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Nature's litter and how to deal with it

Who'd have thought that leaves on the line was a plausible excuse!

autumn leavesStunning colours! But if you have company premises, then falling leaves can be a big problem to handle. There's no escaping them, even at home the decaying foliage becomes an unwanted headache to have to deal with.

01 October 2018/Author: Dee Jones/Number of views (266)/Comments (0)/ Article rating: 4.2

We just love to moan about it … the British weather!

But it's time for businesses' to develop strategic planning for it

too hot to workWere you prepared when the temperatures soared? Why is it that UK companies never quite seem to get ahead with extreme weather planning? In the latest heat wave, suppliers across the country ran out of fans, air conditioning units, water coolers and even cold drink machines. To avoid this happening again, Action Handling advise their clients to put in place a strategic plan to cover all the seasons and all the possible extreme weather problems that can happen.

22 August 2018/Author: Dee Jones/Number of views (437)/Comments (0)/ Article rating: 4.6

How industrial premises can play their part in lowering carbon emissions in 2018 and beyond

Doing your bit for a cleaner planet

environment protectionThrough the Climate Change Act, the UK government has committed to reducing emissions by 80% of the levels they were in 1990, by the year 2050. In order for this target to be achieved, businesses and industry are being encouraged to replace high-carbon investments with greener alternatives when the opportunity arises. We have compiled some ways in which some factories, warehouses and other industrial workplaces can make positive and greener changes, which not only help with lowering carbon emissions but also help save money long-term.

07 March 2018/Author: Dee Jones/Number of views (465)/Comments (0)/ Article rating: 4.0

Action Handling’s top tips on preparing your warehouse for winter

... make a plan of action and execute it!


reduced temperatures at workWe all know that there is more to dealing with inclement weather at work than just whacking the heating on; but did you know that, according to the HSE, occurrences of accidents at work statistically increase in the colder months.

23 November 2017/Author: Dee Jones/Number of views (756)/Comments (0)/ Article rating: 4.7

Five common workplace injuries

... and how to avoid them


work injuriesFigures from the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) show that an estimated 4.5 million working days were lost in the UK in 2015/16 due to self-reported workplace injuries. Whilst the general trend is that the number of reported injuries occurring at work is reducing over time, the HSE also note that due to the widespread underreporting of incidents, those figures are likely to be considerably higher in reality.

18 October 2017/Author: Dee Jones/Number of views (901)/Comments (0)/ Article rating: 4.1

Keeping an organised storeroom

Help increase productivity


tidy storageWe all know that it doesn’t take much for an organised and tidy stockroom to quickly become a mess. When things get busy, it’s sometimes easier to cut corners and go back later – however, leaving stock, empty cardboard boxes, packaging and numerous other items lying around can seriously impact on the efficiency and safety of your storage area.

14 September 2017/Author: Dee Jones/Number of views (431)/Comments (0)/ Article rating: 4.0

Creating a productive workplace

Keeping it tidy


organised storageWhen running a business, productivity is a key part of management, with teams always looking for ways to improve. However, recent studies have shown that an organised workplace can assist productivity – and when you think about it, it makes sense.

13 September 2017/Author: Dee Jones/Number of views (427)/Comments (0)/ Article rating: 5.0

Personal safety and responsibility

Taking charge


safety equipmentWe've written a few posts discussing employer obligations when it comes to providing a safe workplace for employees. Sufficient training and supervision, equipment suited to the task at hand and implementation of procedures are all part of the process. In the end, however, it comes down to the individual employee to work responsibly, employ correct equipment and act in a safe manner at work.

13 September 2017/Author: Dee Jones/Number of views (463)/Comments (0)/ Article rating: 4.3

An organised workspace

Keeping employees happy


workplace storageWe’ve written previously about the positive effects of having an organised workplace and how effective storage can contribute to productivity. Employee well-being is becoming more of a focus for many companies, with fluid employment markets and increased opportunities meaning businesses need to do more to attract and retain the best employees for the job.

13 September 2017/Author: Dee Jones/Number of views (445)/Comments (0)/ Article rating: 3.0

Today's office space

Keeping employees happy


office chairOffice space has changed a great deal over the past few decades. Gone are the rows of carbon-copy desks and enclosed offices for a chosen few – now open plan layouts, fresh air, central meeting spaces and clean design are the hallmarks of a modern office. Studies conducted over the past few years have found that environment can play a big part in employee satisfaction and well being, leading to improved productivity.

12 September 2017/Author: Dee Jones/Number of views (506)/Comments (0)/ Article rating: 1.0

Think before you buy

Consider the environment


green goodsEco-friendly, sustainable, recycled - none of these are new terms in the modern business world. For many years now, companies have been looking at ways to reduce their carbon footprint, use resources to their best advantage and recycle whenever possible. It makes good sense for the planet and also financially, with savings to be found in streamlining practices, utilities and materials so we only use what we need.

12 September 2017/Author: Dee Jones/Number of views (510)/Comments (0)/ Article rating: 4.7

Keep outdoor spaces clear of cigarette butts

Littering is a growing problem and cigarette butts a major contributor - we need to provide bins and help stamp it out.

cigarette buttsFew things look more unsightly around your workplace than discarded cigarette butts, yet it’s estimated that 79% of all public places in the UK are blighted by them. Since the smoking ban which prohibits smoking inside any public space came into force in 2007, littering is a problem which seems to have escalated.

22 February 2017/Author: Dee Jones/Number of views (698)/Comments (0)/ Article rating: 3.8

Winter weather

The guessing game

weather forecastWinter can be a testing time for any business. Freezing temperatures, high winds, snow and ice can all conspire to make things a little more difficult than they might otherwise be. Obviously, the weather in the UK is somewhat fickle, making it very hard to predict what may or may not happen next month, next week or even tomorrow, which means forethought and preparation are key in keeping things running smoothly.

17 December 2016/Author: Dee Jones/Number of views (947)/Comments (0)/ Article rating: 4.3

Wheelie bins

Kings of the recycling world

coloured wheelie bins Almost one tonne per household which is pretty much a Nissan micra each per home, that’s without taking into account large events which we attend and produce a mountain of waste such as sporting events, pop concerts and industry waste, no wonder the wheelie bin is very much an everyday essential especially as our  household waste increases by 3% per year, so on that ratio our waste at home in 17 years will be two Nissan micra's.  

12 July 2016/Author: Sharon Ensbury/Number of views (1232)/Comments (0)/ Article rating: 4.6

Anti-fatigue mats

Standing for lengthy periods causes general fatigue plus health problems

Anti Fatigue MatsAnti-fatigue mats are predominantly used in industrial and commercial working environments to provide worker comfort. Standing for lengthy periods of time during your work shift on hard and sometimes cold floors causes general fatigue plus health problems such as poor blood circulation, aches in joints, and pains in feet, hips and back. Standing for long periods is also bad for health because of the strain on the lower limbs. The problems caused with feet can include corns, bunions, flat feet and heel spurs. Medical professionals also link standing for long periods day in day out to varicose veins. These causes to health problems can be easily reduced by providing a comfortable working environment, and anti-fatigue mats also reduce slips, trips and falls. As we know slips, trips and falls mean a decrease in staff productivity, absenteeism and ultimately can cost employers millions of pounds each year.  

23 May 2016/Author: Sharon Ensbury/Number of views (1201)/Comments (0)/ Article rating: 4.8

Cleaning up

cleaning up

We often cite Health and Safety requirements in our blog posts – after, all, they are an integral part of doing business in the UK. The information we cite is for general purposes only – each business should have their own policy in place and all staff should be aware of what it is. However, there are several basic rules that can apply to most companies, such as:

  • Proper staff training
  • Using the correct equipment for the job
  • Keeping equipment maintained and up to date with regular safety checks
  • Providing a clean work environment

 

26 November 2015/Author: Sharon Ensbury/Number of views (1151)/Comments (0)/ Article rating: 5.0

Reduce, re-use, recycle

Using resources to their best advantage and recycling whenever possible


Reduce Reuse Recyle imageEco-friendly, sustainable, recycled – none of these are new terms in the modern business world. For many years now, companies have been looking at ways to reduce their carbon footprint, use resources to their best advantage and recycle whenever possible.

22 May 2015/Author: Sharon Ensbury/Number of views (1098)/Comments (0)/ Article rating: 3.8

Safeguarding your assets

What assets have you got to protect - and how will you protect them?

Safeguarding your assetsWe recently posted about the importance of safely storing hazardous materials to protect your most important asset, your employees. However, if you’re running a business with its own office or warehouse, you also have other assets worth protecting. Tools, computer equipment, warehouse contents, employee or workplace vehicles and sensitive documents are just some of the items that can be found at most businesses, not to mention the premises themselves.

18 March 2015/Author: Sharon Ensbury/Number of views (940)/Comments (0)/ Article rating: 5.0

Making the most of your shutdown period

Use this time to comply with Health & Safety guidelines and fit safety treads and matting to help minimise accidents in the workplace and create a comfortable work environment. 

06 October 2014/Author: Sharon Ensbury/Number of views (1139)/Comments (0)/ Article rating: 5.0
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