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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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The curious culture of handwashing around the world

05-06-2017

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In the western world, we take for granted access to soap and the hygiene education responsible for our daily handwashing regime. A combination of globalisation and healthcare are driving the interest in handwashing culture around the world, with encouragement to adopt the western approach, espec…

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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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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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Benefits of ergonomics in the workplace

26-07-2016

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How much money does your company invest annually in office furniture? The chairs and desks your employees use could be costing you unnecessary money — especially if they do not promote proper posture or do not allow users to adjust the headrest, armrest and back. In a survey of 250 companies,…

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Health and safety in the Tattoo Parlour

22-07-2016

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Tattoos have always been popular, but in recent years’ tattoos have become less of a taboo and moved more into the mainstream, with 1 in 5 adults in the UK having a tattoo. A study has also shown that 1 in 10 people with a tattoo experienced problems with their tattoo, including swelling, itchin…

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How dangerous is workplace fatigue?

26-02-2016

Photo shows a man in a suit sleeping by an alarm clockExhausted employees are bad for business, and today's employers are paying the price. Although workplace fatigue can be just as dangerous as drinking on the job, it's surprisingly common in many modern industries. Today in the United Kingdom, for example, at least 3.5 million people work irregular h…

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Reducing accidents at work - it’s easier than it may seem!

19-01-2016

In the past year alone (2014/15), approximately 1.2 million people suffered from a work related disease. To put it into perspective, that’s approximately 1 in 60 people. This is also equivalent to 27.3 million working days being lost because of work-related illnesses and injuries, or over £14 billio…

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Workplace fitness

03-08-2015

Photo shows office workers using the stairsFor many modern professionals, there’s a frustrating irony to their hard work--their fast- paced, high energy jobs actually prevent them from being active and healthy. While one might think high stress would equal high energy output--and thus, a fine-tuned physique--the World Health Organization s…

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Using technology to create a sustainable business environment

06-07-2015

Photo shows a group of office workers looking at a computerCreating a sustainable workplace can be easily achieved in various ways, especially with modern technology such as software automation. The integration of technology into the work environment improves the safety and health of employees. One way to safeguard your employees, assets, and products is by…

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Be CO safe at work

10-06-2015

picture shows how to identify a problem with a gas flameToxic to humans, carbon monoxide (or CO) is an extremely poisonous gas caused by unsafe gas appliances. Dubbed the ‘Silent Killer’ as it’s colourless, tasteless and odourless, it has claimed the lives of many thousands of people. In fact, it is estimated that around 50 people die each year from …

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Safety Media to Launch New Health and Safety Software

04-06-2015

image for the safety & health expo in London between 16 and 18 June 2015Safety Media will be unveiling exciting new LMS software at the upcoming Safety & Health Expo at London’s ExCel over the 16th-18th of June.

Built into the learning management system will be new Incident Reporting, Risk Assessment and Audit Reporting modules. These will enable businesses to asse…

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Musculoskeletal Disorders - 5 ways an employer can cut down on absences

04-02-2015

Photo shows a man with back painMusculoskeletal disorders (MSDs) were responsible for the loss of more than 8,000,000 UK working days in 2013/14. So how could employers improve to get some of these days back in the future?

These statistics were published by the Office for National Statistics, who also revealed that more…

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Why the UK’s awareness of asbestos is still lacking

01-10-2014

Photo shows a corrugated cement roofIt’s the single biggest cause of work-related deaths in the UK, yet there are still far too many people who are blissfully unaware of the problem. I am of course referring to asbestos.

Although the potentially deadly substance was completely banned outright in Britain in 1999, there are still man…

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Standing up to bullies at work

03-07-2014

Photo shows an unpleasant  office working environmentWhen you hear the word bully, it is hard not to instantly think of school and the difficult times you or someone you know might have had when they were bullied by somebody there. What is sometimes forgotten is that bullying also takes place in adult life, and in the workplace, it can manifest easily…

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The silent killer putting our workforce and business profits at risk

27-06-2014

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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First aid in the office: why it’s important

27-06-2014

Photo shows a hand holding a metal heartIn the UK alone, there is a killer responsible for the deaths of 140,000 people each year. It is a spree unrivalled by any other in the country.

That killer is Sudden Cardiac Arrest.

The statistic is shocking. It establishes a morbid tone, certainly, but Sudden Cardiac Arrest (SCA) need not take s…

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How hand sanitisers can help ward off winter illness

29-01-2014

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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Winter safety advice

13-11-2013

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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