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World Champion Material!

Posted on the 14th of March 2014 in News & Views

"Congratulations" to our own Rachel Elsdon who won Gold at the World Championships of P.U.M.A (the Professional Unification of Martial Arts) tournament on Sunday this week....Olympics next Rachel!!

Are your staff allowed to work alone?

Posted on the 12th of March 2014 in News & Views

Our brand new course Lone Working IN the Workplace is the perfect training solution for lone workers. It includes a risk assessment tool so people who work on their own can check that they know what to do to stay safe. It also allows them to note any concerns they have, so you can work to a solution together.

It’s great in any situation where an employee is on their own and people – customers, clients, patients, for example - come IN to the place they work.
For example, imagine you own a small shop or a petrol station, that only really needs one person to work, maybe even to work a late night shift...what should you do?  Always have two people on shift to prevent them working alone?

Well that's not entirely necessary, lone working is not against health and safety legislation, unless of course there are tasks, such as heavy lifting, that would require two people.

You are however required to carry out Risk Assessments and provide suitable training.

This course is also ideal training for staff who are NOT alone in a building, but who are away from other colleagues, such as teachers and doctors,  particularly people who deal with strangers or large groups of people.

We’ve used narration, animation and actors to make the training interesting, informative and engaging and we’d be pleased to give you a demonstration.

To buy this online training course, or to request a free preview or demonstration; please give us a call on 01344 867088 or email us at enquiries@ihasco.co.uk.

Lone Working

Posted on the 20th of February 2014 in News & Views

Just a quick heads up - iHasco are just in the process of publishing two brand new titles: LONE WORKING IN THE WORKPLACE and LONE WORKING OUT OF THE WORKPLACE. Both titles will be available to buy or preview at the beginning of March.

These are great programmes, covering what personal safety really means, how to plan a working day, how to spot aggressive behaviour before it’s too late, how to diffuse a situation before it gets out of hand – and also what to do if it does.

LONE WORKING OUT OF THE WORKPLACE also looks at “Buddy Systems” (Tracing systems) the importance of them and instruction of use – a really great part of the programme is an easy to use tool that can be used as part of a personal risk assessment, but also is a fool proof way for employees to let employers / administrators know if they are unprepared or worried about their safety.

Have a look at the web pages for these products – they will give you some more information – better still just ask for a demo to see for yourself how good and useful they are.

The importance of handwashing in food hygiene

Posted on the 13th of February 2014 in News & Views

In the office this past few months we’ve been focusing on our Food Safety and Hygiene training courses.  Each of us has taken the Level 2 course in preparation for our quiz and we’ve had some fun playing with a ‘Wash and Glow’ unit. 

Amanda using our Wash and Glow kit!

A special hand cream enables the blue light to pick up all traces of bacteria and make them glow fluorescent green!  We’ve been testing to see if washing and sanitising your hands makes a difference to bacteria levels than washing alone….And it really does!

If you'd like more information on our Food Safety and Hygiene courses, please feel free to give us a call on 01344 867088 or email enquiries@ihasco.co.uk.

Myth Busting Panel Strikes Again!

Posted on the 7th of February 2014 in News & Views

Housing Management informs elderly residents that site managers are no longer allowed to move furniture for social events.
An elderly resident was told by their housing management that site managers would no longer be allowed to move household-type furniture for any social events due to health and safety concerns.
 

HSE Myth busting panel decision….
The housing management are absolutely right to restrict the heavy lifting activities of any staff members who are unfit or improperly trained to lift heavy items of furniture.  However they suggested the issue be discussed between residents and housing management to come to a sensible solution.