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The silent killer putting our workforce and business profits at risk

Photo shows a woman feeling ill in an officeA silent killer is lurking inside our workplace buildings, attacking our workforce and putting pressure on business profits and our economy. It is our indoor air.

The UK has some of the highest sickness rates in the world. We lose millions of days of work each year as a result of ill health, which …

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How avoiding the ‘fatal four’ can improve your construction site

Photo shows a worker on a construction siteYour employees are your number one asset on the job site, and taking a few moments to make certain the job site is safe and secure can go a long way towards productivity and can save you money in the long run.

According to the US Department of Labor, 806 workers were killed in 2012 while working on…

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Continuing Professional Development (CPD) - how to keep up-to-speed

Photo shows a group of professionals at a training sessionStaying on top of your game is key in Health and Safety. Although other professions also require a set number of hours of CPD, H&S has one of the greatest direct impacts on people’s health and wellbeing.

More than 200 people are killed in accidents at work every year. The number of people injured…

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What are the risks of unsafe gas appliances?

Photo shows a gas ring on a cooker hobIf you don't have your gas appliances serviced regularly, if your gas appliances are fitted by incompetent and untrained workers, or if you don't take steps to respond quickly to boiler breakdowns and other gas emergencies, you could pay for your mistake with your life.

There are four major dangers…

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Four smart tips for picking the best protective gear

Photo shows a worker wearing protective eyewearThere are a variety of workplace-related conditions where having the proper gear can make the difference between safe, predictable results and dangerous circumstances involving injury or even death. Your senses, hands and feet, and even torso can be subject to dangerous conditions when you work in a…

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How to avoid a worker's compensation claim on your construction zone

Photo shows a worker on a construction siteThe number of work related injuries, both in the UK and Australia, is quite high. In fact, 2012-2013 saw an estimated 646,000 work related accidents with 1/3 of those leading to three or more missed work days and another 1/3, seven or more missed days. While self-reported non-fatal injuries have fal…

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Eight tips for safely setting up and running a warehouse

Photo shows the inside of a warehouseWhen it comes to setting up a warehouse, your staff safety should be top priority, closely followed by arranging the space to fit the most in. This can take a lot of planning and often needs to be laid out to exact specifications. There are many things you need to consider but to help you out, here …

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Why competency and good health and safety management go hand in hand

Photo shows workers in front of a graphCompetency is something which employers are looking for in industries of every kind. Before searching for flair, employers need to know that a candidate has precisely what it takes to take care of each part of a job effectively and efficiently.

One area in which competency is particularly important…

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The league table of construction accidents

Photo shows workers on a construction siteAny documentation from the HSE always makes for interesting reading, particularly when it relates to the construction industry. This is a field which makes up just 5% of the British workforce, yet still contributes to 27% of fatal injuries to the whole country. In short, it’s dangerous – although th…

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How to avoid injury at work

Photo shows a woman with one arm in a slingNo matter what environment you work in, from construction to the office, there are accidents just waiting to trip us up! Many people think that accidents only happen in dangerous working environments, but in fact, they can happen anywhere. Some of the most common workplace accidents are slips, trips…

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Essential protective equipment and clothing for the workplace

Photo shows a welder wearing protective clothingThere are dangers of varying degrees in just about every professional environment, from restaurant kitchens to factories, warehouses, building sites and road works – even offices to some extent. This is why it is essential to consider ways to reduce risks of injury and accident at work.


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How hand sanitisers can help ward off winter illness

image links to an effective hand hygiene guideWinter is known as cold and flu season for a good reason. In the chillier months and especially right after the holidays, people become more prone to these illnesses and often end up with a nasty case of the sniffles. It’s a common occurrence because the holidays see people in close confines with ot…

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Hearing loss laws in the workplace

photo shows a work area with noisy equipmentEmployees who work in environments where loud noise is prominent have a greater risk of developing hearing problems compared to those who work in other sectors. Employers must adhere to regulations when their workers are involved in such work.

Employers must follow the Control of Noise at Work Regu…

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How safety barriers are reducing workplace accidents easily and effectively

photo shows a barrier being used to block a hazardMany workplace accidents take place either when the employees fail to recognize a prospective perilous situation or when the company’s owner or the management team fails to install safety barriers. Reports about near misses and fatal accidents often signify that the causes of these accidents were ow…

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What are employers' fire safety duties?

photo shows a building on fireEmployers, building owners and other people responsible for commercial buildings have a duty to put necessary fire safety precautions in place to all reasonable and practicable extents. This is seen in health law under the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005, which applies to all non-domestic…

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Winter safety advice

photo shows a road covered in snowGoing out in the winter can be hazardous, especially if you will be driving. Then again, staying in has its risks too. Make sure you stay safe this winter with these helpful tips:

Driving in the winter is very different than at other times of the year. Adverse weather and longer periods of darkness…

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Fire training, why is it necessary in the workplace?

image shows firefighters responding to a large fireThe possibility of a fire breaking out at work often seems too remote to warrant much attention, and as a result many businesses tend to give insufficient thought to workplace fire safety. In fact, many employees are quite clueless as to what to do to prevent fires and how to react should a fire bre…

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The dangers of carbon monoxide

picture shows a couple sitting together in front of an open fireCarbon monoxide has been called “a silent killer” by Dame Sally Davies, chief medical officer for England, stating that the deadly toxin “leads to 50 deaths every year”. At first glance this figure may seem relatively low when compared to other statistics (for example, from 2010 to 2011, 388 people …

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Safe methods of asbestos disposal

Photo shows an asbestos warning signHandling asbestos can release fibres which are known to cause lung cancer and other lung and respiratory problems. According to the 2012 Control of Asbestos Regulations, removal of some asbestos waste is designated a ‘licensed’ task (and must be handled by special licensed contractors).

What is…

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Legal changes make it harder for employees to win compensation

The implementation of new laws in October 2013 will make it more difficult for employees who have been injured at work to make a successful claim for damages, according to a legal expert.

This could lead to thousands of workers being unsuccessful in claiming compensation for injuries sustained at w…

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