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ABCs Can Help Your First Aid Training

Photo shows a first aid training sessionComing across someone who has had an accident – or indeed being involved in or witnessing such – can be daunting. Thinking about it now, you may believe that you would panic; in fact, most people -when faced with such a situation – react with a calmness that may even surprise them, as your first instinct is to help in any way you can.

Non-trained persons can, in fact, do more harm than good, and not through their own fault. There are certain circumstances in which doing what seems natural may actually be the wrong thing, and may make things worse. This is why many people choose off their own back to take a first aid course.

When it comes to health and safety – and first aid – in the workplace it is a basic legal requirement that some of your personnel are trained in the basics, and that you have first aid kits available, and fully stocked, in accessible and easy to find locations.

Whether you are an individual looking to take a course in first aid, or an employer who wants to get a team trained and up and running, there is one set of letters that will soon become very familiar to you: ABC. What is ABC in first aid, and why is it vital to remember? That’s what we …

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5 challenges of being a manufacturer in 2018

Photo shows a worker wearing personal protective equipmentThe manufacturing industry faces many challenges year on year. It’s an important sector to both current and emerging markets.

These are the most commonly faced challenges to the industry in the UK in 2018.

  1. Manual handling and safety

Manufacturing can be a dangerous industry, and it’s vital that manufacturers are aware of health and safety regulations. According to health and safety statistics, 80,000 manufacturing workers in the UK suffer from illnesses which were caused by work.

Of the most frequent non-fatal injuries to employees, 24% are linked to lifting and handling. Manufacturers must find ways to help lower the risk of injury. It’s something which can be avoided if the necessary precautions are taken. The challenge comes with trying to find solutions to help with health and safety.

To overcome this challenge, there are trolleys and trucks which can help manufacturers handle and lift heavy objects. This would help to take the strain off the worker and prevent injury.

  1. The introduction of GDPR

It’s no secret that GDPR has been making waves since it came into effect on the 25th of May, 2018. Any company that has employees, suppliers or custom…

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A Guide to Personal Protective Equipment and Clothing

Photo shows a worker wearing Personal Protective EquipmentPersonal Protective Equipment, often referred to as PPE, describes the equipment that is used in order to protect workers against any risks to their health and safety. PPE covers a wide range of equipment throughout many different industries, with some of the most common items of equipment being helmets, safety gloves, protective glasses, safety boots and shoes, safety harnesses and high-vis clothing.

Equipment and clothing not covered under PPE includes food hygiene clothing, standard work clothing and uniform, travel protection equipment, equipment for competitive sports, devices designed to detect risks and weapons used for self-defence.

Legal Requirements relating to PPE

Employers have a responsibility and a duty of care to ensure the safety of employees, under the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974, with such a provision in place meaning that no charges should be made for anything that relates to the compliance of PPE. As well as this, the Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999 stipulates that employers or self-employed workers must conduct a risk assessment for their work.

By conducting the risk assessment, employers and self-employed workers are…

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