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The office: the dangers of un-serviced equipment


Photo shows an engineer testing equipmentWe’ve all seen the little green “Service by” sticker on the electrical equipment in and around the office, and let’s be honest, how many of those dates on the equipment have come and gone?

When anyone comes to work, we place utter trust in the employer to provide us with a safe environment in which to work, the last thing we expect is to be put in danger or to have our health jeopardised.

We’ll look at some of the dangers that are found within the office when un-serviced electrical equipment goes wrong.

Air-Conditioning Units

You’ve probably heard that air conditioning units must be serviced properly and on a regular basis. Leading companies and government bodies such as Air Plants Heating, HVCA and Macair, recommend that units must be maintained every spring, before the warm weather kicks in. The thing to bear in mind is that this system works for as long as you need it to keep you cool - as with anything, proper care and maintenance is essential.

However when the unit begins to collect dirt, mould and decomposing insects, it begins to pose a very serious health risk. The filters must be cleaned regularly, as they may cause serious lung problems such as …

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Keep your home safe from electrical fires

Photo shows a burning buildingAmong the top fears when it comes to keeping you and your family safe at home is the possibility of an outbreak of fire. Although rare and on the most part being able to be avoided, when fire does strike, it is a menacing sight and leaves thousands of people each year heartbroken, injured or even worse. 
Probably the most common type of fire domestically is one that involves electrical equipment. Inadequate electric wiring, loose and frayed plugs and overloaded sockets contribute to a huge percentage of house fires.
Knowing how to minimise risk factors involved with electrical fires can go a long way in avoiding fires. Not many homes are equipped with a fire extinguisher in the event of fire, particularly an extinguisher capable of dealing with electricity based blazes.
Imitation Chargers:
Although imitation electrical chargers for devices such as mobile phones may be up to 99% cheaper than their genuine counterparts, they could end up costing you a lot more in the long run. Some imitation chargers may be unsafe and an instant fire hazard the moment they are used.
Electrical Maintenance:
Keeping appliances clean and working is not ju…

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How would the EU Referendum affect the safety of British business?


Photo shows the flag of the European UnionBy the end of 2017, the UK will decide either to remain a member of the European Union (EU) or to leave it and either of these results will have a huge impact on the safety of British businesses. Depending on your political opinion, the EU are either a gateway to a greater international voice or an unnecessary drain on our resources. Immigration, trade, and law are the three talking points that have so far captured the media’s attention. However, British occupational safety is an issue that is intimately connected with the events of the EU referendum.

The Eurosceptic view is that the EU does not help to improve the safety of the British workplace. The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has been cutting funding and regulation for years and plans to do more of this, as part of the Government’s wider plan to reduce the deficit. According to the Government’s report, this plan has proved successful because it has not lead to any increase in death or injury and because business owners are behind the idea. If government oversight can be reduced without any downside, then the EU’s added oversight is not needed.

In response, a Europhile would argue that HSE’s downsizing has put…

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Health and safety in the office; what are you missing?


Photo shows people working in an officeThe emphasis on health & safety is now such an important aspect of our society. Governments, companies and local services all place our safety as one of their top priorities. But when it comes to safety in the work place it’s down to the employer and the health & safety trained to keep the work place safe, but what can we, as individuals do to contribute to a safer work space?

Sure, when we think of health & safety at work, we often think about building sites with heavy machinery and the prospect of falling debris, but there are more dangers in the office environment than one might think.

Slips, trips & falls

The most common type of health & safety issue is slips, trips and falls. According the British Safety Council, you’re 2.5 times more likely to suffer this type of injury in an office than in any other work place.

So how are the hazards avoided?


Walkways should always be kept completely clear, there is a tendency in many offices to pile boxes, files and all sorts in the walkways for convenience. However this is a big fire hazard as well as anything else, so it’s important that all office supplies are stored away correctly.

Step ladders:

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