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. ...

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No More Page 3

Posted on August 07, 2014

Twice a year here at The Workplace Depot, we send out an updated version of our catalogue to keep our customers informed of changes to our range of products. With this in mind, we are currently in the process of sending out our Summer/Autumn Workplace Depot catalogue, this time with a twist. The latest catalogue features support for a campaign called ‘No More Page Three’, whose goal is to get The Sun newspaper to stop featuring photos of young, topless women. The idea to support the campaign was sparked off by our sales manager Michelle Day, after being fed up of visiting warehouses and factories 'decorated' with sexist calendars and The Sun’s page 3. As a result, the team at The Workplace Depot thought it might be an interesting idea to make our own p...

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National Seasonal Affective Disorder Awareness Day

Posted on July 24, 2014

Seeing this in the calendar today and working in an office, I thought that this would be a good topic to talk about.  Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD), also known as “winter depression” due to the symptoms being more obvious within winter.  SAD is a seasonal patterned variation of depression.  Low mood and a lack of interest in life are the 2 main symptoms of this disorder. Most of you will be surprised to know that this is actually a disorder, most people believe that this is just a myth.  The symptoms normally start in autumn, whilst the days are getting shorter and then increase in severity during December, January and February.  Once spring arrives the symptoms start to decrease, until they hav...

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Top 5 Seriously Cool Places to Work

Posted on July 18, 2014

So after seeing some really good looking images of offices and workplaces and hearing about what particular workplaces do to keep their staff motivated, I thought I’d share my particular favourites (obviously not including The Workplace Depot, that blows all of these out the water).  So some of the really cool places to work, in my opinion: Google Probably with no surprise to you reading this, Google has got to be on this list.  All of Google’s offices are seriously cool, with features within the London office such as: snugs, a roof terrace, an allotment and many different great looking rooms. ...

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National Twins, Triplets and More Awareness Week!

Posted on June 30, 2014

When you browse the Internet a lot, it occasionally happens that you do find something worth reading about… Honestly! This morning I happened to come across National Awareness Days and today marks the start of twins, triplets and more week, recognising multiple births across the UK. I think it’s important to acknowledge the rarer among us, although multiple births have been on the rise; the births of twins has risen almost 50% from 1984-2004. With this in mind, I have discovered a few further facts on twins, triplets and more. General and Fun Facts on Multiple Births in the UK...

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An A-Z of Office Supplies

Posted on June 04, 2014

Here at The Workplace Depot we have supplied numerous office workstations with the necessary equipment that you would need daily.  We supply everything that you would need for an office environment.  Here is an A-Z of essentials that you can get from us for your office: A – Aid (first aid) B – Bins C – Conference Chairs D – Disability Equipment ...

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Plastic Posts and Chains for Workplaces - Little Things, Great Value!

Posted on May 23, 2014

Plastic chains and posts are one of those inconspicuous products that none of us feel a glaring need for, unless dealing with crowd management. Workplaces like banks, theatres, cinemas, airports and public offices know the utility of these practical products can restore order to a bustling workplace without much effort. Just mark the line that you don’t want the people to cross, and watch them obey the rules. Posts and chains deliver a stern warning without actually saying anything to offend the customers, who would stay in queues and avoid the areas where you don’t want them to tread, for whatever reasons. People generally respect the limits marked with these plastic poles and cha...

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Hosepipe Protectors and Ramps – Your Problems Solved

Posted on May 21, 2014

I passed by a construction site the other day and they had a hosepipe running across the road. In an effort to make the hose secure, somebody (probably by the orders of the site manager or safety officer) had passed it through a steel pipe. The improvisation would have been inspiring, but the pipe was creating a rude bump for the vehicles driving on the road, apart from being a tripping hazard for pedestrians, especially during the dark hours. Whoever put it there probably didn’t know that hosepipe protector ramps had long been invented. What Are Hosepipe Protector Ramps? Hosepipe protectors and ramps are simple and inexpensive pieces of equipment that m...

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Setting Up a Car Park - A Lucrative Business Proposal

Posted on May 19, 2014

Monday Morning Inspiration In October last year, Epping residents made a peaceful demonstration to protest the parking problem in their neighbourhood. Commuters travelling via the nearby underground station would leave their cars parked along the streets from 8am through to the evening every day, creating problems for the residents. Parking woes are not new to London or other British cities, and finding a place to park your car can be a big problem, especially in the commercial areas. Public car parks are always jammed and private ones either...

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Ahoy – Mobile Safety Steps Come Under Pressure!

Posted on April 23, 2014

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 a...

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Manual Handling Training - What Every Manager Should Know

Posted on April 09, 2014

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 a closer look at their manual handling operations, especially since injured employees started suing t...

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The Biggest Personal Protective Equipment Myths Exposed

Posted on March 24, 2014

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 on the ridiculous. In a bid to showcase the sector in its true light, here are the favourite five that we have found. Myth #1: Once I've bought PPE, my obligations are over Whether you are an employer or employee, the obligations a...

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