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5 challenges of being a manufacturer in 2018

Photo shows a worker wearing personal protective equipmentThe manufacturing industry faces many challenges year on year. It’s an important sector to both current and emerging markets.

These are the most commonly faced challenges to the industry in the UK in 2018.

  1. Manual handling and safety

Manufacturing can be a dangerous industry, and it’s vital that manufacturers are aware of health and safety regulations. According to health and safety statistics, 80,000 manufacturing workers in the UK suffer from illnesses which were caused by work.

Of the most frequent non-fatal injuries to employees, 24% are linked to lifting and handling. Manufacturers must find ways to help lower the risk of injury. It’s something which can be avoided if the necessary precautions are taken. The challenge comes with trying to find solutions to help with health and safety.

To overcome this challenge, there are trolleys and trucks which can help manufacturers handle and lift heavy objects. This would help to take the strain off the worker and prevent injury.

  1. The introduction of GDPR

It’s no secret that GDPR has been making waves since it came into effect on the 25th of May, 2018. Any company that has employees, suppliers or custom…

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A Guide to Personal Protective Equipment and Clothing

Photo shows a worker wearing Personal Protective EquipmentPersonal Protective Equipment, often referred to as PPE, describes the equipment that is used in order to protect workers against any risks to their health and safety. PPE covers a wide range of equipment throughout many different industries, with some of the most common items of equipment being helmets, safety gloves, protective glasses, safety boots and shoes, safety harnesses and high-vis clothing.

Equipment and clothing not covered under PPE includes food hygiene clothing, standard work clothing and uniform, travel protection equipment, equipment for competitive sports, devices designed to detect risks and weapons used for self-defence.

Legal Requirements relating to PPE

Employers have a responsibility and a duty of care to ensure the safety of employees, under the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974, with such a provision in place meaning that no charges should be made for anything that relates to the compliance of PPE. As well as this, the Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999 stipulates that employers or self-employed workers must conduct a risk assessment for their work.

By conducting the risk assessment, employers and self-employed workers are…

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Health > safety: how to improve workplace wellbeing

Photo shows a healthy lunch optionModern day employees can receive training for site safety, fire safety, construction safety, food safety, and a million subjects besides. In short, safety is a pretty tightly controlled and well understood discipline. Yet many of the industries where health & safety training and protocols are most prominent - manufacturing and construction, for instance - also have the most severe issues with mental health. It seems the H in H&S is not being given the same level of attention.

The majority of employees in these industries are men - and it’s men who are overwhelmingly affected by suicide, which is the leading cause of death in men under 35. In addition, a shocking 454 construction workers took their lives in 2015; this is four times the industry average, and more than ten times the number of deaths by other causes. Long hours, as well as a widespread ‘macho culture’ may be to blame, but so is the failure to address these issues on the part of businesses and industries.

Lunch breaks

Lunch breaks aren’t just an opportunity to refuel - they’re a break from the bustle of the working day, and an opportunity to put your obligations to one side, at least for a short time. A l…

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