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Staying Cool in the Sun

Monday 23rd May 2022
Direct Training GB Ltd.

Its Summer and as we all know, the British Summertime weather can be unpredictable. One minute it can be cold and raining and the next it can be hot and uncomfortable to work in. However the matter still remains that no matter the weather, many people still need to go to work to earn a living so knowing how to work on those hot summer days is essential. That is why today we are sharing with you our top tips for working in the sun. 1. Shutting out the sun - As the first point on this list, although it may seem counterintuitive, keep your curtains closed during the day. Doing this will stop the sun from warming up your home or…

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Fatigue

Friday 6th May 2022

What is fatigue? Fatigue is described as a lingering tiredness that is both constant and limiting. Fatigue causes you to have exhaustion which is persistent, relapsing and often unexplained. The feeling caused by fatigue is similar to what you experience when you have flu or have missed a lot of sleep. As well as being physical, fatigue can also be mental or both physical and mental at the same time. It is reported that most adults will experience fatigue at some point during their life. It should be noted that fatigue is in fact a symptom and not a condition. It is caused by a combination of social, psychological, lifestyle and general wellbeing issues rather than being caused by an underlying…

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Safety In the Sun

Wednesday 20th April 2022
Direct Training (GB) Ltd.

The most common form of cancer in the UK is skin cancer. It is reported that 100,000 new cases are diagnosed with 2,500 people being killed by the disease each year. That means that, on average, skin cancer kills 7 people per day in the UK alone. Skin cancer is lead on when UV radiation (Ultraviolet) from the sun damages the skin. If you experience severe sunburn, particularly during your childhood you run the increased risk of developing skin cancer in later life. Therefore, it is extremely important to protect yourself and your family from the sun. In today's blog, we share with you some defences that you can implement to stay safe in the sun. Hats & Clothing Your first line of…

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Day-To-Day Safety

Thursday 3rd March 2022
Direct Training (GB) Ltd.

In this blog we cover a wide range of health and safety topics to suit the vast array of different workplace scenarios, weather conditions and workplace environments. It has however been a long time since we have covered the general health and safety considerations that you should account for in everyday life. That is why, in today's blog, we want to share with you some day-to-day health and safety tips to help you stay safe, even when you aren't in the workplace. Leaving your house Before you leave your house or apartment, keep strangers out by locking all of your doors and closing all of your windows. If you have a security system you should activate it on the way out…

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Lone Workers

Thursday 17th February 2022
Direct Training (GB) Ltd.

Throughout the world, many jobs require that workers work alone or carry out specific tasks alone. This is known as lone working or being a lone worker. If you are an employer, under the Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations, it Is your responsibility to manage any potential health and safety risks before any of your employees can work alone. This also applies if you contract somebody to work for you, including people who are self-employed. Examples of lone workers include: - People who work from home - Security staff - Cleaners - Health workers - Engineers - Delivery drivers - Petrol station employees - Warehouse staff These are just a few examples…

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Personal Hygiene

Tuesday 15th February 2022
Direct Training (GB) Ltd.

Personal hygiene is an essential part of staying healthy and protecting those around us. The World Health Organisation (WHO) defines personal hygiene as: "Conditions and practices that help to maintain health and prevent the spread of diseases." Reducing the spread of germs and infections by washing your hands frequently using soap and warm water is one of the most effective forms of personal hygiene. In some scenarios, soap and water is not an option. This is where hand sanitiser comes in. Hand sanitiser is available in a variety of different shape and sized bottles and for this reason can easily be taken anywhere. Hygiene is often equated with cleanliness. The word hygiene however is actually a…

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PPE - What Is It & Why Do We Need It?

Wednesday 9th February 2022
Direct Training (GB) Ltd.

PPE refers to Personal Protective Equipment. It refers to protective, wearable items such as goggles, helmets and specifically designed items of clothing. PPE has the sole purpose of protecting the wearer's body from injury and/or infection. PPE addresses hazards such as physical, electrical, chemicals, heat, biohazards and airborne particulate matter. One of the most common uses of PPE is job-related purposes, both in occupation & health. PPE is also used for sport and recreation related activities. Protective clothing is when PPE is applied is to traditional clothing such as boots. Protective gear refers to dedicated items such as shields, masks, pads and guards. PPE can also appear similar to a cleanroom suit. The whole purpose of PPE…

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What It Means To Be Proactive & How To Become More Proactive

Friday 4th February 2022
Direct Training (GB) Ltd.

The word 'Proactive' is defined as "creating or controlling a situation rather than just responding to it after it has happened." People who appear to have a great balance of being successful at work, have a great personal life and also manage to do things such as work out often can generally put this balance down to mastering the art of being proactive and being prepared for everything. In today's blog, we will be sharing with you what it means to be proactive both at work and in life, what a proactive mindset is and how to become less reactive. A Proactive mindset To be proactive means that you are thinking about the future and focusing on all of…

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5 Common Unhealthy Habits

Thursday 20th January 2022
Direct Training (GB) Ltd.

It's January 2022 and for many people, a New Year's Resolution may be to make an effort to be healthier. However, there are some common habits which, without you knowing, could be sabotaging your efforts. In today's blog, we will be sharing with you 5 of those unhealthy habits and ways in which you can avoid them. It should be noted that you don't have to expect yourself to change all of these habits at once, nor should you fret if you occasionally fall off the wagon and slip back into one of them. What matters the most is that you get back on top 1. Snacking when you're not hungry - When you lose touch of your body's…

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General Fire Safety

Thursday 13th January 2022
Direct Training (GB) Ltd.

Having correct fire safety precautions in place is essential and can potentially be the difference between life and death, both at home and in the workplace. In today's blog, we will be sharing with you some tips to keep you and everyone around you safe from fire. Smoke Alarms Fitting and testing smoke alarms can be a crucial step in helping you and your family escape from a potentially deadly home fire. Smoke alarms should be fitted on each level of your home and the batteries should be tested every week and changed every year. The batteries should never be removed apart from when they are being replaced. Cooking More than half of all accidental fires that take…

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The Danger of Distractions in the Workplace

Tuesday 11th January 2022
Direct Training (GB) Ltd.

Distractions are one of the most dangerous things in the workplace. There are many types of distractions and in todays blog we will be discussing each type of distractions and ways in which you can avoid them. 1 - Mental distractions and inattention - Mental distractions are one of the leading causes of accidents in the workplace. Mental distractions can range from talking to a co-worker whilst performing a hazardous task to replaying or fantasising scenes in your head. Mental distractions are extremely dangerous because they lead to inattention and these inattentions could result in either you or a colleague becoming seriously injured or even killed. The best way to avoid mental distractions is to stay focussed at all times,…

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5 Tips For Cooking Safely This Christmas

Friday 10th December 2021
Direct Training (GB) Ltd.

Christmas is right around the corner and up and down the country, friends and families will be sharing Christmas dinner. It's a time for festivities and cheer but cooking that same dinner can also be extremely dangerous, especially when a bit of Christmas wine is involved! In today's blog, we will be sharing with you a quick selection of cooking safety to tips to help ensure that your Christmas dinner is as safe, merry and festive as possible. 1. The danger of kitchens - the kitchen can be a very dangerous place, especially for young children whilst food is being prepared. Never leave children alone in the kitchen whilst something is cooking on the hob. Additionally, you should…

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