The 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
Category Archives: Health and safety (Page 2 of 4)
Over 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
Personal 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
Posted under Health and safety on February 13, 2014
As 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
Posted under Health and safety on February 7, 2014
Regardless 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
If 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
With 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
Posted under Health and safety on December 18, 2013
In 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 www.gov.uk.) 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… Read more
Even 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
Posted under Health and safety on November 7, 2013
Now 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
Posted under Health and safety on November 5, 2013
Remember, 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
Over 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
The 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 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
Posted under Health and safety on October 1, 2013
What 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
Workshops 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
Explosive 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
Creating 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
Manual 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
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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