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 email@example.com to book.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
For more information on the open courses we provide or indeed if you want to book a training course just for your company contact firstname.lastname@example.org or call 01793 784334
The HSE has been looking closely into External Health & Safety Consultancies and the services delivered and they haven’t been impressed!
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 email@example.com.
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?
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:
Some Sun Stats…….
For any further information or advice on the above please get in touch firstname.lastname@example.org or visit NHS Website