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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
Electrical SafetyRead more +08 June 2017 By tim tansley in Homepage, Safety News, Workplace Safety

Electrical Safety at Work – How many employees does it take to change a light bulb?

Electrical Safety at Work Electricity can kill. According to the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) approximately 1000 accidents a year are caused by electric shocks. About 30 of these cases are fatal and arise from working with overhead or underground power cables. This meas electrical safety at work is a serious issue. Individuals working directly
whistleblowing eLearning CourseRead more +05 June 2017 By tim tansley in Corporate Online Training, Course Development, Homepage, Uncategorized, Updated / New Courses

Whistleblowing eLearning Course from EssentialSkillz

New Whistleblowing eLearning Course These days, ethical organisations across both the public and private sector are keen to promote a culture of openness and transparency. As part of any drive to achieve an ethical culture, it’s important to put in place the right procedures and protections for genuine whistleblowers. In response to this, EssentialSkillz, the
alcohol awarenessRead more +02 June 2017 By tim tansley in Business - null, Homepage, Workplace Safety

Alcohol Awareness – Is a pint at lunchtime still OK?

Is alcohol in the workplace really a problem?   According to the Institute of Alcohol Studies, a study in 1994, revealed that 90% of personnel directors from top UK organisations stated that alcohol consumption was a problem in their workplace, with 17% seeing it as a major issue. More recently, data has shown that more
Fleet SafetyRead more +26 May 2017 By tim tansley in Homepage, Uncategorized

Can improving the driving skills of your workforce lower your business fleet costs?

Fleet Safety can play a part in accident reduction According to the Department of Transport, 1,713 people were killed in road traffic accidents during 2013. Although road safety is improving, with vehicle technology and advances in road engineering being contributing factors, poor driving behaviour still causes accidents and shatters lives. What role does fleet safety
Crown Commercial Services SupplierRead more +23 May 2017 By tim tansley in Business - null, Homepage

G-Cloud 9: EssentialSkillz now a Crown Commercial Service (CCS) Supplier

G-Cloud 9 (G9) supplier list for cloud computing services. The Crown Commercial Service (CCS) has awarded EssentialSkillz a place on the G-Cloud 9 (G9) supplier list for cloud computing services. EssentialSkillz has been successful in achieving supplier status and can now offer its compliance solutions to public sector organisations looking to streamline their online safety
Read more +18 May 2017 By tim tansley in Homepage, New features

NEW: CourseLink – editable eLearning content, without the uploads

EssentialSkillz, have launched a new product that enables any client to deploy and update fully editable off the shelf training from the EssentialSkillz training library in their own LMS, without the need to re-upload course files after editing. CourseLink will enable a client that already has a central Learning Management System to launch the courses
cybercrimeRead more +17 May 2017 By tim tansley in Homepage, Uncategorized

Cybercrime: Five ways to Protect your Organisation

Cybercrime: The growing mencace Over the last few decades crime has changed.  Traditional crimes such as theft and burglary have declined and criminal gangs have taken a digital road, exploring and exploiting new opportunities, those offered by the Internet, the ever expanding world of e-commerce and online banking. Nobody really knows how big Cybercrime is
Disciplinary ProceduresRead more +16 May 2017 By tim tansley in Homepage

Disciplinary Procedures: When does misconduct become “Gross”?

Disciplinary Procedures: ‘Misconduct’ in the workplace refers to unacceptable or improper behaviour.  This includes failing to reach performance goals and business expectations, persistent lateness or unauthorised absence from work.  Misconduct is classed as ‘gross’ when the behaviour is more serious, for example, physical violence, insubordination, theft and gross negligence. An organisation’s Code of Conduct should
Modern SlaveryRead more +10 May 2017 By tim tansley in Corporate Online Training, Homepage, New features, Updated / New Courses

Are your Staff Trained to spot Modern Slavery?

Modern Day Slavery Slavery is a term most people associate with events in history such as when Africans were forcibly taken across the Atlantic to work on plantations. You might think it ended when it was abolished by most countries in the 19th century. But today, millions of men, women and children around the world
CRP Training from EssentialSkillzRead more +09 May 2017 By tim tansley in Homepage, Workplace Safety

CPR Training – Turning your staff into life savers

CPR Training : Empower your employees to save lives CPR stands for cardiopulmonary resuscitation.  CPR is an emergency procedure that combines chest compression often with artificial ventilation.  It is used to provide oxygenated blood to reach the brain, heart and other organs in someone whose heart and breathing have stopped and until emergency services arrive.
COSHHRead more +09 May 2017 By tim tansley in Homepage, Workplace Safety

COSHH Explained: What Employers need to know about the Control of Hazardous to Health

COSHH Explained: Control of Substances Hazardous to Health Every year, thousands of workers are made ill by exposure to hazardous substance. These illnesses range widely from lung cancer to skin disease, costing millions of pounds to society and industry. COSHH stands for the Control of Substances Hazardous to Health.  Under the Control of Substances Hazardous
Read more +02 May 2017 By tim tansley in Homepage, Uncategorized

Training staff to prevent workplace bullying and harassment

Workplace Bullying- The Equality Act 2010 According to ACAS, Bullying is defined as ‘offensive, intimidating, malicious or insulting behaviour, an abuse or misuse of power through means intended to undermine, humiliate, denigrate or injure the recipient’. Harassment is defined by the Equality Act 2010 as any form of behaviour that makes an individual feel intimidated
UK Bribery Act 2010Read more +24 April 2017 By tim tansley in Homepage, Policy Compliance, Updated / New Courses

The UK Bribery Act 2010 – What does it mean for your business?

The UK Bribery Act 2010  Globally, Bribery and Corruption is big business. But, does it really affect you and your organisation? The World Bank has estimated that over $1 Trillion is paid annually in bribes and no country is exempt.  What about the UK?   Research performed by Transparency International UK in 2011, revealed that 1.9%
Contractor Health & Safety Training CourseRead more +13 April 2017 By tim tansley in Workplace Safety

Contractors on Site: Where do the Health & Safety Responsibilities lie?

Contractor Health & Safety Training Most organisations, over time, will engage contractors and subcontractors to help perform essential parts of a contract, certain business activities or daily tasks.  Using contractors can provide a practical and profitable way of managing work across many areas including, construction, demolition, installation, repairs, maintenance, cleaning and catering. Does your organisation
Asbestos AwarenessRead more +06 April 2017 By tim tansley in Homepage, Safety News, Workplace Safety

Asbestos Awareness

Asbestos Awareness is a phrase we have all heard, but do we really know what it is? Asbestos is a naturally occurring mineral which has been used as a construction material for thousands of years. However, it was the Industrial Revolution that put asbestos to commercial use, specifically due to its wide range of properties.
12 September 2016 By kateroberts in Safety News

Hertfordshire bakery fined for safety failings

Stevenage Magistrates’ Court has fined a Hoddesdon based pitta bread manufacturer, £36,000 and ordered to pay costs of £1912.80 after pleading guilty to breaching Regulation11(1) of the Provision(and Use) of Work Equipment Regulations 1998, Regulation 4(2) of the Electricity at Work Regulations 1989, and Regulation 11 of the Control of Substances Hazardous to Health Regulations 2002.

06 September 2016 By kateroberts in Safety News

Milton Keynes firm fined after employee suffers serious injuries

Aylesbury Crown Court has fined an engineering company £75,000 and ordered to pay costs of £15,831 after pleading guilty to breaching Section 2(1) of the Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974.

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