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We keep the heart of your business safe

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The Health & Safety Executive (HSE) have launched a campaign recently to help stop employees being injured at work.

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Nearly two million people are at risk of hand-arm vibration in the UK.

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Using Knives at Work

By Joanne Hunt
Knife injuries are on the rise.

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Stress

By Joanne Hunt
Stress is how we react when we feel under pressure or threatened.

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Dust Safety

By Joanne Hunt
The HSE are visiting construction sites in the UK from June 2022 to inspect sites for the use of DUST.

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The UK has a low number of work-related fatalities in comparison to other countries, but it's no cause for celebration.

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Hard Hat information

By Joanne Hunt
Is your hard hat within its expiration date?

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And due to COVID it is becoming even more important to get it right to protect each business, staff member and clients.

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As you are aware it has been Stress Awareness Month in April and I love to be able to share some tips to help you reduce your stress levels.

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40% of my clients work out of a warehouse so we have a wealth of experience with working within this sector.

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Cyber Security Tips

By Joanne Hunt
The COVID-19 pandemic has led to a boom in remote working and on-going concerns that cyber criminals have been capitalizing on the increased use of emails and internet devices as employees operate outside the normal office environment.

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There is some new legislation going through Government called 'Protect Duty' and this is about protecting the public at events

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Some substances are not only odorless, but invisible to the naked eye. This makes gas monitoring critical to the safety of workplaces.

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Scaffold checklist

By Joanne Hunt
If you work with scaffolding here is some great information to keep and refer to as/when needed.

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Maintaining the safety of electrical equipment in the workplace requires duty holders to take a robust approach to portable appliance testing.

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Asbestos

By Joanne Hunt
The threat from airborne hazards in schools is currently under more scrutiny than perhaps any other public building aside from hospitals.

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Psychological Safety

By Joanne Hunt
It's time to look at psychological safety. Psychological safety can help us improve the Health and Safety at work.

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Electrical Safety

By Joanne Hunt
Working with and around electricity can be extremely dangerous. Here are five vital steps that absolutely must be carried out.

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Burnout is a not a medical diagnosis but a syndrome that results from chronic or unrelenting workplace stress.

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A diificult subject to discuss in many areas, but it should not be!

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What can you do as a business to reduce your carbon emissions.

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When it comes to workplaces and job sites, safety should always come first.

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Work gloves are important for workers from all the many industries because they ensure the safety of their hands from injuries from workplace accidents.

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What are hot works?

By Joanne Hunt
Hot works include any operation that uses open flames of heat and friction.

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If this is something that you are considering in 2022 Chestnut Associates are here to help you.

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Stress at work is a HUGE problem

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Lone workers are those who work by themselves without close or direct supervision, and they can be found in many working environments.

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There is going to be more working from home in 2022

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A social media post covering this subject and possible H&S issues led to a number of emails and messages.

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Listen and protect

By Joanne Hunt
Hearing loss is recognized as a serious health hazard to the health and wellbeing of employees.

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An effective health and safety programme for your workplace is one of the best decisions a company can make.

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Lower tax duty and grant incentives from Government have helped raise their profile.

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ISO 45003

By Joanne Hunt
ISO 45003 marks a significant step forward in equipping employers with understanding well-being in the workplace

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A right to work check means that you check a document which is acceptable for showing permission to work.

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Dogs in workplaces

By Joanne Hunt
Weighing up the pros and cons of taking a dog to work

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An insufficient amount of sleep can lead to serious repercussions.

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Know Your PEEPs

By Joanne Hunt
You are probably thinking what on earth is Joanne talking about - PEEPS?

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Emergency lighting

By Joanne Hunt
What's your level of understanding when it comes to the value of emergency and exit lighting?

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Chemical Storage

By Joanne Hunt
When you're storing hazardous materials, you need to provide the best possible levels of protection for employees, the environment, and obviously the premises.

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Noise and Hearing

By Joanne Hunt
There's still so much more to be done when it comes to controlling noise at work.

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Hand Protection

By Joanne Hunt
Hand protection is one of the most challenging pieces of PPE to correctly purchase

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As COVID-19 restrictions were eased on Monday the 19th of July, employers needed to consider the mental health aspect of their employees even more than usual.

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Top Tips for COVID

By Joanne Hunt
In this ever changing current climate with the COVID 19 here are my top tips!

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In 2012 the then Prime Minister David Cameron promised to kill off the 'monster' of 'health and safety culture'.

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It hardly seems controversial to observe that stress, to at least a minor degree, is a component in everyone's life. It's a part of your life and it's a part of my life.

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The myths of PPE

By Joanne Hunt
Is a face covering the same as PPE?

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Health and safety in the workplace is about promoting positive wellbeing as well as preventing injury and illness.

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The Government has announced new fire safety regulations to boost building safety

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Working in Heat

By Joanne Hunt
Dehydration is no joke. It can lead to serious complications and can be fatal if not treated.

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Can employers enforce vaccinations?

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Even as we navigate out of lockdown restriction it's still mandatory to wear face coverings in indoor settings

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The government is encouraging employers to adopt workplace COVID testing

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The most common form of workplace injuries accounting for up to 30% of all workers' compensation claims.

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A fire risk assessment is a legal workplace requirement

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I understand how important it is to be there as and when my clients need me

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Long COVID

By Joanne Hunt
How can employers manage the risk of long COVID?

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Hard Hat Awareness Week was introduced to drive awareness of brain injury

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Make sure that all your staff understand that they are expected to drive safely, responsibly and legally.

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What are the risks of using a knife?

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What research tells us about the benefits of living and working with indoor plants.

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Vision of Safety

By Joanne Hunt
Our eyesight is precious and demands the selection and provision of high quality safety eyewear.

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Helping Hands

By Joanne Hunt
Understanding the importance of preventing cross contamination in almost every work and social setting.

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Airborne Hazards

By Joanne Hunt
Controlling airborne hazards in the workplace is essential to protect workers from a host of lung illnesses.

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And why should I care

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The three greatest dangers for electricians are working with electricity, working in confined spaces and working at heights.

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Keep pesticides and other toxic chemicals away from children

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Tips to stay safe and healthy with office work.

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Plumbers may be one of the highest paid professionals in the trade industry but are more exposed to potential hazards and accidents.

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There are many policies that you require within your business and this is one that you may require.

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Vaping

By Joanne Hunt
E-cigarettes seem to be everywhere and they're rarely out of the news.

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Some of the reasons why you should think about having a defibrillator in your workplace.

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The Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 is the primary piece of legislation covering occupational health and safety in Great Britain.

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Yes there certainly is and its on the increase unless we do something about it!!

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Occupational Dermatitis is where the persons work involves significant or regular exposure to a known skin sensitiser or irritant.

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Chestnuts complete Health and Safety A to Z guide

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This is a question I get asked many times.

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Winter Driving

By Joanne Hunt
Motorists need to be fully aware of the road conditions during the winter months and be prepared to adapt

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And that's where you are wrong!!

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Working in Winter

By Joanne Hunt
Adverse weather conditions introduce and increase a range of hazards for many businesses.

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A question I often get asked so here are a few ideas

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Over the last 30 years I have been given so much great advice and thought I would share some top tips for you.

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Mental Wellbeing

By Joanne Hunt
With the busy world we are living in with the never ending to do list, social media and especially with the worldwide pandemic happening.

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It is so important to follow the Firework Code

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Halloween could be very different this year to what would normally be due to COVID 19

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A documented health and safety policy is a legal requirement if you employ five or more people.

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Accident Reporting

By Joanne Hunt
Are you aware of RIDDOR - Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations 2013?

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When you think about forklift safety, it's the operational aspects that typically command attention....

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This is a question I get asked many times. It is a very important question as every workplace will need to carry these assessments out and many will have to document them.

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Wow what a very different 6 months we have just experienced rather than what we had planned in our diaries.

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The COVID-19 pandemic is creating economic uncertainty and anxiety, which means distractions in the workforce are at an all-time high.

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Supporting your working environment with the use of essential oils

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Why should I use a small independent Health & Safety Advisor rather than a big well known corporate company?

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How do you manage effectively in this time of Covid?

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Are you worried about the day ahead and wondering how your going to get through it at this very troubled time

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Keeping a clean and healthy environment is so important

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Whether you're employing your first member of staff, or expanding your team, it's a good idea to get expert advice before you start

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A great guest blog by Sanchia Aronberg, Business Coach

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Jacky is on a mission to use her experience and expertise to help home based small and new business owners

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Manual Handling

By Joanne Hunt
To help prevent injury in the work place where possible it is best to avoid lifting BUT of course this is not always practical.

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Whether home or in an office it has always been important to think about desk cleanliness

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It's a huge achievement to be in business for 30 years......

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Air Freshener Safety

By Joanne Hunt
Are you using toxic air fresheners?

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My top 10 tips after 30 years in business

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Sleep issues can have a direct impact on Health and Safety and we want to help clients impacted by sleep and other issues at this time

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During these times with COVID-19 it is so very important to ensure that you keep your immune system balanced and high as much as possible.

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As the Coronavirus - COVID-19 pandemic started a number of companies/people stockpiled PPE, that then left UK with a severe lack of PPE.

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What is PUWER?

By Joanne Hunt
With the world of occupational health and safety overflowing with acronyms, it's perhaps understandable that you might occasionally mix up COSHH with COMAH or DSEAR with DSE.

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Safe Ladder Use

By Joanne Hunt
One of the most common workplace accidents is working at height and falling off ladders.

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Practical, beneficial business tasks that will strengthen your company in the longer term

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.. sometimes change is good it seems to create new ideas and possibilities

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There are so many reasons why you should use Chestnut Associates and I have listed my top 10!

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Workplace stress is defined as the harmful reaction that people have to undue pressure and demands placed on them at work.

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At Chestnut Associates we don't believe in over complicating Health and Safety - done right it can be simple

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I believe in creating a safety culture that works for everybody and that is easy to follow.

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