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Fire safetyRead more +18 October 2017 By Patrick in Homepage, Workplace Safety

Fire Safety

Fires can break out at any time, and have the potential to cause significant damage, both to property and to human life. Many businesses fail to continue trading following a severe fire. Fire safety is everyone’s responsibility. Given these risks, it is vital that your workforce know what the common fire hazards are and what to
Slips, trips and fallsRead more +10 October 2017 By Patrick in Homepage, Workplace Safety

Slips, trips and falls – Dangers in the Workplace

During 2014/15, there were 611,000 self-reported workplace injuries relating slips, trips, and falls. This included 76,054 non-fatal injuries and 198,000 self-reported injuries which led to over 3 days absence and 152,000 led to over 7 days absence. According to the Health and Safety Executive (HSE), slips and trips are the single most common cause of
Read more +12 September 2017 By Patrick in Homepage, Workplace Safety

What is Safeguarding?

Safeguarding children means protecting the health, well-being and human rights of children and vulnerable adults.  It includes enabling them to live free from harm, abuse and neglect. A vulnerable adult is a person over the age of 18 and who is, or may be for any reason, unable to take care of him or herself,
work-related stressRead more +06 September 2017 By Patrick in Homepage, Workplace Safety

How to combat stress in the workplace

9.9 million working days were lost in the UK in 2014/15 due to one thing: work-related stress. This means that – for one year – stress in the workplace cost the UK economy nearly £5.5 billion. Is your organisation doing enough to tackle the problem?     What causes work-related stress? Work-related stress develops when
Read more +31 August 2017 By tim tansley in Homepage, Workplace Safety

What is a Risk Assessment and when do you need one?

Risk assessments are a fundamental requirement for businesses. Employers who are unaware of the hazards and risks within their organisation may be putting their employees, customers, the general public and their business in danger. A risk assessment is a systematic process of examining a particular work related job, task or activity, to identify any possible
PandemicRead more +23 August 2017 By tim tansley in Homepage

What is a Pandemic and how does it differ from an Epidemic?

An epidemic is an infectious disease that quickly and severely affects a large number of people and then subsides. However, a pandemic is an epidemic that spreads worldwide, or at least across a large region. Pandemics have posed the most deadly threats to mankind throughout history, claiming more lives than all accidents and wars combined.
Personal Protective EquipmentRead more +14 August 2017 By tim tansley in Homepage, Workplace Safety

The importance of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)

What is PPE? PPE stands for Personal Protective Equipment and is defined in the Personal Protective Equipment at Work Regulations as: ‘All equipment (including clothing affording protection against the weather) which is intended to be worn or held by a person at work which protects them against one or more risks to their health and
Read more +07 August 2017 By tim tansley in Homepage, Updated / New Courses

New GDPR eLearning Course now available

EssentialSkillz has launched a new GDPR eLearning course on a topic all companies in the EU need to ensure they are up to speed on this year – General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). From 25th May 2018, the new legal framework on GDPR will apply, with businesses failing to recognise the compliance status facing substantial
04 August 2017 By tim tansley in Uncategorized

What the 2015-2016 HSE statistics don’t tell you about worker wellbeing

Download a copy of our webinar presentation here: 2015-2016 HSE Statistics Wider Training Implications Work Place Injury InfoGraphic 1.2
noise at work ear protectionRead more +01 August 2017 By tim tansley in Homepage, Workplace Safety

NOISE! What constitutes noise at work?

An estimated 17,000 people in the UK are suffering from permanent hearing damage due to noise at work. Many employees, in various industries, are exposed to some degree of noise at work.  However, if the noise is intrusive and people are having difficulty hearing what others say or have to shout to be heard and
manual handlingRead more +24 July 2017 By tim tansley in Homepage, Workplace Safety

Breaking the back of Manual Handling – 5 things your employees need to know

What is Manual Handling? The Manual Handling Operations Regulations (MHOR) 1992 define manual handling as: “… any transporting or supporting of a load (including the lifting, putting down, pushing, pulling, carrying or moving thereof) by hand or bodily force.” In effect, any activity that requires an individual to lift, move or support a load, will
Evacuation ProceduresRead more +17 July 2017 By tim tansley in Corporate Online Training, Homepage

Emergency Evacuation Procedures – Preparing your organisation for an emergency

Emergency Evacuation procedures  – Preparing your organisation for an emergency An emergency is a serious, unexpected, often dangerous situation that requires immediate action. An emergency evacuation procedure is a plan of actions to be conducted in a certain order or manner, in response to an emergency situation.  A prepared and educated workforce, who know how
EmailRead more +07 July 2017 By tim tansley in New features

O-LAS new Features and Updates Summer 2017

O-LAS Updates Summer 2017 Here is a rundown of the latest O-LAS updates released in June 2017. Failed Completions (Manager) Email: A new email that administrators can receive. This email will contain a spreadsheet listing users who either failed to complete or failed to start their training. This differs from the already existing ‘Non – Completions’
Read more +07 July 2017 By tim tansley in Homepage, Workplace Safety

Health and Safety Training for line managers

Health and Safety Training for line managers Essential Health and Safety Training for line managers: As your first line of defense, ensuring that your line managers are adequately trained in Health and Safety matters, will help your organisation prevent accidents, avoid costly legal bills and most importantly, save lives! Support and leadership from your board
Office at night: Health & Safety for a lone WorkerRead more +05 July 2017 By tim tansley in Homepage, Workplace Safety

Ensuring Health & Safety for the Lone Worker

Ensuring Health and Safety a lone worker is a growing issue for HR and H&S Teams in UK Organisations.   What is a lone worker? A Lone worker or Lone Working  is defined by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) as those who work by themselves without close or direct supervision.  It is estimated up
internet use at workRead more +03 July 2017 By tim tansley in Corporate Online Training, Homepage, Policy Compliance

Internet use at work

Do Your employees know the boundaries of Internet use at work? Internet use at work can be a minefield.  Electronic communications have revolutionised businesses worldwide and it is now commonplace for many organisations to routinely use email along side, or instead of, the telephone.  Email is cost effective, user friendly, convenient, aids flexible working and
New and Expectant mother at desk looking uncomfortableRead more +28 June 2017 By tim tansley in Homepage, Workplace Safety

New and Expectant Mothers: Rights and Responsibilities

New and Expectant Mothers: Do you and your employees know their rights and responsibilities? Legal obligations regarding new and expectant mothers are set out in the following legislation; the Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999, the Workplace (Health, Safety and Welfare) Regulations 1992 and the Equality Act 2010.  This legislation requires employers
Read more +21 June 2017 By tim tansley in Homepage, Workplace Safety

What is Legionella and where are the risks?

What is Legionella? Legionella is a pathogenic, waterborne bacterium that causes Legionellosis – the potentially serious Legionnaires’ disease – and the similar, but less serious Pontiac fever and Lochgoilhead fever. Legionella bacteria is commonly found in water, occurring naturally in lakes and rivers but has also been found to thrive and dangerously multiply, in artificial
equality and diversityRead more +19 June 2017 By tim tansley in Business - null, Homepage

Equality and Diversity – Stamping out discrimination. Clear policies are the key!

Creating a working environment that embraces all people free from discrimination, is a continual challenge for employers. As responsible employers, you have a duty to provide equality and diversity in the workplace where employees and customers are treated fairly and equally regardless of colour, race, age, gender or belief and valuing the differences and diversity
ergonomic assessmentRead more +15 June 2017 By tim tansley in Homepage, Workplace Safety

DSE Assessment – Are you Sitting Comfortably?

How your business can benefit from a streamlined DSE assessment process. Research by OFCOM, reveals that as a nation we are now spending more time infront of a screen than we do sleeping.  In a recent survey, two thirds of the participants reported that they now work longer hours than they did just two years
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