What Health and Safety Training Do Climbing Instructors Need?

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Climbing instructors need to be ready to work with climbers with a wide range of skills. From children who have just started to learn, to experienced adults who are training between outdoor bouldering sessions.

Instructors without the proper training and experience are a risk to those they are meant to support. Continue Reading…

Why People Take Risks at Work: Preparing for Human Nature

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Every workplace contains a certain amount of risk to those employed. Risks can come in many forms. From the drive to work, to stress, to jobs involving a more readily accepted higher amount of risk, such as working at height.

In the UK, there are dozens of different laws designed to protect workers, contractors and the general public from a wide spectrum of risks. The Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974 is one of the most well-known pieces of legislation. This is overseen by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE), with senior managers in private and public organisations responsible for implementation. Continue Reading…

Health and Safety in the Infrastructure Industry: What’s Required?

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A former government adviser warned the construction industry that health and safety is a “ticking timebomb”, as a result of HSE budget cuts.

The construction industry has been hiring in record numbers in recent years, thanks to a new post-recession boom in property and infrastructure projects. The tragic downside of this is the number of industrial incidents in building sites has doubled in recent years. Between 2001 and 2014 there have been 760 deaths on building and infrastructure sites. Continue Reading…

Using Papertrail to comply with LOLER: Your complete guide

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We’ve put together a fully-loaded guide to complying with LOLER ’98 legislation, and how Papertrail makes it so much easier to show thorough and regular maintenance of the lifting equipment that you need to inspect as part of LOLER compliance. Seriously, if you work in arboriculture, scaffolding services, construction, industrial window cleaning, oil and gas – or any other industry involving lifting and rope access equipment, this post is for you! Read on for the lowdown on how to make stressing over LOLER a thing of the past. Continue Reading…

New: Adding Images and Files to Your Papertrail Account

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We’re proud to announce that Papertrail users can now add images and files to individual records! Having taken feedback onboard from our customers – many of whom in need of a more visual way to manage their inventories – we think that this update is going to make safety management even easier, improving staff accountability whilst ensuring that the right piece of equipment is being inspected at the right time.

Read on for the lowdown on how to start adding images to your records. Continue Reading…

What Regulations Affect You?

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Who says I have to inspect my equipment and keep records?

There is legislation within the EU that clearly specifies what businesses should be doing to keep people safe – no matter what industry they’re involved in. However, as with all legislation, it can be very difficult to find out what we should be doing, and how we should be doing it. The following information will help you adhere to these regulations, and understand where each of them may apply to your business. Papertrail will then help you manage this and put it all into practice in a clear and simple way. Continue Reading…

Positive Safety Culture: Making Good Habits Stick

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In today’s world, Health and Safety can no longer be seen of as a nuisance. With increasing pressure on businesses to comply with legislation, be more transparent and continuously improve their systems, health and safety is quickly becoming a core focus for businesses of every size and shape.

But what’s the best, most effective way of creating a safe workplace? How can you make sure that the policies you set-up are always adhered to? Continue Reading…

Construction: The 10 Most Common Health and Safety Risks

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Accident fatality rates in the construction industry are double that of the sector average, with rates of minor accidents almost incalculably more.

In such an ever-changing working environment this is hardly surprising. But many employers are still unaware of their duty of care to employees, visitors, and even those not directly related to their activities. Continue Reading…