Whether you work with electricity on a daily basis or are thinking about starting a personal project that could bring you into contact with electrical currents, it’s important to make sure you’re properly protected against the risks. 

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R-Tech Welding Equipment launches free, interactive welding safety guide

Welding equipment supplier R-Tech Welding has created its own welding safety guide, updating the others which can be found online and in print.

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Whether you're an experienced welder and have never had a slip up in your life, or a novice DIYer using welding equipment for the very first time, wearing the correct safety equipment is crucial. From damage to your eyes from the brightness of the welding arc, to the high risk of burns from sparks, there are any number of injuries and accidents which can befall welders. There are the X piece of kit required to comprehensively protect you:

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In the latter quarter of 2015 the UK health and safety executive released their annual health and safety statistics as a PDF document.  The annual report had some interesting take aways but it wasn't necessarily easy to digest. Bryan & Armstrong have taken the annual report and turned it into a infographic which makes absorbing the key points much easier as it does sharing the information across social media.

When we dive into the headline figures, it's clear that fatalities have increased from 136 in 2013/14 to 142 in 2014/15 while non-fatal injuries have reduced from over 50% of reported accidents being caused by slips and trips (28%) or handling, lifting or carrying injuries (23%).

Over the year, it was estimated that 23.3 million working days have were lost to work related ill health, while injuries in the workplace cost a further 4.1 million days. As a result, the economy was estimated to have suffered in excess of £14 billion in 2013/14.

New challenges will be created as the economy begins to recover, particularly for expanding SME’s who may not have sufficient measures in place, or may under estimate the level of risk posed by their activities. Also, often if a workforce has been laid off in a tough economic climate and a less experienced workforce hired when conditions improve we expect to see a spike in health and safety related incidents due to inexperience.

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If you’re ever faced with an emergency, the last thing you would want is to find yourself unprepared so it’s important to plan ahead and make sure you have a well-stocked first-aid kit available in the work place, at home and in the car.

There are plenty of pre-made first aid kits available and many stockists offer kits tailored to specific situations such kits for outdoor activities and ones for in the office. UK Safety Store has a great selection of situation specific first aid kits. 

Whether you buy a pre-made first aid kit or assemble one yourself, the Red Cross has an invaluable list of what to include and to make it even easier to make sure you’re prepared for anything, we’ve taken this information and turned it into a handy graphic. Save it, print it, share it, whatever you need to do to make sure you have these essentials on hand when you need them. Remember to check the contents of your first aid kit regularly and replace any used or out of date items.

 

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Red Cross - First Aid Kit Essentials

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