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Editor's Note - March 2018

A Warm Welcome to the 50th Issue

Welcome to this, the 50th anniversary edition of Health & Safety Middle East magazine.

To open this edition, Alwyn Mendonca looks at gas testing in explosive atmospheres. Working in explosive atmospheres can be perilous to say the least, but fortunately, with the right training and personal protective equipment, workers can get home safely at the end of the day.

Above the neck PPE protects against a range of injuries such as head impacts, eye injuries, hearing damage and respiratory hazards. In his article, Jayandran Mohan discusses the importance of neck protection risk assessment and the corresponding PPE working principles.

Falls from height are the number one cause of workplace injuries and fatalities, so as one of the safest methods of carrying out temporary work at height it is perhaps no surprise that powered access has thrived in the last 35 years. The next article in this edition, as written by Jason Woods, looks at Mobile Elevating Work Platforms (MEWPs) and the region’s changing safety landscapes.

As the last line of defence, the drawbacks and pitfalls of using PPE are well documented. With a focus on carcinogenic respiratory hazards, James Quinn looks at scenarios in which employers are faced with deciding whether or not PPE is required.

Following this, Laura Steenkamp addresses the need for a national statistical database, and interpretation of the data, with regards to arc flash related incidents and fatalities. To close this edition, James Pretty considers an array of ways in which we can keep our arms and hands free from harm in the workplace.

Stay safe out there,

Kimberley de Selincourt


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Kimberley de Selincourt
Editor for HSME
Editor at Bay Publishing