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Electrical safety is very important in a workplace. Electrical items are all around us, meaning there is constant exposure to hazards which could harm or even kill in extreme cases. It is important to have appropriate prevention measures in place to avert unnecessary dangers. It is an employer's duty to provide a safe environment for staff and customers, therefore being aware of electrical hazards is essential. Here are 11 quick tips to minimise electrical hazards:
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Regardless of whether you have just hired a cleaning service, or have had cleaners for years, this blog is important for you. A clean workplace is a MUST for employee safety. Not only does it provide a comfortable working environment, it also follows the health and safety guidelines set both internally and by the government. If you follow these quick tips, you will have a great experience with your professional cleaning service.
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We predict there are 5 ‘reasons’ as to why you have not cleaned your ceiling thus far:
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Tea and coffee is an important part of the day for any office. The electric kettle is an inevitable part of any kitchen and the creation of hot beverages. You may even be drinking a hot drink whilst reading this blog right now, ask yourself- does it taste weird? This may be because limescale has built up inside your kettle. Although limescale will not damage the kettle, it will work better if the limescale is regularly removed and cleaned. With the tea and coffee breaks at work being one of the most enjoyed parts of the day, it is crucial that the office kettle is in full working order. No kettle could result in a decrease in office morale and mood, which then affects productivity. It is not environmentally cautious or cost-effective if the kettle has to be replaced every few months, therefore thorough and regular cleans are important to include in your cleaning schedule. You will need to descale the kettle. Descaling is essential to a well-working kettle and good tasting boiled water. To descale you will need some sort of acid, whether that be a commercial cleaner or natural cleaner. Once you have decided which cleaning agent you will use, it is time to add water to make the final substance to remove the limescale. Pour the substance into the kettle until it covers all the places which need descaling. From here you can either leave the substance to soak, empty and rinse, or boil the kettle with the mixture inside, remembering to leave the kettle to completely cool before pouring it away and rinsing. After this, you will wash the inside of the kettle with washing up liquid and fresh water, after that it should be limescale free! If there is still limescale left, repeat the treatment. You will now be able to enjoy your tea or coffee without a horrible taste or bits! Whilst cleaning the inside of a kettle is very important, the outside will also need to be cleaned. Remember to unplug the kettle! Wash the kettle by hand with washing up liquid and freshwater, scrub with a sponge until the entire kettle is dirt free. If you feel a sponge may damage the kettle, alternatively used a soft cloth to wash it. Once it has been washed, leave it to completely dry before you plug it in and next use. Here at Winns Services, we are experienced professionals who have the appropriate training, techniques and advanced tools and equipment to customise to your cleaning needs. If you have any questions regarding the range of cleaning services offered at WINNS or would like a quote, don't hesitate to call us on 01702 719100 or email us at info@winnsservices.co.uk
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For some, keeping their desk clean and tidy sounds like an impossible mission. Some may thrive by working in organised chaos, but for most, it is the opposite. It is common that it is easier to get tasks complete and on time when working at an uncluttered workstation. In order to clear your desk quickly, you need to do the following: Step 1, Books - Keep your books off the desk and on the bookshelf. An appropriate shelving unit will help to keep them organised and easy to find. If you are using the desk then obviously they must be on the desk, but once finished remember to put them back in the correct place. Step 2, Clutter - Throw away any irrelevant clutter such as paper, waste and other things you do not need in order to keep the workspace clear. Do not hoard things you do not need, simply throw them away! A cluttered desk often makes for a cluttered mind, it has been seen that a tidy workspace increases work productivity and mood- something we all want whilst at work. Step 3, Drawers - Use your drawers! This may be a simple and obvious part of desk management, but often people forget to store their items in their drawers. It is good practice to dedicate a draw to the different types of items you want to store. E.g. your top draw could include all your notebooks and diaries, the middle draw could be important documents which you regularly refer to, the third could be where your equipment is stored. Step 4, 4:55 pm - Use the last few minutes of your day to clear your desk of any build up which the work day has incurred. This allows a fresh start for the following morning, maintaining a clear mind and productive levels. A clear desk will mean it will be easier for your desk to be cleaned, making it a safer working environment for you. Your desk is one of the main areas of the office which is contaminated with germs, by clearing your desk it allows cleaners to thoroughly decontaminate your workplace. As much as employers have a right to provide a safe environment, you must also work alongside them to maintain health and safety measures in the workplace. Here at Winns Services, we are experienced professionals who have the appropriate training, techniques and advanced tools and equipment to customise to your cleaning needs. If you have any questions regarding the range of cleaning services offered at WINNS or would like a quote, don't hesitate to call us on 01702 719100 or email us at info@winnsservices.co.uk
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As businesses become more and more consciously aware of how eco-friendly their business is, it is important to know how beneficial plants are to your workforce. There are many benefits to having plants, they do not only provide aesthetic value. A variety of studies have shown that any positive changes can be seen by adding a few plants to the office decor. In this blog post, we tell you 4 reasons why you should introduce nature into your organisation. Increase in employee productivity - Due to modern life dictating that we spend more and more time indoors, it is important to incorporate the outdoors in. There is a variety of evidence proving that nature can boost productivity in an office. By being around and in sight of plants, memory retention and attention span will significantly increase. Productivity for a business is highly important, therefore if there is a clear correlation between nature and work rate, businesses should be utilising this option. Increased health - Improvements in health leads to less sick days. Sick days have the power to alter a business’ production rates, then harming sales and revenue. Healthy employees will be hard working employees, providing more substance for a business. Good health improves workplace morale and general happiness, making it a happier and inviting place to work. Also, it is seen that neurological, psychological, fatigue, and skin symptoms all saw a decrease when vegetation was included in office space. Better working environment - Plants can also influence a visitor or client’s interaction with a business. Often our visual environment influences our mood, therefore an office with bright green flourishing plants and flowers can project a trusting, warm yet professional vibe to a business. Furthermore, the humidity of an office can affect our fatigue levels, respiratory comfort level and overall mood. The average humidity comfort level is between 30-60%, but most workplaces struggle to reach these levels. When plants are added to a room they increase humidity without becoming excessive if an appropriate amount of nature is used. Plants are then able to bring the space to a comfortable level for employees and visitors. Reduce stress - There is a clear correlation between plants and a decrease in stress level. This is likely to be because the feeling of being comfortable whilst working in a cared for area, leading to better output for the company. Stress can be triggered from a variety of situations in relation to work, but plants seem to help solve nearly all of those problems through visual, mental or physical stimulus. WINNS services have been established for over two decades and have gained a great deal of knowledge in these years. We support the green movement and provide eco-friendly biodegradable consumable products, grounds maintenance services, cleaning services and housekeeping / janitorial services. For more information about WINNS' providing eco-friendly services, please contact us on 01702 719100 or email us at info@winnsservices.co.uk
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All businesses need security measures in place to keep employees, properties and goods safe and secure. Proper security will prevent and deter anyone from entering without permission, this could save the company time and money having to fix or replace anything. Security will always be something for businesses to invest in as there will always be threats and risks to a company. Windows & Doors - Make it good practice for all windows and doors to be checked they are locked before leaving and closing the workplace. In the morning, also check they are still locked. If they are not then you know someone may have entered the premises illegally. A combination door lock is ideal as you can only access if you know the passcode which should be kept confidential to employees only. Security System - An alarm that contacts the police and a single individual of the company if triggered are useful so that the extent of the break-in may be reduced or the burglar be caught. CCTV is another good security system to have as you are able to gather evidence and a better sense of safety for employees. Lighting - Appropriate lighting both indoors and outdoors can act as a deterrent to break-ins as it will appear that there are still people on premises. Lighting will also help staff feel safer in the environment, especially when arriving early or leaving late. Passwords - All computers and technology being password protected may deter people from stealing the items as they cannot be entered. Security cables will also make it harder for items to be removed, another deterrent. The security of these items does not only physically protect them, but protect all their contents which could be crucial to business productivity. Security education - Educating employees and visitors of your security measures in the workplace can maintain a safe environment. Every company will have different policies in place, therefore, it isn't a ‘one size fits all’ approach. All new employees must be taught the specific guidelines and current employees must be updated as and when the policy is updated. Regular teaching of the security measures will also keep them fresh in staff’s minds. Outside - Other parts of the workplace such as the car park and lobby must have security measures in place to keep them safe and secure as they are still technically a part of the workplace. The workplace has an obligation to provide a safe working environment, therefore efficient security is necessary. WINNS Services has been established for over two decades providing cleaning and security services to clients. We pride ourselves on exceeding expectations and working with clients to offer the best solution to their queries. If you have any questions regarding the security services offered at WINNS or would like a quote, don't hesitate to call us on 01702 719100 or email us at info@winnsservices.co.uk
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Did you know a type of fire detection has been around since 1658? However, this was far from the systems that we have today. They were simply men who would walk the streets on the lookout for fires. They carried buckets, ladders and a bell to warn if a fire had occurred. Although there are now a variety of systems to choose from, all ultimately do the same thing- warn people if there is a fire.
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There are many cleaning terms which are important to know when deciding what's best to clean your office, workplace, school, restaurant, businesses etc. In this blog post we break down the differences between the 3 popular methods of cleaning: Clean, Sanitise and Disinfect. The basic rule for each of these methods are as follows: Clean - Low-risk surfaces, such as floors and windows, which are less likely to spread pathogens from contact with the surface. Simply removes the visible dirt, dust or impurities. Sanitise - Often for food contact surfaces, e.g. kitchen sides or the desk if your employees eat at their desk, to stop food from being contaminated. Sanitisers often do not make antiviral claims as they are to reduce, not kill. Disinfect - For frequently touched surfaces which are a breeding ground for germs, bacteria and viruses. The disinfectant aims to kill the microscopic organisms which could affect your health. You may be thinking, ‘I will simply disinfect everything, I do not need to clean or sanitise’- WRONG. Cleaning and sanitising are the beginning steps to the decontamination process. Cleaning away the visible dirt will make it easier and more effective to remove germs. You will clean, then implement the more intense methods to create optimum results. Some items may only need surface-cleaning, but it is important to know that they will occasionally need to be disinfected in order to limit the number of germs in the area. This is where knowing which items/places need daily or periodic cleaning is crucial for the safety of your business or school. Sanitising is the step above cleaning, it aims to reduce the number of bacteria on a surface. This is the basic standard expected for surfaces which are in contact with food. Sanitisers are a chemical which can kill 99.9% of specific bacteria within 30 seconds. Therefore they are useful and necessary, but not efficient enough to destroy all disease. Disinfectants are the only way to fully destroy pathogens and harmful microorganisms. There are 3 levels of disinfectants: Low-level - Kills almost all vegetative bacteria, viruses and fungi. However, it does not kill bacteria spores. High-level - Same effect as low-level, but has the potential to kill bacteria spores if used in high concentration and suitable conditions. Hospital-grade - Are able to eliminate most infections and disease-causing bacteria, viruses and fungi. This includes destroying bacteria spores. Here at Winns Services, we are experienced professionals who have the appropriate training, techniques and advanced tools and equipment to customise to your cleaning needs. If you have any questions regarding the range of cleaning services offered at WINNS or would like a quote, don't hesitate to call us on 01702 719100 or email us at info@winnsservices.co.uk
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Vehicles are very important to be aware of in a workplace. A vehicle can be used as a weapon, to conceal weapons or take part in a crime. All can affect both the business and its employees. It is a business’ obligation to provide a safe working environment, being aware of hostile vehicles will be apart of this.
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To a household, the energy bills are the most daunting payments to be made, but to some businesses, they may be overlooked. EMS stands for Energy Management System. An EMS allows your building to become more efficient in its energy use. Those who are not watching their energy performance may be wasting money. Energy costs money, therefore if your building has a high and unnecessary energy performance you may be overspending. By investing in an energy management system you are able to save money, as well as provide a more comfortable environment for your employees or customers.
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Safety should be at the forefront of your business’ mind. Within ‘safety’ there are electrical hazards which you should be aware of. Although not the most common of workplace accidents, it is highly important you should know areas of electrical risk as 1 in 13 electric caused injuries result in death. Other hazards include shock and burns, electrical fires or electrical explosions. The severity of the injury will depend on the level of voltage, amount of body resistance to the flow, the path the electrical current takes through the body and the amount of time the current flows through the body. The hazards are often linked to where and how the electrical item is used. Carry on reading to know 5 ‘shocking’ electrical hazards which you should be aware of in your workplace. 1. Faulty wiring - Check all wires, plugs, extension leads, junction boxes, receptacles etc are in full working order and are not frayed, damaged or exposed. To make sure all are safe, it is good practice to hire an external agency to check your workplace’s electrics. 2. Poor training - All employees should be given information on all electrical related hazards in the workplace, including prevention methods and what to do in case of an emergency. Inadequate information and control mean the use of electrical items becomes unsafe. 3. Incorrectly replaced fuses - If fuses do not correctly fit into the fuse holder they could cause an equipment malfunction. Also, if the fuse holder is corroded it will cause the fuse not to fit and can create resistance or overheating. 4. Water and electricity - An example of a pair which should never go together. It is the impurities such as minerals and dust found in water which reacts with electricity causing further reactions. Avoid electricity being near any water at all costs. 5. Overloaded or damaged plugs, sockets or cables - Overloaded or damaged plugs could exceed the maximum current rating for that extension lead. This could cause the plug to overheat and possibly cause a fire or electric shock. WINNS Services specialises in protecting health and safety rights and keeping the workforce safe. Having been established for over two decades, we pride ourselves on exceeding client expectations. To ask any questions about our services, please do not hesitate to give us a call on 01702 719100 or email us at info@winnsservices.co.uk
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The word ‘Asbestos’ refers to six naturally occurring fibres which are able to resist heat, fire, chemical reactions and electricity. Although asbestos fibres are microscopic, they pack a punch in their levels of durability and resistance. The substance was used for many years in the commercial and industrial industry, as well as consumer products. In recent times its use has been banned, but it can still be found in some older homes, schools and buildings. The use of asbestos products has been banned due to asbestos being found to cause mesothelioma, deadly cancer which affects the heart, lungs or and/or stomach. Asbestos is a category 1 human carcinogen and controlled by the Control of Asbestos Regulations act (CAR) introduced in 2012. There is a control limit to the number of asbestos fibres (0.1 fibres) per cubic centimetre (0.1 f/cm3) of air. There is no ‘safe’ level of exposure to asbestos fibres, therefore any work involving the fibres must be as far below the control limit as possible. If a business has a presence of asbestos in their building, it is their responsibility to repair and maintain the property in order to access and manage the risk attached to asbestos. If there any plans to undertake work with asbestos the appropriate enforcing authority must be notified at least 14 days prior to the work beginning. All employees must be given regular and thorough training and instruction if working with the fibres, the level of information must be given in an appropriate manner and explain the amount of exposure highlighted in the risk assessment. WINNS services are well established with over two decades in this industry. Our staff are hand picked by us and selected for your company based on your companies needs. For more information about WINNS services or to book our services please contact us on 01702 719100
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