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Health and Safety in Nail Bars

The nail industry is growing. There have been several articles in the press recently about the hidden dangers from salons. From people trafficking to health and safety concerns. We are going to highlight the hazards associated with the industry.

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Water Safety – Know The Facts

Did you know on average 400 people drown each year and 200 people take their own lives in our waters? The UK the National Drowning Prevention Strategy 2016-2026 seeks to reduce the number of deaths in our waters by 50%. The National Water Safety Forum is working with organisations to make activities in and around our waters safer.

Drowning in the UK accounts for more accidental fatalities annually than fire deaths in the home or cycling deaths on the road, so measures need to be taken. Drowning often has complex and multiple causes but they are preventable. Interventions such as creating safer environments, providing swimming lessons and water safety education can help to reduce the number of incidents and deaths.

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What Exactly is PPE?

Personal Protection EquipmentMany of us will at some time used some form of Personal Protective Equipment, such as safety boots, hearing protection and goggles. Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) however is never the perfect solution to controlling hazards at work.

As an employer, you have a duty to identify the hazards in your workplace and assess the risk. As part of this risk assessment, you may identify that Personal Protective Equipment is required. What exactly is PPE?

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What Should Be in a First Aid Box?

First Aid KitEven in the lowest risk jobs, a first aid kit is essential to treat any minor injuries or wounds that may occur during the working day. The complexity of the contents may vary from job to job depending on what was established as part of the risk assessment. Have you ever wondered what exactly should or shouldn’t go into a first aid box? This will hopefully help to dispel some of the myths and provide some facts:

The Health and Safety (First Aid) Regulations 1981 states:

“An employer shall provide or ensure that there are provided such equipment and facilities as are adequate and appropriate in the circumstances for enabling first aid to be rendered to his employees if they are injured or become ill at work”

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What is Occupational Health?

Occupational Health is a multidisciplinary field concerned with the safety, health, and welfare of people at work.  The goals of occupational health programs are to foster a safe and healthy work environment.

There are several situations where Occupational Health could be involved with an individual’s employment:

  • To establish that candidates are able to meet the physical requirements of the job prior to assignment (i.e. if the job is deemed to be physically demanding)
  • To monitor employee’s health status at periodic intervals when the job involves exposure to potential health hazards (health screening may be necessary)
  • To establish that employees are able to return to work after a prolonged absence due to illness or injury
  • To suggest conditions under which employees with illnesses, injuries or disabilities are able to continue working
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