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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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September - Eye Safety Awareness Month

Friday 3rd September 2021
Direct Training (GB) Ltd.

September is commonly regarded as being Eye Safety Awareness Month. Although eye safety isn't commonly at the front of people's minds, it should be. An avoidable eye injury could be life changing. Even a partial loss of sight can lead to things such as no longer being able to drive or read. Furthermore, most injuries such as this could have easily been avoided by simply wearing safety glasses or observing other eye safety habits. Did you know? 125,000 eye injuries each year involve common household products. Over 2,000 people sustain eye injuries at work each day. Up to 20% of work-related eye injuries are the cause of temporary or permanent vision loss. Every 13 minutes, an emergency room treats a sports-related eye injury. More…

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Staying Safe Whilst Travelling In The Dark

Tuesday 31st August 2021
Direct Training (GB) Ltd.

As the month of September draws closer and nights become dark earlier, it is essential that you know how to stay safe when you are out and about at night, whether you are commuting from work or university or whether you are on a night around the town with friends, all of the tips that we will be sharing with you today apply. 1. Be Alert If you have to walk alone in the dark instead of with another person, ensure that you avoid things such as talking on the phone for too long or listening to music. This is because you need to be fully aware of your surroundings and to do this you can't have any distractions. Furthermore, it…

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Workplace Inspections (Quick Read)

Thursday 19th August 2021
Direct Training (GB) Ltd.

Workplace inspections are essential in preventing incidents such as injuries, accidents and illness. A workplace inspection helps you to identify any potential hazards as well as any processes that are not working efficiently. This then allows you to decide what measures to take before they lead to an accident or incident. There are 4 key aspects that a workplace inspection will focus on. These are: 1. The people in the workplace such as workers and their behaviour as well as their methods of working. 2. Plant such as machinery, vehicles and equipment. 3. The workplace as well as the general working environment. 4. The methodologies, safe system of work and permit-to-work system. When you are carrying out a workplace inspection there are 3 key things…

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Emergency Planning In The Workplace (Quick Read)

Thursday 19th August 2021
Direct Training (GB) Ltd.

An emergency plan is a set of instructions that are written to outline what the people in the workplace should do in an emergency. Emergency plans must provide for emergency procedures, evacuation procedures, and effective responses to an emergency. Emergency plans should also outline things such as notifying emergency service organizations at the earliest opportunity as well as medical treatment and assistance which is available. There are 5 key steps to creating an emergency plan and they are: 1. Assess your needs. 2. Create a written policy. 3. Plan levels of response. 4. Train your personnel. 5. Carry out audits. The most important part of any emergency plan is communication. This is because frequent, honest communication helps everyone to understand exactly what to do in an emergency.…

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10 Electrical Safety Tips

Thursday 19th August 2021
Direct Training (GB) Ltd.

1. Don't yank electrical cords from the wall - Pulling a cord away from the wall quickly and suddenly can damage the appliance as well as the wall and outlet. 2. Keep electrical items away from water - Water and electrical items do not mix well as the water is capable of conducting electricity due to the dissolved ions and impurities. 3. Make sure that all electrical cords are tucked away so that they are neat and tidy - This is because pets can chew on electrical cords and people can accidentally trip on them. 4. Repair damaged cords - You should regularly inspect your electrical cords for any damage or fraying. If you have pets or children in your home then this…

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Why Confined Spaces Training Is Essential

Monday 16th August 2021
Direct Training (GB) Ltd.

A confined space is defined as being a space with limited or restricted means for entry or exit and is not designed for continuous occupancy. This includes spaces such as (but not limited to) tanks, vessels, storage bins, silos, vaults, hoppers, pits, tunnels, equipment housing, manholes, pipelines & ductwork. The HSE (Health & Safety Executive) states that a confined space is a place where serious injury from hazardous substances or conditions within the space or nearby areas can occur such as a lack of oxygen or being exposed to noxious fumes. Other dangers may include flooding/drowning or asphyxiation from some other source such as dust, grain or other contaminants. For a work area to be defined as a confined space, it…

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