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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

6 June 2018
 June 6, 2018
Online retailer accused of having unsafe conditions in its UK warehouse

The Importance of Maintaining Warehouse Working Conditions

Big retailers and manufacturing firms across Britain will typically have multiple warehouses for holding and sorting their stock. In order to manage this on a large scale, industries employ staff to work within these warehouses. Depending on the industry the employee is working within, the type of warehouse will differ. Nonetheless, the day to day duties and long shift hours tend to remain congruent across most warehouse jobs.

Due to the manual nature of working in warehouses, employees are vulnerable to injury if precaution isn’t taken when carrying out tasks. Heavy lifting, forklift driving and working from height are all common causes for injuries within this type of workplace environment. According to the Health and Safety Executive (HSE), around a quarter of the major injuries encountered at a workplace requiring hospitalisation happen due to an employee slipping or falling over objects obstructing their way.

If workplace health and safety isn’t taken seriously, employees can experience this type of injury at any time and place. However, in an environment with such a high levels of risk, set procedures and

1 June 2018
 June 1, 2018
What are your rights when lone working?

What Are Your Rights and Responsibilities When Working Alone?

Working alone from time to time is a common occurrence that many people experience on a regular basis. In fact, according to the Office of National Statistics around 6 million of us in the UK do this every day.

Lone working can reduce costs, increase productivity and give employers more flexibility, which is why many organisations favour deploying a single staff member if a task can be comfortably carried out by one person. However, in some situations this can make employees more vulnerable, as getting help is harder should they fall victim to an attack or suffer an accident.

Safety whilst working without direct supervision is important, but often workers are unsure what their employers should be doing to ensure they are looked after. We’ve assembled a quick Q&A to outline what both employers and employees need to know about their rights and responsibilities regarding lone working.
What does the law say about lone working?
Lone working itself is perfectly legal, employers do however have a Duty of Care to safeguard their workforce and can find themselves

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