A guide to fire safety signs in the workplace
Fire Safety is crucial in any workplace, staff need to know what to look for in the event of an emergency, this guide will help readers clarify what the different fire safety signs mean and what action they should take.
How to minimise the risk of fires in schools
Fire safety is important in any workplace. But with kitchens and hazardous materials regularly in use, and large numbers of staff and pupils to protect, fire safety is an important duty in a school. Unfortunately fires in schools are not unusual. Here we have listed several common ways in which a fire could start. Do you recognise any of them as areas that need addressing in your school?
What is an IOSH Safety Passport?
Health and safety is an important consideration for all workplaces, but competency is particularly necessary in certain industries such as construction, in which accidents and injuries are more likely. As a result there’s a big focus on ensuring that workers have the right skills and knowledge to carry out their job safely.
What are safe manual handling techniques?
Last year, 21% of all workplace accidents occurred as a result of someone lifting something incorrectly or handling heavy objects in a dangerous way. This means that over 116,550 people were injured because they weren’t properly trained in safe manual handling techniques, and it’s important to note that these injuries can be incredibly serious.
The Importance of First Aid Training within an office
We don’t often think of the office as being a particularly dangerous space - and thankfully for the most part it isn’t. Offices are generally one of the safest working environments for employees in the UK, which is one of the reasons that many people are unfortunately only vaguely familiar with the first aid policy. Think about it - do you know who your first aider is, or where the first aid kit is located? Do you know what to do in a first aid situation?
Banned in 1999 but killing thousands in 2019; why is asbestos still an issue?
It’s now been two decades since the import and use of asbestos was banned in the United Kingdom, and yet according to the Institute of Occupational Health and Safety, we’re still seeing around 5000 people die as a direct result of the harmful material each year. Why is this still happening, and what can be done to prevent these deaths?
Manual Handling Procedure: Our Guide
‘Lift with your legs, not your back’ is an expression many of us will have heard many times over, both at home and in the workplace. As experts in delivering training on workplace health and safety, we at Virtual College are focused on ensuring that workers understand what the best procedure for manual handling is, and why it’s important.
Why is Asbestos Awareness so important?
Asbestos is one of those things that many people have heard about, or have some knowledge of, but as construction practices have moved on, fewer and fewer people really understand the implications of it. In this article, we’re going to consider the reasons that asbestos is dangerous, as well as giving some context as to why you might encounter it, and what happens if you do.
What is COSHH Training?
COSHH is a very important principle in several industries, as well as being something that you might encounter in the everyday workplace. Given that it’s an important part of workplace health and safety, it will come as no surprise that it’s a training essential for many businesses
How to improve Fire Safety at work
The dangers of fire in the workplace cannot be underestimated. Each and every year here in the UK, around 20,000 fires are recorded in the commercial sector, and these result in major damage to businesses. As a result, it’s really important that all businesses, are fully equipped with the tools, the knowledge and the procedure needed to have a high level of fire safety.