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Cold Weather PPE

Monday 18th October 2021
Direct Training (GB) Ltd.

As the colder months of the year draw in, outdoor work does not stop with the change of seasons. That is why it is the leaders within the workplace industry responsibility to facilitate a smooth adjustment to the colder temperatures. One way in which they can do this is by including Winter PPE in their safety program. This is because when you are working outdoors, especially more so in the extreme temperatures, PPE or Personal Protective Equipment must defend workers against the elements in addition to the risks which are associated with the job at hand. For many, PPE will mean adding additional, insulated layers of clothing. This will provide cold resistance and some specialised items of PPE may add…

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5 Common Safety Hazards To Look Out For Around The House

Friday 15th October 2021
Direct Training (GB) Ltd.

Although the home is supposed to be a safe place where you and your family are protected, each year accident and emergency A&E units deal with thousands of serious injuries and sometimes even fatal accidents which have occurred in the home. These accident don't just happen to children and the elderly either, anyone in the home can come into harm from things such as chemicals and choking to name a few. Furthermore, many of these accidents are preventable and dealing with a serious accident that could have been preventable can lead to a lifetime of guilt. That is why in today's blog, we have put together a list of 5 common safety hazards that you should look out for around…

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6 Tips For Staying Safe In The Cold

Monday 11th October 2021
Direct Training (GB) Ltd.

As the winter draws in and the temperatures begin to drop here in the UK, it is important to know how to be safe in the cold weather. Whilst being and working in the cold can be uncomfortable, it can also be dangerous. Some of the dangers that cold weather presents include; numbness, frostbite, hypothermia and dehydration. In this blog we are going to be sharing with you 6 of our top tips for staying safe in the cold. 1. Plan breaks from the cold Similarly to how you need to take breaks from your work throughout the day, you also need to take breaks from the cold. Plan times throughout the day where you can warm up. This is necessary…

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Winter Walking Safety

Monday 4th October 2021
Direct Training (GB) Ltd.

It's now officially winter here in the UK and because of this the temperatures are swiftly dropping, the mornings are getting darker and the evenings are getting dark earlier. For many, winter is a wonderful time of the year for taking scenic walks through the countryside, especially for people such as hikers who enjoy venturing off into the hills and peaks. For others, walking is a key way of commuting to and from work. To ensure that you are safe and prepared for anything that could happen whilst you are walking, here are some of our top winter walking tips: Pack properly Before you set off it is essential that you check that you have everything you could need in your rucksack.…

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Winter Fatigue & How To Combat It

Thursday 23rd September 2021
Direct Training (GB) Ltd.

What is Winter fatigue? It's late September 2021 and that can only mean one thing. Slowly but surely, Winter is coming here in the UK. As a worker, Winter can cause something which is commonly known as 'Winter Fatigue'. The low visibility and dark evenings can cause workers to become fatigued. It should however be noted that this is a year-round concern in workplaces which require workers to work long hours, shift work and/or irregular working patterns. This fatigue is also amplified by conditions such as poor weather or a general lack of sunlight. Winter fatigue is particularly different as due to the time of year, days seem shorter and as a result of this it may make your staff feel…

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Warehouse Safety

Tuesday 21st September 2021
Direct Training (GB) Ltd.

Warehouses are one of the most common workplace environments. They are also some of the most dangerous. When identifying the risks which are associated with the key operations of the warehouse you should identify all of the hazards which impede upon the safe working of employees. You should also understand what risk control measures are currently in place and through doing this you will be able to identify any gaps in your current risk control measures with regards to respecting both national and/or international standards. There are seven common hazards in a warehouse and they are: 1. Falling objects - In a warehouse there is a very high likelihood that items will be stacked high. These items have the potential to…

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Safety Moments

Thursday 16th September 2021
Direct Training (GB) Ltd.

A safety moment is a short yet frequent safety training session that usually lasts less than ten minutes. Because of this, a safety moment can take place at any time, whether this be at the beginning of a shift, in the middle of the day (to break up the workload) or even before or after a meeting or event. Safety moments should be informal and be an open invitation to everyone in the workplace to attend. This encourages group interaction and is an excellent way of getting everyone involved. Because safety is a team effort, everyone being involved is crucial to creating a strong safety culture in the workplace. There is no set way of creating or carrying out a safety…

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The Benefits of Training

Tuesday 14th September 2021
Direct Training (GB) Ltd.

Workplace methods and technology advances are continuously growing and developing. Because of this there is a need for both employers and employees to align with the changes that these developments bring. As a result of this, the employees skills, knowledge, value and abilities will also develop. As an employer, one of the best ways in which you can enhance your employee's skills and knowledge is through training. Studies have shown when employees are exposed to training that is relevant and consistent, there is a significant improvement in performance which in turn leads to an increase in results in the workplace. In today's blog we will be sharing with you and explaining the importance of training your employees as well as providing…

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Quick Read - The Maintenance & Storage of PPE

Monday 13th September 2021
Direct Training (GB) Ltd.

PPE stands for Personal Protective Equipment. Depending on the type of workplace that you work in, you may be required to wear PPE on a daily basis, all of the time or only occasionally for certain tasks. However, one of the things that is commonly overlooked is the safe storage of PPE. OSHA requires that PPE must be "maintained in a sanitary and reliable condition." This means that a facility should have a specific area, designated solely for storing PPE which is away from harsh conditions. The PPE also needs to be easily accessible in case of emergencies. Facilities should also consider having extra PPE on hand in case it is lost, damaged or compromised. Injuries can be avoided by simply having…

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The Dangers of Heat

Thursday 9th September 2021
Direct Training (GB) Ltd.

The UK is currently experiencing a mini-heatwave, with temperatures approaching close to 28 degrees celsius and above. However, this heatwave is primarily taking place during the weekdays whilst people are at work. That is why it is essential to know how to work safely in the heat to avoid serious illnesses such as heat stroke as well as heat stress injuries. Heat stroke is extremely serious as it can cause death or permanent disability if emergency treatment is not provided. Other heat-related disorders include but are not limited to, heat exhaustion, heat rash and heat cramps. Heat Stroke Heat stroke occurs when the body no longer sweats and your body temperature reaches dangerous levels. Some of the symptoms of heat stroke include: Chills Slurred…

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