Office Safety: Avoiding the Hidden Dangers Near Your Desk

It would not be that unfair to suggest that there is a greater degree of complacency surrounding health and safety issues in the office, compared to a building site environment. Understandably, dangers and health hazards are all around you if you are working with heavy plant machinery and equipment and handling hazardous materials on a daily basis, but an office contains a number of hidden dangers that need to be addressed in order to keep everyone as safe as possible. Companies like www.claimsdirect.co.uk handle compensation claims for workplace accidents and injuries on a regular basis. It is feasible to suggest that some of these incidents maybe could have been avoided with better health and safety awareness. Slips, trips and falls These are the three most common type of office injury recorded every year and according to the National Safety Council, office workers are actually 2.5 times more susceptible to a disabling than workers outside of this type of work environment. Offices can quickly become cluttered with boxes, files and other items that can easily become a tripping hazard. Trailing wires and rugs that are not properly secured or positioned can soon become instrumental in causing someone to suffer a debilitating slip, trip or fall. Injured while sitting Whilst you need to address the obvious visible hazards and make sure that walkways are clear of clutter and items cleared away out of harm’s way, there is also the question of ergonomic injuries to address. HSE guidelines on office safety cover a number of aspects and provide a useful office risk assessment tool to help your identify key issues and dangers. Many reported injuries in an office setting are related to ergonomics. Office workers spend a large part of the day sitting at a desk and working on a computer, which leaves

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Young Entrepreneur Interview with COSIGN’s Esosa Ighodaro

Young Entrepreneur Interview with COSIGN’s Esosa Ighodaro

The viral world we live in allows us to have nearly anything we want at our fingertips. Want to find out who starred in that movie you watched last night? Check IMDB. Who won the game last night? Check ESPN. What shoes is she wearing? This is where COSIGN hopes to be your go-to answer.


From 1876 to today… How far the mobile phone has come!

Hey Guys, I’ve found an awesome graphic for you today to enjoy.  It’s right on point on our series of following technolical advancements through the 20th centuary… Also I can’t not post it the graphic covers it so much better than I ever could.   The History of the Mobile Phone I’m around if you want to ask any questions, just drop me a line via the contact form, or leave a comment below.


What Pre-Employment Checks Should SMEs Run?

What Pre-Employment Checks Should SMEs Run?

Setting up and running a small to medium enterprise isn’t a walk in the park. We all know that. But with a little help from the informative blog posts on this site, it can be made much easier. If you will be recruiting staff as your business grows, there are an important number of pre-employment checks you should run once you have decided an individual is suitable for a position. Here’s a simple guide to these screening checks, what they are and how you can apply for them in an affordable and timely matter: DBS Checks Disclosure Barring Service (DBS) background screening checks will delve into an applicant’s personal records to see if they have any spent or unspent convictions, cautions or warnings which may affect their eligibility to work with children or vulnerable adults. These checks are an essential part in safeguarding customers, clients or patients that use your services or products, and are standard issued tests. There are three main categories of DBS disclosure checks, these are: Basic Disclosure – This is issued by the Scottish branch of the Disclosure and Barring Service. A Basic Disclosure Check will highlight any criminal history under the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act. Standard DBS Disclosure – This check is more in-depth and will detail any cautions, warnings, reprimands or convictions in an applicant’s past held on the Police National Computer. Enhanced DBS Disclosure – A certificate of this check will include the same details as the Standard Check, as well as additional checks that the Police feel are relevant to the position. If you need an employee to start work immediately and you cannot wait for a DBS check to be conducted and a certificate returned, you can apply for a List 99 and DBS Adult First Check. These are temporary options

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