Health and Safety

9 Products Your Workplace Can’t Possibly be Without
9 Products Your Workplace Can’t Possibly be Without

Posted on April 09, 2018

What do hand dryers, posters and fire extinguishers all have in common? Read on to find out... Every workplace has to meet certain welfare requirements. Whether you’re moving products in a warehouse, standing by a poolside as a lifeguard, or sitting at a desk in an office there are certain essentials that an employer must provide to maintain welfare standards. So what must an employer provide in a workplace...

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The Importance of Breaks at Work

Posted on October 20, 2015

You are a dedicated employee and you enjoy your job. So, you sometimes skip lunch break and breaks at work because you want to do a great job. Well, guess what! You can do an even better job if you know the secret of and the importance of taking breaks at work. How Work Breaks Help Your Productivity According to a study headed by John Trougakos, Professor of Organizational Behavior at the University of Toronto, when employees take lunch breaks at work, they become less fatigued and have more energy to offer their employers. They also increase their ability to focus and problem solve. Trougakos’ study also found that taking time off during breaks and interacting with your coworkers made for a more positive work environment for everyone. A more positive work environment equates with less stress for you. Less stress leads to higher productivity and problem-solving abilities for everyone. ...

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Business Fire Protection Day

Posted on August 28, 2015

As business fire protection day approaches (31st August), it is important to remember that the safety of your staff and customers should always be at the forefront of your mind. There are certain regulations that govern the items every business must have, and it is best to familiarize yourself with what is required of you. This equipment is designed to keep people safe and prevent accidents in the work place. Stock up on everything you need in order to ensure a safe environment for employees and customers. Extinguishers And Hoses This business fire protection day, take a moment to look over the fire extinguishers and hoses in your business. In case of an emergency, these devices need to be in good working condition. In accordance with the law, they must be inspected once a month, and serviced by a professional every...

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How to Avoid Summer Festival Risks

Posted on June 11, 2015

Summer is the season of fun and merry-making—a time when people love to go out of their homes, bask in the sun and make the best of the good weather, and enjoy time with friends and family. What makes this time of the year even more spectacular is the summer festivals: Glastonbury, T in the Park, High Definition Festival, you name it. They say “summer” so emphatically that every year people look forward to the next one even while the leaves are just starting to fall. Improve Logistics On the other hand, summer festivals often present a logistical nightmare for organizers. Two particular problems stand out: wiring layouts and taking care of litter. I’ve had a lot of experience with how bad wiring can ruin an otherwise splendid concert, and I’ve seen how a huge crowd can turn a perfectly nice field into a complete mess after a concert without strategically placed and easily visible litter bins. Good thing we at Workplace Depot have solutions for bo...

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Buying for Bars and Restaurants – Are You Prepared?

Posted on February 09, 2015

Whether it’s a birthday, engagement, anniversary or just a general special occasion, certain industries can constantly feel the effects of being extremely busy all year round. Restaurants, bars, clubs and pubs in particular will probably be packed (even more than usual) this upcoming weekend as dozens of couples walk through the doors hoping for a special evening filled with delicious food and drinks on Valentine’s Day! Having said this, it is surely beneficial to prepare yourselves and your staff in the best way possible, certifying that your areas used for preparation are fully stocked and organised and your customers are aware of all the available facilities around them. Practical Products Certain ways you can make sure you are on top of things during busy times within your workplace includes having useful storage space. Storing products that are frequently used in easy to reach places, for example at the front of a shelf, can make life a lot...

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Labelling Hazardous Storage – GHS

Posted on February 04, 2015

The Globally Harmonised System of Classification and Labelling of Chemicals, also known as GHS, is an internationally recognised system that conforms to consistent criteria regarding the classification and labelling of chemicals. Chemical classification is extremely important; it helps you to be aware of how the chemicals you are supplying could potentially harm you, others around you and the environment. If you are unsure about the legislation regarding the labelling requirements of chemicals you may be handling and supplying, visit the HSE website for more information. Understanding GHS The GHS was created by the United Nations, after development began at the United Nations Rio Conference in 1992. Considering the fact that there used to be a variety of regulations concerning hazard classification being carried out in numerous countries, although...

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Happy New Year 2015!

Posted on December 31, 2014

New Year’s Eve is one of those nights where we all get together and reminisce on the year gone by; have we achieved all we wanted to? Where do we see ourselves this time next year? And of course, what are our New Year’s resolutions? Depending on where you are in the world, whether you are watching a firework display, out dancing the night away, or having a quiet night in with family and friends, New Year’s Eve gives us all the chance for a fresh start! If you are lucky enough to be travelling or on holiday when the clock strikes midnight this year (or should I say next year) will you be in one of the most popular places to spend New Year’s Eve in the world? After browsing the Internet, we found some of the most fantastic places to visit at this time of year, including: The Northern Lights – Reykjavik, Iceland ...

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Road Safety Week 2014

Posted on November 17, 2014

Today marks the beginning of Road Safety Week. Road Safety Week is supported by Brake Road Safety Charity and the 18th year of this event is a great opportunity to raise awareness around schools and in general regarding the precautions to take on the road. The UK has one of the best road safety records in the world, but considering this year’s road related figures, there is still more than can be done to prevent deaths and serious injuries. The most recent Government road related statistics suggest an increase in road accidents between 2013 and 2014, with the main results highlighted below: Road deaths had increased by 4% as of March 2014 compared to March 2013, totalling 1,750 Killed or seriously injured casualties increased by 2% from the previous year Between January and March 2014, there were 380 road deaths, which is equivalent to 13% higher than the previous year’s quarter Of course, with Christmas season app...

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Disposing of Fireworks Safely

Posted on November 10, 2014

So you’ve had your display and hopefully nothing has gone wrong.  You’re soaking up the applause from the audience and the satisfaction of setting off all of your rockets.  But it’s not over yet; you still need to clean up and dispose of your fireworks safely! Immediate To-do List Once you have finished, still keep your boundaries.  Don’t let your crowd come anywhere near the fireworks when you are cleaning up. All being well there won’t be any problem fireworks, however if there are any, make sure you give them plenty of room and let them finish smouldering. Make sure you don’t remove any safety clothing; gloves and hi viz are essentials. Ensure everyone is safe and injury free - report to first aiders, if necessary. ...

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Everything Indoors!

Posted on October 27, 2014

As you must be aware by now, The Workplace Depot sells everything you could possibly need for your workplace. However, as we have more recently been discussing how to prepare for the winter weather and which products you will need to stock up on if you are working outdoors, don’t forget that we also supply for: offices, factories, warehouses, schools, leisure centres and many more indoor areas that we have just as many products for! For those of us lucky enough to escape the cold weather for the majority of the day, it’s equally as important that we avoid any injuries from the indoors. In order to do this, ensure you have the following products in place: Indoor Cable Protectors - stopping any staff from taking an unwanted trip over loose cables and wires. Entrance Matting ...

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The Promotion of Smoking in the 1950’s - Times Have Changed

Posted on August 10, 2014

Back in the 1950’s, smoking and cigarettes were actually promoted as being good for you and, to a certain extent, healthy – by doctors! Many posters back in this decade show advertisements for cigarette brands such as L & M, Pall Mall, Camel, Chesterfield, Viceroys and Lucky Strike with a positive message, with references to certain brands being ‘just what the doctor ordered’ and how ‘more doctors smoke camels than any other cigarette!’ Following on from this, more adverts discussed that there was even scientific evidence to suggest certain brands are good for you, as well as how smoking would keep you slim. Times Have Changed Thankfully, times have...

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Barrier Man – The Superhero We've All Been Waiting for…

Posted on August 04, 2014

Not quite Superman, Spider-man or Batman, but a recent Facebook post from popular publishing page ‘The Lad Bible’, has given the world an everyday superhero that may actually be a bit more of a realistic aspiration for 5 year olds! ‘Barrier Man’ gained almost 100,000 likes, over 3,800 shares and 2,500 comments on Facebook when a picture of a worker was posted with the caption ‘The Superhero we’ve all been waiting for’. Of course we shouldn’t take away from the seriousness of Barrier Man’s job and the fact that guys like him are actually providing a service to the public – much like the superhero’s we read about in comics! (Although potentially less life risking). Look closely at the picture below and you can tell that there is work being carried out next to a particularly...

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