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The Importance Of Specialist Eyewear Posted 02/04/2021
Many work environments can pose potential risks to vision, demonstrated by the 800,000 eye injuries that occur in workplaces around the world every year. Risks can come in many forms and settings, from irritation caused by metal shavings on a construction site to over-exposure to a screen in an office.
Particularly in high-risk environments, our eyes can be damaged irreparably by machines and chemicals, among other hazards. Safety eyewear is usually employed in these environments, but too often protective prescription eyewear is forgotten – potentially leaving workers vulnerable to injury.
What’s The Real Cost Of Work-Related Accidents And Injuries? Posted 05/02/2021
When someone uses the word ‘cost,’ you immediately think about monetary value. Cost is generally directly linked to financial worth of something, and so it is often used in those contexts. However, when it comes to the cost of illness and injuries resulting from accidents or incidents in the workplace, the word takes on a far deeper and more significant meaning.
As well as the financial losses faced by both employers and employees, there is also the emotional cost in terms of suffering and grief. This comes alongside the loss of confidence, safety reviews, investigations, and other time consuming but wholly necessary safety measures.
There is, of course, a substantial financial impact of injuries at work, and it is a good place to start when assessing cost. The monetary costs of injuries can be separated between three distinct groups: the individual, the employer and the government.
A Guide to Safety Glove Ratings Posted 04/02/2021
It’s fair to say that not all gloves are created equally. In our everyday lives, whether we work as surgeons or just use them for the washing up, we’ve experienced the vast differences between the various kinds of gloves – and we definitely know that having the wrong kind of gloves can make a difference.
Why safety gloves are important
Our hands are our primary tools; the majority of employees use them all day every day, no matter their role. It’s really important in this respect that our hands are adequately protected – especially considering that many occupational injuries are hand-related. You need to make sure you have the right gloves for the job at hand, and it’s important to understand their safety ratings.
Gloves make up a really large proportion of all protective equipment, and they are a particularly crucial piece of uniform – especially when you work around sharp objects, chemicals, or abrasive surfaces. Gloves can actually be really cost effective when you know how to choose them.
How To Carry Out A Fire Risk Assessment Posted 22/01/2021
If you own or manage a non-domestic property, it is your legal responsibility to protect everyone who works, lives, or visits there from the potential threat of fire. To do this properly, you must carry out, and regularly review, a fire risk assessment.
What is a fire risk assessment?
A fire risk assessment is a protocol that has been developed to aid fire risk reduction and fire prevention. It is stipulated in the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order of 2005 that every workplace must have a thorough assessment carried out.
Jobs That Require Protective Clothing Posted 20/01/2021
It’s really important that no matter the job, we’re properly protected when we’re at work. No one wants to sustain a serious injury, especially when they can be easily avoided by wearing the appropriate protective clothing.
Lots of jobs are dangerous, but this danger can be mitigated through the use of protective workwear, or PPE. We have compiled a list of jobs that require you to wear protective clothing – some of these jobs may surprise you, but there are lots of potential dangers in any workplace.
It should be noted that this list is extensive but not exhaustive. Lots of jobs require protective clothing, and you should always check with your employer how best to protect yourself on the job.
Employer Responsibilities For PPE Provision Posted 05/01/2021
As an employer, you are responsible for providing your employees with adequate personal protective equipment (PPE), and training them to use and maintain it properly. This article explains your responsibilities for providing your staff with PPE in line with the UK government’s official PPE regulations (Personal Protective Equipment At Work Regulations 1992).
What is PPE?
Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) is equipment that protects the user against health or safety risks at work. You can find examples of PPE in the ‘types of PPE’ section below.
Domestic Cleaning Vs Commercial Cleaning Posted 26/11/2020
Cleaning is crucial to health, safety, and hygiene, and can be categorised into two main groups: domestic cleaning and commercial cleaning. Both can be done domestically by an individual or by a professional cleaning company.
But what is domestic cleaning exactly, how does it differ from commercial cleaning? This blog distinguishes the main differences between the two and explains what materials, equipment, and standards are unique to each.
Road Safety: Safety Tips for Pedestrians Posted 11/11/2020
Road safety is important – not just to drivers, but also to pedestrians and local communities. Danger on the roads can be rapidly reduced massively if everyone sticks to the rules of the road. Whilst most drivers are law abiding and cautious, others take risks that can prove fatal. Sadly, often victims of road accidents suffer from a case of being in the wrong place at the wrong time.
According to RoSPA, the UK is proud to have one of the best road safety records in the world. But that doesn’t mean that our roads are a safe place to be – there are still significant risks to be aware of, with the stats showing that someone is killed or seriously injured on UK roads every 20 minutes on average
Just as drivers and cyclists should stay alert, so should pedestrians. Here are our top road safety tips to keep in mind to stay safe.
Bonfire Night Safety Posted 01/11/2020
Bonfire Night is one of the most traditional and fun nights of the British cultural calendar. However, mixing merriment, kids, pets, and crowds with fireworks and flames can also make it the most dangerous. Fortunately, there are plenty of things you can do to make sure your night goes off with a bang, in the best possible sense. This is our guide to doing Bonfire Night safely by following the laws and codes that regulate fireworks use.
Guide To Health & Safety Training For Employees Posted 06/10/2020
It’s necessary for employers to equip their employees with the tools, knowledge and equipment to do their jobs safely. HSE are the governing body that oversee and advise on appropriate health and safety training to make sure that employers are in a position to do that. But it is up to the employer to decide who needs training, what form the training will be in, and when to refresh it.