The Bag Monster or The Monster Bag

A practical piece of kit a child tends to need for returning to school is a rucksack to carry their newly bought pencil case and pens, their books, lunch etc. Unfortunately, bigger rucksacks are normally bought “just in case” leading to children looking like rucksacks with legs or “bag monsters”. Having the wrong size rucksack, […]

Health Tips (part 3): Exercise and Asthma

Exercise and Asthma We all know that some exercise is good for us. If we are overweight, exercise and a balanced diet helps to reduce weight. Research has shown that an average of 20% more weight is lost if there is a combination of both rather than just diet alone.[1] Some people who have asthma […]

Health Tips (Part 2): Obesity and Asthma

Obesity describes someone who is overweight. Obesity is becoming very common in the UK; and it is estimated that 1 in every 4 adults and 1 in every 5 children between the ages of 10-11 will be affected. {1} Being over weight can lead to serious and sometimes life- threatening illness such as stroke, type […]

Health Tips (Part 1): Asthma

Asthma is a common, long term condition.  People with asthma have very sensitive airways; if they breath in something that irritates these airways, they become inflamed and tighten. The following are some triggers that may lead to an attack (there are many more): Viral Infections                  Exercise Pollen  Animals    […]

Trainer Stress

Having been a nurse for many, many years, I have met people from all walks of life and during this time I have had to deal with all sorts of problems. Although this has helped me with my job as a Senior Moving and Handling Consultant I still have what I call my bugbears. These […]

Christmas Is Coming!

Oh, how I love the Christmas period. If you were to ask anyone who knows me, they may say I’m slightly obsessed! I’m the equivalent of a Bridezilla when it comes to Christmas preparation. There will be some of you out there who will understand where I am coming from and some of you will […]

The Boiling Frog – Which one are you?

Have you ever heard of the boiling frog? This is a myth from the 19thcentury that says if you place a frog (1) in a pan of boiling water it will jump out of the pan straight away, but if you put a frog (2) in a pan of cold water and bring the pan […]

She’s not heavy she could have been your mother!

When I started my nurse training back in 1981, manually moving patients was a normal part of my working day. We used techniques such as The Australian Lift, Top and Tail Lift and the Drag lift. These techniques are now known as Controversial Techniques and should not be used. When Moving and Handling equipment began […]

Pulling, Pushing, Lifting – three ways to hurt yourself!

If your company runs a warehouse, chances are that the operations that happen in this area are key to your business. In many cases, these operations will involve moving and handling ie lifting, lowering, carrying, pushing or pulling. All these activities pose a risk in a warehouse. Here are a few risks you need to […]