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Your Adversity Quotient (AQ)

Very often, we succumb to the problems (adversity) that come in our way in our day to day life. We seldom try to resolve and get out of the same in order to avoid effect of the one problem in one area of life to other.
How many adverse events do you experience on your average day? Are you consumed by these events or are you letting them lead to stronger performance? I developed the Adversity Quotient (AQ) to test the unconscious pattern of how people respond to adversity, and show how to increase it and, thereby, help individuals become valuable at work.


Adversity Response Profile (ARP)
Imagine the following events as if they were happening right now. Then circle the number that represents your answer to each of the related questions.


You suffer a financial setback.
To what extent can you influence this situation?
Not at all 1 2 3 4 5 Completely


You are overlooked for a promotion.
To what extent do you feel responsible for improving the situation?
Not responsible at all 1 2 3 4 5Completely re…

How knowing about MF of HazChem helps?

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Material Factor (MF) of Hazardous chemicals Definition: Material Factor is a measure of the energy potential of the most hazardous material, or mixture of material, present. MF denoted by a numerical from 0 to 40, with 40 being the highest and 0 the lowest energy containing materials. The degree of hazards associated with the material also indicated by the number in increasing order from 0 to 40.
Importance of Material Factor (MF): The direct (fire heat burn) or indirect (fire caused smoke or reaction product) injury or health hazards arising from any chemical is decided prominently by three characteristic factors, e.g. flammability, reactivity, and toxicity.Therefore, understanding of MF - as function of these factors, by all those who are associated with handling (storing, dispensing, shifting, processing, using, transporting, pumping, loading, unloading, and disposing) is important in order to take necessary control measures to avoid explosion, fire, and/or hazardous reaction product…

How fire safe is your home?

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It is surprising that even after many fire accidents, nothing much is being done in the direction of prevention. Most efforts are being directed in improving fighting techniques and latest protection equipments rather than maintaining the electrical cabling system in healthy condition. It does not mean that these efforts should be abandoned, but efforts towards prevention of fire accidents should be given due consideration. Data indicates that most of the fire accidents in industry, home, mall etc are because of electricity and in those accidents most accounts for short circuiting in wiring/cabling system.
Faulty wiring is the leading cause of residential fires, according to a 2009 study by the National Fire Prevention Association. We always repair the fault in the circuit rather than getting inspected/tested by competent electrician at a regular interval. Sometimes the deteriorated wiring led to fire accidents in schools, hospitals, malls, industry etc and snatches lives of many.
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Know how deadly ‘Blast over Pressure’ is?

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Overpressure (or blast overpressure) is the pressure caused by a shock wave over and above normal atmospheric pressure. The shock wave may be caused by explosion or sonic boom. A measured over pressure is basis to know the effects of nuclear explosion or bomb explosion. The injury caused by the blast over pressure is known as blast injury.
Mechanism
Blast injuries can result from various types of incidents ranging from industrial accidents to terrorist attacks. High-order explosives produce a supersonic overpressure shock wave, while low order explosives deflagrate and do not produce an overpressure wave. A blast wave generated by an explosion starts with a single pulse of increased air pressure, lasting a few milliseconds. The negative pressure (suction) of the blast wave follows immediately after the positive wave. The duration of the blast wave depends on the type of explosive material and the distance from the point of detonation. The blast wave progresses from the source of explos…

Are you responsible for Safety-Know from your responses?

In blog dated 28th November 2016, 10 leading questions were given to respond in order to know the commitment of any person towards Safety. Based on one’s understanding and commitment, the total score from the responses will grossly indicate the status. May read the score and its interpretation as below:


Score<25: Need improvement, need to go beyond the compliance (situation based safety) to safety
Score >25: Good start; you are change agent in safety, seek for further improvement
Score>30: Fairly good, keep on doing the right things with action plan to improve
Score >35: Well done, sustain it however; identify the factors which are needed for one level higher
Score>40: Excellent, you are asset to build the total safety culture in the organisation 

Identify the Strong Link in Chain of Accident?

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Prevention of accident is in the core of all the safety programs run by the organisation. Safety professionals throughout in their career devise and implement several activities that move around Prevention the Accidents. With ever increasing risk to human and concerns to conserve resources from being degraded due to accident, challenges to professionals have increased many folds. In this situation, without a scientific and strategically approach to safety, the task is difficult and time consuming. Hence, the start point of any accident prevention program is to begin with an understanding of the sequence of ‘Accident Causation’. Efforts of Safety Practitioners should focus on the factors which could contain the accidents effectively. Therefore, it is imperative to understand the sequence in the below diagram.

A program that addresses the issue related to CAUSES would be more economical and effective than running programs that is aimed to control the CONSEQUENCES. Breaking any of the lin…

Are you responsible for safety?

Responsibility is not a mere word but it is used to convey something very profound. Whatsoever function you are in, responsible means you own this and committed to accomplish all the tasks under it. You may, most of the time needed to go beyond call of the duty to complete the task you are responsible of. When someone is responsible of certain function/task/work and most importantly he/she accepts this, then there are no ifs & buts to shirk from even the failure if any.
Here, specifically in safety, responsible means it is integral part of your function to adopt safety to protect self and your colleague. You can check yourself or of your colleagues as how much responsible for safety by rating appropriate responses against 10 following traits specifically developed for this purpose.
a)Safety is value to me rather it is priority in my agenda
b)‘Safety starts with me’ reflects in all actions I perform
c)I understand my job very well
d)I know what are the hazards/risk related to my job
e)M…

Kill Unsafe-Act (Behaviour) before it kills someone

It is evident from the study done that UNSAFE ACTS account for 80 % of all causes of accidents. It is a most vulnerable link in the sequence of accident causation model given by many scientists. Also equally difficult is the management of unsafe acts- human behaviours that is influenced by many internal and external factors. One another important nature of human behaviour is its dynamism because of that same person behaves differently as response to particular stimuli in different circumstances. Understanding of the human psychology for predicting unsafe acts (Behaviours) and managing it has ever been a challenge to all the persons working for the prevention of accidents in industry, at roads, at home, in air/water or at any other like place of activity.

It is also true that any amounts of efforts done to manage the two elements of the accident tirade-Person (competency) and Environment (workplace), third one- Behaviour (unsafe act) is enough to negate this. Here it is imperative to k…

Total Safety Culture

Safety culture is the attitude, beliefs, perceptions and values that employees share in relation to safety in the workplace. Safety culture is a part of organizational culture, and has been described by the phrase "the way we do things around here". Most employers and employees in the area of safety will agree that the ultimate aim of a safety initiative is a “total safety culture”; however, this concept is rarely defined. A total safety culture is a culture in which:

a) Safety is integrated into all activities of the business as a ‘value ‘and not just a priority;
b) Individuals not only take responsibility for their own safety but safety of their co-workers also.
c) All level of employee is willing and able to act on their sense of responsibility – they can go beyond the call of duty’- a situation called ‘actively caring’’

Ten indicators of a ‘total safety culture’ are as follows:
1. Top management’s commitment that supports maintaining and improving behavioural safety,
2. Trans…