fetch more marks: It is also important that after understanding the question correctly, plan that how you are going to write the answer. For example, for a question carrying 8 marks, you are expected to write eight important points with appropriate explanation.

Show in-depth knowledge: Also, avoid repetition of points, unwanted information and round-about answers. Always include a couple of more relevant points to inform the examiner that you have in-depth knowledge on the topic.

Know what to write: Some questions may confuse you and you should write answers correctly. So, it is recommended to read and master the NEBOSH Guidance on Command Words document written by NEBOSH. Go through different examples to know what and how one should write answers to secure maximum marks.

How to Write an effective Report on NEBOSH GC3

So, all the best students for the successful NEBOSH exam.

Green World Group | 28th Oct 2017

Safety Procedures Linked to Manual Material Handling at Work Places

Many workplaces do make workers physically handle heavy objects or lift loads of material even though technology has given us several gadgets to handle heavy materials safely under industrial environments.

Even though companies use lifting machines such as cranes to carry heavy loads, there are accidents due to mishandling, inappropriate positioning or faulty equipment. Though it looks simple exercise to move heavy materials manually from one place to another, workers should be experienced, healthy and protected well to perform the daily rigmarole without affecting their health.

Several health issues can be associated with manual material handling by workers which include fatigue, back injury, sprain or twisting, bruises and fracture.

Sometimes mishandling of loads can lead to fatal accidents when workers go under the falling loads or due to improperly staked loads in warehouses, which can be prevented if proper safety procedures are followed.

Safety aspects

Since Manual Material Handling (MMH) can’t be avoided in small and medium enterprises, workers should take adequate care in protecting them from the health implication due to handling heavy loads. There are safety gadgets such as heavy industrial gloves, boots, safety glasses, helmets and attires which are specifically made to protect workers when they move heavy materials either on their own or through shifting equipment.

There are certain procedures workers need to follow while loading or unloading heavy boxes. Experienced labourers can guide new ones in lifting techniques which can prevent injuries. Moving the legs apart and bending the knees while lifting heavy items is the universal practice which can prevent workers straining their back. Similarly stacking the heavy loads properly and evenly can prevent accidents such as falling of materials on workers which can sometime be fatal.

Even workers can undergo safety training under the tutelage of HSE professionals which can help workplace managers ensure absolute safety to workers when they are engaged in handling heavy engineering materials. Knowledge on safety equipments, lifting machinery and heavy load movers is essential to use them appropriately without compromising on workers’ safety.

Precautions during MMH

When handling heavy goods physically, every load should have proper grip, handle or holder which can be used to lift the items and carry them to the designated places safely. Workplace managers and employers should ensure that their workers wear proper protective gears and use lifting method to prevent unwarranted injury which can lead to absenteeism and extension of work schedule.

Workers should keep the following criteria in mind while handling heavy loads:-

  • When a load is heavy, say more than the government stipulated 50 kg, workers should not attempt to lift it alone.
  • When the loads lack the mandatory grips and not properly packed.
  • When workers are not authorized or experienced to handle a load safely.
  • Workers should demand protective equipment or safety wear while manually handling heavy loads. Some of the most frequently used items are heavy industrial gloves, safety eyewear, sturdy shoes or boots, helmet, etc.

As injuries due to mishandling of loads can have long-term ramification on workers’ professional life and also affect the work at site, appropriate safety procedures should be followed for safe manual material handling process.

Green World Group | 26th Jul 2017

Take Master Diploma to become safety officer in Oil and Gas industry

Safety and health of workers associated with Oil and Gas and allied industries has been prioritized for many years. However, workplace hygiene controls aren't often given adequate importance to analyze the real risks faced by workers in the Oil and Gas and its associated Offshore and Rig environments.

The risks and health hazards faced by workers in hostile conditions in offshore rigs and oil and gas exploration sites are enormous that companies need to take adequate safety measures to safeguard workers from falling prey to worksite accidents and disasters. It is also for the benefit of government agencies and private companies to follow designated safety measures to avoid unscheduled and frequent shutdowns and subsequent revenue losses.

Offshore occupational risks and dangers can be avoided by empowering workforce with awareness and technical skills to remain safe while handling heavy engineering machinery and tools and also chemical and other hazardous substances while working in offshore environments.

Only a well trained and experienced safety manager who has expertise in handling occupational risks and health issues associated with oil and gas industry can able to devise a suitable mechanism to safeguard men and machinery from workplace risks and hazards.

Companies which are involved in offshore exploration projects invariably engage workplace safety officers and executives who impose suitable measures for workers to follow all necessary safety standards and guidelines as per the legislation.

Healthy and safety officers involved in oil and gas and offshore sites and rigs are specialized in undertaking safety measures which can take care of safety concerns of people concerned. These safety officers have academic qualification specially designed to address all issues of safety in oil and gas industry – in both offshore and onshore environments.

Master Diploma in Offshore, Rig, Oil and Gas Safety Engineering offered by Green World Group is specially designed for those interested to excel as safety officers in vocational sites in offshore and terrestrial work environments.

The Master Diploma for safety officers is ideal for both students and working professionals associated with oil and gas exploration sites – onshore and offshore. The qualification is highly rated by companies which consider the diploma as a prerequisite academic testament when it hires HSE professionals as fire safety officers, HSE managers or health and safety executives to man their offshore oil sites.

The training program makes delegates aware of various dangers, risks and safety conditions and also knowledge on legislation regarding workplace safety for oil & gas and offshore work environments. Safety experts from Green World Group has formulated this short term masters training program to facilitate employers seek professional guidance to equip existing workforce acquire knowledge and skills on workplace safety.

Green World Group | 25th Jul 2017

Follow safety rules to remain safe while working at height

With high-rise buildings and towers dotting the city skylines of major industrial and developing nations, construction, maintenance and technical personnel ‘working at height’ face a lot of dangers and risks. Every year scores of workers, predominantly belong to construction industry, fall off from the dangerous peaks while carrying out maintenance or construction activities.

In most of the cases, accidents at construction sites are caused due to accidental fall owing to faulty or inadequate safety measures taken by the construction companies or contractors and lack of knowledge and training for employees to remain safe while working at peaks.

Employees and managers working at dangerous heights should be protected from the natural and man-made disasters and health hazards. As construction industry contributes majorly to pollute the environment, construction workers and engineers are largely affected due to highly dangerous pollutants such as fly ash, dust, chemicals and other construction wastes.

It is the prerogative of the workers to get the best safety cover in terms of quality camouflage, protective gear, well maintained machinery and strong scaffolding around the construction sites.

Workers should also be adequately covered by suitable accidental or life insurance plan to protect their families in case of any unfortunate event. Awareness is the key in remaining safe and healthy while working at height. It is the responsibility of the employers to educate their workers working in high-rises and communication towers about the importance of following safety measures and using appropriate protective equipment when they climb dangerous peaks for construction, repair or maintenance activities.

Workers at peaks should also get immediate medical assistance during emergency situations which can save lives. High rise buildings where workers are involved in building and other maintenance and repair works should be provided with basic knowledge on first aids so that they can protect themselves and also their colleagues in case of emergency. Construction companies and building owners also should keep emergency evacuation and rescue team ready to provide immediate medical attention for workers in peril.

Importantly, educating workers on safety standards and hiring workplace safety professional to safeguard workers should be the priority of people engaging skilled and un-skilled workers for various works at high-rise structures. Safety preparations and regulations should be in place well before the start of any construction and maintenance activity at peaks.

Employers should also take the help of HSE professionals and safety officers who have expertise in devising protective mechanism for workers to remain safe while working at height. Workers who have knowledge and working skills to protect employees should assess the workplace for possible and potential dangers and devise suitable protective standards and regulations to be followed strictly by all so as to make the working places absolutely safe, healthy and accident-free. Alternatively, employers should engage professional safety training institutions such as Green World Group to train their workers engaged in high-rise maintenance and construction works.

Green World Group has been helping the workers of various industries to acquire latest knowledge and skills on workplace safety by offering them several safety courses. GWG’s safety experts have devised in-house training and distance education programs for construction people working at height to enhance their knowledge and awareness on remaining healthy and safe.

webmaster | 21st Jul 2016

NEBOSH Environmental Awareness at Work

The new NEBOSH Environmental Awareness at Work qualification will introduce your workforce to environmental issues and the role they play in improving organisational environmental performance.

This is an ideal first step towards other NEBOSH qualifications such as, the NEBOSH Certificate in Environmental Management for those who need a more extensive and practical understanding of environmental management in the workplace.

Webmaster | 25th Jun 2016

Studying How to Do a Risk Assessment with Green World Group

What is a hazard?

The term hazard can be defined as source of potential to cause harm or injury and, sometimes, the potential harm or injury itself. For example a person entering inside a silo which is filled with grains can be engulfed or asphyxiated. So in this case the engulfment or asphyxiation is the hazard. Another good example is smoking cigarettes can cause lung cancer.

Is it possible to reduce a Hazard?

It is often impossible to reduce a hazard such as hazard associated with petrol is its flammability. So if we try to remove this hazard the flammability then the resulting product certainly may not be useful. However in many occasions we can reduce or effectively remove a hazard associated with a particular work material or process.

So what is a Risk Assessment?

Risk Assessment is a careful examination of anything in your work environment that could cause injury or ill health. A sufficient and suitable risk assessment will help to protect you, your workforce and other, and finally your business.

What are the steps of doing a risk assessment?

There are 6 simple steps of doing a risk assessment
Step 1: List the work tasks that are your responsibility
Step 2: Identify the risks – what are the hazards, who might be harmed and how?
Step 3: Estimate the Risk
Step 4: Evaluate the Risk
Step 5: Record your finding
Step 6: Review your findings.

Below is a sample risk assessment which was can be practiced.

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