UK PAT Testing

by Michael in Small Business Tips, Workplace Safety | posted:

uk pat testing

What is PAT testing, what’s the law and how often is it needed? PAT (portable appliance testing) means conducting routine safety checks on electrical appliances; this is especially important in commercial premises. Pat tests ensure that everyone from employees to customers isn’t at risk of any injury. Visual examination is an essential part of the […]

Corporate Manslaughter explained

by Michael in Health & Safety, Workplace Safety | posted:

corporate manslaughter explained

It’s been ten years since the introduction of the Corporate Manslaughter at work act. Since then only 25 companies have faced prosecution; albeit small organisations.   What spurred the act on was the first successful case of corporate manslaughter in UK law,  the Lyme Bay Canoeing Tragedy.  Following gross negligence of the site owner, public […]

Care About Your Patients? Care About Legionella! Get the Key Information for Healthcare Businesses

by Melissa in Legionella, Workplace Safety | posted:

Legionella in healthcare

Legionella contamination is a risk in any environment that uses water systems. That being said, it’s safe to say that the risk of Legionella concerns most businesses across the UK. However, the dangers of Legionnaire’s disease are significantly increased in healthcare premises, due to the condition of residents, and it’s the responsibility of facility owners […]

First aid kits in the workplace

by Michael in Workplace Safety | posted:

First Aid Office Equipment

Injuries in the workplace: Statistics The rate of employer-reported non-fatal injuries has seen a 58% reduction since 1986. While this is great news for employers and employees alike, there were still 70,116 reported cases in 2016/17. Accidents do happen after all, yet, what do you need to know if an accident happens in the workplace? […]

How clean is your dental chair?

by Michael in Legionella, Workplace Safety | posted:

how clean is your dental chair

Legionella Dental Practice Did you know there were 450 confirmed UK cases of Legionella in 2017? It is debatable about the number of occurrences of Legionella within dental practices; many articles on the subject are from research articles. However, the likelihood of the disease spreading is possible. Biofilms can develop within the pipework of modern […]

Fire Safety Month (Offices) – Office Fires: What to do and how to prevent

by Michael in Fire Safety, Workplace Safety | posted:

fire safety office

Office Fires: the common causes The first step in fire prevention is identifying the potential hazards in your office workplace. The fire safety advice centre suggests offices are a moderate fire risk primarily due to worker carelessness. The four main causes of an office fire are the following: Smoking Materials carelessly discarded Cooking Appliances left on and […]

How to prevent a data breach

by Michael in Data Protection, Small Business Tips, Workplace Safety | posted:

data-breach

Personal information is the currency of the digital age. Companies compete with one another to market accordingly to the consumer. However, storing such information has led to many breaches over the years. In the wake of General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), a data breach can destroy a company’s reputation and finances. How could your data […]

What is Legionnaires disease? Five most common questions

by Michael in Workplace Safety | posted:

Legionnaires disease

Legionnaires’ disease is a severe form of pneumonia. It is a lung infection caused by inhaling small droplets of Legionnaires contaminated water. Contrary to popular belief, it cannot pass from one person to another.   How does my business get contaminated?   Legionella originates in fresh water environments, like lakes and streams. It can become […]

Is your business prepared for winter weather?

by Michael in Workplace Safety | posted:

Winter-Safety

Winter weather arises a host of issues for employers and employees alike. Anything from sickness to car trouble and everything in between. One thing you can control is the safety of your businesses premises.   Why is winter safety important? The ‘Health and Safety at Work act 1974’ requires employers to take appropriate steps to […]