6 workplace health and safety laws you probably aren’t aware of

safetyHealth and safety laws can save your life, protect your wellbeing at work and haven’t just been instituted at the whim of a bored bureaucrat. Here are six laws that you might not be aware of:

  1. Lead based paint 

If you’ve ever admired the beautiful Nash designed buildings surrounding Regent’s Park, you probably aren’t aware that their immaculate cream coloured frontages are protected by lead based paint. In the UK, only specialist firms, including rawlinspaints.com are allowed to sell these types of products. The reason is simple – lead is a poison, and domestic DIY practitioners aren’t allowed to buy this material. If you want advice on how to remove lead paint from your home, then have a look at the government website.

  1. Gardening can be dangerous

 Health and safety laws protect the self-employed as well as those working as employees. Power tools are dangerous and independent landscape gardeners should be aware that it’s against the law to remove any safety covers on lawn mowers or guards on drills and electric saws drills. Make sure that the tools you use are covered by the European CE verification code. Always store your gear safely, if you run a commercial business you could be fined if you don’t follow these laws.

  1. Employers have to carry out regular risk assessments

 The 1999 Health and Safety at Work regulations demand that employers carry out regular risk assessments. These will ensure that all who work within a building are protected from fire, accident and health hazards. Although many employers complain that these practices are unnecessary, without them a company might have to cope with hefty insurance claims, or illness among staff.

  1. Many complaints about health and safety law aren’t backed up by legislation

 Bizarre stories in the press relating to so-called health and safety legislation reveal a catalogue of myths. These include stories about dangerous daffodils and the banning of custard pie fights. A report on the UK government website makes amusing reading. The website also highlights the fact that many use, ‘health and safety… as a smokescreen, to hide poor customer relations.’

  1. Pregnant relief

While this doesn’t strictly come under the umbrella of health and safety, pregnant women do often suffer from an unbearable urge to urinate. It is legal for a woman in this condition to urinate in public should the need arise. Policemen’s helmets have been mentioned as useful alternative lavatories.

  1. Change is afoot

The whole of the UK’s healthy and safety legislation is currently under review.

The days of banning children’s sack races as a result of safety concerns, or kite flying in east Yorkshire will no longer be able to be offered as an excuse to stop people enjoying themselves. Reporting accidents in the workplace will be simplified according to the Health and Safety Executive. Perhaps after years of being the butt of so many jokes, health and safety laws will be simpler and easier to understand.

 

 

 

 

 

Ever thought of a new career in finance?

ways_to_make_moneyWe’ve been feeling the global financial crisis for over five years now and although there are signs of recovery, we’re not likely to be out of the woods for a while yet.

Although it has not affected the United Kingdom as much as other countries in Europe, the global financial crisis is still a problem that concerns many British people. The upsurge in self-employment in the last few years has been caused, partly at least, but the fact people haven’t been able to find jobs. So although I hope that you’re making a personal choice to grow a business around young children, the fact is that some of us don’t have much choice but to be self employed for the time being.

If you’re thinking of retraining, either to run your own business or to start a new career once your children are at school, a finance qualification might be a good idea to consider. Economics, business, administration, management and leading teams are careers that companies need right now, especially since the financial crisis.

There are other good reasons to go into finance, too. Firstly, the United Kingdom’s finance sector is  still enormous, despite the financial crisis. So, there are many opportunities and there’s a good chance of finding work if you have the right skills and qualifications. The finance world is very competitive sector too, which means it’s great if you’re looking to grow your experience and level of responsibility.

With higher than average salaries and lots of opportunity for progression, a career in finance could be a a good move.

Nowadays, it is easy to retrain and learn new skills to get into the world of finance, Whether you are student and you are beginning your studies on this field or you are working in another, totally different sector and you just want to make a change, there are a range of financial courses are offered in the market, for example:

  • ACCA
  • CIMA
  • AAT

You can find a list of all the different financial qualifications available and their providers in this document:

http://www.fsa.gov.uk/smallfirms/your_firm_type/financial/pdf/rdr_quals.pdf

How to raise children the natural way

Some parents hear about natural living or have a vague idea that they should be ‘more natural’ in their homes, but aren’t sure how to do it. There is no need to switch over to a totally natural lifestyle in one go, in fact it will be much easier to make a few small changes at a time. Here are some tips:

Develop an interest in nature

Most children naturally love to be out in nature. Others may be more familiar with an environment with little exposure to nature and might not have an immediate interest in it. Either way, getting your kids out into nature can help raise a natural child. To do this, try some of the following.

– Encourage a collection of natural objects, such as pine cones, feathers, rocks, or nuts.

– Direct your kids outside when they are bored or getting underfoot in the house. This will help teach them where to turn – nature – when they need something to do.

– Take walks together as a family instead of going to the cinema, watching TV or playing computer games.

– Nature crafts can open your kids’ eyes to the creative possibilities around them. They can gather twigs to weave into picture frames and wreaths or collect acorns to decorate various objects. They can weave flowers into chains or build dens out of sticks. Check your local library and the internet to find more nature craft ideas.

Natural skincare

The skincare products that are widely available are filled with a cocktail of man-made chemicals. Understandably, many parents are worried of the impact of these chemicals on their children and the environment, so switch to natural skincare products for children instead.

Attachment Parenting

Many people consider attachment parenting to be the most natural form of parenting. This makes sense – carrying your baby on your body and feeding as needed is very much what animals do and what our ancestors were likely to have done. Attachment parenting largely shuns the use of artificial equipment like dummies, bottles, bouncy seats and even cots.

Attachment and natural parenting can begin before birth with a natural pregnancy followed by a natural birth.

Cloth nappies

Use cloth nappies for a more natural parenting approach and less of an impact on the environment.

Food

Natural food is certainly a way to connect your child to the natural world. Home-made baby food, toddler snacks, and meals can go a long way in growing an appreciation for food and nature. Consider growing a garden for at least some of your food, and let your child help with the gardening and harvesting. You could even get a few chickens, too! Your kids will know more than most about where food comes from.