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Yo ho ho and jingle bells – how to make sure everyone stays safe at work as you celebrate Christmas

Yo ho ho and jingle bells – how to make sure everyone stays safe at work as you celebrate Christmas

Workplace Christmas celebrations are an important festive tradition. Allowing decorations at work and organising a party is a great way to keep up staff morale and make people feel that they are working hard for an organisation which cares about their welfare and happiness. For management, it is however also important to be aware that Christmas parties organised by a company fall under the category of “work activities”, and therefore the employer still has a duty of care towards their staff.

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Plan, do, check, act- the importance of a good health and safety system

Plan, do, check, act- the importance of a good health and safety system

A robust Health and Safety system is essential in all organisations, big or small- not only to protect your employees and customers, but to avoid costly mistakes. Like most aspects of business management, it is something that should be planned thoroughly and reviewed regularly- and if you remember a few simple steps you will find the process doesn’t have to be unwieldy.

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On Your Marks.....

On Your Marks.....

Starting a new job should be an exciting time, but sadly for many newbies the first few weeks are spent scribbling countless notes and feeling uncertain about what they’re supposed to be doing. Often, managers are too busy to find the time for a proper induction- leaving new employees struggling to find something to do and feeling increasingly confused and under confident

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Working at Height - The Basics

Working at Height - The Basics

Sometimes working at height is unavoidable, but with almost 6,000* annual workplace injuries and 3 out of ten fatalities resulting from falls from heights, it is essential that all employers understand their responsibilities.

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Intense teamwork with less stress....is it possible?

Intense teamwork with less stress....is it possible?

With the nature of the events being strictly deadlined (you can’t start late unless it is part of the diva experience) the amount of kit, the complex nature of the equipment being set up and taken down, these events are the epitome of intense teamwork and intense periods of stress.

With such a complex series of interactions and challenges taking place this article will seek to highlight areas of concern, challenges that may affect different people and offer some helpful tips and advice to both the team members in these events but also the team leaders.

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The Safe Use of Display Screen Equipment in the Workplace

The Safe Use of Display Screen Equipment in the Workplace

Many people use Display Screen Equipment (DSE) as a part of their daily work routine. The most common type of DSE is a desktop computer, but the term can refer to any device with a display including tablets, laptops and touch screens.

Unfortunately, the improper or intensive use of display screen equipment has been linked to a variety of health complaints. Those health complaints include repetitive strain injuries (RSI), back pain, visual fatigue and stress.

However, it isn’t all doom and gloom! With a correctly setup workstation, it is possible to use DSE safely and efficiently for long periods. Using workstations that are configured for the health and safety of staff members can also greatly increase productivity and help staff avoid illnesses.

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The importance of protecting your hearing

The importance of protecting your hearing

Recently we went to see a rock gig and it was loud; I mean making your teeth vibrate loud! The gig was great and what was encouraging to see was so many people wearing ear plugs. With 5% of the UK population experiencing persistent tinnitus and approximately 15,000 people suffering from work related hearing loss in the past 12 months it is great to see people taking steps to prevent, what is often permanent, damage to their hearing.

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