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Monthly Archives: April 2013

April 2013 - The Workplace Depot

5 steps to a risk assessment

Posted under Health and safety on April 29, 2013

1. Identify the hazards

Identifying the hazards within your workplace is the first step that you should take. When you are working in the same place, day in, day out, you can overlook many of the hazards, here are a few tips to help you identify the hazards:

– Walking around the workplace looking for potential hazards that could harm your employees.

– The people who are most likely to bump into many of the … Read more

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COSHH – How to control substances hazardous to our health

Posted under Health and safety, News on April 26, 2013

What is a substance hazardous to health?

Control of Substances Hazardous to Health (COSHH) covers substances that are hazardous to health. Substances can take many forms and include:

– chemicals

– products containing chemicals

– fumes

– dusts

– vapours

– mists

– nanotechnology

– gases and asphyxiating gases

– biological agents (germs)

What is COSHH for?

COSHH’s objective it to prevent, or to adequately control exposure of substances that are hazardous to health. This … Read more

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Which one are you? First-Aider, Employer or Employee?

Posted under Health and safety on April 24, 2013

first-aid-aid-kitsWhen you think of first-aiders, what do you think of? High-vis jackets, highly qualified personnel? What about the person sitting next you in the office? Many people do not realise that a first-aider can be one of your colleagues within your workplace. Training courses are provided to those who would like to become a part-time first-aider, which is safer and less time consuming than ringing a paramedic or visiting the doctors.

There are three roles … Read more

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A disclaimer – making our product descriptions even more interesting!

Posted under Product Updates on April 23, 2013

Debt collection barrelYou need to be a very creative person to write about Platform Trucks; they all perform a similar function, have four wheels and are usually blue! So spare a thought for the poor website editors asked to write interesting and informative descriptions on 35 different types of modular trucks. The Workplace Depot also sell 26 very similar ‘hand pallet’ trucks and 100’s of other products in our trucks and trolleys range. So after grinding … Read more

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Kitting out an office

Posted under News, Office on April 22, 2013

Not many offices have the luxury of open spaces, especially if a large number of staff are working in a small space.

One of the problems with not having a large office is the storage space, whether it would be for personal or department use. You are given a desk to work at and no personal storage or space. Although it is important to consider the available space in the office, you need to ensure … Read more

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How to handle and store gas cylinders safely

Posted under Health and safety, News, Storage on April 19, 2013

Accidents involving gas cylinders can cause serious injury or even death. Having the correct support and guidance on how to handle gas cylinders in the safest way possible.

The Health and safety Executive (HSE), offers guidance and support to anyone who manufactures, owns, fills, repairs or uses gas cylinders. The generic and legal term that covers gas cylinders is ‘pressure receptacle’ which also covers other types of ‘pressure receptacle’ such as tube, pressure drum, cryogenic … Read more

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