Articles by: Karen Parker

SAFE-HALO CASE STUDY: ENVIRONMENTAL OFFICER

INTRODUCTION
As an environmental consultant, I am engaged by the Forestry Corporation of NSW to undertake inspections within state forests and plantation areas. My task brief often includes tactical planning, forestry road inspections, inventory assessments, timber stand assessments, timber harvesting plans and environmental assessments. As an independent consultant, I preform these tasks alone.I can recall during my time managing staff at Forestry Corporation of NSW, that we would use a manual working alone register, which relied upon a broad location description and an estimated call in time. It was always difficult to determine how long to wait after the nominated call in time had passed, to send assistance or initiate a rescue party. An App such as Safe-halo would have easily tracked and located the employee, enabling quick and precise decisions on assistance or otherwise.
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TAKE2 – PRODUCT UPGRADE

November saw the release of a number of upgraded features roll out for our Take2 risk assessment system. The team at 152hq have been working in conjunction with our Take2 clients to ensure all their hazard identification needs are covered.

We are pleased to announce that our Take2 now includes the following great features:

Customised Checklists

You can now customise your question sets to include or exclude the risk matrix functionality. This function now allows our Clients to create customised checklists, for questions that require a simple yes/no response. This upgrade does not impact on your ability to upload photographs, documents and notes. Simply create a question set within your hub and turn the risk matrix functionality off.

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WHY HAZARD IDENTIFICATION IS SO IMPORTANT

There is no escape!

Every day we are exposed to hazards and risks. Some hazards may be obvious like boiling the kettle for your morning wake up coffee or driving to work, while others are often not as visible or can be overlooked. But why do we need to identify these hazards?

First, we need to determine what is a hazard, risk and risk control, as these items all form part of a Risk Management System.

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WHO WILL WATCH OVER ME?

Do you remember your first day of school?

Beaming with pride knowing that now you now ready to attend “big school”. Wearing your new uniform freshly pressed. Hair tied up in school ribbons. Shoes all shiny. Armed with a pack of brand new coloured pencils, all contained within your Strawberry Shortcake pencil case.

Not only did you look good for your “first day photo” but you were also beaming with confidence – knowing that you can take on anything the school system could dish out.

You stroll hand in hand with your biggest supporter, Mum (or Dad) right up to the class room door. You know you are ready. You’ve got this!

But then the most inconceivable thing happens. And your world is shattered.

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MOBILE SIGNAL A PROBLEM?

3 GREAT FEATURES THAT ALLOW SAFE-HALO TO COMBAT INTERMITTENT SIGNAL COVERAGE.
1 January 2017 to 25 September 2017 saw 120 Australian employees fatally injured at work, with 61% of these fatalities occurring within the Transport, Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing industries. It is assumed that a number of these fatalities involved lone, remote or isolated workers.

Often lone workers are forced to deal with intermittent mobile phone coverage because of the remote locations and terrain that they are working within.

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