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"Paving the way---throughout the world"
Qualified persons are encouraged to apply for the position of
HEALTH,SAFETY & ENVIRONMENTAL OFFICER
Some duties/ responsibilities include:
1. Ensuring that Lake Asphalt meets all its Health and Safety regulatory requirements as defined by local and related
2. Assisting with the development/implementation of a Health and Safety Management System.
3. Developing related HSE policies/procedures and continually reviewing and revising as needed.
4. Collecting and reporting HSE performance metrics / statistics.
5. Issuing control of work documentation and conducting daily site surveillances and proactive workplace inspections.
6. Coordinating and conducting HSE Training and Orientation for Staff and Contractors/Visitors/Vendors and other
7. Assisting in the conducting of drills and updating of Emergency Response Plans.
8. Investigating Accident/ Incident and reporting using Root Cause Analysis. Follow up on corrective measures to
9. Conducting and revising risk assessments as needed and tracking the progress of corrective measures taken.
10. Conducting Audits and providing summary reports on findings, progress and status on closeout of improvement actions.
11. Functioning as an Emergency Responder when the need arises.
12. Participating in Toolbox and Job Hazard Analysis Meetings, HSE Committee and other Safety Meetings.
13. Demonstrating continually the highest standards of HS leadership by being an agent for change and a model of
14. Other related duties as assigned by the Team Leader/Manager, HSE.
o Bachelor's Degree/Associate Degree/Diploma in HSE or relevant discipline.
o First Aid/CPR Certified.
o Competency Certifications would be an asset (such as Risk Assessment, Fall Prevention, Working at Heights,
Confine Space Entry etc.).
o EMT-B Certification would be an asset.
o 3-5 years related work experience.
o Excellent communication skills (verbal & written)
o Ability to function in challenging situations/circumstances.
Working antisocial hours can prematurely age
the brain and dull intellectual ability, scientists
Their study, in the journal Occupational and Envi-
ronmental Medicine, suggested a decade of shifts
aged the brain by more than six years.
There was some recovery after people stopped
working antisocial shifts, but it took five years to
return to normal.
Experts say the findings could be important in
dementia, as many patients have disrupted sleep.
The body s internal clock is designed for us to be
active in the day and asleep at night.
The damaging effects on the body of working
against the body clock, from breast cancer to obesity,
are well known.
Now a team at the University of Swansea and the
University of Toulouse has shown an impact on the
mind as well.
Three thousand people in France performed tests
of memory, speed of thought and wider cognitive
The brain naturally declines as we age, but the
researchers said working antisocial shifts accelerated
Those with more than ten years of shift work under
their belts had the same results as someone six and
a half years older.
The good news is that when people in the study
quit shift work, their brains did recover. Even if it
took five years.
Dr Philip Tucker, part of the research team in
Swansea, told the BBC: "It was quite a substantial
decline in brain function, it is likely that when people
trying to undertake complex cognitive tasks then
they might make more mistakes and slip-ups, maybe
one in 100 makes a mistake with a very large con-
sequence, but it s hard to say how big a difference
it would make in day-to-day life."
He said he would not do night shifts "if I could
possibly help it" but they were a "necessary evil"
that society could not do without.
"There are ways to mitigate the effects in the way
you design work schedules and regular medical check-
ups... should include cognitive performance tests to
look for danger signs," he added.
Dr Michael Hastings, from the UK Medical Research
Council s Laboratory of Molecular Biology, told the
BBC: "The reversibility is a really exciting finding
because no-one else has shown it and no matter
how compromised a person may be there s always
hope of recovery."
He said the findings may have important conse-
quences in dementia, which is known to damage
sleeping patterns in a similar way to shift work.
"If you can keep the sleep-wake cycle as solid as
possible you re unlikely to reverse neurodegeneration,
but you can ameliorate one of the consequences.
"In nursing homes one thing you can do to help
is to set a very clear daily routine to encourage a
sensible 24-hour pattern of activity; it needs bright
lights in the day, resting at night and appropriate
medication such as melatonin before bed."
Prof Derk-Jan Dijk, from the Surrey Sleep Centre,
cautioned that retired shift workers still had lower
sleep quality than people who had never done nights.
"So some of these effects may not be so readily
or rapidly reversed."
He added: "We now accept that shift work may
not be good for your physical health, but this shows
your brain function is affected, and I think that finding
will surprise many people." (BBC)
Even after people stopped working antisocial shifts, it took five years to return
Report: Shift work
dulls your brain
YOUR DAILY HEALTH
News and Advice
"The brain naturally declines as we age, but
the researchers said working antisocial
shifts accelerated the process. Those with
more than ten years of shift work under
their belts had the same results as someone
six and a half years older."
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