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Health & Safety is everyone’s business

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There are certain functions within Health & Safety that apply to all personnel, whet

her they are in the office, on the road or on site. Although the communication and delivery of these functions may differ, dependent upon the location, it is important that everyone recognises them and complies fully with their requirements

There is a legal duty for everyone to take reasonable care for health and safety to themselves and others (this means everyone, staff, public other contractors) as well as not to interfere with or misuse any equipment provide for Health & Safety. In other words, don’t put yourselves or others in danger and use health and safety equipment the way it is designed to be used.

It is important that someone knows where you are, this is so that in an emergency it can be verified very quickly that you are safe, or that you are indeed in imminent danger. To this end, you must comply with the signing in and out procedures laid down at whatever location you may be. When you are in someone else’s premises or on site you must comply with their procedures, make sure you know what they are!

There will be procedures laid down for actions necessary in the event of a fire, when you are on someone else’s property make sure that you have read their procedures and act on them accordingly.

The company will have carried out risk assessments to identify, where possible, any risks that may cause harm, it is important that where applicable these risk assessments are complied with fully. It is a duty of all employees to look after any equipment, tools or furniture in their care, to inspect all equipment for damage and report, without delay, any faults identified. The risk assessments carried out will not be exhaustive, it is therefore a requirement that anyone who identifies a new risk, reports the same back to the company for inclusion within the existing risk assessments.

It is important for everyone to report all accidents, incidents or near misses, no matter how minor, to the appropriate persons. In the event of a serious injury or dangerous occurrence, the company will then decide whether it is necessary to advise the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) or not.

It is everyone’s responsibility to identify new risks or hazards. If you come across a health and safety issue that has not been addressed, then you must notify the company as soon as possible, where appropriate assessments should be carried out, and any necessary procedures or actions put into place.

Remember that everyone is responsible for the health and safety of not only yourself but others!

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Where are you now?

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Where we currently sit on life depends on many things, would you not agree?

I have recently been looking at my journey/adventure/life, or however you would choose to describe it, over the 5 years. Now, I won’t tell you that it has been the easiest of times, but I have certainly learnt at lot about myself and others during that time.

Can you imagine your whole world being turned upside down within what seems like the blink of an eye?

In October 2013 this is exactly what happened to my family and I when I was diagnosed with Cancer. I spent many years feeling anger at all that I had lost – my business, my income, my physical health, my mental health, but most of all, my identity…and yet now I realise just how much it has also given me. I have learnt new skills and learnt more about me as a person which leads me to be able to help others in their lives.

It is the events of the past 5 years that have led to me where I am today, and as I look at Robert Dilts ‘Logical Levels’  it reassures me that I really am in the right place.

So, starting at the bottom of the pyramid you see the word environment.
Take a look at your environment around you

  • Where do you live?
  • What do you see, hear or smell?
  • Do you live in the hub hub of a city, or the quiet tranquility of the countryside?
  • Perhaps you live by the sea or in a small town?

How does your environment affect your behaviour?

  • What do you do for a living?
  • Do you have hobbies…what are they?
  • What car do you drive?
  • How do you socialise?
  • How do you like to relax?
  • What is your family life like?

So, taking in to account how you have answered the questions above, lets now think about your capabilities, how would they affect your behaviour if your environment were different?

  • If you lived by the sea rather than in a city would you still be a city executive…or would you be surf instructor?
  • Perhaps your car would be a 4wd if you lived in the countryside and a bike if you lived in a town?
  • How would your hobbies and relaxation techniques differ?
  • What do your children do?
  • What are their hobbies?

You see, when we start to look at our capabilities,  behaviour & environment it then causes us to take a closer look at our values and begin to ask the question…

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Why do I do the things I do?

  • Money
  • Love
  • Habit

Which then begs the question what is your identity?

  • Who are you
  • Are you an innovator
  • A creator
  • A teacher
  • Head of the family

Are you satisfied with where you are and what you do or are you looking for change?

We are born with a soul purpose in life, sadly not everyone realises their soul purposeand there is so much wasted talent out there.

If you find your passion your success will radiate through to the rest of your life.

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What is your purpose or your goal? No matter the terminology we use, everyone has a goal in life, the question is, what is yours and why?

If you are feeling at a crossroads in life, or not…take some time out and take a look at your logical levels, who knows what you’ll discover.

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Fireworks Season Approaches

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Firework Display & Safety
Firework displays should be enjoyable and spectacular occasions – but they obviously need some responsible planning. The good news is that there is straightforward guidance to help you.
If you are organising a major public event, you will clearly need a robust and detailed approach to planning as well as professional involvement. If you are holding a local firework display, such as those organised by many sports clubs, schools or parish councils, you still need to plan responsibly, but the same level of detail is not necessary or expected. Below are some tips and guidance to help you.

Before the event:
• Think about who will operate the display. There is no reason why you should not light a display yourselves provided it only contains fireworks in categories 1, 2 and 3. but remember, category 4 fireworks may only be used by professional firework display operators. In untrained hands they can be lethal.
• Consider whether the site is suitable and large enough for your display, including a bonfire if you are having one. Is there space for the fireworks to land well away from spectators? Remember to check in daylight for overhead power lines and other obstructions. What is the direction of the prevailing wind? What would happen if it changed?
• Think about what you would do if things go wrong. Make sure there is someone who will be responsible for calling the emergency services
• Make sure you obtain the fireworks from a reputable supplier.
• If the display is to be provided by a professional firework display operator make sure that you are clear on who does what especially in the event of an emergency
• Ensure you have a suitable place to store the fireworks. Your firework supplier or local authority should be able to advise
• If you plan on selling alcohol the bar should be well away from the display site
On the day of the event:
• Recheck the site, weather conditions and wind direction
• Don’t let anyone into the zone where the fireworks will fall – or let anyone other than the display operator or firing team into the firing zone or the safety zone around it
• Discourage spectators from bringing drink onto the site
• Don’t let spectators bring their own fireworks onto the site
• If you will also have a bonfire at the display then you should:
o Check the structure is sound and does not have small children or animals inside it before lighting it
o Not use petrol or paraffin to light the fire
o Have only one person responsible for lighting the fire. That person, and any helpers, should wear suitable clothing e.g. a substantial outer garment made of wool or other low-flammable material.
o Make sure that the person lighting the fire and any helpers know what to do in the event of a burn injury or clothing catching fire
• Never attempt to relight fireworks. Keep well clear of fireworks that have failed to go off

The morning after:
• Carefully check and clear the site. Dispose of fireworks safely. They should never be burnt in a confined space (eg a boiler)
Additional points to consider if you are organising a major public display
For major displays, particularly those involving category 4 ‘professional’ fireworks or very large number of spectators, a more robust approach is obviously needed.
• Plan and mark out the areas for spectators, firing fireworks (and a safety zone around it) as well as an area where the fireworks will fall
• Think about how people will get into and out of the site. Keep pedestrian and vehicle routes apart if possible. Mark exit routes clearly and ensure they are well lit. Ensure emergency vehicles can get access to the site
• Appoint enough stewards/marshals. Make sure they understand what they are to do on the night and what they should do in the event of an emergency
• Contact the emergency services and local authority. If your site is near an airport you may need to contact them
• Signpost the first aid facilities

Insurance
Although it is not required by health and safety law, if you are holding a public firework display, it’s a good idea to have public liability insurance. Bear in mind that not all companies are used to dealing with this type of event, and as with any other type of insurance, it’s worth shopping around: look for a company that’s used to insuring firework and other public events – you are likely to get much better deal and avoid unsuitable terms and conditions. If you have difficulty with the standard insurance terms, TALK to your insurer and find a way forward; they can be very helpful.

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‘Flexible working…. Recruiting talent’

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Take the scenario that an organisation is looking to recruit a person with particular skills and qualifications, but can’t find a suitable candidate within a reasonable commute of their office. Let’s say 45 minutes. If you double that time as a radius from your base, many people would reasonably find a daily commute of 3 hours per day unacceptable. If you double the radius, the catchment area is multiplied by 4. If you offer “Flexible Working” meaning that the recruit visits the office once or perhaps or twice a week, at most, you will greatly increase your chances of attracting the candidate you are looking for.

The office culture will need to support this activity. Co-workers need to forget the jokes and jibes about a sunny day means that the remote worker is relaxing in the garden! Most remote flexible workers value very highly the ability to work at home/flexibly, so are likely to be very productive, and will probably need to be reminded it is OK to take a tea/coffee and lunch break, and even attend to a call of nature!

Henley Management Centre has identified that it is extremely important to measure by output not input. How many times have you seen a co-worker apparently working at their computer, only to find when you take a second look a game of Solitaire is being played or that there are pictures of sandy beaches displayed and they are booking their next holiday! So the manager overseeing an office team must trust those who they manage. Bearing in mind that the level of staff member will be quite high, and / or driven by results anyway, it should not be difficult to implement “Flexible Working”

You will need to provide office infrastructure to support “Flexible workers” ——That’s a given, however, this must include access to good quality broadband, a computer of some sort, probably a lap top, and a good telephone service. This ideally is an “extension” off a hosted (cloud based) office system. A workspace suitable for the remote worker, such as a  study / “Home Office” or access to a serviced office is essential. Please note that there are obligations to ensure a safe working environment for all workers including home workers.

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Alzheimer’s Society Cupcake Day

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We are supporting the Alzheimer’s Society Cupcake Day on 12th June 2018 and everyone’s invited!

What is Cupcake Day all about? It’s a day when people across the nation unite to fight dementia with the most mighty of weapons: the wooden spoon.

This is a fantastic opportunity to do something fun and tasty in support of the Alzheimer’s Society (the UK’s leading dementia charity).

Please save the date: 12th June 2018

Our wonderful resident baker, Sarah, has very kindly offered to bake, but all donations (even shop bought) will be gratefully received.

If you wish to make a financial donation, we have set up a ‘Just Giving’ page.

What do we do on the day? Bring, buy and eat cupcakes!

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