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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.


 "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. 

The online retail giant Amazon has hit the headlines for its new safety measure to protect workers from robots. Traditionally, safety measures involved physical barriers keeping automated systems apart from workers. What happens, then, when cages and fences are no longer necessary because robots are designed to be interactive, or even mobile? 

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

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?


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


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?

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 digital training revolution? 

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…

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…

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?
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…

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. 

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…
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…
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.
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!