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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Safety Management Programme – Essential Elements

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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Healthcare assistant – what does an HCA do?

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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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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Treating Depression

Depression is a serious mental health condition that affects many thousands of people globally. In the UK alone 3% of people suffer from some form of clinical depression, with numbers rising as high as 20% for more general thoughts of suicidality. As such, understanding proper treatment options for depression is an important element of patient care. This article highlights the primary paths available when treating depression.

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Mental health illness – how common is it?

According to statistics from NHS Digital, at any one time, a sixth of the population in England aged 16 to 64 have a mental health illness.  Whether family, friends, neighbours or work colleagues, the chances are we all know someone that is affected.

The figures, while worrying, in reality don’t even scratch the surface.  The study, which leaves out less common conditions – and is a snapshot in time, could be closer to a quarter of the population experiencing mental health illness on an annual basis.

Statistically, women are more likely than men to experience mental and emotional (not psychotic) illness. Research shows that 20 per cent of all adult women between the ages of 16 to 65 have ‘significant mental health problems’, as compared with 14 per cent of men between these ages.
However, women are more likely to seek, and be diagnosed, help for mental health problems.

Young people are particularly susceptible to mental health difficulties.

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Managing Health and Safety: Streamlining the process

Managing health and safety as a process involves setting a policy, creating a supportive organisational culture, developing and implementing a health and safety plan and evaluating the plan’s performance.

Previously we have talked about what is required in a plan but evaluating the plan’s performance is just as important.  In order to take this further it is important that as a business owner you understand fully the benefits and issues relating to the process. Continue reading “Managing Health and Safety: Streamlining the process”

Defibrillators – How to use a defibrillator safely

Defibrillators are an important piece of medical equipment. Designed to restart a failing heart, they are capable of saving lives when used properly. This article explains how to safely use a defibrillator and give information about them. Continue reading “Defibrillators – How to use a defibrillator safely”

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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Types of Fire Extinguisher

When a fire breaks out on premises, it is possible to fight it yourself using one of the fire extinguishers that may be located in your building. However, certain types of fire extinguisher can’t be used on certain fires; doing so would do more damage than good. This article will explain the classification system of fires, and which extinguishers can be used on which. Continue reading “Types of Fire Extinguisher”