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The difference between life and death

Every year in the UK, over 30,000 people suffer from a Sudden Cardiac Arrest (SCA) out-of-hospital. Where the Emergency Services attempt to resuscitate, less than 10% will survive.[1]

Many Sudden Cardiac Arrest (SCA) victims can be saved if they receive immediate treatment before the Emergency Services arrive, including Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) and defibrillation which shocks the heart to resume a normal rhythm. 

If defibrillation is delivered within three to five minutes of collapse, survival rates can be as high as 50-70%.[2]

As the Emergency Services average response time is seven minutes, having a defibrillator in your workplace could improve the chances of survival. Are you putting your workers at risk by not having one?

Many factors in the workplace can delay resuscitation, such as:

  • Remote locations that are likely to be subject to longer Emergency Service response times
  • Urban or multi-story locations where Emergency Responders find it difficult to reach 
  • Businesses with spread out facilities that could provide hazardous if first aid equipment is located in distant buildings 

Having a defibrillator in the workplace could make the difference between life and death.

Click here to find out more.


[1] https://www.bhf.org.uk/what-we-do/policy-and-public-affairs/transforming-healthcare/out-of-hospital-cardiac-arrests 

[2] https://cks.nice.org.uk/topics/cardiac-arrest-out-of-hospital-care/background-information/prognosis/

What does Health and Safety look like in a digital world?

By Bcarm

“Tech is the new muscle” is a common turn of phrase often used to discuss what lessons we can take from covid and certainly digitisation is a way to upgrade your health and safety organisation.

As a Health and Safety professional, any risk management system, unless in the simplest, lowest risk organisation is complicated.

  • There are many activities
  • These may involve many people
  • It has to operate in a dynamic environment
  • There needs to be a robust audit trail
  • There may be conflicting pressures in the business.

Anything that creates difficulty in the process creates operational and engagement barriers that can undermine the management of risk in the business.

Anything that makes the process easier, more convenient, with less operational friction will see better levels of risk management and this is where a digital health and safety management system can deliver both cost benefits and improved engagement by the business.

Digitisation can make a difference as the “muscle” that enables people. In our recent webinar “Risk Assessment in a Digital World”, 70% of attendees said it would “significantly enhance” their process.

In helping clients make the necessary transitions to leverage the benefit of “digital”, we are helping them tackle a wide range of issues from document migration, training and also process evolution and we’re keen to learn more to help take the unknown out of the process.

Take part in our 4-question survey – and you could receive Health and Safety training for up to 250 employees*

We’re undertaking an industry-wide survey for Health and Safety professionals to help us better understand their concerns and priorities of managing H&S in a digital world.

All Health and Safety professionals taking part in the survey will be entered into a free prize draw to win a year’s licence to our E-Learning package for up to 250 employees!* 

For more info and to take part in the survey click here: https://survey.hsforms.com/1aDusl0ovS_euxzDSvzHK2w2u2zn

*See T&Cs in link

The long and short of it: The effects of long Covid in the workplace

If health and safety professionals were in any doubt about it, it’s clear that the long-term effects of COVID-19 will be felt and discussed for many years to come, with many employees still feeling the daily effects, due to what is known as “Long Covid.”

A recent Office of National Statistics study indicates that over one-fifth of those diagnosed with COVID-19 are still suffering the ‘long’ symptoms for the following five weeks, while one-in-ten presented symptoms that lasted for three months or longer.

But what is ‘long COVID?

The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) identifies Long COVID as lasting for a duration longer than 12 weeks. The Guardian recently estimated that 376,000 people in the UK have been suffering from Long Covid for more than a year, with older patients, women, those with underlying health conditions and those in their 40-50s most likely affected. Symptoms can include:

  • Fatigue, or extreme tiredness
  • Breathlessness and difficulty in breathing
  • Racing pulse
  • Joint and muscle pain
  • Loss of taste or smell
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Prolonged fever
  • Dizziness
  • “Brain fog” – not being able to concentrate or think clearly

Managing employees with Long Covid

While most natural reactions would be to isolate and encourage Long COVID sufferers to work from home, it is not infectious. The reintroduction of these employees to a stable workplace may in fact aid some of the mental issues caused by Long COVID, including depression and loneliness.

In certain circumstances, a healthcare package or offering for staff is key. Private healthcare options can provide employees with access to healthcare, both physically and mentally to help manage their symptoms. Provision will also give staff a higher level of satisfaction, even if only they appreciate the feeling of being able to access help voluntarily.

The camaraderie and support through the initial months of the pandemic was crucial, and employers should continue to foster this spirit adequately in order to support staff and colleagues affected by changes to their working patterns. 

Wellbeing is an important part of the Long COVID journey. It impacts all pillars of health from mental, social, physical and financial. The expert team at hero can help you to create a COVID recovery package that will help and support you and your teams effectively manage this area. For more information please get in touch with hero.

Impact safety with full colour precision signs

Discover BradyJet J4000 Colour Label Printer

Create a safer, more efficient workplace with compliant, photo-quality full-colour labels, signs and procedures that last. Balance the complexity of safety and compliance labels with the demands of an industrial environment while reducing your safety signage inventory and material waste. Discover BradyJet J4000 Colour Label Printer!

Features & Benefits:

  • Create compliant labels and signs: Trust your regulatory labelling offers the colours needed for ISO, CLP/GHS, ANSI, BS5609 and arc flash
  • Extend label performance: Rely on specially formulated materials and ink designed to stand up to harsh environments
  • Maximise impact, improve efficiency and reduce waste: Stock and print only what you need, when you need it, in photo-quality full-colour every time

Watch the printer in action & book the demo >>

Best practices for a leaner and safer workplace

Visual Workplace is a lean concept that’s all about putting important information right where employees need to see it. This concept plays a critical role in some of the most popular lean tools, including 5S. That’s because it creates a sustaining base for lean improvements to remain clearly visible, readily understood and consistently adhered to.

Download the free 5S Plus Guide >>

FREE Employment Law Update Webinar | Changes Coming in 2022 and 2021 Case Law Review

Whether through new case law or legislative changes, Employment law and HR best practice is constantly evolving. Join our experts for a free end-of-year Employment Law Update to ensure you’re up to speed and prepared for what’s coming next.

During this intensive 90-minute webinar, we’ll be looking ahead to 2022, sharing proposed changes to legislation and anticipated future developments. We’ll also be reflecting on some of the more surprising case law decisions from 2021 and how this impacts your employment policies and practices.

Led by WorkNest’s Employment Law and HR Training Manager Lorna Gemmell and Employment Law Solicitor Rebekah Page, this free 90-minute webinar will cover:

  • Proposed employment bills: The introduction of a single labour enforcement agency | Passing on all tips and service charges to employees | Adjustments to leave for neonatal care | Making flexible working the default | Plus, other key proposals which are awaiting further response
  • National Disability Strategy: New Acas advice hub and guidance for employers | Improving access to work and introducing “adjustment passports” | Giving all employees the right to unpaid carers’ leave | Consultation on workplace reporting
  • Making flexible working the default: Day-one rights | Considering alternatives | Temporary requests | Changes to administrative processes and grounds for refusal
  • Recent case law: Interesting cases relating to alleged discrimination on the grounds of sex, disability, religion and belief | Why a recent indirect discrimination claim succeeded even though the claimant didn’t themselves have the relevant protected characteristic

Register here

At the end of the session, there will be an opportunity for you to ask questions specific to your organisation on the employment law changes coming into play next year. 

Mental and Social Health Recognition and Support and the impact on Health and Safety

By Hero Wellbeing

The past 18 months have been a testing time for everyone and with a significant reduction in social interaction, more employers are recognising their responsibility to protect the mental health of their employees and provide a positive work environment and much of the practical implication lie within our colleague in the health and safety world. 

Mental health problems in the UK workforce cost employers almost £35 billion last year, according to research published by the Centre for Mental Health. The heightened stress that the pandemic has created has further emphasised the importance of addressing mental health concerns.

Remote working has also created a unique set of mental and social health challenges related to work-life balance and the loss of workplace belonging and social interaction. As restrictions are lifted and things return to a semblance of normality in the UK, mental health will continue to be a crucial topic for businesses to address. 

As well as the impact seen because of COVID, key challenges such as an ageing workforce and technology dependence remain within an organisation, giving even greater importance for companies to develop and implement an effective support plan and wellbeing strategy for its staff.

Mental health has long been a taboo subject, but with an increase in discourse over the course of the pandemic, it needs to become an everyday function of an organisation’s health and safety culture. Here’s some ways to do that: 

  • Provide mental health training to supervisors and managers
  • Provide employee assistance programs, community resources, and online tools – ​​ensuring they are scalable and customisable at an organisation level while still ensuring it can be tailored and personalised to the individual for maximum personal benefit
  • Keep leadership and their H&S colleagues informed of mental health concerns that could affect employees
  • Ensure workplace harassment policies and programs are in place and share information about policies and programs with employees. 

To ensure your health and wellbeing policies are fit for purpose for 2022 take our audit here and for more information about how hero can help and support you with areas of health and wellbeing; both reactive and preventative, on going strategy or training and upskilling workshops, please get in touch and book a meeting. 

Peoplesafe: New crisis management communications tool launched

Technology-led employee safety specialists, Peoplesafe, has recently launched a new mass notification tool designed for instant communication with employees during a crisis.

Peoplesafe Alert is a simple, intuitive app which allows organisations to send and track mass safety messages to thousands of employees simultaneously, overriding phones set to silent or do not disturb and, if necessary, using geofencing capabilities to only communicate with those in a certain location.

Designed to be used in any crisis situation, Peoplesafe Alert can be operated in real time and messages cannot be edited or forwarded to protect the credibility of the organisation and guarantee that the information is current, correct and constantly controlled.

With its own dedicated platform, the app can sit on multiple devices and operating systems which guarantees that the priority messages will cut through any other conflicting or distracting messages at the time of an emergency.

The service is also ‘air-gapped’ meaning that the network is physically isolated from other, unsecured networks which guards against system failures and guarantees a reliable, robust form of communication.

Examples of when Peoplesafe Alert would come into play include; cyber-attacks, terror attacks, network security, control and access issues, outbreaks of infectious diseases and extreme environmental events such as flooding or an earthquake.

This marks an expansion for the technology company, which has previously focussed on lone worker safety and protection products and services. Peoplesafe CEO Naz Dossa said: “While the experience of steering employees through the COVID-19 pandemic is still fresh in everybody’s mind, we need to look ahead and guarantee that business continuity will not be compromised in the face of any future emergencies.

“Technology has been absolutely crucial in keeping employees informed, safe and (in the most part), able to deliver their work. Peoplesafe Alert’s instant, precise mass notification abilities will enable an organisation to communicate effectively with all, or some of their employees depending on the emergency.”

The tool enables businesses to be fully compliant with BS 22301 and the encrypted service is delivered from ISO27001 certified data centres which guarantees that an organisation is meeting regulatory standards for business continuity.

Peoplesafe Alert licenses can cost as little as £1 per user, per month, offering a scalable solution that can flex with the requirements of the organisation.

Don’t let safety slip

Winter is not the safest season. Slips & falls increase dramatically, especially when working outdoors, or simply walking to an office from the parking lot. When the cold and dark seem to conspire against health and safety, highlight your new safety communication to lower the risks. Discover safety solutions from Brady and make the winter safe!

Winterproof your safety signage

Discover safety identification solutions to support your Go for Zero programme throughout winter:

  • clearly identify winter slip hazards and other risks on your premises, and easily guide employees, even in the dark, using ISO-compliant ultra-visible reflective signs with excellent outdoor reliability.
  • easily apply reliable pipe markers to wet, rainy and cold outdoor pipe surfaces to make them compliant with any regulation or standard.
  • quickly re-paint or create new, straight outdoor floor marking with PaintStripe stencils
  • immediately highlight ice patches and other emerging winter hazards with outdoor safety cones and A-board floor stands

Snowball your safety messaging

While you can order any solution preprinted to your specifications, we can also offer full flexibility to get through winter. With the BBP37 Multicolour & Cut Sign & Label Printer at your premises, you can quickly update safety and facility identification to reduce risks.

  • create reliable, industrial-grade outdoor safety signs, labels and pipe markers in any shape
  • use in stand-alone mode, or add Brady Workstation apps to design an even wider range of signs, pipe markers and safety labels
  • a few blank label supplies, requiring minimal storage space, can sustain your safety identification needs throughout winter

Make the winter safe with Brady >>

IOSH/NEBOSH eLearning as good as face-to-face training

If you want your health and safety training to have a positive impact on behaviour, then it “has to be delivered face-to-face”. To reduce the hassle of getting everyone in the same at the same time, organisations have tried eLearning. They found that, whilst it ticks the box, it lacks the impact a good classroom course can have.

Until now.

Compassa’s awarding-winning use of interactive video technology brings face-to-face training to the eLearning environment. Their IOSH Managing Safely and NEBOSH Incident Investigation courses are delivered by an engaging, entertaining, and charismatic tutor in a series of video tutorials. Within the videos are exercises, activities, and questions the learner must answer. It transforms the passive learning experience into an active experience.

And thanks to all the humour, the courses are really good fun!

But does it work? Does this eLearning approach come anywhere close to having the same impact as a traditional face-to-face course?

Will Taylor, Compassa’s Founder and MD, thinks so. He said, “We collect data from learners before and after the course. We ask them how committed they are to health and safety before the course. And after they have completed it, we ask them the same question. The data consistently shows people feel much more committed: a 42% increase in levels of commitment towards health and safety after completing our video course for IOSH Managing Safely.”

Hugh Pidgeon, Health and Safety Manager for Wilkin Chapman, says his experience supports what the data says. “I feel this eLearning course has delivered greater impact than a classroom course. They’ve had the time to assimilate and take on board all the information. The staff undertaking this course have made my life easier.”

Click here to book a demo of Compassa’s video courses and see how they can win your people over.

Award-winning IOSH/NEBOSH training from Compassa

Struggling to release people for IOSH/NEBOSH training? Can’t get everyone together for face-to-face training?

There is a solution: interactive video eLearning. Yes, it’s eLearning. But with the impact of an excellent face-to-face course.

Compassa’s award-winning approach to IOSH/NEBOSH training is the closest thing you can get to 1-to-1 tuition. It’s impactful and leads to measurable improvements in commitment to H&S: GUARANTEED. Your people will be visibly more committed and your health and safety performance will improve.

To ensure our delegates are engaged and switched on, we make the courses relevant, interactive and, most of all: FUN. Our ethos is if we enjoy making our courses, then our delegates will enjoy learning from them.

In 2020, we released the world’s first interactive video course for IOSH Managing Safely. Our before and after surveys shows this course leads to an average increase in commitment to H&S of 42%. Fully approved, IOSH have confirmed our version of IOSH Managing Safely is UNIQUE.

Other courses available include the NEBOSH HSE Introduction to Incident Investigation Award, featuring a 3D model workplace and incident investigator simulator. You will be amazed at our interactive interview technology, where you can take control of a real witness interview. You and your people will LEARN BY DOING instead of being bored by Powerpoint!

Our eLearning courses are so different to traditional courses, they must be seen to be believed. So get in touch to arrange a no obligation demonstration and see how our courses can help you achieve your objectives.