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8 Unusual Places You Might Find Asbestos

09-11-2017

Photo shows an ironing board - some old boards may contain asbestos, covers were also lined with asbestosAs a naturally occurring material, the history of asbestos in tools and products stretches back thousands of years. Its seemingly miraculous properties of fire resistance and tensile strength led to its use in all kinds of products, with a particular boom in the early 20th century.

While many of …

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6 Easy Ways to Reduce VOC Exposure in the Workplace

11-10-2017

What are VOCs?

VOCs, or volatile organic compounds, are a family of chemicals that readily evaporate and turn into gases and vapour. Put simply, this means they give off odorous fumes and increase the concentration of potentially harmful chemicals in the air.

And in the modern age, they can be…

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Using Virtual Reality To Simulate Real Risks

26-09-2017

Photo shows an example augmented realityThere will always be a place for PowerPoint presentations, especially if business boardrooms have anything to say about it. But as an effective learning tool, there is room for improvement.

Even the most attentive student isn’t going to absorb everything they need from bullet points and anecdotes…

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What is your office hygiene saying about you?

11-07-2017

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A clean work environment is vital for your business. It presents a professional image for your company, creates a healthier environment for your staff and boosts morale overall. It’s not enough to simply run a hoover over the carpet and empty the bins every week – if you’re serious about product…

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Infographic: How to treat and dispose of bed bug infested furniture safely

11-04-2017

There aren’t many things worse than having a bed bug infestation in your home or business premises, but if you do, you need to know how to deal with it in the safest way possible. Not just for your own household, but for the local community. One of the main points to consider when it comes to safely…

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On the lookout for occupational asthma

11-04-2017

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People who develop asthma because of the type of work they do have what's known as occupational asthma. It's actually referred to as adult-onset asthma and accounts for up to 15% of asthma cases in adults. What's more, it's believed that in certain industries, as many as 10% of workers develop o…

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11 ways to boost your health and safety culture

08-03-2017

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Promoting a strong health and safety (H&S) culture is not rocket science, but it takes time, effort and resources!

The overall culture in a company has a tremendous effect on the health and safety performance of employees. Culture is a notoriously tricky concept to pin down and fully unders…

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Why hi-vis clothing is a vital workplace investment

16-02-2017

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In very simple terms, the reason for investing in hi-vis (high visibility) clothing for your workers is quite straightforward - it can stop them from being injured. It will also possibly save you from all kinds of reputational damage or compensation claims if one of your workers gets hurt in an …

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How digital signage can help improve health and safety

16-02-2017

Effectively implementing health and safety policies is a big priority in workplaces. Whenever an incident occurs whether big or small, a business and its workers need to feel secure in the knowledge that they are protected. This is no small matter for a company as it can prove disastrous with possib…

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How to Work Safely at Height: 5 Essential Tips

06-02-2017

Photo shows work at heightWhether you're clearing a gutter or your employees are working on a roof, any tasks completed above the ground must be conducted carefully with health and safety firmly in mind. Even the shortest fall can result in serious injury, while more significant falls can even result in fatalities.

In rec…

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How to protect yourself after a personal injury as a result of an accident

06-02-2017

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Every year in the UK more than 3 million people are seriously injured in accidents that occur in their homes, at their places of employment, in their cars or outdoors. If the accident is the fault of someone else, then the victim has the right to be compensated.

Personal Injury law is complex…

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Safety measures all construction workers must take

09-01-2017

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To ensure the safety of themselves as well as clients there are certain safety measures all construction workers must take to assure everyone on a site it free from any potential danger. For more read our article.

Safety measures

Construction is considered one of the most dangerous occupat…

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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 heigh…

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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 itse…

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The 3 key benefits of a Safeguarding Adults training course

21-11-2016

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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

16-11-2016

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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?

15-11-2016

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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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What employers need to know about workplace temperature

10-11-2016

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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

11-10-2016

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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

10-10-2016

Photo shows workers on scaffolding working at height

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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