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Why it pays to control temperature, whatever the weather

Posted by Steve Braund on 29 August 2017

As August continues with this British summer’s fluctuating weather, it's worth reminding employers that it pays to ensure a comfortable working temperature, whatever the elements throw at us.

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Topics: Health and Safety Regulation

20-point checklist for a safe system of work in confined spaces

Posted by Steve Braund on 23 August 2017

Anyone, in any industry, can be exposed to working in confined spaces - sometimes without even realising it.  It's important to mitigate the risks associated with confined spaces, which can be fatal.  Here's our 20-point checklist for producing a safe system of work in such conditions:

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Topics: Confined Spaces

Working in confined spaces: An employer’s duties

Posted by Steve Braund on 8 August 2017

The Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999 places a duty on employers to carry out suitable and sufficient risk assessments for all work activities. Risks posed by infrequent, but necessary, activities need to be given as much consideration as those of day to day procedures and practices.

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Topics: Confined Spaces

Ssh! The secret to effective management

Posted by Clive Lawrence-Forbes on 24 November 2016

“Organisations thrive when they employ managers who better understand the nature of people at the heart of the business and the basics of what drives, motivates, engages and stresses every individual."

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Topics: Management, Management Development

7 key reasons to embrace Learning Technology

Posted by Ross Kerr on 21 November 2016

The role of technology has never been so integral to business success.  While some industries have been faster to embrace technology than others over the past 20-30 years, the many benefits of technology are unquestionable.  It's having the same impact on learning too - new technologies allow us to design, create, record and share information and knowledge in different ways, for example:

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Topics: Training, technology

Using neuroscience to become better managers

Posted by Peter Woodruff on 11 October 2016

The burgeoning field of neuroscience - the study of the nervous system and brain - appears to have gone mainstream in recent years. More of us are seeking to translate scientific understanding and research-based insights into reliable, practical advice applications at work.  These include decision-making, employee motivation, stakeholder relationships, organisational culture and much more.

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Topics: Management Development

Electrical Safety in Facilities Management

Posted by Mark Cocking on 28 June 2016

If you have any form of responsibility with electricity in a facilities management environment, it is crucial you understand all rules and regulations in order to minimise risk on your premises. The laws which dictate all electrical safety can be found in the Electricity at Work Regulations 1989 and the Electrical Equipment Regulations of 1994.

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Topics: Electrical and Mechanical

Electrical – Working live or dead?

Posted by Mark Cocking on 7 June 2016

Work on live or exposed conductors should rarely be permitted as many accidents occur when working on equipment that could have been isolated. However, sometimes there is no other option but to work live and in those circumstances, three conditions must be met for the work to continue.

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Topics: Electrical and Mechanical

HV Electrical – the responsibility of supervisors and managers

Posted by Mark Cocking on 1 June 2016

If you have any form of managerial or supervisory responsibility within high voltage electricity, it is crucial you ensure everyone knows how to work safely, minimising risk, and are aware of the relevant safety rules and procedures.

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Topics: Electrical and Mechanical

LV Electrical Equipment – Managing the Dangers

Posted by Mark Cocking on 25 May 2016

Electricity is dangerous, and any equipment must be properly designed, installed and maintained regularly so that any risks of fire, shocks or burns are managed. Depending on your industry, there are specific requirements that will ensure that all dangers are controlled.

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Topics: Electrical and Mechanical