News | December 2020

Reasons Why You Need to Regularly Train Your Health and Safety Trainers

24th December 2020

Employee training is vital to the long-term success of any organisation. But ineffective training can cost the organisation huge losses. Some employers often assume that supervisors and workers with a certain amount of expertise and experience entitle them to train new hires. Your trainers need to be properly equipped with the relevant knowledge and skills about the matter at hand to ensure employee onboarding and training are successful. Regular and proper training of your trainers will help ensure the rest of the business workforce is properly trained, as well.

The Ups and Downs of Ladder/Scaffold Safety

23rd December 2020

Every day, millions of people work on ladders and scaffolds. These people encounter the ups and downs of using these pieces of equipment. Unfortunately for them, the downs can be painful and life-threatening. Health and safety experts have come up with recommendations on how to safely use these height-elevating devices. The festive season is here and people are preparing to celebrate the Christmas and Happy New Year in style. Safety ladders and scaffolds may be needed for safe access when preparing the venue for the celebrations, including hanging Christmas lights and images.

The Most Amazing Ways People Have Climbed Stairs

22nd December 2020

Walking up or down a set of stairs is the sort of everyday activity that we all carry out without even thinking about it. Yet, some people have chosen to look for incredible ways of doing this over the years.

The Record Climb

Kurt Hess decided to break the record for the longest stair climb in 2007, so he set his sights on the Esterli Tower in Lenzburg, Switzerland. With 45 metres over 253 steps, he worked out that climbing it several hundred times would beat the existing record.

New ISO Guidelines Issued for Working in the Pandemic

21st December 2020

The issue of new ISO guidelines that have just been published should clear up some issues and help companies to get to grips with their responsibilities at this time. They are aimed at helping provide “safe working during the COVID-19 pandemic”.

The Background

A new set of ISO guidelines will normally take as long as up to three years to produce. These are international standards that are used all over the planet and that help to provide common definitions and practices for workers, so they need a lot of time spending on them.

The Growing Importance of the IoT in Health and Safety

17th December 2020

The Internet of Things (IoT) is a phrase that we have seen used with increasing frequency in recent years. What does it mean in terms of providing a greater degree of health and safety at work?

What is the IoT?

This is the name given to a network of physical objects that are hooked up to the internet. Examples that are often given include smart homes where the fridge, the lights and other elements are all connected online.

Revealed: The Most Common Myths About Steel

16th December 2020

Steel is such a commonly used material that it is easy to think that we know everything there is to know about it. Yet, the following myths confirm that there are a lot of things about it that most people get wrong.

It Can’t Rust

The use of the name “stainless steel” can make us believe that this metal stays in perfect condition forever. Yet, stainless steel may suffer from corrosion over the years. This is most typically due to it coming into contact with harsh chemicals, salt water, rusting metal or hazardous materials, rather than the steel failing.

How to Talk Safety to Someone Outside Your Team

15th December 2020

Perhaps you’ve found yourself in a situation where you want to talk to someone about doing certain things the safest way, or by following the right procedures for the task. Safety talks can help make people know that you support keeping safety a priority and that you care about their safety and wellbeing. But how would you approach a person who isn’t from your team or the same company? The following guide contains everything you need to know about communicating safety to someone outside your team. Please read on.

1. Pick Your Moment

Tips to Adapt Your Safety Programs to a Down Economy Caused by the COVID-19 Pandemic

14th December 2020

The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic has greatly impacted the economy hence forcing businesses and organizations to pare back their budgets across the board. Most have companies been forced to lay off some of their employees while others have reduced a certain percentage of the salaries and allowances as they adapt to the challenging times. With this trend, even safety programs may not be immune, even as safety demands even more attention and resources as per the guidelines from the government and health bodies as we battle with the virus.

British Firms Advised to Check Health and Safety Measures in Winter

10th December 2020

As the British winter draws ever closer, it is time for companies that work outdoors to look at the changes that they may need to make to their health & safety measures to deal with this time of year. The construction industry is one of the sectors most affected by bad weather, so what are the issues to take into account just now?

The Risk of Bad Weather

Why You Should Consider Having a Fatigue Risk Management Plan (FRMP) in Your Workplace

09th December 2020

Worker fatigue poses a present danger to almost every workplace. It is no different from showing up to work drunk, which is a very dangerous safety risk. Unfortunately, most health and safety officers and teams don’t have a preventive action plan in place to mitigate the risk. Read on to learn more about the common causes of workplace fatigue and the strategies you can implement to mitigate the risk.

 

Common causes of workplace fatigue

Workplace fatigue often results from factors such as: