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Health and safety is a huge concern for businesses around the world. According to the law, a company is responsible for the health and wellbeing of its employees. If there’s an accident or work-related injury on site, it’s the company’s responsibility. Of course, this goes without saying in hazardous job environments. If you work on a building site or in a factory, you expect a certain level of hazard awareness. But, what about the humble office? Even in this relatively safe environment, companies are taking extraneous measures to protect safety.

There are multiple reasons for this. First of all, accidents can happen at any time in any place. No matter how safe a work environment appears, there are no guarantees. Secondly, no employer wants to see their workers come to harm or injury. Thirdly, there is a legal responsibility here. These companies are legally bound to protect their workers, and limit the chance of injury. If an accident does occur, the business is liable for costs and damages. Naturally, few businesses can afford the time or money to fight these legal battles.

So, what exactly are businesses doing to counteract this problem?

Most notably, companies are putting health and safety at the very heart of their operations. In the past, health and safety was often an afterthought. Good businessmen understand that health and safety is key to the success of the company. It is held in high regard, just like customer service, HR or finances. Safety is now a core part of the company. Why? Because a safe environment is a productive one. Employees feel more comfortable and confident executing their jobs. Health and safety isn’t just preventative, it’s an active part of business.

The biggest health and safety concerns usually revolve around hazards. Hazards are the biggest culprits in any accident or injury case, and they can almost always be prevented. A hazard may be something as simple as a wet floor. In other cases, it’s a dangerous piece of equipment or machinery. Whilst it’s impossible to identify every single potential hazard, the best workplaces are doing a better job. Where possible, companies are now highlighting and marking every potential hazard in the workplace. Yellow tape often marks out the safest routes while ‘caution’ signs are used to identify the major hazards.

The trickiest aspect of dealing with health and safety is seeing the wood for the trees. When you run a business day-in-day-out, you don’t always see the nuances. You don’t see the potential hazards because you simply become used to them. That’s where a team of experts can really take things to the next level. The best businesses are now using Peninsula’s health and safety consultancy service. An external team like this will immediately spot the weaknesses and gaps in your system. They’ll make suggestions for improvements, and help tighten the gaps. You can ask these teams to audit your health and safety annually to maintain the highest levels.

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One of the basic tenets of health and safety is training. Every employee must now be trained in the basics of health and safety in the workplace. This simple technique will point out hazards, and explain the essential safety procedures. If your staff are working with particular tools or machinery, they must be expertly trained to do so. Every piece of equipment comes with detailed safety techniques, so ensure they are followed. When your employees are well trained, they feel more comfortable and confident in their roles.

Another basic tenet of health and safety is communication. If you run a business, it’s essential that your staff feel comfortable coming to you with problems. They should be able to identify hazards, and relay that information to the correct person. They should feel comfortable asking questions, rather than making a guess and inuring themselves. Health and safety all starts with open lines of communication. This communication works both ways too. As a manager or business owner, it’s your job to carefully relay the expectations and safety basics.

It’s also the employer’s job to provide the right tools and equipment for the job. If a task puts a staff-member in a vulnerable position, they must be equipped to do so. If your employees are working with machinery, make sure they have safety goggles and gloves. It’s basic common sense, yet some businesses carelessly ignore this advice. Always try to provide the latest equipment and tools, and upgrade them whenever possible.

It’s becoming increasingly common for companies to actively investigate any accidents in the workplace. In the past, accidents would simply be brushed aside. Now, however, companies are obliged to investigate the causes behind the accident. With a thorough understanding, they can then take steps to prevent it in the future. Many companies then share these investigations with each other to help prevent wider accidents. It’s a simple way to ensure that the same accident never happens twice.

Not only are companies investigating accidents, they’re also recording them strictly. In major cases, business owners are obliged to turn over records to health and safety authorities. This is only in particularly dangerous cases. However, most companies now keep safety records regardless of the injury level. Every slip, trip or fall is now recorded. It’s a simple way to see whether the company is improving its safety credentials over time.

In the past, it’s been difficult to monitor or police safety problems due to a lack of accountability. In other words, there was no-one who was directly in charge of safety. Nowadays, it’s common to employ a safety officer or operations manager to deal with it directly. They act as the first line of defence, and the first port of call. If a hazard is spotted, it is immediately reported to the safety manager. When there is a simple, clear structure in place, it’s easier to manage the health and safety process.

It’s clear that health and safety is now a major concern for all business types. Whether big or small, take these points on board, and implement them at your own company.

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SkyBridge Receives “Exporter of the Year” award from Global Chamber Phoenix

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The SkyBridge air logistics project received the “Exporter of the Year, Services” award, granted by the Phoenix Global Chamber within its annual Grow Globally Fair, which brings exporters and importers together, along with international investors.

The award was presented to SkyBridge, a company chaired by Ariel Picker and directed by Felipe Monroy. The effort to position www.skybridgeaz.com as one of the leaders in the international logistics sector within the business community in Arizona has been coordinated by Marco Lopez, president of Intermestic Partners.

SkyBridge is planned to become the first international air cargo hub to house Mexican and US Customs in the United States.

Its operations are based at the Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport and will allow e-commerce companies and manufacturers, among others, to do business in Mexico and throughout Latin America, with a more efficient and profitable transport of goods between countries, thorough inspections and adequate security controls.

The development of this project will create 17,000 new direct and indirect jobs, as well as more than 3.5 million SF of development which will include industrial, aeronautical, office and commercial real estate.

The construction plan will detonate other benefits in the border region. Arizona’s proximity to Mexico and its surroundings are highly favorable for business, and they make the state a natural center for air cargo companies, large and small, eager to see their businesses grow on both sides of the border.

In this sense, Grow Globally Fair gives global business leaders the opportunity to see what’s new, who is new and how they can grow better.

With that purpose, the Phoenix Global Chamber awards prizes in honor of the success achieved in international markets and in the United States, whose categories are: Exporter of the year, product; Exporter of the year, services; Importer of the year; Landed Company to see; Cross-border consulting; Transcendent leader of the community; International banking; International commercial law; Immigration lawyer; Diplomat of the year; Translation and localization; International logistics; International accounting and taxes; International finance and insurance; International Emerging Risk; International Talent and Payroll: International Real Estate Leader; International wealth management; International business training and discourse; International IT services; International market; International education; Collaborating Organization; International nonprofit; International business city; an Elected leader with global mentality; Young Global Leader, and Global Leaders of the tribe of the year.

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Axel Andorff and Carsten Isensee, new SEAT Vice presidents for R&D and Finance

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The Spanish car company, SEAT is betting on the future by hiring two prestigious new executive vice presidents. The company hired Axel Andorff as the new executive vice president of R&D (research and development), and Carsten Isensee has been appointed as the new executive vice president for finance. With both appointments, SEAT is focusing on Innovation and securing the company’s record profit and investment figures.

Who are Axel Andorff and Carsten Isensee

Research & Development and Finance are two of the most important areas on a car company. The new vice presidents of these areas, are both executives with international experience and extensive knowledge on the car market. Axel Andorff will be replacing Dr. Matthias Rabe (who will run the technical development operations area at Volkswagen), and Carsten Isensee, who is taking over for Holger Kintscher (who will be working as head of IT and finance at Volkswagen).

Let’s see who are these two new incorporations to the SEAT executive staff. 

Axel Andorff (R&D Vice president)

Axel Andorff is a German economic and mechanical engineer (from the German University of Kaiserslautern), with 20 years of experience at the car market, where he worked for Mercedes and held various positions in the research & development area of that company.

New responsibilities at SEAT

The new R&D vice president will be in charge of the company’s innovation projects, especially those involving connectivity and car electrification, developing technologies and new forms of mobility. He is in charge of the SEAT Technical Centre, who is focused on R&D. It has an area of 43,000 square meters, prepared and equipped (of a total area that covers a surface of 200,000 square meters). More than 1000 qualified engineers work on this center, using advanced technology (simulations, virtual reality…) to create modern and reliable cars, and developing new car technology.

In 2018 SEAT allocates 862 million euros on total investments and R&D expenses, 47% more than in 2017.

Carsten Isensee (Executive Vice-President for Finance)

Carsten Isensee has a degree in business management from the German University of Wilhelmshaven, and he has made his entire career in the Volkswagen company. His last charge was in China as an executive vice president for finance.

2018 was a historic year for SEAT. Sales have grown by over 10%, increasing from 468,400 sold vehicles in 2017 to 517.600 in 2018. With the incorporation of Carsten Isensee to the company, they expect to continue increasing their sales along 2019 and the next years.

New responsibilities at SEAT

The Finance vice president joins the Spanish car company with the objective of reinforcing the company’s profit record and investment figures, and to strengthen its financial basis for future Automotive (LINK NOFOLLOW) projects.

The car market is a very competitive sector. Last years SEAT increased its figures on sales, profits and investments. With the new vice presidents incorporations, the company is focusing on increasing these figures and securing its position on the market.

As SEAT president Luca de Meo said: “It’s time to look to the future with the ambition to grow”.

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Gutemberg Dos Santos and Robert Kiyosaki share their vision of leadership

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Gutemberg Dos Santos is a Brazilian-American entrepreneur and one of the main promoters of the use of Blockchain technology and crypto economy.

Gutemberg Dos Santos and Robert Kiyosaki

Gutemberg Dos Santos a couple of years ago sponsored an event in which the Guinness Record broke with the largest number of people playing Cash Flow, a game developed by Robert Kiyosaki. Today, Dos Santos shares some reflections that emerged on that occasion about what a good leader is. 

A good leader is an excellent guide to reach common goals. If I want my team to work successfully I must share my skills and offer the best tools for their performance. I am also committed to strengthening the capabilities of each of the members and never assume that we all work the same as diversity enriches and complements the unit. 

Sharing experiences. If I share my experiences with the rest of my team regarding the success and failures I have had in some projects, I will empathize with my team and together we will be able to reach the goals proposed for the company.

Listening. This part is essential for a business to prosper, if I do not listen to my people I will be walking towards darkness. I must always remain alert to the doubts and questions that my team may have, in this way I will know if we are all on the same frequency and we are walking towards the same course.

Motivating my team. I take my time to know my team, how old they are, what is their educational and socioeconomic level; what goals they pursue in the short and long term. This will help me find keywords that guide me to be empathetic with them and be able to have better communication. 

Being proactive. When facing a difficult situation, I try to get the best out of it, without falling into frustration and rather detect alternative solutions. Trusting and being flexible. I am attentive to the capacities and strengths within my work team, this way I trust people in order to delegate tasks, likewise I am open to listen to proposals and suggestions that lead us to strengthen our project. 

For more information, please visit : www.gutembergds.com 


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