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Being safe whilst on your own
Lone working brings its own specific risks, which could cause accidents and potentially put you on the wrong side of the law. Although personal safety at work is something that concerns everyone, lone workers are more vulnerable and at greater risk of violence and aggression. To ensure that this doesn’t happen, risk assessments for lone worker activities must be completed, which identifies all significant hazards and appropriate ways of reducing the risks to an acceptable level. This makes working alone much safer and will help make employees feel much more comfortable in the workplace.
Online courses and risk assessments will also help ensure awareness of potential risks which could occur while working alone. Employers who have five or more employees must record the significant findings of all risk assessments. Assessing areas of risk will include violence, manual handling, the medical well-being of the individual to work alone and whether the workplace itself presents a risk to them. This is to ensure that you are capable to work alone in and out of the workplace safely.
For more information on working alone we provide online training courses:
Lone in the work place: https://www.mnagrouplimited.com/lone-working-in-the-workplace-course2/
Lone out of the work place: https://www.mnagrouplimited.com/lone-working-out-the-workplace-course2/
Jayne and Kath continue their training walking almost half a marathon in the torrential rain in preparation for the 26.2 mile walk for the Moonwalk London on the 11th May 2019 in aid of Breast Cancer.
As a team at MNA we constantly strive to do our bit for charity and we would like to ask if you would help us to reach our sponsorship goal of £400 for the WalkTheWalk Breast Cancer Charity.
We have a sponsorship page where any donations will be greatly appreciated as this is a charity close to our hearts.
According to a recent survey, manual handling accounts for more than a third of all work-related illnesses. Therefore, it is important for employers to provide training for its employees to minimise the risk of injury and ill-health from manual handling activities.
Manual handling injuries can have serious implications for the employer as well as injured person. Injuries from manual handling activities can occur almost anywhere in the workplace from activities involving heavy manual work, awkward postures and repetitive movements involving arms, legs and back, or a previous/existing condition can increase the risk.
Consideration should be given to using handling aids such as trolleys, fork lifts, etc. making the lifting of heavy loads much safer. If lifting aids are available, they can reduce the risks from handling objects. Use them where they are provided – only if you have been trained to do so.
However, if there are no aids available this is how you should lift heavy items:
Work related injuries will not just occur in manual labour, there are thousands of office-based injuries every year. To reduce the chance of injury, take short breaks often as its better than having longer breaks less often to reduce pain in necks, shoulders, backs, arms, wrists and hands as well as fatigue and eye strain.
We offer online training through our website on manual handling and DSE at competitive rates, mention our blog to get a discount on the online courses.
Remember, Remember the 5th of November, gunpowder, treason and plot!
It's that time of year again where we wrap up warm to see the fireworks and the old favourites of bonfire toffee and parkin are out for us all to sample.
We want to give you some top tips to keep you safe this bonfire night, so that your friends and family can enjoy the show, whether that be at home or at an organised event.
Special offer: World Day for Health and Safety at Work discounts available.
With World Day for Health and Safety at Work taking place later this week, on 28 April, there’s no better time to invest a little effort and money in ensuring that your employees are adequately protected. In 2016/17, work-related ill health and injury cost businesses in the UK £14.9 billion and 31.2 million lost working days. Disturbingly, during the same period, 137 people were killed at work and, according to the Labour Force Survey, 609,000 people were injured.
By investing just a little time and money, you could save your business a lot in the long-run, as well as giving yourself and your employees' peace of mind.
Figures from 2016/17 indicate that 1.3 million people in the UK suffer from a work-related illness, with stress, depression and anxiety (40%) and musculoskeletal disorders (39%) cited as the main causes. Thankfully, there are simple steps that you can take to minimise the risk of you employees being affected by these and other common causes of work-related illness and injury. It may be as easy as dusting off your health and safety policies to review and refresh them, or investing in some user-friendly, low cost training for your employees.
To give you a helping hand, this week we’re offering a ten per cent discount on two of our most popular training courses - Health and Safety Essentials and Health and Safety for Managers.
To get your discount, visit the product pages for either of our online courses below and enter discount code H&S10 at the checkout!
Health and Safety for Managers can be found HERE
Health and Safety Essentials can be found HERE
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