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New Training Requirements for those Working with Isocyantes

As of 24 August 2023 it will become mandatory that anyone working with diisocyantes will need to have appropriate training prior to using them. The onus will be on the employer to ensure that their staff have been appropriately trained, but whilst the EU currently has training options, the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) are still planning how to manage this change and the training requirements here in the UK.

So, Let’s back track a little and understand what materials contain isocyantes and why they are a risk.

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Sureteam and The Goods Shed Arts Centre Support each other through COVID

The Tetbury Goods Shed Arts Centre LogoHealth and safety training plays a large part in how Sureteam supports clients so they can ensure a safety culture is created from within. For many industries, it’s also a legal requirement. A lot of Sureteam’s courses have been able to smoothly transition online during the COVID pandemic thanks to services like Zoom, but some training such as Emergency First Aid is simply not possible virtually. That’s where The Goods Shed Arts Centre was able to help out.

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Just Launched – The Healthy Working Program! Cost-Effective Health and Safety E-Learning Suite

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Sureteam are delighted to introduce The Healthy Working Program, a suite of award-winning E-learning health and safety courses delivered in partnership with Cardinus Risk Management. Comprised of over 20 courses, the suite covers a range of topics for teams and managers to learn and embed a health and safety culture within their organisation.

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Agile Working – The New Normal – What Employers Need to Think About

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The past year has shown how quickly businesses and individuals can adapt when they have to.  It has been surprising just how many companies have been able to effectively carry on as normal with all employees working from home either fully or partially.

But what started as a necessary temporary measure has now become semi-permanent nearly a year on and looks set to continue for at least the next 3-6 months until Government restrictions change.

At the same time many workers and employers have decided that a more agile working arrangement going forward beyond COVID-19 has its benefits in terms of flexibility and cost and so the workplaces of the future are likely to be significantly different to what was the norm only a year ago.

Whilst agile-working presents both the employee and employer with multiple potential benefits, it does also present additional health and safety challenges for employers which they will have to overcome to meet their legal obligations.

Here’s a brief look at what employers need to consider if their workforce is going to work in an agile capacity going forward.

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Benefits of Completing Training During Furlough

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As businesses UK wide continue to furlough teams, one question frequently raised in boardrooms and at management meetings is how to keep employees connected to, and engaged with, work and their colleagues whilst they are away.

There are a number of different approaches that firms have adopted from online social events to “keeping in touch” sessions but one of most beneficial can be to take advantage of the vast amount of online training and learning available.

Whilst under furlough rules employees are not permitted to do any work that generates income for the business or organisation, however they are permitted to undertake training that forms part of their personal development or to keep them up to date with the requirements of their role.

So, with that in mind, how can encouraging your employees to undertake Health and Safety or other work-related training whilst furloughed benefit not only them but the business longer term?

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