What is Asbestos?

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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Working at Height – What is meant by Working at Height?

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.

This article 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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Portable Appliance Testing – What to expect on a PAT course?

Portable appliance testing is the term used to describe the testing of electrical appliances to ensure they are safe to use. It is often referred to as the acronym PAT. Its purpose is to prevent electrical accidents in the work and home environment. A full PAT test should include both a visual assessment and a more in-depth inspection using specialist PAT testing equipment.

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Part-time courses – how online training can advance your career

Part-time courses are becoming more popular as an alternative to traditional teaching thanks due to the developments of modern technology. Traditional face to face courses, in the past, restricted learning to the classroom typically in term time, but the internet has opened up new ways of teaching for the time conscious end user.

Courses such as Degrees, Masters and higher education certification have quickly been adapted to distance learning, but the greatest growth has been in the areas of niche and specialist training.  Today there are a wide variety of options available for anyone wishing to improve their skills in the hopes of advancing their careers.

The availability of courses leads many to question if they should consider taking one, but there is always an air of scepticism around the value offered by courses online . This article outlines the advantages of taking part-time courses for those considering their alternatives.

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Mandatory Training Courses – What are they?

Mandatory training relates to training that employers are expected to provide to their staff following statutory requirements.  Statutory requirements include the Health and Safety at Work Act, local authority requirements, and the requirements specified by the Care Quality Commission. Continue reading “Mandatory Training Courses – What are they?”

Legionella and Legionnaires’ Disease – What is it?

Preventing legionella (Legionnaires’ disease) is a necessity for those who own premises which are used for business or trade, or rented for residential or business purposes; any commercial premises that have a water distribution or storage system has to have proper measures taken to stop the spread of disease-causing bacteria. It is a rare disease, but one that poses serious health risks and is easily preventable. This article will explain what Legionnaires’ disease is, and the steps you can take to prevent it. Continue reading “Legionella and Legionnaires’ Disease – What is it?”

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”

5 Critical Elements of Effective Employee Management

Your employees are the core of your small business. Careful employee management is key to making sure you get the most out of them. They may be skilled individually, but if led poorly, they’ll never perform at their best. Here are a few things you and your managers can do to lead employees to greatness. Continue reading “5 Critical Elements of Effective Employee Management”

10 Suggestions for workplace safety

Organisations are always looking for new ways of making the workplace environment safe for every employee. In the recent years, the number of personal injury cases has been on the rise in several countries worldwide. Employers are paying out huge sums of money in compensation further strengthening the need for workplace safety.

Organisations are always in pursuit of new ways of minimising workplace accidents and reducing the likelihood of disruptive incidents that may occur. Below are ten simple steps that you can follow to make any workplace safer for everyone. Continue reading “10 Suggestions for workplace safety”

What is COSHH and why you need to know about it

COSHH is a law that pertains to the Control Of Substances that are Hazardous to Health. It obliges employers to take certain measures to protect the lives and health of their workers.

Which industries does COSHH regulation relate to?

Many businesses use substances or products that could be harmful to human health. Even common substances such as paint or bleach need to be handled with care and workers should not be exposed to them without the necessary precautions. Other businesses may produce harmful substances as a result of certain processes, and again, these risks must be managed if exposure is to be limited. Continue reading “What is COSHH and why you need to know about it”