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  • Working in High Winds: The Risks and How To Mitigate Them

    The weather can play a huge role in dictating whether or not it is safe to be working outdoors. Working in high winds is a risk that is less discussed but it can be just as deadly to ignore. Workers need to know the risks and hazards associated, and how...
  • Tinnitus - Don't Suffer in Silence

    This week (3rd Feb - 9th Feb 2020) marks Tinnitus Week in the UK. Most of us have left a nightclub or concert with a dull ringing in our ears that usually disappears before the hangover. But for some, tinnitus is a real problem that negatively impacts on their everyday...
  • 5 Types of Occupational Diseases and How to Prevent Them

    Daily contact with hazardous materials at work can lead to serious health problems later on in life for your or your staff. Occupational diseases can be horrific and fatal, so it is always worth educating yourself on how you can prevent them. As an employer - it is your responsibility...
  • What Is Cold Stress? Workforce Symptoms And Treatments

    Anyone working in a cold environment is at risk of cold stress. In several industries, workers are required to work outdoors in cold environments for extended periods of time and the consequences of spending too much time working in the cold can be fatal. Cold stress is just the beginning...
  • Working in the Rain - Regulations You Need to Know About

    The British weather is famous for its rain, meaning that those exposed to the elements are at risk of getting wet. Most people work inside, but what about those who work outside? Are there any specific ‘working in the rain’ regulations? What are an employers’ responsibilities when employees are working in wet weather? Do...
  • Do You Know the Construction Site Hoarding Regulations?

    Do you know the regulations concerning the hoardings around areas of construction work? The hoarding on building sites - temporary wall-like structures that are built around the perimeter of the site - are covered by site hoarding regulations. They are designed to shield the site from the view of the...
  • Is It Time to Renew Your Workplace Health And Safety Policy?

    If your company has five employees or more, you must have a written workplace health and safety policy. You should bring this to the attention of your employees via training.  Is it time to renew your Health and Safety Policy? There is no set time for renewal of your health...
  • How to Ensure Road Worker Safety This Summer

    Working on the road exposes your team to hazards at the best of times, but in the summer there are added dangers. By reading this article, you will be able to outline how to maximise your road workers' safety in the warmer months of the year. Find out how you...
  • How to Keep Your Staff Safe When Working in the Sun

    High temperatures and blistering sunshine can pose a great danger for your employees working in the sun. It is important that you understand the following risks and how you can keep your team as safe as possible at work: Change the Work ScheduleTake Regular BreaksBe Aware of the EnvironmentProvide PPE...
  • Skin Cancer and Outdoor Work: Do You Know the Risks?

    Sun exposure causes most skin cancer. The exposure may be long term or short term - where there are periods of intense sun exposure, causing burns. UV light in sunlight damages the DNA in the skin cells, and over time, this damage can lead to skin cancer. If your employees...
  • 3 Policies You Must Address for Working Outside in the Sun

    It is important to understand how heat when working outside can affect your workers health both long and short term. With the weather rising each year, you must revise your policies to keep your staff safe while working outside. Here are 3 policies you need to address in order to...
  • Can You Recognise and Treat Heat Stress at Work?

    Heat stress is a major threat to many workers, especially those who work outside in the summer months. But do not forget that heat stress at work is a threat all year round. Those who work in factories and bakeries are vulnerable to heat-related illnesses, no matter what the season...
  • How to Survive On the Road - 7 Summer Driving Tips for Delivery Drivers

    What if we were to tell you that driving in the snow, pouring rain and freezing temperatures are actually less dangerous than driving in summer? No way, right? Well… the conditions in the summer months contribute to more accidents than any other time of the year. There are various hazards...
  • Do Employers Have to Provide Sun Cream?

    Most people know about the dangers of skin cancer and sunburn. However, when your employees work outside in the summer, how can they protect themselves from the sun? One of the easiest and most logical answers is sun cream. As an employer, is it your responsibility to provide your workers...
  • Vehicle Loading - How to Avoid Injury

    If carried out incorrectly, vehicle loading can put your workforce at great risk. Not only of injuring themselves, they could also jeopardise the safety of other road users. If carried out against procedure, loading can be financially costly to your business too. Here are the various do’s and don’ts you...
  • Cold and Flu Prevention Tips for the Workplace

    Nobody likes getting ill and it is even worse when the fevers, coughs and sneezes force you and your employees to take days off work. It only takes one person to fall ill to bring down a large group of employees with a nasty bug.  What can you do to prevent...
  • How Can NIHL Be Prevented? 4 Steps for Site Managers

    The Health and Safety Executive notes that there were 74,000 reported cases of work-related hearing loss in 2004 to 2005. In 1997 to 1998, those figures were closer to half a million. Both education and regulations have likely decreased these numbers of preventable hearing loss, but it’s important that hearing...
  • When was Asbestos Banned in the UK?

    A recent survey found that nearly one in four construction workers in the UK may be exposed to asbestos, which places them at a higher risk of contracting terminal illnesses later in life, despite the fact that asbestos has been banned since 1999. The survey's findings plus the fact that...
  • How to Protect Your Workers from Poisonous Plants

    Workplace safety awareness is important to keep your staff safe whilst they are working. There are various known hazards for each industry. However, it is often the hazards that are easily forgotten which cause harm. Although not obvious, poisonous plants are a great threat to outdoor workers, especially in the...
  • How to Complete a Lightning Risk Assessment

    Working outdoors can come with its fair share of risks, and one of the more dangerous hazards you and your team are facing is lightning. Although it's a hazard which is usually overlooked because we don't see it too regularly in Britain, it's something which needs highlighting because of the...
  • How To Mitigate Excessive Noise and It's Effects

    Exposure to excessive noise levels can be severely harmful to your workers’ health, both short and long term. They are apparent in every industry and construction is up there with the highest noise and longest exposure levels. It is important to know what level of decibels is harmful to you...
  • Construction Site Safety Checklist

    It is simple. A construction site has many hazards, such is the nature of the job. By following the safety checklist below, you are putting your employees in a much safer position when they are on site. Conducting a risk assessment will not be enough. It is necessary to conduct...
  • Lone Working Hazards: How to Keep Lone Workers Safe

    We may associate lone workers with some guy who works from home in his basement (maybe in his underpants) on some sort of tech job, but there are more people classed as “lone workers” than one would think. Nearly 6.8 million workers work alone. Anyone from security to some outdoor...
  • Regulations for Working at Height: Explained

    When workers work at heights there are always risks of falling. Construction has the highest fatalities of any industry, and deaths often resulted from falling from heights, which is why employers must adhere to all regulations for working at height. The Work at Height Regulations came into effect in 2005...
  • Steward Safety Supplies: Manager's Checklist

    A stewards job is often to provide security and manage crowds at events - like football matches, festivals, concerts, and so on - and make sure everyone gets to where they need to be - see people to their seats or designated area. Stewards often act as a safety and...
  • Lightning Safety Outdoors: How To Protect Your Team in Spring

    Lightning is an occupational hazard that's often overlooked, but it shouldn't be because it can severely injure or even kill outdoor workers, particularly if they're working at height. Here are some tips on how to protect your workers in spring and maintain lightning safety outdoors.  What are the Risks Associated...
  • How To Prepare Your Site For Wet Weather

    Making the switch from the winter weather to spring can still bring many hazards to the construction site, especially when wet weather is going to be common. As the seasons change, so should the set-up of your site because of how wet and dark it will be at times. This...
  • How To Conduct A Chainsaw Risk Assessment: 6 Steps for Managers

    Chainsaws can be dangerous when they aren’t operated correctly or when the appropriate measures have not been put in place with regards to safety. Protect your workers before they’re placed in danger. Here’s how to conduct a chainsaw risk assessment: 6 steps for managers.     Photo via Visualhunt.com 1. Write...
  • Does Your Business Have a Snow and Ice Policy?

    England might not be known for its snowfall, but when wind, rain, and cold are combined, ice is prevalent onsite. Snow and ice are not only hazardous because of the dangers of slips, trips, and falls, but also because the cold can cause numerous health problems when you haven’t prepared...
  • How to Complete a Working Outdoors Risk Assessment

    Working outdoors can come with its share of risks. Whilst many are tucked safely at home or in offices in extremes - rain, wind, snow, ice, heat - outdoor workers don’t have the luxury of protection from the elements. Many workplaces know there are dangers to their employees, but don’t...
  • What are the Most Common Construction Site Accidents?

    Construction site accidents are common, but the majority of the time they are so easily avoidable. Working on a construction site should always be a safe operation. Here’s everything you need to know about the most common type of on-site accidents and how you can prevent them from happening. Page...
  • What are the Best Strategies to Improve Construction Site Security?

    Construction sites are natural targets for thieves and vandals. It’s your responsibility to make sure the workers on site are kept safe and that operations aren’t delayed by stolen goods or vandalism. There are a number of security risks that you need to think about and preventative measures you can...
  • Health & Safety Breaches Cost London Construction Firm 10's of 1000's

    A London based construction company and its MD have been prosecuted by the HSE following an investigation into a building site found multiple dangerous working conditions and Health & Safety breaches. C J Langs Ltd was fined £80,000, ordered to pay costs of £6,000 and the MD was disqualified from...
  • Health and Safety Tips - A Construction How-to Guide

    Keeping workers and visitors safe on a construction site is the responsibility of whoever is in control of the site. Failing to implement effective safety measures can put anyone on or near the site at risk. Here are some important health and safety tips you should consider to maximise construction...
  • How to Ensure Hospital Employee Safety

    When we think of keeping people safe in hospitals, everyone’s first thought is usually the patients. What about the staff? Hospital employee safety is imperative so that the hospital is working as efficiently as possible. Here’s everything you need to know to keep your team safe. We’ll be discussing: Risk...

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