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8 August 2018
 August 8, 2018
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Festival Safety: Your Guide to Staying Safe as a Lone Worker this Festival Season

It’s that time of year again where people of all ages are enjoying the sun and possibly attending some of the many festivals happening all over the country.

It’s no secret that these festivals can often pose threats to the attendees, something which many newspapers, websites and police forces try to mitigate by launching campaigns aimed at keeping the attendees aware and safe. But what about the lone workers at these events? What threats are they faced with? And how can we reduce the risks?

Many workers at these festivals are often volunteers or temporary workers hired just for the event. However, it is not uncommon to also see police patrolling these events as an extra precaution to ensure the safety of the attendees. At 2017’s Notting Hill Carnival, The Independent reported that 31 police officers experienced injuries due to acts of violence, such as

16 July 2018
 July 16, 2018
Challenge of Keeping Workers Safe in Gig Economy

Worker Safety in the Gig Economy

Following a series of high profile cases, the so-called ‘gig economy’ has gained notoriety as many of its workers are reported to be paying the price for greater flexibility by sacrificing basic employment rights and their safety.

The ‘gig economy’ refers to the trend for companies hiring individuals and paying them on a job by job basis instead of employing them in a permanent role. According to Analysts at McKinsey Global Institute, it’s estimated that around 5 million people in the UK are employed in this way, which makes up 15.6% of the countries’ total workforce.

Although many workers benefit from the increased flexibility and control over when they work, for others this is not a lifestyle choice but their only employment option in a competitive job market.

The issue of employment status has been raised as some claim a lack of legal clarity has resulted in many workers have been wrongly labelled as self-employed. This means that these individuals don’t have access to the same benefits and protections that a permanent full-time employee

5 July 2018
 July 5, 2018
The National Health Service turns 70

NHS Celebrates 70 Years of Protecting Britain

Across Britain people are coming together today to celebrate the 70th birthday of the NHS. And what better way to mark the occasion than by giving thanks and recognition to its extraordinary staff, the everyday heroes that go above and beyond, day in day out to look after us.

The National Health Service was founded in 1948 by Health Secretary, Aneurin Bevan, as part of his vision to make universal healthcare accessible to all regardless of wealth. Today, 70 years later the NHS is renowned and admired throughout the world for the high level of care that it provides to patients.

Buildings around the country, from the Blackpool Tower to the Houses of Parliament and the London Eye will be lighting up blue this evening to celebrate this incredible milestone. Special ceremonies are also due to be held at Westminster Abbey and York Minster to acknowledge the achievements of the much-loved institution.

To get Britain involved, NHS Charities have organised a nationwide tea party, NHS 7Tea which aims

28 June 2018
 June 28, 2018
Encouraging staff to use lone worker devices

Encouraging Staff to Adopt Safer Lone Working Practices

So, you’ve carried out your risk assessment, scoured the market for lone worker protection, splashed out on brand new devices and rolled them out to all employees – but then you find that staff just aren’t using them… What do you do?

First, let’s take a look at some of the reasons that employees may not be using their devices:

They don’t think they’re necessary – Unless the reasons for having them are fully explained some workers may not see the point. Often people assume that accidents won’t happen to them, so it’s important to use real-world examples to demonstrate the risks associated with their roles.
Staff don’t know how to use them – This is why it’s not enough to just issue alarms, employees must be given training on how to operate and look after their device so they know what to do when they need it.
Fear of activating alarm by mistake – False alarms are an inconvenience but employees can take steps to reduce the

11 June 2018
 June 11, 2018
Safer cycling tips for commuters

Bike Week – Tips for Safer Cycling

From 9th–17th of June, Bike Week takes place – bringing people across the nation together to celebrate the joys of cycling.

Bike riding is certainly seeing renewed popularity in Britain, over the past two decades the number of people opting for two wheels has risen by a quarter. Every year there are now an estimated 3.2 billion miles cycled on our roads, with 2.3 million bicycle journeys in London alone.

As a great way to get from A to B, it’s unsurprising that many more of us are choosing to cycle to and from work due to its convenience and numerous health benefits.

If you’ve been inspired to ditch your car and hit the pedals for Bike Week, here are our top cycle safety tips for your travels.
Follow the Highway Code
It may seem obvious but it’s important to remember your Highway Code when cycling as this applies to all road users including cyclists. Keep in mind the following:

Be sensible at traffic lights, don’t jump reds and reduce your speed when approaching

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