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 […]

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 […]

Happy Feet!

Are your feet happy enjoying the warm weather, exposed to the elements in those open toe sandals? Bliss! Or are they sad feet, sore and bruised because they have just come face to face with a heavy box? Think! When doing any moving and handing in the workplace wear appropriate footwear. Keeping your feet happy […]

Unsafe? Surely Not! But it really is!

Activities that involve lifting, carrying, pushing, pulling, and other related manoeuvres are an inevitable part of our daily lives; whether it be at work or even at home.  Mechanical aids can be used to replace our human effort but we find that sometimes we may still need to use our own strength. However, if not […]

3 Common mistakes that can ruin any risk assessment

Risk management is key in just about any workplace you care to name; but before you make any assumptions, stay with me for another sentence or two. Just as a starting point, think about these statements:   Risk is often an obstacle that can stop you reaching your goals as an organisation if not properly […]

One Thing You Must Know About Risk in an Ailing Economy

What you are about to read may upset what you have always accepted as the truth, without asking questions.   If you have a job in risk management, you would have heard the phrase ‘reasonable practicable’. This is the term that risk professionals use to describe the need to balance the resources (time, money and […]