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Why Every Workplace Should Have A Defibrillator

We have all seen the number of yellow boxes on the side of buildings increase over the last couple of years. 

More and more parish councils, community groups, pubs, churches and companies are installing defibrillators and ensuring people are confident in using them.

Defibrillators are machines which administer electric shocks to people who are in cardiac arrest.

When someone is in cardiac arrest time is of the essence and the British Heart Foundation states that for every minute it takes before a defibrillator reaches someone it reduces their chance of survival by 10 percent.

In the South West, the average time it takes for an ambulance to arrive is between 12 and 20 minutes.

And at a reduction of 10 per cent a minute within ten minutes the person in cardiac arrest is unlikely to survive. 

If those figures aren’t terrifying enough, more than 300,000 people suffer from cardiac arrest every year in the UK, and the more people who are able to assist, and the more defibrillators that are available the more lives will be saved.

Getting one for your office building seems like a no-brainer as it will ensure the safety of all of your members of staff should the worst happen and demonstrates to the staff that their bosses care for their wellbeing.

Additionally, it is not necessary for any training in order to use a defibrillator. There are clear instructions of what to do. 

There is no chance of accidentally shocking someone as the defibrillator will only administer a shock if it is needed. But once it has administered a shock CPR should be carried out until the ambulance arrives. 

If you would like to be trained in Emergency First Aid at work including how to carry out CPR and use a defibrillator, GH Safety has a 3 Day First Aid course on 25, 26, 27th September. The course fee is £249 + VAT per delegate. Contact GH Safety or email us at sales@ghsafety.co.uk to book.

How an IOSH Managing Safely Course can benefit your company

Sending staff on an IOSH Managing Safely Course is beneficial to both the individual and company involved. There are 5 major reasons why the course will give your company a valuable return on investment.

Reduced absence

Businesses with poor health and safety procedures have reduced productivity when staff experience workplace injuries. As well as costing money in downtime, there is also the possibility of legal costs being incurred. Having IOSH Managing Safely Training Courses, qualified staff will help ensure your business has reduced disruption and financial costs.

Benefits of risk assessment knowledge

Anybody completing the course will have an increased understanding of general risk assessment strategies in the workplace. They will also understand how and why potential hazards have evolved and how to prevent them going forward. Therefore, any past mistakes will be not repeated in the future. Improved safety levels lead to improved efficiency, higher productivity and profitability.

Staff confidence

Having responsibility for health and safety in the workplace increases an employee’s leadership skills and general confidence. The individual will feel more valuable, adding to the feel-good factor that leads to a happier workplace environment.

Collective responsibility

When several people in your business have completed the IOSH Managing Safely Course, there can be an ensuing collective responsibility for maintaining health and safety standards. This improves teamwork skills and fosters a sense of mutual care in the workplace. Also, when staff are taking active responsibility to stay safe, it eases the burden on more senior managers, giving them one less thing to worry about.

Enhanced reputation within the supply chain

By showing that your business takes health and safety issues responsibly, potential clients and partners in the supply chain will take you more seriously. They will be more likely to do business with you when they know there is less risk of downtime and inefficiency occurring.

Overall, the IOSH Managing Safely course is an internationally respected certificate that shows that you treat your employees’ well-being and business’s productivity with the utmost respect.

If you would like to learn more about IOSH Managing Safely Training and other courses that can help your workplace contact us here.

Common Health and Safety Risks in the Construction Sector

The construction sector by its very nature is a dangerous place and the HSE in 2018 reported there were 64,000 non-fatal injuries within the sector the previous year. 

However, many of the health and safety risks can be easily avoided by following these tips. 

Watch your footing

The most common non-fatal health and safety risks are slips and trips which cause 1000s of accidents each year. 

This is easily avoided by effective work area management, well-fitting PPE as well as an awareness of the working environment by the staff and adequate warning signage. 

Noise

Another common health and safety risk on construction sites are hazardous noise levels. 

However, this is an area where workers can also be lax with wearing protective ear-wear. 

Couple this will being provided with the wrong kind of ear protection, excessive noise can cause work-related deafness. 

Hand/arm vibration syndrome

Workers who use handheld tools can be at risk of hand/arm vibration syndrome which can cause permanent damage. The syndrome affects the hands and arms and makes it extremely difficult to grip anything – from tools or even a glass of water. 

This is however, preventable. Tools should be well-maintained and the correct tools should be used for the job in hand. 

Workers should hold the tools loosely and change hand position if possible, and it is important to keep hands warm. 

Taking breaks every 10 minutes from the tools will also help to prevent vibration syndrome. 

Lifting injuries

Whilst many people know how to lift materials safely that doesn’t mean they practice it. Injuries often occur with poor lifting, holding, carrying, pushing and pulling of material loads. 

Most injuries are soft-tissue based in the neck, back, wrists, legs or knees – and although the pain may start lightly repeated activity can increase the pain as time passes. 

These are preventable injuries. Employers should ensure staff are trained to lift and handle the material required for their work, as well as monitor that this practice is maintained in the work place. 

Collapse

Accidental collapse of excavations can be a high-risk aspect of construction sites. 

Such collapses can be caused by unstable edges, undermining nearby structures which could collapse or falling materials from within the excavation. 

These risks can be minimised by ensuring heavy machinery is kept away from excavation edges, and examining the trench edges at the start of every shift or after every shower of heavy rain. 

Prevention

Many of these Health and Safety risks can be prevented through adequate training of employers and employees and here at GH Safety we run a number of Health and Safety Courses including Manual Handling training, Working at Height training, Asbestos training and First Aid training. 

We are also able to do a Risk Assessment of your workplace which will highlight any potential risks ensuring you are able to keep the workplace safe for you and your staff. 

High-risk industries needing health & safety training the most

Training employees in health and safety is one of the main concerns business owners have. Businesses often have to undergo risk assessments to ensure a safe working environment. Whilst some businesses have it easy, there are some high-risk industries that have to make sure they train their staff in health and safety. Here we are going to look at the ones that are the most high-risk.

Construction 

One of the most high-risk workplaces is construction sites. A construction company has to be very aware of health and safety, ensuring every worker on the site is fully trained because serious accidents and even fatalities can occur. Managers of construction sites also should receive more health and safety training as they are responsible for everyone’s safety. Even contractors on the site must provide the proper documentation to show they are trained. 

Manufacturing 

A manufacturing plant poses a lot of risks to employees health and wellbeing. Everyone should be fully trained in handling machinery. Factory equipment can be extremely dangerous if proper training isn’t given. 

Manufacturing companies often also use chemicals. This kind of hazardous material opens up a whole new world of health and safety risks. More training is needed to deal with chemical manufacturing and the disposal of hazardous materials because the chemicals are highly corrosive and have to be handled properly. 

Warehousing

Warehouses pose a lot of risks to employees health and safety. High shelves and heavy objects cause common injuries and have been known to hurt people. Proper health and safety training here is crucial, such as the correct storage techniques and workplace risk assessment training. Employees often have to carry heavy items so proper lifting techniques have to be taught. 

Healthcare

There are critical risks to health within the healthcare industry. These are the people that look after other people’s health, so it goes without saying that the health of the employees can come under threat as well. Business owners in this industry have to provide a lot of health and safety training for their staff. One of the main training regimes that should be given to healthcare employees is security. When working in hospitals it’s common for patients to act out so employees should be taught how to protect themselves in these

High-risk industries need health & safety training

While health and safety is a key concern for all businesses, there are certain industries where the risks are higher and health and safety training is absolutely vital. Risk assessments are a part of everyday life in all industries, as premises must be safe for everyone who occupies the space, but some businesses have it easier than others. For example, a shop will have fewer safety hazards than a building site. When your business operates in high-risk environments, you must go above and beyond with your health and safety training. Here are some of the more high-risk industries.

Manufacturing

Factories can pose all sorts of risks to workers. It’s essential that everyone has the appropriate handling training for the machinery in your plant, as factory equipment can cause serious injury in the wrong hands.

Warehousing

There can be many risks in a warehouse environment. The storage of stock and equipment must be sufficient to avoid anything falling on workers.If there are any flammable materials, you will need to ensure some employees have undergone fire marshal training to respond appropriately if there is a fire.

Construction

It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to know that there are dangers on construction sites. There are health and safety courses designed specifically for the hazards of the construction industry, and your workers need to know how to go about their work safely or you could face some really nasty incidents.

Other high-risk industries include healthcare, logging and mining. It is essential that companies pay due diligence to their health and safety requirements. Failure to do so could lead to serious incidents and costly liability lawsuits – don’t ignore the hazards of the workplace.

The Benefits of a Positive Health and Safety Culture

Respecting workplace health and safety regulations does not guarantee an accident-free work environment. You also need to make sure that your employees share the same values, beliefs, attitudes, and perceptions on the subject. Accident prevention should be ingrained within the mind of each worker throughout your company.
Creating and maintaining a culture of workplace health and safety begins with the company itself followed by higher management. It is an ongoing process that involves a lot of effort and commitment. In exchange, you can enjoy a number of benefits, such as:

Lower Absences

Injuries, illnesses and medical appointments are the most common causes of absenteeism. A significant increase in absences is especially noted during the cold and flu season. According to CIPD Absence Management Survey in 2016, absenteeism can cost companies at least £522 per employee per year, lost working hours as well as low productivity. However, if health and safety regulations are properly observed in your workplace, you can ensure that your employees will be fit and healthy to come to work, lowering the rate of absence.

Happier workforce

Having health and safety training in the workplace can make employees feel safe and secure, prompting them to feel happy.  Firms that put policies in place to focus on employee satisfaction will be able to reap benefits in the long run. It is important to note that the happier your employees are, the more motivated they are to go to work each day. This results in increased productivity and higher morale for the individual workers as well as the entire team.

Reduced direct cost

The direct costs of company owners can quickly build up if accidents happen in the workplace. Employee injuries may result in higher insurance premiums, litigation costs and compensation payments. A health and safety program can trim down these expenditures and create a more knowledgeable workforce.
 

More satisfied clients and stakeholders

If companies are committed to health and safety, accidents can be prevented and work will be finished without delays. This can make clients and stakeholders happy and satisfied, which is a good sign for your business.
GH Safety Ltd is a Health and Safety Consultancy & Training provider located in Oxfordshire. We work together with our clients to deliver solution-based Health and Safety Support & Training that can help upskill your workforce and meet legal obligations.  Contact us on 01793 784334 or email us at sales@ghsafety.co.uk.

GH SKILLS HUB – OPEN for 2019!

What’s New that will benefit YOU!

GH Safety are excited to announce that we have expanded into an additional unit for the sole purpose of being able to offer a continuous stream of Health & Safety Training Courses. we have proudly called it our ‘Skills Hub’. The Skills Hub offers a bright, relaxed, comfortable training space with a break area, tea & coffee facilities, mini kitchen and HD PC Screen set up and conference call facilities.

GH Safety Skills Hub GH Skill Hub GH Safety The Skills Hub Inside GH safety skills hub We have a Calendar with a schedule of OPEN Courses lined up for 2019 which you can download here. We will also be using this space for clients who don’t have training facilities or just would like to get away from their office to hold training for their employees only.GH Safety Skills Hub waiting area

For more information on the open courses we provide or indeed if you want to book a training course just for your company contact sales@ghsafety.co.uk or call 01793 784334

Avoiding the Health & Safety Cowboys!

Choose Wisely

The HSE has been looking closely into External Health & Safety Consultancies and the services delivered and they haven’t been impressed!

Don't trust the cowboys

 

To comply with legislation all employers must ensure they have “competent advisors” in areas such as Health & Safety. This could be a company having an in-house department with qualified advisors, however many small and medium sizes businesses (SMEs) get their advice from an External Health & Safety Company like that of ourselves. Having an External Health & Safety Advisor enables businesses to focus on what they do best in the knowledge that as a business they are complying with the law.

So what has the HSE found to make them concerned with cowboy consultancies?
In a recent review it found that larger consultancies with big sales teams were scaremongering businesses into believing they were not fully compliant and were then tying them into multi year contracts. It was found written in one companies literature “Some businesses don’t take health and safety seriously? There’s one word for them: LIABLE!” It was also seen that businesses were given and charged for documentation that wasn’t even relevant!

So how do you avoid these cowboys?
You come straight  GH Safety Ltd of course! In all seriousness, GH Safety is a small, but perfectly formed Team of Health & Safety Accredited Experts. We treat each business differently, no one size fits all approach, and we certainly don’t bombard and charge you for material you don’t need. We are about getting you compliant, but we also want to create change within businesses to accept that adopting safe systems of work will actually improve and benefit your business.

How do you know GH Safety isn’t one of those Cowboys?
All Consultants are NEBOSH Trained, are fully accredited Members of the Institute of Occupational Health & Safety and we are a fully  insured business. We can also boast to having a large portfolio of  happy clients on board from Farming to Fashion, to Construction to Corporations (See for yourself here). We pride ourselves on delivering bespoke safety solutions with documentation that is relevant and constantly updated to company changes. We believe in Protecting People. Promotes Profits.

For more information on our External Health & Safety Advisory Services call 01793 784334 to discuss your requirements or email sales@ghsafety.co.uk.

UK HEATWAVE – SUN SAFETY!

UK Temperatures are set to the hit sizzling heights of 35 degrees! Work still has to be done, so how can we ensure we get the tasks done safely?

Keeping cool

Here are GH Safety’s TOP TIPS for Sun Safety in the Heatwave:

Please consider the following when working outdoors and in the sunlight, particularly between the hours of 11am and 3pm:

  • Wear a sunscreen with a minimum of SPF 15 (even on days that are cloudy)
  • Sunscreen should be liberally applied at least 20 mins before exposure. Special attention to be given to ears, scalps, neck, feet and back of hands
  • Sunscreen should be reapplied at least every 2 hours
  • Avoid working in direct sunlight if possible, take work to shaded area if possible
  • Drink water regularly to keep your body well hydrated
  • Wear light breathable clothing that has a tighter weave to limit the suns capability to penetrate through to the skin
  • Wear a hat, ideally with a wide rim and flap that can over neck and ears
  • On breaks take time to sit in shaded area to allow body to cool, and check you skin for any reddening
  • Be sure to keep an eye on your skin for any changes. Any changes noticed contact your GP to get it checked out. Do not leave it to a rainy day to get checked! 

    REMEMBER!!!

  • Remember that ultraviolet radiation from the sun bounces off water, sand, concrete, light-coloured surfaces and snow and can considerably increase the strength of the sun’s damaging rays. People who work near these areas will need to take extra care.
  • Never rely on shade alone, always combine with personal protection measures
  • Regardless of the instructions all sunscreens should be reapplied at least every 2 hours and more if perspiring heavily / towelling

    Some Sun Stats…….

  • Skin cancer is the most common cancer in the UK.
  • More people die from skin cancer in the UK than in Australia.
  • Melanoma, the most deadly skin cancer, is now one of the most common cancers in young adults aged 15-34 in the UK.
  • Over the last twenty-five years, rates of Melanoma in Britain have risen faster than any other common cancer.
  • Over 80% of all skin cancers are caused by over-exposure to the sun and/or sun beds
  • 7 people currently die each day as a result of skin cancer in the UK!
  • Approximately 12,800 (35 people per day) were diagnosed with malignant melanoma in
  • 2010 in the UK.
  • Malignant melanoma is almost twice as common in young women (up to age 34) as in young men, but more men die from it.
  • Worldwide, an estimated 200,000 people were diagnosed with malignant melanoma in 2008.
  • Over 99,500 cases of non-melanoma skin cancer were registered in 2010 in the UK.
  • Like most cancers, skin cancer is more common with increasing age, but malignant melanoma is disproportionately high in younger people. More than one-third of all cases of malignant melanoma occur in people aged under 55.

    For any further information or advice on the above please get in touch sales@ghsafety.co.uk or visit NHS Website

New Talent at GH Safety Ltd

Introducing Chris Haynes  GH Safety’s latest Team Member

Chris has joined GH Safety as a Health & Safety Consultant. With his NEBOSH certification, background in waste management and facilities management, Chris brings a wealth of knowledge to the GH Team Table.
Already taking ownership of some of GH Safety’s prestigious clients and receiving resounding feedback, Chris is hitting the ground running. Being one of the younger members of the Team, Chris brings in a fresh and positive attitude to changing perceptions of the Health & Safety within businesses.
Like to know more about Chris and what services and support he could provide you & your business get in touch with Chris via email chris@ghsafety.co.uk or give him a call in the office 01793 784334.

 

 Please join us in welcoming Chris to the GH Safety Team!
 

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