Tips on How to Deal with Stress in the Workplace

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According to statistics gathered through the Labour Force Survey (2019-2020), 828,000 workers reported feeling stressed, anxious, or depressed at work; a 347,000 increase from the previous reporting year.   When it comes to stress in the workplace, it isn’t an issue that should be swept under the carpet and ignored. As should be the case with all Health and Safety issues, let’s take a look at some of the root causes of workplace stress. Workloads and Intrinsic Factors Being overloaded with work contributes to 42% of all stress at work cases, according to the THOR-GP Network, in agreement with the LFS. Whether it is a sudden onset of new clients, or the high workload is something that comes naturally with the job, being overworked causes huge amounts of stress among…
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Tips for Managing Screen Time in 2021

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Whether you are sitting comfortably at home, in the office, or on the go, chances are you’re reading this on a screen. Smartphones, laptops, tablets, desktop computers, televisions, even watches provide us with a steady stream of information for our day-to-day lives. In fact, the average UK citizen spends around 13 hours a day in front of a screen; it sounds like a lot, but factoring in work activities involving computers, scrolling through social media, and watching television, the hours begin to mount up. So, what’s the problem? It’s no surprise that we are becoming more and more enamoured with the supercomputers in our pockets, but too much screen time can lead to stress, sleep, and eye-related problems, such as; Persistent headachesBlurred visionNeck, back and shoulder painFatigueEye strainDouble visionDizziness While…
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Health and Safety Fines – Why They Are More Than Just Numbers

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This year alone, the HSE have issued over £2.4 million in fines for breaches in Health and Safety, some of which caused fatal injuries to workers. Sadly, a large proportion of these incidents could have been avoided if the proper safety procedures had been implemented and reviewed accordingly. Employees shouldn’t have to be at risk of injury within the workplace to highlight safety concerns, and steps should be taken to ensure that potentially harmful scenarios are avoided. Safe Systems/Risk Assessments While filling out forms can seem dull, risk assessments and safe systems of work are in place for the very reason of ensuring the safety of workers in hazardous environments or utilising dangerous equipment. It is important to keep these documents up-to-date, and review them regularly to amend any changes,…
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How to Take the Strain out of Manual Handling Operations

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In the 2019/2020 reporting year, 19% of all RIDDOR reported injuries were attributed to handling, lifting, or carrying operations. That doesn’t sound like a lot, but for context, that’s 12,431 accidents serious enough for a RIDDOR report! Let’s take a look at what can be done to mitigate the risk of injury in the workplace from manual handling operations. What counts as Manual Handling?   Manual handling operations can consist of anything such as picking up and carrying an object, pushing or pulling mobile loads, or holding or supporting a heavy load for a prolonged period of time. A few examples may include: Lifting an object onto a high platform, or into a vehicle (such as storage or transport boxes)Lowering something from a raised platform (such as working equipment or…
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4 Ways to Stay Safe while Machining in the Workplace

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Machining can be a dangerous task; turning, milling, and drilling all have their own associated hazards and risks, which is why it is essential to know the equipment you are about to use is functioning as it should, and is ready to use safely. So, let’s take a look at a few ways to keep the machines, and yourself, in good working order while operating them. Regular Maintenance Regular maintenance of functional aspects of a machine can identify problems or damage long before it becomes a threat. Let’s take a pillar drill; are the drill bits in good condition? Are all turning mechanisms moving freely without hindrance? Is the table steady and secure? These simple checks can help to identify a problem long before it can cause an incident, such…
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7 Reasons to Appoint a Health and Safety Representative at Work

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Appointing a Health and Safety Representative in your business as laid out in the 1977 Safety Representatives and Safety Committees Regulations (Outlined in the Health and Safety at Work Act) is an important part of keeping a lot of aspects of Health and Safety in the workplace in check. Whether it’s incident investigations, or following up a fellow employee’s complaint, they have a key role to play. Here are seven reasons why Health and Safety Representatives are crucial for your business: 1.   Safety Inspections A Health and Safety Representative should carry out a safety inspection at least once every three months in order to ensure that all policies are being adhered to, all potential hazards are noted and dealt with appropriately, and that the safety of the staff is not…
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The most common issues with paper checklists (and how to avoid them)

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Checking In      It’s safe to say we’ve all filled out our fair share of checklists; daily task lists, risk assessments, accident reports, or maybe extra toppings on a pizza order. But even with the promise of extra pepperoni, checklists can present a number of problems, especially in paper form. Here are our techniques for making checklists much more effective within the workplace. Checklist Check...lost      If you have ever spent time and energy filling out a paper daily task list only to have it "tidied away" and have to start from scratch, then you will understand how frustrating this can be. Not only does it take up valuable time, but you can also lose track of important information relevant to the list; whether it is a daily task, or…
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5 tips on managing Accident and Incident Reports in 2021

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     Nowadays it seems like there is a form for everything; from signing up for a newsletter, all the way down to what kind of sprinkles you’d like on your ice cream. So, when it comes to filling out an accident report form, it can seem a little daunting. But don’t worry! We’ve got a few simple ideas to help make things easier, so let’s get straight into it. Who should fill out the report?      It’s important to have the right person fill out the incident report form; it wouldn’t be any use for Joe from I.T to fill it out while he’s working from home! If anyone witnessed the incident, and can give a good, accurate account of what happened, then they should be the one to jot…
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