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. It’s 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”

First Aid Course – What to expect on a first aid training course

Learning first aid can be the difference between life and death for someone who has been in an accident, or otherwise suffered an injury. Whilst there are many first aid qualifications out there, most can be expected to have a similar kind of structure. This article aims to outline what can be found on a first aid course, and to provide some advice on how to make the most effective use of time on the day.

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RIDDOR – Definition, Legislation and Employee Training

In an employment setting, one has to be aware of any relevant legislation that determines how to act in given situations. The Reporting of Injuries, Diseases, and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations 2013 (RIDDOR) details what duties are put onto employers, self-employed persons, or those who are in control of workplaces in situations requiring reporting of incidents. This article explains some key definitions involved with the legislation, as well as some other associated things that are required to be reported. Continue reading “RIDDOR – Definition, Legislation and Employee Training”

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?”