Asbestos is a natural mineral made up of several microscopic fibres. There is evidence of its existence and use as early as the Stone Ages, where it is thought to have been used for wicks in lamps and candles.
More recently, during the industrial revolution, it was hailed as the ideal supplement for everyday materials in the construction and automotive industries, due to its ability to add strength and insulation without adding excessive weight. It was commonly used in house building between 1930 and 1950 when its popularity peaked.
However, despite its benefits to these industries, asbestos posed and continues to pose many health risks to humans and can lead to fatal diseases such as cancer, lung disease and other respiratory illnesses.
Due to these risks to human life, asbestos use has been heavily regulated in many countries since the 1970s and was eventually banned entirely in the UK in 1999.
Despite this ban, asbestos continues to prove a threat today, due to its existence in homes – any home built before 2000 is thought to likely contain some asbestos.
Therefore, workers in industries likely to come in contact with asbestos must be aware of the risks and precautions required to protect themselves.
This article looks at the risks of Asbestos.
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A food allergy is where the body’s immune system mistakenly thinks that the proteins in certain foods are a threat. As a defence mechanism, chemicals are released in an attempt to fight off this threat, and it is how the body reacts to the release of these chemicals that creates the symptoms associated with food allergies.
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Customer service roles can be extremely rewarding when things are going well. You deliver great, person-to-person service, interacting with the people your company tries to serve, and are often the first congratulated when things have gone well.
Unfortunately, you are also the first point of call for complaints. Quite often complaints that have come about through dealings with other aspects of the business or a product, that ultimately may not even be your fault.
This article outlines several steps that can be taken to help you deal with an angry customer.
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Multiple sclerosis, more commonly known as MS, is a disease suffered by around 100,000 people in the UK, with 5000 new diagnoses each year.
That equates to 1 in every 600 people in the UK suffering from the disease.
from mild cases to being totally debilitating and disabling. This article outlines the
symptoms, treatment, and causes of MS, as well as offering some advice on how
to live with the condition.
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palsy is the name given to a variety of life-long conditions that affect some 1
in every 400 children, with approximately 1700 new cases each year. Some people
with the condition can live for many years comparatively unhindered, whereas
more serious cases can massively reduce a victim’s life expectancy and quality
palsy has been getting much more attention as of late, with greater amounts of
charity work being seen and more investment being put into providing care for
victims and to work towards treatments. This article will give an overview of
the causes, symptoms, and possible treatment possibilities for cerebral palsy.
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This article looks at what a business should include in a basic first aid kit, along with a list of injuries each item addresses.
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Working at height is defined by HSE as any work in any
place where, if precautions are not taken, a person could fall a distance
liable to cause personal injury.
Due to the increasing height and number of tall buildings, it is becoming ever more relevant to understand the details of working at height.
Particular steps can be taken to make the activity safer, and indeed legislation that stipulates what must happen when organising work at height.
briefly outlines the details of the legislation involved, some basic principles
to be considered when planning work at heights, and the appropriate details on
who can work at height.
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Allergies can be life-threatening. Most people are aware of potential reactions to peanuts, but for a long time, the public was generally unaware of allergens within other foods.
In July 2016, a teenager suffered a fatal reaction to sesame in a baguette bought at a national chain.
In the Uk, the Food Information Regulations act was introduced to ensure that the correct labelling of ingredients in Pre-Packaged foods included all 14 main allergens.
handmade, non pre-packaged food does not
have to be individually labelled.
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It is important to understand the elements of a good process safety management programme to protect employees from harm when they are in their work environment.
Implementing such a programme is impossible without cooperation from every level of the company, managers and non-managers alike.
In this article we look at the core elements of a successful safety management programme:
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Deciding to become a healthcare assistant opens up a number of options for a career in care. Healthcare assistants (often referred to as care assistants, support workers or HCA) play a vital role in the National Health Service (NHS). They also work in patients homes or community settings such as GP surgeries.
This article offers some insight into healthcare assistants (HCAs) work and discusses possible options for training at entry level and beyond. It also looks at required skill sets for those wishing to undertake a role in the area of general patient care.
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