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Building a safety net: Protecting the workplace with effective project management

Photo shows a woman wearing a hard hat holding buildings in her handConstruction sites are considered high-risk environments. Pay a visit to one and you will immediately see why — with large teams of people simultaneously working on various aspects of the project, all kinds of tools and heavy machinery involved and in motion, and the different areas of the site itse…

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The 3 key benefits of a Safeguarding Adults training course

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If the work of your business or organisation brings you into contact with vulnerable adults, you should seriously consider an adult safeguarding training. In recent years, the benefits of investing in safeguarding courses have come to the fore, with businesses citing these training courses as ex…

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How a multilingual food hygiene course can improve health and safety standards

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No matter how reputable a business you run, the one thing customers can’t overlook is poor health and safety. This is especially true in the catering industry, where consistent food safety standards are paramount; there is no getting around undercooked food or badly cleaned appliances. Food hy…

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Are you taking safety seriously or do you continue to gamble with your employees' lives?

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Unfortunately, there are still a high percentage of employers who don't take safety seriously enough and are yet to embrace and appreciate the importance of occupational safety.

There is also by some a belief that providing a safe working environment is too expensive, they cannot justify the …

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Annual workplace injuries and ill-health 2015/16

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What employers need to know about workplace temperature

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Now that the nights are drawing in and we’re all starting to think about turning the central heating on, the subject of workplace temperature becomes ever more important.

The relevant laws that govern indoor workplace temperature are set out by the Workplace (Health, Safety and Welfare) Reg…

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Preventing injuries at work

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Minor injuries at work are common, but by following the simple steps below, you can make sure that your workplace is safe.

Repetitive Strain Injuries

Repetitive strain injuries (RSIs) can occur when individuals sit at desks for long periods of time. Today, virtually all office jobs require…

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Understanding the risks of working at height: Key factors to consider

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In some industries, it’s inevitable that employees are going to need to work at height. This is inherently risky, but it’s possible (and necessary) that businesses identify and assess those risks before reducing them. In fact, businesses have a legal obligation to do this.

Here are some o…

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Health and safety in the construction industry

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It is a marvel when you get to see tall skyscrapers which are the end products of months or years construction work. The final building looks amazing especially the outer glass panels that reflect the blue sky. Furthermore, occupants get to have the best view of the city’s skyline every single d…

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Chemical safety PPE - top to toe

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Working with chemicals can obviously be dangerous. As careful as you may be, accidents do happen. However, with the correct Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) you can mitigate the risk of harm. There are a wealth of different elements of PPE designed to protect against chemical hazards and know…

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Five ways to avoid the Fawlty Towers fire drill debacle

John Cleese and the Fawlty Towers team are extremely good at injecting hilarious farce into otherwise ordinary situations. I laugh out loud every time I watch any episode, including the episode where Basil Fawlty incompetently conducts a fire drill (This is the sixth episode of the first series enti…

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4 essential safety tips for operating a cherry picker

Photo shows a worker using a cherry picker to work at heightCherry pickers – also known variously as elevated work platforms, basket cranes or man lifts – are movable access platforms that can be extremely useful for working at height. Mounted onto a truck, these machines provide high level access for many commercial applications including maintenance and cl…

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Why health and safety are essentials in the workplace

The phrase ‘health and safety’ often brings to mind the image of a school inspector examining corridors meticulously for trip hazards. But there’s more to it than that; health and safety is there to protect workers from unsafe environments, such as the Sport’s Direct centre which required mo…

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7 industrial safety practices no company can afford to ignore

Photo shows two workers wearing head protectionWorkplace safety has become a hot-button issue in every industry. According to the U.S. Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics, approximately 3 million non-life threatening injuries occurred in the workplace in 2014. The good news is, that figure is 54,000 less than it was in 2013.

We…

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The wind industry: Five vital considerations for rescue and descent systems

Photo shows a row of wind turbinesOne of the most worrying statistics published by the Health and Safety Executive in recent years shows that of all fatalities occurring in a work environment between 2013 and 2014, almost 3 out of every 10 were due to falls from height. While the HSE do not provide figures for specific industries in…

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Does what it says on the tin – The importance of health and safety labels

Photo shows a label warning about radioactive materialsWhether you’re a small start-up business or you’re an established company with well over 100 employees, having an established set of health and safety procedures and protocols is always essential. It is likely that you have a wide range of different procedures in the event anything goes wrong within…

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Best practice chemical storage in the workplace

Photo shows a chemical storage systemChemical safety is a primary workplace safety concern for many organisations. To control the exposure of employees to chemicals in the workplace, particular efforts need to be made to ensure chemicals are safely stored and handled. Even commonly used substances in the workplace such as ammonia, benz…

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Latest product recalls

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Photo shows a Centre branded heaterCenter brand fan heater sold at Wolseley Plumb CenterThere is a risk of the plug and/or fuse overheating and could be a fire hazard.More...
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How to stay safe when handling bricks

Photo shows a worker moving bricks in a wheelbarrow on a construction siteBricks are an important ingredient needed in most construction projects. We have been using bricks for thousands of years and many homes and commercial buildings are built with bricks. Whilst bricks are popular, it’s important you know how to use them safely to avoid suffering any handling injuries.…

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Health and safety in the pharmacy

Photo shows a pharmacist at workWhatever the business, there is always the possibility of an accident or damage to someone's health. All working environments expose people to hazards, be they: dangerous machinery, lethal substances, electricity etc.

Health and safety in the pharmacy is very important for a person’s welfare. Thi…

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