Working at Heights – What employers must know about working at height

The construction industry has strict regulations regarding health and safety including guidelines for those working at height.  Without proper training, workers at height are at risk, and their employers can be liable for any injury they suffer as a result. This article outlines the basics of working at heights covering current legislation and risks in the workplace. Continue reading “Working at Heights – What employers must know about working at height”

Fire Safety Awareness – prevention and what to do in a fire

The safest method of dealing with fires is to take steps to prevent them. The leading causes of property fires are faulty wiring and power outlets, yet these are also arguably the most easily avoided fires.  This article covers some basic steps in Fire Prevention and looks at the importance of Fire Safety Awareness. Continue reading “Fire Safety Awareness – prevention and what to do in a fire”

Workplace fire safety – fire safety checklist for employers

As we approach national fire safety awareness week it is useful to review old checklists (and update) to ensure the information we offer on this site is accurate. Fires and explosions caused 261 fatalities in 2017, in addition to damage and loss of business equipment and buildings. These are good reasons every business needs a fire prevention plan. Here are some workplace fire safety tips: Continue reading “Workplace fire safety – fire safety checklist for employers”

Bipolar Disorder: how to live with the diagnosis

If you have been diagnosed with bipolar disorder, know this: Although it is a diagnosis that is not going away, it can be very manageable if you know how to take care of yourself. Gaining knowledge is the first key step. Below you will find information to help you understand the disorder and discuss it with others. You will also find information to help tackle the symptoms of the disorder. Lastly, you will gain the basic knowledge that you need in order to live well with bipolar disorder. Continue reading “Bipolar Disorder: how to live with the diagnosis”

Mental Health Treatments

1 in 5 adults are living with some variety of mental health issue which negatively affects their lives. Needing to locate facilities that offer different mental health treatments can be a complicated process. Like physical health issues, mental issues can get worse without appropriate treatment.

There are a variety of mental health treatments available. Often, an individual may receive more than one type of treatment while they are getting help with a mental health issue. For instance, a person may learn about their condition (education), talk to a counsellor or therapist, and make some lifestyle changes to support the positive things that they are making in their life. Continue reading “Mental Health Treatments”

Are Mandatory Training Courses different to Statutory Training Courses? (CQC)

Statutory training relates to training this is required legally in order to protect individuals in the workplace.  Mandatory training relates to trade specific training that the employer considers essential or compulsory for a specific job.  Both phrases are often confused by employers.  This article covers a list of mandatory social care training courses and looks at those that are statutory within the confines of the CQC.

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Effective communication for managers – tips to communicate effectively

Why do some managers get compliance as soon as they ask the question? Why do some supervisors find they have to repeat themselves constantly? Why do some people get the point straight away and others need to be repeatedly reminded?  This article offers 4 ways to successfully communicate your message – effective communication for managers.

“The effectiveness of communication is not defined by the communication, but by the response.” – Milton Erickson (American Pyschologist)

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Autism: Sensory Seekers and Sensory Avoiders

There are many misunderstood aspects of autism spectrum disorder (ASD), but one of the most frequent but incorrect assumptions is that all people with ASD are sensory avoiders. While it is true that many people with ASD are over-sensitive to sensations, this is not true of all people with ASD. Once you understand this, you’ll have a better understanding of people with ASD.

Autism: ASD

When discussing sensations about ASD, the sensations are typically grouped into the categories of movement, touch, sight, sound, and smell. When a person is diagnosed with ASD, he or she should also be assessed to determine his or her sensitivity to sensations in each of these categories. A person with ASD may be over-sensitive or under-sensitive to all categories of sensations, but it is much more common to find a person is over-sensitive to some categories of sensations and under-sensitive to others.

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Bullying Awareness – Too Sick for School, or Is Something Else Going On?

Children get sick with colds or other infections and viruses, as well as injuries. When they need to rest and recover, not to mention avoid passing on any germs to their classmates, it is right and proper to keep them at home. However, occasionally there are other factors at play, and for parents, carers and teachers it is important to spot bullying, and this is where anti-bullying awareness training is useful.

There are ways to check to see if they are ill. For example, something physical is clearly going on if they have obvious symptoms like vomiting, diarrhoea or a fever. Many parents have a rule of “no fun sick days.” If a child is home sick, they shouldn’t plan on television, video games, or computer time. The focus should be on resting and recovering, and maybe reading some books if not too ill. When kids don’t care about these limits and don’t argue with them, chances are they are actually feeling poorly.

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My child has autism, now what?

My child has autism, now what do I do?  The phrase has been asked countless times after diagnosis and quite regularly is a shock.

Autism is a frightening diagnosis that leaves many parents in a state of devastation. It’s a complex disorder that has no known cause and presents itself in each child differently. It’s a word that sends worried new parents researching everything from the safety of vaccinations to optimal gut health.

With the rates of diagnosis increasing exponentially over the last several years, it makes sense that autism would become a huge topic of conversation both in the medical world and in the conversations between new parents.

So what do you do if one of your tightly held fears of receiving a diagnosis for your child comes to pass? How do you keep it together when all you want to do is fall apart? This article offers a realistic outlook on what to do after receiving an autism diagnosis. Continue reading “My child has autism, now what?”