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Fire Safety In The Workplace Tips

Tuesday 10th August 2021
Direct Training (GB) Ltd.

Fires are one of the most costly devastations that any company can suffer from. Fires destroy property, machinery, equipment, documents, lifestyles and unfortunately sometimes even cost lives. This is why it is crucial that you and everyone in your workplace know how to prevent fires. In today's blog, we are going to be sharing with you some quick, key tips for fire prevention. 1. Know where fire alarm boxes and extinguishers are located. 2. Smoke in designated areas and only in those areas. 3. Keep equipment clean and use it correctly. 4. Practice good housekeeping such as discarding trash and litter before it can accumulate. 5. Handle any flammable liquids with caution. Only use containers in things such as microwaves which are approved. Furthermore,…

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5 Tips For Preparing For Safe Travel

Monday 9th August 2021
Direct Training (GB) Ltd.

With the World once again slowly beginning to open up more, lots of people are keen to get back to travelling and going on holiday. Travel can be an eye-opening and exciting experience. However, it can sometimes be all too easy to get caught up in the thrill of adventure and forget about travel security and safety considerations whilst you are abroad. That is why today we want to share with you our top 5 safety travel tips to ensure that your trip is memorable for all of the right reasons. 1. Do your research before you travel - Before you set off on your travels, spend some time researching to get to know your destination in depth. A great…

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10 Things That Every Employee Can Do To Stay Safe At Work

Tuesday 3rd August 2021
Direct Training (GB) Ltd.

1. Report Unsafe Conditions ASAP - The first step in fixing unsafe conditions and preventing bad things from happening is you, as an employee, reporting issues as soon as you find them. Once you have done this, your manager is legally obligated to fix the issues in order to create a safe working environment. This can be anything from wet floors to a slightly bent ladder. 2. Set & Follow Emergency Protocols - It is very uncommon for an emergency to announce itself directly. That is why you should always be prepared for anything that can happen in your regions that could have the potential to disrupt the safety of you, your colleagues, your customers/the public, or the company itself…

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Workplace HSE Inspections & How To Prepare

Wednesday 28th July 2021
Direct Training (GB) Ltd.

The purpose of workplace inspections is to reduce or even eliminate any risks to customers, employees, or the general public within and around the workplace. These risks can vary from hygiene, cleanliness, or risk assessment, HSE inspections are intended to protect the welfare of the public. They do this by identifying dangerous risks and encouraging the business owners to rectify the issues. if the businesses fail to do this then the owners can be at risk of being fined and prosecuted as well as the business being temporarily or indefinitely closed. Health and safety inspections have an effect on anyone that: - In business - Has duties under health and safety law (duty holders) - Is an employer - Is in control of a…

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The Dangers Of Safety Not Being Present in The Workplace

Monday 26th July 2021
Direct Training (GB) Ltd.

For some, sometimes it can feel as though there are too many health and safety requirements to handle in the workplace. Whilst doing something such as pushing back your legally required cleaning schedule or missing out on one routine maintenance inspection of equipment may not seem too important at the time, it can actually have serious consequences. The cost of poor health and safety Having a poor health and safety culture can be disastrous, not only for your business but for your clients and employees also. This is why it is highly important that you invest time and money into getting your workplace's health and safety culture right. The increased risk of ill health, injury, or even death A failure to have adequate health…

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Getting Ready For The Return To The Workplace As An Employer

Tuesday 13th July 2021
Direct Training (GB) Ltd.

With the recent confirmation of Covid-19 restrictions being lifted on the 19th July here in England, many people who have previously been working from home or who have been furloughed will be preparing to make a return to the workplace. If you are an employer, it is good practice to talk to your employees about returning to the workplace as soon as possible so that they have time to prepare. When you have this discussion there are a few things that you should aim to discuss such as: - A rough date of when the employee can expect to be returning to the workplace. - How you as the employer will make sure that the workplace is safe and how they will…

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5 Ways You Can improve Your Communication Skills Both At Work And At Home

Monday 12th July 2021
Direct Training (GB) Ltd.

Communication skills are defined as being: "The ability to convey or share ideas and feelings effectively." By having good communication skills you are ultimately able to make a higher quality public performance. This is essential in the modern world, especially in your business and personal life. This is because successful communication helps us to better understand people and situations and enables us to overcome diversities whilst building trust and respect. As a result of all of this we are better able to share creative ideas and solve problems. It is a common belief in the business world that proper internal communications can significantly increase the productivity of employees. However, as simple as communication may seem, in often cases when we try to establish…

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Knowing Your Limits At Work & How To Prevent Burnout

Monday 12th July 2021
Direct Training (GB) Ltd.

Burnout is something that we all experience at one point or another, whether this is at home or in work. It's when the smallest of things irritate us and make us feel anxious, frustrated and stressed out. These factors all build up and cause us to find ourselves in a state of metal, emotional and even physical decline. Burnout is a mixture of exhaustion in your professional life as well as possibly your personal life. Burnout causes irritability and anger which can explode in a way that it is unintentionally directed at others. It can also lead to a loss of interest In performing the functions of daily life due to symptoms such as low energy. Burnout is your body…

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Preventing Equipment Damage In The Workplace

Thursday 8th July 2021
Direct Training (GB) Ltd.

By nature, construction sites can be extremely dangerous with many potential safety hazards. However this is not because anyone is doing anything wrong but more just a fact that there are many things on a construction site that have the potential to be dangerous. This is why it is always the number 1 goal on a construction site to ensure that everything is done in the safest possible way. To do this, safety regulations and protocols are put into place to protect you and everyone else around you. Additionally, these rules and regulations which are in place protect the equipment and the supplies that are being used for a job. These tools and supplies are very expensive and that is…

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How To Develop A Positive Workplace Culture

Tuesday 6th July 2021
Direct Training (GB) Ltd.

In recent years, the term "workplace culture" has risen in popularity. However, workplace culture is more than just a buzzword. It is used to refer to the way in which things are done at your workplace. This is rather than referring to your company's specific safety policy and program. As a term, safety culture encapsulates both the attitudes, behaviours and mindsets of everyone at the workplace such as the workers, managers, supervisors and also the owners. A key part of having a successful and effective health and safety program is having a positive safety culture in the workplace. There are several ways to begin establishing and maintaining a strong and positive safety culture in your workplace and they are as…

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Ergonomics & Reducing Physical Stress In The Workplace

Monday 28th June 2021
Direct Training (GB) Ltd.

Due to a sharp rise in musculoskeletal disorders such as carpal tunnel syndrome, workplace ergonomics are getting a lot of attention nationwide. The occupational injuries which are caused by poor ergonomics often require repeated surgery and can cause further issues such as intractable pain and an inability to work. Because of this, the person affected has to have time off work which ultimately results in higher costs for the employer. Common examples of bad ergonomics are having a work surface at the wrong height, uncomfortable chairs, bins and shelves which are placed too high to reach and awkward hand tools. Ergonomics play a huge factor in productivity. If the employee is comfortable at their desk or workstation then they are highly…

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Incident Report Forms - What They Are And How To Write Them

Friday 25th June 2021
Direct Training (GB) Ltd.

What is an incident report? An incident report is a formal recording of the facts that are related to an incident. An incident report usually relates to an accident or injury that has occurred on the worksite. However, it can also pertain to any occurrences in the workplace that are unusual, especially with regards to things such as near misses. An incident report should be carried out as soon as an incident has occurred. This is because the exact details of the occurrence are fresh in the minds of those who were involved in or witnessed the event. This information needs to be as accurate as possible because it may later be used in the future when dealing with liability issues which…

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