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How to protect your employees in extreme weather

25-11-2016

Photo shows farm land covered in snowWith the autumn progressing and winter well on its way, it’s time to make sure employees are aware of the risks that a turn in the weather can bring.

Any job has its risks but some are more inherently risky than others, such as scaffolding for instance. When harsh weather is combined with height and heavy or large tools and materials, a day at work can be anything but routine. In Britain, the cold, rain and wind increase the risk to employees in all sorts of professions, but we are not alone. Many professionals across the world face tough conditions as part of their normal working day including:

Meteorologists

Not the people on the TV giving us the weather report after the news, the ones out there collecting data from the environment. When many of us would, of course, be driving away from an oncoming tornado or hurricane, professional meteorologists – often called “storm chasers” by the press - may be heading towards it. Their vehicles are outfitted with sophisticated recording equipment that can measure rainfall, wind speed and direction among other things, data which could be all important for predicting the likely path of a tornado and helping others to avoid being ca…

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

25-11-2016

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 itself in varying degrees of completion, there are many potential mishaps or accidents that could take place.

Each workplace must be proactive in ensuring the health and safety of each worker onboard the building project. As busy and complex as the operations may be, there will always be an ideal way to implement safety protocols for all relevant and potentially dangerous situations within the site — and that's through effective and strategic property management.

Key construction health and safety risks

There are a number of serious health and safety risks that construction workers regularly face, depending on the nature of their work. These include:

Accidents. Construction sites are prime environments for slips, trips and falls. At different points, workers can deal with structural instability, working at height, fire, electricity, heavy lifting, heavy equipment and vehicles…

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The 3 key benefits of a Safeguarding Adults training course

21-11-2016

Photo shows a group of people on a training course

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 excellent opportunities for employees to expand their understanding of issues related to safeguarding.

 

However, the majority of these training courses have been related to safeguarding children. In the last year or so, adult safeguarding training courses have also been on the rise. These courses bring with them an excellent range of benefits, giving your staff a thorough understanding of what adult abuse is, what its symptoms are, how to talk about it, and ultimately how to report it.

 

First things first: what is “Safeguarding”?

 

The term ‘safeguarding’ refers to the mechanisms and processes that you put in place as an organisation to protect both the individuals within the organisation and the individuals that your work brings you into contact with.

 

Understand how to recognise signs and symptoms of abuse in adults

 

Abuse among adults ca…

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