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Category Archives: Health and safety (Page 2 of 4)

Ahoy – Mobile Safety Steps Come Under Pressure!

Posted under Health and safety, News on April 23, 2014

mobile safety step and access platformThe Workplace Depot manufactures safety steps and access platforms at a factory in Leicester. We offer an extensive range of mobile safety steps and access platforms and also welcome bespoke orders – additional features may include a larger platform, a safety gate and different types of wheels. We can also make them as tall as you like and in any RAL colour – The RAL colours also applies to our Fetra trucks and trolleys.Read more

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Manual Handling Training – What Every Manager Should Know

Posted under Health and safety, News on April 9, 2014

manual handling in the UKOver one-third of some 439,000 work-related musculoskeletal disorder (MSD) cases reported in 2012 were caused by manual handling, which makes manual handling the most hazardous activity around the workplace. The Manual Handling Occupation Regulations (MHORs) of 1992 define manual handling as, “any transporting or supporting of a load (including the lifting, putting down, pushing, pulling, carrying or moving thereof) by hand or bodily force.”

The menacing numbers of MSD cases have forced employers to take … Read more

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The Biggest Personal Protective Equipment Myths Exposed

Posted under Health and safety, News on March 24, 2014

PPE equipmentPersonal Protective Equipment (PPE) is just one aspect of the health and safety regulations that the government has been attempting to push over the last few years and unsurprisingly, it’s separated into two groups. Some people will kit themselves out in every piece of equipment imaginable, while others will cut corners and subsequently be under protected.

This means that countless myths have emerged over the years, with some just basic misconceptions while others are bordering … Read more

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Steps to Improve Safety in Your Warehouse

Posted under Health and safety on February 13, 2014

Warehouse mobile safety stepsAs much as we don’t like to think about it, accidents in the workplace do occur. These common occurrences will negatively impact the level of efficiency at which a company operates. Because a warehouse is the location where items are arranged, stacked and stored, top priority is keeping the structure and the goods contained in it as safe as humanly possible. This can be accomplished with the use of warehouse steps.

High industrial shelves are … Read more

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First Aid Kits for Different Workplaces

Posted under Health and safety on February 7, 2014

First aid kitsRegardless of how much you guard against the, accidents can still happen. That’s why it’s important to have a well-stocked first aid kit in your office or workplace to attend to accidental injuries or medical emergencies immediately after they happen. The NHS suggests that your basic first-aid kit should contain the following items:

Basic first aid kit

– Plasters: The numbers and sizes are not specified, but you should have a variety of shapes and … Read more

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Medical Scissors for First Aid Kits

Posted under Expert Commentary, Health and safety, Office on January 27, 2014

Premier Workplace 1st aid kit including shears or scissorsIf you look through the list of contents for the first aid kits on this site, you will notice that some of them contain scissors and some contain ‘shears’. Most people think of sheers as something you cut hedges with, so we did a bit of research into the history of scissors to try and find out more about the different types.

Scissors were invented in ancient Egypt in around 1500 BC. The oldest known … Read more

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Common Skiing Injuries and How to Avoid Them

Posted under Expert Commentary, Health and safety on January 2, 2014

ski safetyWith thousands of people heading off to winter resorts, combined with the shocking news about Michael Schumacher’s skiing accident, we thought it was appropriate for our resident writer (and Doctor) to outline a few basic precautions for those of you about to take to the slopes. Whether you are a beginner, intermediary or even an advanced skiier who’s been lucky to avoid a skiing injury so far, then read on to learn about three … Read more

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3 Easy Ways to Improve Road Safety

Posted under Health and safety on December 18, 2013

Vehicle safety first aid kitIn 2012, the UK government recorded 1, 754 road accident deaths, with a further 23, 039 individuals suffering serious injury (courtesy of a report carried on Improving road safety – whether at home, around neighborhood roads or near schools – is very important because it is the only way to reduce these horrific statistics. What are ways you can reduce the probability of a road accident happening?

Placing Speed Ramps at Strategic Places

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Four reasons why you should invest in workplace health and safety training

Posted under Expert Commentary, Health and safety on November 27, 2013

healthandsafetyEven today, in a time when health and safety red tape supposedly streams across workplaces up and down the UK, there are a shocking 200 deaths as a result of accidents in the workplace, and over a million injuries every single year.

The health and safety naysayers might be right to criticise needless bureaucracy and over the top health and safety regulations, but in the 21st century, when there are still deaths occurring in Read more

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Safety measures to take in the snow

Posted under Health and safety on November 7, 2013

snow-trafficNow that the clocks have gone back, and the evenings have become darker it is clear to us all that the days of summer are long gone and that winter is fast approaching. The early morning commute to work is harder as you can see your breath in the air, and your wonder whether it’s time to put on your hat and gloves. This week saw snow fall in County Durham, an unusually early recording … Read more

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Tips for staying safe on Bonfire Night

Posted under Health and safety on November 5, 2013

fireworksRemember, remember the 5th of November. On this night in 1605, Guy Fawkes was arrested after planting explosives underneath the English parliament in an attempt to blow up the Protestant King. This was, and still is, famously known as “the gunpowder plot”. After the capture of the people involved in the gunpowder plot, bonfires were lit to celebrate the survival of King James and a national day of observance was to take place on the … Read more

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Don’t slip up in the wet weather

Posted under Health and safety, News on October 28, 2013

rainrainOver Sunday night and Monday morning the UK was subjected to one of the worst storms in decades. Wind speeds were recorded as reaching nearly 100 mph, causing falling trees and loss of power in some areas. The storm brought with it heavy downpours of rain throughout the country, which led to flooding in certain places. As a result of the treacherous weather, there have been a number of disruptions to travel and transport services … Read more

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Why did the chicken cross the road?

Posted under Amusing, Health and safety on October 23, 2013

Chicken_hi_vis_jacket_carThe world we live in today is one which is becoming more health and safety conscious and we have been described as a hi-viz society, as more and more people are donning hi-visibility clothing to stay safe at work, whilst out at night or with young children who are walking to school.

The latest group of society to join the hi-viz trend is the feathered kind. Yes, that’s right. The chicken coop company Omlet have … Read more

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The importance of a health & safety audit

Posted under Expert Commentary, Health and safety on October 8, 2013

The health and safety needs of a small or large business can change over time and it is important that audits are carried out on a regular basis. This will ensure the continued welfare, health and safety of employees within an organisation, via the systematic appraisal of on-site procedures and processes. An audit will find specific areas in which improvements need to be made for the benefit of a business and its employees, and help … Read more

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Coolest Work Uniforms

Posted under Health and safety on October 1, 2013

Heart Attack Grill UniformWhat is it that makes a uniform look cool? Is it the image attached to or the person in that uniform? Or is it pure styling and colour?  Uniforms look cool when they are well-designed, neatly-pressed, and worn by smart people. They project a better image of the organisation that’s using them, and also obviate the necessity of having to choose a different outfit for work every day. Big businesses like airlines and restaurant chains … Read more

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Workshop hazards and how to avoid them

Posted under Health and safety, Storage on September 6, 2013

workshopWorkshops are a dangerous place to work due to many health and safety hazards. These hazards can be avoided by putting aside some time to check over the area that employees are working in and provide some storage for tools, equipment and parts.

Lets be honest, if a workshop was always tidy and shiny, customers would be a bit worried, but employees should be putting away tools and equipment as they go or once they … Read more

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Dangerous Substances – fire and explosion

Posted under Health and safety, News on August 20, 2013

dangerous-substancesExplosive atmospheres can be caused by flammable gases, mists, vapours or combustible dusts. If there is enough of a substance that is mixed with the air, then all it needs is a source of ignition to cause an explosion.

Each year, hundreds of people are injured at work by flammable substances accidentally catching fire or exploding. Companies and businesses who are involved with using or creating chemicals, vapours, liquids, gases, solids or dusts that can … Read more

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How to Create A Better Office Environment

Posted under Health and safety, Office on August 19, 2013

Create a better office environmentCreating a better office environment doesn’t necessarily mean that you should have an in-house gym or a designer interior. Ordering lunch or snacks for your employees and taking them on fun-trips is fine, as long as you are doing the basics right. How a person perceives the environment depends to a large extent upon his or her mental state. On the other hand, it is also a fact that improvements in surroundings do help people’s … Read more

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Manual Handling – 6 FAQs

Posted under Health and safety, Office, Warehouse on August 14, 2013

manual-handlingManual handling relates to the moving of items either by lifting, carrying, pushing or pulling. Pulling something may not be the case when it comes to the injuries, you can cause an injury by lifting, carrying or pushing an item.

These injuries can be a result of, the amount of times you lift or carry an item, the distance you are carrying it, the height you are picking the item up from or putting it … Read more

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Using chemicals at work – control measures

Posted under Health and safety, News on August 1, 2013


You can find chemicals in most workplaces and are used in different ways. Factories, shops, laboratories, offices and farms are just some of the places you would find chemicals in some form. The chemicals we use in our workplace may include products you buy to use in your core business, maintaining equipment or in general cleaning equipment.

The term chemical could also refer to hazardous substances you create as part of your work processes for … Read more

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