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Kurina Baksh

Kurina Baksh is a Health, Safety and Environment Professional from Trinidad and Tobago. As a recent graduate in the field, she is trained to analyze and advise on a wide range of issues related to her area of expertise. Currently, she is an independent consultant who develops public outreach and education programmes for an international clientele. She strongly believes that increasing public outreach and education can promote hazard awareness and ultimately save lives.

Articles by Kurina Baksh


How to Reduce the Risk of Occupational Cancer How to Reduce the Risk of Occupational Cancer How to Reduce the Risk of Occupational Cancer How to Reduce the Risk of Occupational Cancer


Up to six percent of cancers are linked to occupational exposure to carcinogens, according to the CDC. Learn more about occupational cancer...

The Major Safety Hazards for Truckers and How to Prevent Them The Major Safety Hazards for Truckers and How to Prevent Them The Major Safety Hazards for Truckers and How to Prevent Them The Major Safety Hazards for Truckers and How to Prevent Them


Of all occupations, truck drivers suffer the most fatalities. Learn about the safety hazards associated with trucking and how truckers can...

Why It's Important To Know Your Workers' Attitudes Toward Safety Why It's Important To Know Your Workers' Attitudes Toward Safety Why It's Important To Know Your Workers' Attitudes Toward Safety Why It's Important To Know Your Workers' Attitudes Toward Safety


Workplace safety attitude plays a fundamental role in creating a safety culture, as well as minimizing the rate of work-related accidents...

The Proper Way To Conduct A Safety Audit The Proper Way To Conduct A Safety Audit The Proper Way To Conduct A Safety Audit The Proper Way To Conduct A Safety Audit


Performing safety audits is an important part of ensuring that your safety management systems are effective and efficient. Follow this...

The Importance of Waste from a Health and Safety Perspective The Importance of Waste from a Health and Safety Perspective The Importance of Waste from a Health and Safety Perspective The Importance of Waste from a Health and Safety Perspective


The production and disposal of waste products at the workplace is a cause for great concern, though is rarely given thought to. Learn how...

HIV/AIDS and the Workplace HIV/AIDS and the Workplace HIV/AIDS and the Workplace HIV/AIDS and the Workplace


HIV/AIDS in the workplace is a concern that many employees and employers are unsure of how to bring up. Learn more about the condition, and...

Managing Health and Safety Concerns Associated with Nanotechnology Managing Health and Safety Concerns Associated with Nanotechnology Managing Health and Safety Concerns Associated with Nanotechnology Managing Health and Safety Concerns Associated with Nanotechnology


Nanotechnology is becoming more and more common, but we are still learning about the associated risks. Find out what those are and how you...

Indoor Air Quality: 7 Basic Questions about Moulds Indoor Air Quality: 7 Basic Questions about Moulds Indoor Air Quality: 7 Basic Questions about Moulds Indoor Air Quality: 7 Basic Questions about Moulds


Indoor air quality is one of the top health concerns. Find out what causes mould growth, how it can affect your indoor air quality, and...

Reducing Your Carbon Footprint at Work Reducing Your Carbon Footprint at Work Reducing Your Carbon Footprint at Work Reducing Your Carbon Footprint at Work


Carbon footprint reduction strategies should be considered by business owners. There are many long-term changes that business can adopt to...

4 Ways Climate Change Is Affecting Your Employees 4 Ways Climate Change Is Affecting Your Employees 4 Ways Climate Change Is Affecting Your Employees 4 Ways Climate Change Is Affecting Your Employees


The effects of climate change must be considered in all areas of life. Find out how climate change effects your workers and what you can do...

Take Off With Safety Take Off With Safety Take Off With Safety Take Off With Safety


Cabin crew members face many unknown risks while on the job. Find out what risks are associated with this industry and how they can be...

Managing Pedestrians at Work Managing Pedestrians at Work Managing Pedestrians at Work Managing Pedestrians at Work


Areas in which there is a high proportion of vehicle and pedestrian traffic can be difficult to keep safe. Learn more about strategies to...

Top 5 Safety Hazards on Seaports and Docks Top 5 Safety Hazards on Seaports and Docks Top 5 Safety Hazards on Seaports and Docks Top 5 Safety Hazards on Seaports and Docks


Seaports and docks are dangerous worksites. Learn more about common hazards and what you can do to mitigate these risks to worker health

How to Get Employees and Management on Board with Safety How to Get Employees and Management on Board with Safety How to Get Employees and Management on Board with Safety How to Get Employees and Management on Board with Safety


Addressing health and safety provides opportunities to improve business efficiency, as well as safeguard workers. Therefore, getting...

Stand Up for Workplace Wellness Stand Up for Workplace Wellness Stand Up for Workplace Wellness Stand Up for Workplace Wellness


It has been said in recent years that sitting is the new smoking. Learn why sedentary desk jobs are a health risk, and what you can do to...

Legionella: The Killer In Your Tap! Legionella: The Killer In Your Tap! Legionella: The Killer In Your Tap! Legionella: The Killer In Your Tap!


Legionella is a risk in more areas than you might think. Learn more about the disease and what you can do to protect yourself and your...

2 Things to Consider When Measuring Your Company's Health and Safety Performance 2 Things to Consider When Measuring Your Company's Health and Safety Performance 2 Things to Consider When Measuring Your Company's Health and Safety Performance 2 Things to Consider When Measuring Your Company's Health and Safety Performance


Leading and lagging indicators are a great way of measuring a company's health and safety program. Learn more about what these are and what...

9 Topics Every Employee Orientation Should Cover 9 Topics Every Employee Orientation Should Cover 9 Topics Every Employee Orientation Should Cover 9 Topics Every Employee Orientation Should Cover


New employees can be an unnecessary hazard in the workplace if they are not properly introduced into their new job. Learn what elements...

6 Things to Consider When Planning Toolbox Talks 6 Things to Consider When Planning Toolbox Talks 6 Things to Consider When Planning Toolbox Talks 6 Things to Consider When Planning Toolbox Talks


Toolbox Talks can be effective an effective strategy when it comes to reducing work-related accidents and injury. Learn more about what a...

Risk Factors for Developing Musculoskeletal Disorders Risk Factors for Developing Musculoskeletal Disorders Risk Factors for Developing Musculoskeletal Disorders Risk Factors for Developing Musculoskeletal Disorders


Musculoskeletal disorders due to work-related functions are common, but preventable. Learn how musculoskeletal injuries occur and what you...

Workplace Discrimination: The LGBT Workforce Workplace Discrimination: The LGBT Workforce Workplace Discrimination: The LGBT Workforce Workplace Discrimination: The LGBT Workforce


Today's workforce is becoming more diverse and ensuring that LGBT employees are safe from discrimination and harassment is imperative....

Preventing the Spread of Zika Virus at Work Preventing the Spread of Zika Virus at Work Preventing the Spread of Zika Virus at Work Preventing the Spread of Zika Virus at Work


The Zika virus has been classified as an epidemic. Learn the signs and symptoms of those infected, and what you can do to prevent the virus...

Managing the Risk of Infectious Diseases in the Workplace Managing the Risk of Infectious Diseases in the Workplace Managing the Risk of Infectious Diseases in the Workplace Managing the Risk of Infectious Diseases in the Workplace


Infectious diseases pose a threat to the health of workers in many industries. Learn what you can do to help protect yourself and your...

7 Principles for Successful Return to Work 7 Principles for Successful Return to Work 7 Principles for Successful Return to Work 7 Principles for Successful Return to Work


Returning to work after an injury can be a difficult process. Learn what a successful program includes and how these principles contribute...

Everything You Need to Know to Write An Effective OHS Policy Statement Everything You Need to Know to Write An Effective OHS Policy Statement Everything You Need to Know to Write An Effective OHS Policy Statement Everything You Need to Know to Write An Effective OHS Policy Statement


Creating an OHS policy statement should be a joint effort between employees and management. Learn what elements are essential when creating...

When Safety Leadership Failed: Lessons Learned from Major Disasters When Safety Leadership Failed: Lessons Learned from Major Disasters When Safety Leadership Failed: Lessons Learned from Major Disasters When Safety Leadership Failed: Lessons Learned from Major Disasters


Leadership can determine how a safety disaster is handled by a team or organization. Learn how failed leadership can result in disaster and...

Leading Health and Safety at Work Leading Health and Safety at Work Leading Health and Safety at Work Leading Health and Safety at Work


Good leadership is often viewed as positive factor in creating a safe work environment. Learn what makes a good safety leader and how you...

4 Steps to Conducting Effective Job Safety Analyses (JSA) 4 Steps to Conducting Effective Job Safety Analyses (JSA) 4 Steps to Conducting Effective Job Safety Analyses (JSA) 4 Steps to Conducting Effective Job Safety Analyses (JSA)


Accident prevention is an essential element within the workplace. Find out why conducting a JSA can take your safety program to the next...

The Commercial Fishing Industry: Don't Throw Safety Overboard The Commercial Fishing Industry: Don't Throw Safety Overboard The Commercial Fishing Industry: Don't Throw Safety Overboard The Commercial Fishing Industry: Don't Throw Safety Overboard


The commercial fishing industry ranks at the top of the list of the most hazardous occupations. Learn what the top hazards are and how to...

Hospital Safety: Caring For Our Caregivers Hospital Safety: Caring For Our Caregivers Hospital Safety: Caring For Our Caregivers Hospital Safety: Caring For Our Caregivers


Hospitals have one of the highest rates of workplace related injuries and illness. Learn what the most common injury types are and the best...

Dangerous Goods Awareness Dangerous Goods Awareness Dangerous Goods Awareness Dangerous Goods Awareness


Dangerous goods can be found in almost any workplace. Learn the classes of dangerous goods and how you can keep yourself and your employees...

5 Steps to Creating a Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Workplace 5 Steps to Creating a Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Workplace 5 Steps to Creating a Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Workplace 5 Steps to Creating a Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Workplace


Living and working in an area where the language is different from your native tongue can make work-related training difficult. Learn how...

5 Things You Need to Consider When Working From Home 5 Things You Need to Consider When Working From Home 5 Things You Need to Consider When Working From Home 5 Things You Need to Consider When Working From Home


Even though home workers are not employed at a ‘traditional’ workplace, health and safety legislation and procedures still needs to be...

Asbestos: In the Home and Workplace Asbestos: In the Home and Workplace Asbestos: In the Home and Workplace Asbestos: In the Home and Workplace


Asbestos has been a controversial set of materials. Find out what the common sources are in your home and work place, and what you can do...

8 Strategies to Promote Workplace Mental Health 8 Strategies to Promote Workplace Mental Health 8 Strategies to Promote Workplace Mental Health 8 Strategies to Promote Workplace Mental Health


Mental health is a growing concern in the workplace. Learn what strategies might help promote a happier, healthier workplace

How to Avoid Static Electricity Shocks During the Winter Season How to Avoid Static Electricity Shocks During the Winter Season How to Avoid Static Electricity Shocks During the Winter Season How to Avoid Static Electricity Shocks During the Winter Season


Static electricity can be a real nussiance in the winter. Find out what the most common sources of static electricity are around you and...

9 Common Sources of Radiation in the Home and Workplace 9 Common Sources of Radiation in the Home and Workplace 9 Common Sources of Radiation in the Home and Workplace 9 Common Sources of Radiation in the Home and Workplace


There are many surprising everyday sources of radiation. Find out what you can do to avoid or reduce your exposure

Holiday Hazards: Fire, Lights and Christmas Trees Holiday Hazards: Fire, Lights and Christmas Trees Holiday Hazards: Fire, Lights and Christmas Trees Holiday Hazards: Fire, Lights and Christmas Trees


The holiday season is full of hazards. Learn what these hazards are and what you can do to keep yourself and your loved ones out of harms...

Holiday Hazards: Cold, Snow and Ice Holiday Hazards: Cold, Snow and Ice Holiday Hazards: Cold, Snow and Ice Holiday Hazards: Cold, Snow and Ice


Learn more about what you can do to keep yourself safe this holiday season

HSE-Friendly Fuel: Is Ethanol Fuel More Environmentally Conscious? HSE-Friendly Fuel: Is Ethanol Fuel More Environmentally Conscious? HSE-Friendly Fuel: Is Ethanol Fuel More Environmentally Conscious? HSE-Friendly Fuel: Is Ethanol Fuel More Environmentally Conscious?


Learn about the HSE aspects of ethanol fuel and why it may be a better option than traditional gasoline

Why Switching to Methanol Fuel is Better For You, Your Vehicle and The Environment Why Switching to Methanol Fuel is Better For You, Your Vehicle and The Environment Why Switching to Methanol Fuel is Better For You, Your Vehicle and The Environment Why Switching to Methanol Fuel is Better For You, Your Vehicle and The Environment


More research is being put into finding alternative fuels to replace or augment the use of gasoline. Learn why some of these fuels are...

Alternative Fuels as a Control Strategy for Motor Vehicular Air Pollutants Alternative Fuels as a Control Strategy for Motor Vehicular Air Pollutants Alternative Fuels as a Control Strategy for Motor Vehicular Air Pollutants Alternative Fuels as a Control Strategy for Motor Vehicular Air Pollutants


Learn about what alternative fuels are available and how these can benefit your health and the health of those around

Winter Driving Mode: Kicking Hazards to the Curb Winter Driving Mode: Kicking Hazards to the Curb Winter Driving Mode: Kicking Hazards to the Curb Winter Driving Mode: Kicking Hazards to the Curb


Winter driving is hazardous and unpredictable. Learn how to avoid common winter driving hazards and how to prepare for winter accidents on...

Cold Stress: Your Winter Safety Guide Cold Stress: Your Winter Safety Guide Cold Stress: Your Winter Safety Guide Cold Stress: Your Winter Safety Guide


Don't let the cold weather stress you, or your body this

The Threat of Ebola: Are You Prepared for a Pandemic? The Threat of Ebola: Are You Prepared for a Pandemic? The Threat of Ebola: Are You Prepared for a Pandemic? The Threat of Ebola: Are You Prepared for a Pandemic?


Learn about the Ebola disease: what it is, how you can get it, and what you can do to protect yourself from infection

Stress at Work: Tips to Reduce and Manage Workplace Stress Stress at Work: Tips to Reduce and Manage Workplace Stress Stress at Work: Tips to Reduce and Manage Workplace Stress Stress at Work: Tips to Reduce and Manage Workplace Stress


Learn how to reduce work-related stress and manage the stress you cannot eliminate

Work-Related Asthma: Breathe Easier Work-Related Asthma: Breathe Easier Work-Related Asthma: Breathe Easier Work-Related Asthma: Breathe Easier


Learn about work-related asthma and what you can do to control contaminant exposure and prevent subsequent attacks

Universal Design: Creating a Job Environment that Works for Everyone Universal Design: Creating a Job Environment that Works for Everyone Universal Design: Creating a Job Environment that Works for Everyone Universal Design: Creating a Job Environment that Works for Everyone


Higher diversity in the workforce presents an opportunity for better design. Find out how you can build workplace environments that benefit...

Getting Your Occupational Health and Safety Program Started in Six Steps Getting Your Occupational Health and Safety Program Started in Six Steps Getting Your Occupational Health and Safety Program Started in Six Steps Getting Your Occupational Health and Safety Program Started in Six Steps


A solid OHS program is essential for making sure everyone is safe while at work. Follow these six steps to design your program and get it...

Violence in the Workplace: Recognize the Risk and Take Action Violence in the Workplace: Recognize the Risk and Take Action Violence in the Workplace: Recognize the Risk and Take Action Violence in the Workplace: Recognize the Risk and Take Action


Workplace violence is on the rise. Learn what you can do to recognize the risks and keep your workers and yourself out of harm's way

The Demographic Change and Importance of Workplace Health Promotion The Demographic Change and Importance of Workplace Health Promotion The Demographic Change and Importance of Workplace Health Promotion The Demographic Change and Importance of Workplace Health Promotion


The world’s labor population is growing older, which is causing a labor shortage. Learn how to institute wellness programs to extend...

10 Critical Steps for Investigating and Reporting Accidents 10 Critical Steps for Investigating and Reporting Accidents 10 Critical Steps for Investigating and Reporting Accidents 10 Critical Steps for Investigating and Reporting Accidents


Learn how to properly investigate and report accidents in the workplace so that they don't reoccur

What Every Young Worker Needs to Know to Stay Safe in the Working World What Every Young Worker Needs to Know to Stay Safe in the Working World What Every Young Worker Needs to Know to Stay Safe in the Working World What Every Young Worker Needs to Know to Stay Safe in the Working World


Tips for younger workers on how to take ownership of their own safety

Hazard and Operability Studies: The Basics Hazard and Operability Studies: The Basics Hazard and Operability Studies: The Basics Hazard and Operability Studies: The Basics


Hazard and operability (HAZOP) studies are of great value to a company. Learn more about how to conduct a study and the necessary elements...

Electricity in the Workplace: The Silent Killer Electricity in the Workplace: The Silent Killer Electricity in the Workplace: The Silent Killer Electricity in the Workplace: The Silent Killer


How to protect yourself and your employees from the invisible workplace hazard of electricity

Noise: The Safety Hazard 10 Million Workers Are Exposed to Every Year Noise: The Safety Hazard 10 Million Workers Are Exposed to Every Year Noise: The Safety Hazard 10 Million Workers Are Exposed to Every Year Noise: The Safety Hazard 10 Million Workers Are Exposed to Every Year


While noise is a serious hazard with serious consequences, many people overlook it. Here's what you need to know about noise - and how to...

Indoor Air Quality: The Invisible Hazard in Every Workplace Indoor Air Quality: The Invisible Hazard in Every Workplace Indoor Air Quality: The Invisible Hazard in Every Workplace Indoor Air Quality: The Invisible Hazard in Every Workplace


It may be invisible and largely unnoticeable, but the Environmental Protection Agency has ranked poor indoor air quality (IAQ) as one of...

6 Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) Guidelines Every Employee Should Know 6 Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) Guidelines Every Employee Should Know 6 Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) Guidelines Every Employee Should Know 6 Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) Guidelines Every Employee Should Know


PPE is an important part of the health and safety puzzle - but only if it's used properly. Here are some key guidelines for getting the...

The Hierarchy of Hazard Controls The Hierarchy of Hazard Controls The Hierarchy of Hazard Controls The Hierarchy of Hazard Controls


The Hierarchy of Hazard Controls seeks to protect workers by ranking the ways in which hazards can be controlled. Find out how it works

Forklift Safety 101: Tips for Preventing Forklift Fatalities Forklift Safety 101: Tips for Preventing Forklift Fatalities Forklift Safety 101: Tips for Preventing Forklift Fatalities Forklift Safety 101: Tips for Preventing Forklift Fatalities


Forklifts can be useful pieces of machinery, but can also be the cause of workplace injury and even fatality. Learn what you can do to...

Farm Safety: Cultivating Safe Work Practices Farm Safety: Cultivating Safe Work Practices Farm Safety: Cultivating Safe Work Practices Farm Safety: Cultivating Safe Work Practices


It's harvest time again! The agricultural industry is full of hazards that we might not even be aware of. Learn the common causes of...

6 Factors to Consider When Choosing A Respiratory Protection Device 6 Factors to Consider When Choosing A Respiratory Protection Device 6 Factors to Consider When Choosing A Respiratory Protection Device 6 Factors to Consider When Choosing A Respiratory Protection Device


Learn about the different types of respiratory protection and what to consider when choosing which type to use for the job