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Monthly Archives: April 2013

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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Genesis of the Kick Steps

Posted under Amusing on April 16, 2013

When you think of the word ‘Kick step‘ what other words spring to mind? Step stool, kick stool, kick along step, Steppy, Kikkers, kik-step, Daleks? Yes, Daleks the infamous enemy of Doctor Who. Since the Daleks first appeared on the television screens in 1963, they have become the epitome of robotic evil across the globe and has had children diving behind the sofas terrified that the evil Davros will come and get them. … Read more

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Ramp up Your Accessibility Efforts

Posted under Health and safety, News on April 15, 2013

Courtesy of ITV ImagesSome of you may have seen the new ITV prankster show ‘Off Their Rockers’, if not, watch it! The show is about a bunch of old aged pensioners being let loose into the big wide world and playing pranks on the younger generations. We normally see old dears out and about the place either slowly walking down the street or racing about in their mobility scooters, looking rather down and quite frankly complaining about most … Read more

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Cable protection – a pet topic

Posted under Health and safety, News on April 12, 2013

Cable snake to avoid electric shocks for petsThere were 28 fatalities in the UK as a result of electric shocks and 22 of these were ‘home or leisure electrocutions’ (Electrical Safety Council 2010). There were also a large number of fires that had electrical origins that sadly resulted in 268 deaths and 7,776 injuries. What is not shown in these figures are the number of incidents that were caused by domestic animals damaging wires and cables.

Young animals, especially kittens and Read more

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Why You Need to be on Google+

Posted under Expert Commentary, News on April 8, 2013

Google+The biggest problem I have with Google+ is that hardly anyone I know uses it, yet in March it was reported that are now 343 million active Google+ users. This is about a third of the number that use Facebook and Google+ is currently growing at many times the rate of its rival. Facebook’s first mover advantage is starting to weaken in the face of competition from a much better product.

The received wisdom of Read more

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Why Choose Safety Steps?

Posted under Health and safety, News, Office, Warehouse on April 8, 2013

Here at The Workplace Depot we have a range of mobile safety steps to suit any height and any type of access you need. Whether you work in an office, a warehouse or a supermarket storage facility, these steps will prevent any accidents and injuries to workers if they want to reach a high shelf.

But why would you use safety steps rather than a ladder?

One of the most common cause of injury when … Read more

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Pick Yourself up With a Sack Truck

Posted under Health and safety, News on April 5, 2013

One of the most common injury a person can have is back pain which can be caused by old age, sports activities and lifting heavy objects in the wrong way. Back pain can be caused by most work situations but the cause if often unclear and can be a result of many things.

Lifting heavy objects is one of the main causes for back pain, if you lift a heavy object that exceeds your personal … Read more

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Queue up for your Rope Barrier

Posted under News on April 4, 2013

I have been asked to write an article about VIP rope barriers and to be quite honest, I tied myself up in knots over it. I have noticed recently that a lot of businesses and venues have started using rope barriers to add a stylish finish to the building inside and out. But its not just businesses that are using them, after watching most of the music, TV and film awards on the television, I … Read more

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Are you sitting comfortably?

Posted under Health and safety, News on April 4, 2013

Office workers spend much of their day sitting down so it is important that they are comfortable and avoid the kind of bad posture that can cause back pain. It is estimated in the UK that 80 million working days a year are lost through back pain and that 80% of people will be affected by back pain at some point in their lives. Back problems can affect people in both sedentary and manual work Read more

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Exercise Whilst Travelling to Work

Posted under Cycle Storage, News, Storage, Think Green on April 3, 2013

Here at The Workplace Depot, most of the staff either walk, cycle or take public transport to work, and even walk into the town for lunch! So this is why we thought it would be a great idea to join The Big Wheel Campaign, which is to start on the 8th April. It is all about encouraging companies to exercise more by walking, cycling or use public transport to travel to work – and whoever … Read more

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