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Welcome to our blog, here you will find news about Innovative Safety Solutions and other posts we found interesting.

We’ve Moved!

A new year approaches and a new adventure begins for the ISS team, we are moving to a new location in Widnes. We are saying hello to our new place of work at St Michael’s House, full address below: St Michael’s House Hale Road Widnes Cheshire WA8 8XL This is another...

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Do you need to “fit test” for paper dust masks?

No, no, no, no, no, NO! I had a call this week from a company offering a face fit test service for paper dust masks – to say I was appalled is a complete understatement! The performance of loose fitting face-pieces (such as paper dust masks) relies on sufficient...

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Should you provide back belts?

This week one of my customers was approached by an employee asking that the company procure a lumber support belt because his job involves heavy lifting; they were asking me whether they had to purchase this and if so would that mean that they should make them...

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Should you block a fire exit during fire drills?

It’s not an unreasonable idea, and HSE guidance does recommend this in larger premises. The practice makes individuals think about different scenarios and puts a bit more thought into the process of evacuating; rather than just following your work colleagues out of...

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Are personal headphones banned?

As a 45 year-old I am constantly amazed that my 12 year-old son seems unable to even brush his teeth without his headphones on! And I’ve noticed that more and more people wear them in the workplace particularly when undertaking office work. One of my customers had...

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Totally OTT H&S Requirements…

A few of my customers have come to me this week for help to meet their customers slightly bonkers H&S requirements; to be honest this is quite common place when working for larger companies. For one of the companies you must: Reverse cars into parking spaces (I’ve...

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Do You Need a 3 Day First Aid Course?

Are you still going on a 3 day first aid course?? We often assume that people know what we know don’t we? Well, as Britany Spears said, I did it again. I thought everyone knew about the one-day Emergency First Aid Course only to meet two people this week who were...

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Do you have a duty towards self-employed workers?

Do you have a duty towards self-employed workers? I’m talking about when you use freelancers, one-man bands (my terminology), or cards-in (my customer-friend’s terminology) all formally known as self-employed workers! Well, obviously the answer is yes! Self-employed...

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When to update your policy?

We had a phone call to the office last week asking for advice on the frequency of policy updates, we thought we would share our response…. The gentleman had been told that his H&S policy had to be updated every twelve months and that this should be done in...

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Risk Assessments should be Simple!

After visiting a new customer this week and seeing their amazingly complex risk assessment process, obviously designed by some sort of Brain Surgeon or Rocket Scientist; honestly, I had to have a cup of tea, two custard creams and a little lie down. I thought you may...

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