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Lockdown: The Perfect Time for Training

To be furloughed or not to be! That is the question. 

Many UK employers are still unsure about furlough policies and what their rights are when it comes to furloughing staff. The main thing to keep in mind is that while furloughed employees can’t work, they can carry out training, as long as this doesn’t generate revenue for the employer. Employers have the right to ask their staff to do any necessary training while they are furloughed. Right now is a perfect time to catch up with any spare admin or training requirements needed.


 
Daniel Stevenson
Speeding During Lockdown!

Despite most of us staying at home during lockdown, a huge number of motorists were caught speeding during April. Though there has been over 66% less traffic on the roads than usual, the number of speeding offences rose to over 6,000 since lockdown began on 23rd March. Some motorists were even driving at over double the national speed limit. A driver in London was caught doing 134 mph in a 40 mph zone, while another driver in Manchester clocked 115 mph while travelling through a 40 mph zone.

 
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Avoiding Food Poisoning During Lockdown

Over the past three months, most of us have been furloughed or asked to work from home. Many of those who have been furloughed are now spending more time in the house, cleaning, exercising, watching TV and cooking. If you’ve been furloughed, perhaps you’re cooking more for yourself, family, friends and neighbours. If so, it’s more important than ever to maintain good hygiene. Are you certain that you’re storing your food correctly? Are you doing everything you can to avoid cross-contamination and avoid food poisoning? 

 
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Working with Abrasive Wheels
So, what is an Abrasive Wheel? An Abrasive wheel consists of abrasive particles which are bonded together with various substances. It is considered a type of grinding tool that consists of bonded abrasive grains. It has been found that the most Common cause of a disk breaking is overheating and the breaking down of the bonding.
 
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Who is your Fire Warden at work?
Fire safety is based mainly on the Regulatory Reform Fire Safety Order 2005 which is centred on the use of risk assessment and following the 5 steps involved in risk assessing.
 
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World Day for Safety and Health at Work
Usually, 28th April marks World Day for Safety and Health at Work. However, this year’s event has been overshadowed by the COVID-19 pandemic. As countries across the world deal with the new threat, this year’s celebration will promote a combined effort for people’s safety and health at work.
 
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What is Working at Heights?
Work at Height Regulations (WAHR) came into force in 2005 and apply to all work at height where there is a risk of fall liable to cause personal injury. In other words – if there is the potential to fall and be injured, then the rules apply.
 
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Working from home? Are you A “Lone or Remote Worker”?
A Lone or Remote worker may fall into various categories for example; A home-based sales representative visiting clients or potential clients, a delivery driver delivering parcels to businesses or member of the public, a nurse or doctor providing home medical care, an engineer making response calls, or simply a home-based worker, for example, a project manager working from home with occasional office time.
 
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Your personal data.
It has been nearly 18 months since the General Data Protection Regulations came into force. But are you still not sure what this means for you?
If you use, manage or store data then GDPR applies to you.

 
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Bonfire nights – Safety Tips

Guy Fawkes night is soon upon us. It a great time for the family to go out and have some fun together. However, as always care needs to be taken. 

 
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Trick or Treat

Halloween, the same thing every year, kids love it. Walking from house to house, crossing the roads in crowds of people and collecting treats. You know when it happens, so; if you are driving on Halloween consider a number of safety precautions:

 
Daniel Stevenson
Common injuries – a lack of knowledge?

Throughout the UK, it is estimated that over 150,000 lives could be saved. There is a lot of people out there who have no experience of any sort of Basic First Aid Training.

 
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New E-Learning Courses to Support Those Working in Care Environments

Shropshire’s leading e-learning providers, ETD Training, are teaming up with a specialised charity, Cintre, which focuses on support services tailored for adults with Learning Disabilities, Complex Mental Health Needs and Autistic Spectrum Disorders.

 
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Who performs a risk assessment?

Hazards are all around us. They can be found for example in our homes, at work, when travelling to and from work and when playing sports. The level of risk varies from location to location, and the individual and the activity they are undertaking.

 
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How ETD Training have given Shropshire Homes both flexibility and control. [CASE STUDY]

A rapidly expanding construction company requires a fully trained team. Today, residential home builders Shropshire Homes can be certain the training needs of its workforce are taken care of with ETD’s online portal.




 
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Have you considered LEV?
What is LEV? LEV is Local Exhaust Ventilation! Thousands of employees across the UK, each year are made ill by contaminants they were breathing in at work, despite using extraction and masks.
 
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Action Mesothelioma Day is on 5 July 2019.
Mesothelioma is a deadly cancer caused by breathing in asbestos dust. Asbestos is banned in the UK however, thousands of tons of asbestos still remain in buildings across the UK. The Control of Asbestos regulations continues the ban introduced for blue and brown asbestos (1985) and for white asbestos (1999) and makes it illegal to import, supply or use all forms of asbestos and ACM’s. 
 
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Winners!
 "Best Small Business (6-20 employees)" 2019
 
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Go Team Green
We know that global warming is becoming an increasing pressure and issue with the planet that we live on. With annual increases on temperature rises, rising sea waters alongside with biodiversity loss, the world collective needs to act and act quickly! 
 
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No smoking at work please!
The 31st May is “World No Tobacco Day”, a day that hopes to embrace and make people aware of the dangers associated with smoking. The effects it can have on your body, but also on others, such as passive smoking (second-hand smoke) or even air pollution and the effects and problems with people’s long term health in respects to smoking. 
 
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Lets cut out discrimination: Being equal in your workplace.

Even now in the 21st century we still find people hitting barriers in terms of being discriminated in the workplace. This could be for of a number of reasons where some people still think is acceptable? 

 
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Finalists for the 2019 Shropshire Chamber Business Awards!

 

It is with great pride that we announce this fantastic news… We have been shortlisted as a finalist for the 2019 Shropshire Chamber Business Awards, BEST SMALL BUSINESS (6-20 employees). 

 
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Britain’s work stress epidemic

Health and safety is the key factor for all industries in order to reduce stress of both employers and employees, writes Phil Gutteridge, Managing Director of ETD Training.



 
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Top 10 Safety Hazards in Construction (And How to Reduce Risk)
These 10 risks and hazards show why health and safety is so important to the construction industry...
So what can you do as an employer to reduce risk? 
 
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The Health and Safety Headlines
A round-up of health and safety news and features in the press over the past month... A four-day working week; The importance of health and safety training for small businesses; MPs' calls for more in-depth reporting to save lives while working at height... And more! 
 
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New Online Courses Announcement!
ETD Training are delighted to announce that three new courses have been added to the online training portal.  
 
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Health and Safety laws in the UK explained

(workplace health & Safety made simple!)
Whether you’re starting up a new business, employing more staff, or are a one-man band, or need to brush up on health and safety laws we’ve got the lowdown on everything you need to know about health and safety legislation in the UK... 

 
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The importance of good nutrition and hydration at work
Healthy eating and drinking habits help improve our work productivity and reduce potential safety risks. We give you the lowdown on how to get the right nutrition and stay hydrated at work… 
 
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Brexit - The Health & Safety Implications
Britain's world-class health and safety standards need to be maintained after Brexit, writes ETD Training MD Phil Gutteridge. 
 
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Working with DSE (Display Screen Equipment)

Are you sitting comfortably? 

It’s one of the commonest kinds of work equipment, but working with DSE can be a headache, literally. Here’s what you need to know as an employer to ensure compliance and improve the health of your employees…

 
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"I've put out a few fires!"

ETD Training MD, Phil Gutteridge, reveals how his experiences as a ship’s safety officer shaped his role as an employer - and are relevant to any workplace health and safety training.

 
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CASE STUDY: CHRISBEON OFFICE SUPPLIES

 "ETD's online training is ideal for onboarding new team members," Richard Hughes, Partner. 

Shropshire firm Chrisbeon Office Supplies are enjoying the benefits of online training after switching from traditional face-to-face training to digital training with the ETD hub. 

 
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Health and Safety Predictions for 2019!

ETD Training Managing Director Phil Gutteridge peers into his crystal ball to predict the health and safety trends emerging in 2019…

 
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Remote working: What are the health and safety implications for employers?
The number of employees working from home in an office-type job - or roles involving travel where home is used as a base - has risen exponentially. But what are the health and safety implications for employers?

 
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6 tips to improve safety performance in 2019

As you focus on increasing your revenue in 2019, keep your employees safe and healthy and improve the overall performance levels of your business.


 
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How to ensure manual handling isn’t a pain in the neck

Back pain and injuries related to manual handling are some of the most frequent types of injuries at work. These can be caused by sudden exertion, or they can rise from repetitive movements and positions which can lead to cumulative strain placed upon the employee's back and neck.
So as an employer how can you keep your team safe?


 
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Online Training: The five foundations of effective, modern, company training
Technology is changing our lives, both at home and at work. In a rapidly evolving digital world, technological advances such as the internet are shaping employee training and professional development. Have you joined the online training revolution? 

 
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Do you have one of the most dangerous jobs in Britain?
Underwater diver, stunt man, soldier, lion-tamer sound like dangerous professions but statistics reveal the riskiest occupations in the UK are the ones you might least expect…
 
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How to deal with stress at work (and avoid business burn out)

Here, ETD looks at the steps to take to ensure a more productive and less stressful life at work. 

For the average employee / employer (so that’s most of us then) stress has become a fact of life. But you may be surprised to learn that stress is the most common cause of long-term absence from work. Over 12 million days are lost at work a year because of work-related stress, depression or anxiety. The enormous damage caused to the wider economy is borne out by figures; the human cost is harder to count…

 
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Asbestos: The risks
It’s no longer used in the UK, but asbestos has left a deadly legacy, claiming the lives of over 5,000 people each year – even though it was banned nearly two decades ago. As a tradesman do you know the dangers of working with asbestos - would you know it if you saw it? As an employer or building owner are you aware of your duties in managing asbestos?
 
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The 7 Benefits to Your Business of Good Health and Safety Practice
Would you be more keen to invest in health and safety if you knew how much you could save in pay-outs from a prosecution and fines? 
Implementing a positive workplace health and safety culture leads to significant benefits. Here are 7 reasons why health and safety practice make great business sense…

 
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Why e-learning? The benefits of e-learning in the workplace
It’s more convenient and cost-effective for training your employees, what’s not to love about e-learning?
UK businesses are catching onto the benefits of e-learning. The growth of e-learning since the year 2000 has been a staggering 900%.
In the digital age it isn’t surprising that workforce training has been transformed by technology..But does it work??? we hear you ask. 

Yes! 
 
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 Top 10 Tips for Effectively Onboarding New Employees
First impressions count. A new employee will have worked hard on making a good first impression at their job interview. Now it’s their first day in their new role and it’s your turn! So how do you go about making a positive lasting impression that will lead to increased employee engagement? We asked a recruitment expert to share her top tips on bringing a new employee onboard…
 
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How employers can promote workplace wellbeing
A year on from the Government review that recommended better mental health support in the workplace, we speak to Emma Mamo, Head of Workplace Wellbeing at Mind, the mental health charity, to find out what employers can do to help tackle poor mental health and promote good wellbeing in the workplace…
 
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Risky Business - 5 steps to Risk Assessment
As an employer you have a duty of care to assess the health and safety risks faced by your workers. Accident prevention goes hand in hand with risk minimisation and neither is possible without a thorough assessment of what the risks are. You must systematically check for possible physical, mental, chemical and biological hazards.
 
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The true cost to your business of breaching health and safety........
Can You Afford Not To Comply?
Everyone remembers the notorious ‘Smiler’ rollercoaster incident in 2016. The case made national headlines and resulted in a record £5m fine for Merlin Attractions . The bad news for employers is that there has been a sharp rise across the board in corporate fines for health and safety breaches - 18% in the last year!

 
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