Safety threats you could be overlooking

Safety threats you could be overlooking

Whether you're operating in a high-risk manufacturing environment or a low-risk office space, safety should be paramount.

We'll help you identify common (but often missed) threats and eliminate them!

1. Lighting

If you can't see a hazard, how do you avoid it? Lighting is essential on stairs and in confined spaces. Outdoor areas where external factors like the weather have an effect also need to be considered. Lighting should be sufficient for staff to safely access parked cars, operate machinery and carry out tasks.

2. Wires

We all know how frustrating PC and phone cables can be and there are few tasks to overcome like a tangled set of earphones but kettle, toaster, TV and fan wires can also be hazardous. Trailing wires can cause trips and falls if an employee gets their foot tangled in them, and fire hazards if sockets or extension leads are overloaded.

3. Doors

On hot days or in high traffic area it's not uncommon for people to prop open their fire doors. However, in the event of a fire, these doors become redundant, allowing the fire to spread from space to space effortlessly.

4. Untidiness

Packages, scrap paper, overflowing bins and broken equipment all have one thing in common, they're obstructions increasing the risk of a possible slip, trip and fall, physical industry or fire.

5. Substance misuse

If you or someone you work with is intoxicated or under the influence you could be putting them and yourself at risk by not raising it. It may not be intentional, they could still be intoxicated from the night before - but no matter how little - if it impacts their concentration, reaction times, and all-round awareness it increases the risk of an accident.

6. Manual Handling

Manual handling is one of the most common injuries in the workplace. Many believe manual handling injuries only occur when lifting something heavy but this isn't the case - it's lifting, lowering, pushing, pulling, carrying, holding or moving an object that requires physical labour, no matter the physical strength needed.

To reduce the risks ask yourself is handling aids be used? Can it be broken down into smaller pieces? Can another person help? Have staff had the appropriate training?

7. Unsanitary areas

Areas used for meetings, staff lunches and to store food should be cleaned regularly. Work-surfaces, tables, fridges and microwaves should also be free from rubbish and food residue and staff should be able to wash their hands using clean warm water and paper towels to minimise the risk of infections and illness.

8. Mental Health

There is still a huge stigma around mental illness and this must change. We can only do this by raising awareness, normalising conversations and offering practical support. If you spot the signs of stress and ill mental health it is important to take steps to be supportive and help. Know what to look for.

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I don't have Microsoft Office or Microsoft Word, what should I do?

If you don't have Microsoft Office, or Microsoft Word installed on your PC or Mac, don't worry - you can still use our products. You can get a free alternative from Open Office.

Open Office Org is open-source developed alternative to Microsoft Office, developed by a large software company called Oracle. Open Source means the company who build the software, allow 100% use of it, 100% free.

Since Open Office is specifically developed to be exactly the same as Microsoft Office, with all the same programs in the suite (Eg: Word, Excel, Access and Power Point) - it will freely open any Microsoft Office file-format. Meaning, just because a document was written in Microsoft Word, doesn't mean it can't be opened in another program. Open Office will do that, and vise versa.

To download and install Open Office;

  1. Go to www.openoffice.org.
  2. On the left hand side, click 'I want to download Open Office'. In the green box, click the main link which starts with 'Start downloading OpenOffice.org...'
    • Windows Only:When the program has downloaded, click Install and wait for the program to install.
    • MAC OSX Only:When the program has downloaded, a notification box will pop up with an arrow from the Open Office Icon to the Applications Folder in Finder, drag the icon to the Applications folder to install the program.
  3. You are now ready to use Open Office, and the documents you have purchased from us.