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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The "Key" Solution to Your Problems...

Posted on October 30, 2013

How many times have you wandered around in an aimless attempt to search for a lost pair of car keys? You are sure you left them on the kitchen counter… Or were they in your bag? It’s something which is a commonplace situation in households up and down the UK; the mystery of missing keys. One must admit they are an easy item to misplace. One minute they are in your hand when you are locking your car or when you lock the front door of your house and then, before you know it, you have put them down somewhere or in something, but you can bet your bottom dollar that you won’t be able to remember where on earth they are. Have you ever been in the irritating situation where you have left the house in the morning and you have unknowingly picked up the wrong set of keys? Perhaps you’ve grabbed the keys for the garden shed instead of those for the front door – which proves to be a huge problem when you try to let yourself in later that day. Wouldn’t it be useful if there was a place...

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Daylight Robbery - Would You Call 999 on These Bike Thieves?

Posted on October 09, 2013

With more and more statistics being released about the number of bike thefts in the UK and the awareness of bike thieves operating around the country growing, you would think by now that people know how important it is, when using a bike, to lock it up safely and securely. Well, that may not be the case as the number of bikes being stolen in the UK is still high, with 7800 bikes reported stolen in May this year. Cambridgeshire Police took it upon themselves to shock people into securing their bikes more effectively. There were 2100 bikes were stolen in Cambridge in the last year. In an attempt to encourage people to lock up their bikes, Cambridgeshire Police hosted a small stunt that was captured on the city’s CCTV. Four actors were sent into the busy centre of Cambridge and there they were captured on CCTV stealing four bikes. The video clip shows a number of b...

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When a Mirror isn't Just a Mirror

Posted on September 24, 2013

As well as using mirrors for practical and safety reasons, for example in shops as security to help deter shop lifters and on roads to help drivers check their blind spots, there are a variety of fun things you can do with just a humble mirror. 1. You can summon up evil spirits. There is a well-known children’s "game" of summoning the evil spirit of a woman called Mary by staring into the bathroom mirror and chanting “Bloody Mary” three times over. The folklore behind this game is supposed to come from Mary I, Queen of England who was given the nickname of Bloody Mary due to her persecution of Protestants during her reign. Ok, so, it isn’t as if we believe in ghost stories, but maybe think twice before summoning any evil entities. ...

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How to Keep Your Bike Safe

Posted on September 16, 2013

The population is becoming more environmentally friendly, and as a consequence, more and more people are now pedalling their way to work, school or about town. Many of our team members here at The Workplace Depot chose to cycle to work and the introduction of the endearingly dubbed “Boris Bikes” in London has brought to light how easy and practical cycling in the capital can be, and now 1/4 of all London traffic is made up of cyclists. Motorised traffic is the single largest source of air pollution in city areas and the amount of pollution caused by traffic and transport is increasing every year. Motor vehicles emit a variety of pollutants such as Hydrocarbons, Carbon Monoxide, Nitrogen Oxides , Ozone, Particulates , acidic compounds, and Carbon Dioxide, all of which are harmful to the environment. In order to combat this, or to at least limit the amount of greenhouse gases we produce, cycling from place to place instead of using a car is much less harmful to our atmosphere. The...

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Feeling Safe and Secure in the Workplace

Posted on July 30, 2013

The most common way that a building has been accessed was either through a wooden, glass, (36% of incidents) metal, roller or shutter door (17% of incidents). A survey was taken by a number of businesses and were asked in their current premises had experienced any crime in the last 12 months prior to the survey. 46% of the premises covered in the survey has experienced at least one of the main crime types. It is so important to make sure that all of your security is in place and working. But it's not just about goods and stock being stolen, staff could feel uneasy when working in the building that has recently been burgled and it is the employers duty of care to make sure than all members of staff feel safe and secure when working. Here at The Workplace Depot, we sell a whole range of security equipment for businesses to choose and buy from. We have everything from laptop security to security cages so read through this article and then take a look at our Security...

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The Age of the DIY Festival

Posted on July 11, 2013

The last few years has witnessed the rise and rise of big music festivals and an explosion of 'DIY' festivals. As well as specialist and local music events there has also been growth in festivals for food, wine, beer, comedy, films, books, theatre, religion... the list goes on. Nearly every town these days has a 'festival' of some sort plus there are festivals for subjects as diverse as balloons, 'fire', ice carving, water, peanuts, ribs and oysters - over 20 Oyster festivals in the USA alone! Small, niche festivals are popping up everywhere. There are plenty of great resources about how to organise a festival, some of which are listed at the end of this article; we wanted here to outline many of the no nonsense products that the Workplace Depot can supply the busy festival organiser. Festival Discount Code If you are a festival organiser you can receive a 10% discount on any item by using the FEST discount code in the shopping cart. Barriers...

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Advantages and Disadvantages of Digital Door Locks

Posted on March 11, 2013

Fed up with worrying whether you have your keys, or are you forever losing them? We have a simple answer to that problem, Digital Door Locks! We have listed the Pro's and Con's to having a digital door lock - but what is a digital door lock we hear you ask, well it can be also known as a combination door lock and it allows you to enter and exit a building without the need for a key - instead you use a PIN code. They can solve the issue of keys being lost or stolen and replacing the keys which could be inefficient and expensive. So here are the advantages and disadvantages of using a digital door lock:   Advantages - Pick-proof: Because there is no place for a key with these locks, the prevent break-ins because burglars are unable to pick or 'bump' the lock. Criminals methods of breaking and entering are improving and the majority of criminals can pick an ordinary key lock. -...

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10 Workplace Security Tips

Posted on March 04, 2013

10 Workplace Security Tips Every company needs to have a security policy in place to keep employees, equipment and goods secure and safe. Having the right security measures can help prevent and deter burglars or people who intend to enter the property without permission. Security is something to always be concerned about, so take the time to carry out some security checks. 1. Check that all windows and doors are securely locked before leaving and closing the workplace. In the morning, check them again and see if anything is missing. 2. Keep all entrances and exits secure at all times. A combination door lock is ideal for controlling access into a building as a code is needed to gain entry. Or issue either cards, keys or ID badges to regular staff of your workplace. A door access kit is also another way of controlling who can access the building, with a choice of access kits, you can choose the right kit for the correct purpose...

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Wheel Clamping on Private Land Now Illegal

Posted on October 09, 2012

Under the Protection of Freedoms Act, it is now illegal to clamp, tow or immobilise cars parked on private land without lawful authority - anyone found breaking the law can potentially face an unlimited fine. This effectively means that clamping and towing will be restricted to the police, local authorities, the DVLA and other authorities acting in accordance with by-laws like airports and railways stations. Other changes that have also come in from 1 October include giving police more powers to remove cars parked on private land, while unpaid tickets can now be claimed from the registered owner of the vehicle, as well as the driver. There will also be an Independent Appeals Service funded by the British Parking Association (BPA) that will allow drivers to be able to appeal tickets issued on private land by a company that is a member of the BPA's Approved Operator Scheme. This has been criticised as a little bit like getting the Highwaymen clampers to simply register themselves...

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