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The root of manufacturing safety concerns


YPhoto shows a worker welding and not using visorour manufacturing plant has all the right safety equipment and training procedures in place. Why do you keep having accidents? The answer is simple: you have humans involved. Human error can negate even the most stringent safety measures. However, there are steps you can take to reduce this vast area for mistakes.

Training and enforcement

Employee attitudes of skipping a safety step because “the job will only take one minute” must be nipped in the bud. This is a critical p…

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The importance of first aid refresher courses


Photo shows a first aid kitTraining your employees on the importance of first aid in the office is essential in creating a safe workplace. It is against the law for employers to not provide adequate and appropriate personnel, equipment and facilities needed to ensure their staff receive immediate attention if they are injured or taken ill on their premises.

First aid courses are becoming more commonplace, but many businesses fail to make use of the extra refresher courses these service providers offer…

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Setting up a health & safety procedure in a new business


Photo shows a man in a business suit about to hurdleHealth and safety is a necessity for all new businesses, but it doesn't have to be a complicated process. Working out a simple and efficient approach that complies with legislation under the Health and Safety at Work Act (1974) and consistently ensures the safety of employees can make managing your business easier. Good practice in health and safety can positively influence your business by:

  • Reducing staff absences and sick leave
  • Maintaining a positive reputation
  • Reducin…

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Why the UK’s awareness of asbestos is still lacking


Photo shows a corrugated cement roofIt’s the single biggest cause of work-related deaths in the UK, yet there are still far too many people who are blissfully unaware of the problem. I am of course referring to asbestos.

Although the potentially deadly substance was completely banned outright in Britain in 1999, there are still many buildings throughout the country that contain asbestos. Untouched, the material will not harm you - it’s the fibres that become airborne when it is broken up that cause all the p…

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Top 6 Grounding Site Dangers


Picture shows how to wire a UK plugIf your facility is not grounded correctly, both your employees and your equipment are at risk. Electricity will find a path to ground, and if a worker is the path of least resistance, they will receive an electrical shock. Depending on the current in the system, the shock could be anywhere from mildly annoying to deadly.

The same theory applies to your equipment. You may find intermittent failures and blown circuits, or you may find equipment completely eliminated due to hi…

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