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8 Tips for a Safe Journey During Your Next Business Trip

Photo shows people on an aeroplaneNowadays, the world is so connected and easily accessible that business now requires people to fly to the other side of the world in order to sell products, meet clients and establish potential partnerships.

However, as a business sending employees to travel into uncharted territory, it’s vital that you have your wits about you. After all, if they’re travelling around a strange place with potentially sensitive and private documents in hand, there’s an obvious risk of danger.

To ensure your next business is safe with your employee’s wellbeing in mind, here are eight tips to remember.

Duty of Care Requirements

As a business, you have a responsibility known as a duty of care. This means you need to accurately assess any potential risks that your employees might come across during their travels and show proof that you’ve evaluated their health and safety, well-being and whether any precautions need to be taken.

Individual Employee Needs

Every employee is different and will need different things taken into account when travelling on behalf of your business. “For example, while one employee might be a confident traveller, they may suffer from a condition such …

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Workplace Injuries Cost Businesses Billions

Photo shows people on some metal stairsLast year, 609,000 injuries occurred at work according to the Labour Force Survey. Of those, the majority were as a result of a slip, trip or fall.

The cost to businesses is over £14billion a year and 31.2 million working days lost. The irony is that slip and trip accidents are some of the most easily avoided accidents. Whether you're a business owner or a local authority, managing your site and securing it against staff and visitors suffering accidents requires vigilance, strong processes and the right flooring materials.

Here are some of the key considerations to reduce the risk of slips, trips and falls in the workplace.

Inspections

Make sure you undertake regular inspections of your site to ensure that any defects or hazards are noted and addressed. You might have to hire a safety manager if your workplace is intrinsically dangerous, or train managers or others to monitor the workplace for dangers. You should also make sure your employees know what to do if they encounter a potential hazard.

Clearly mark all potentially dangerous areas with signage. This keeps hazards that might go unnoticed in the front of people's minds. People are more aware of where they put…

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New Design Innovations in Disposable Respirators

Photo shows a respiratory mask being worn when using chemicalsRespiratory innovation is happening but in baby steps. Personal protective equipment is traditionally a low innovation area, but new advances in technology in the area of materials, fabrics and overall design have dramatically improved worker protection and user comfort. Disposable respirators have come a long way, and manufacturers are always working on improving function, fit and wearability in an effort to protect workers and encourage compliance with federal laws.

Here are some of the new design innovations we’re seeing in disposable respirators:

Improved Filtration Design

The general trend we’re seeing in respiratory filtration technology is the desire for improved performance and efficiency from particulate removal, combined with lower resistance capabilities to air flow. For instance, Dura-Mesh shells are being used by companies like Moldex-Metric to help provide protection from particulates like dirt on the outside and moisture on the inside.

Dura-Mesh shells not only prevent collapsing from heat and humidity, but also help keep the respirator clean looking while also protecting the filter on both sides. New innovations like Dura-Mesh shells are helping res…

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