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Leaflet Law

Tuesday, June 21st, 2011

I was Leafleting in Waddington and Central Lincoln yesterday and whilst walking downhill on Station Road, Waddington, I thought to myself that it should be ‘law’ to have a letterbox over a certain distance from the public footpath. Some of the drives belonging to the houses were a good 50 yards long. If a Letterbox is more than; eg. 10yrds distance away from the footpath, it ought be law to have a box near the gate-post.

Agree or disagree?

Swine Flu preventative measures

Tuesday, July 21st, 2009

There’s a lot of worry at the minute about Swine Flu and the risk of passing germs from one person to another. So, without living like a hermit, what can you do to lower the risk of passing on, or catching, something at swine flu preventionwork?


Well, the first thing is that you need to learn a little bit about how viruses like to exist!


They cannot reproduce from nothing, and most only have a 72 hour lifespan, so like us all, they are keen to find a way of reproducing. The kind of environments that they like are around us all the time. They like: Fat and Oil, Warmth, Food, Moisture. Sounds like most offices, and many houses!


So, the practical steps you can take;


In the Office

Do not eat near your desk. The desk is usually a prime place for bacteria to live, as they get oils from your skin, warmth from computer equipment. When you eat at your desk, you are also giving them a platform to exist on. To prove this, turn over your keyboard, and give it two or three taps. See what drops out!


Do not put food in your office bins. Eat in a separate area, and use the bin in the canteen / kitchen


Wash bins regularly, or ask your contract cleaners to include this in their daily routine. This has a major effect in reducing the risk of spreading germs.


BANISH SOAP - Think about it. Fat, moisture, nooks and crannies - all the most important things if you are a flu virus! Ditch the bars of soap, and invest in wall mounted, dosed dispensers. We can provide these for about a tenner - they aren’t expensive.


Use paper towels and/or hand dryers. The debate about this one rages on, but the most important thing is not to have a communal tea towel to dry hands on. Again, moisture and fat are a germ’s friend.


Make use of antibacterial hand gels. We can supply these, but to be honest you can nip down to your local high street chemist or supermarket and pick them up cheap.


“Encourage” staff to wash their hands. A few strategically placed signs can aid immensely, especially in the washrooms. Did you know that 6 million Brits do not wash their hands after going to the toilet? Oh, and it’s not all Men by the way - just Google it!


Importantly, you should ensure that your surfaces and equipment are kept clean and tidy.  Remove as much dust as you can, and keep a good eye on your cleaning company.  They should be taking extra measures to stem the rate or cross-contamination.


Mostly, it’s common sense.  I’m sure there’s no need to make huge changes, but it may be time to put into practice some of the things we should be doing anyway!

This post was kindly submitted by Richard & Megan from Dolly Char domestic cleaning Wakefield

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Health & Safety such a boring subject

Sunday, January 4th, 2009

Health & Safety such a boring subject



Health & Safety is a tremendously important issue not only within the workplace but also in all areas and aspects of your life. Myself I did a year long course on the subject of health & safety back at the turn of the century plus also I have attended a few one day health & safety refresher courses.


The point of discussion that I am bringing up although is on a personal basis when I did my main course I found the subject of health & safety to be extremely boring, and although I am not personally guilty of falling asleep during the lectures it is not an exaggeration to say that it was not a rare event to start hearing a fellow student snoring in the class room!


Even the health & safety lecturer admitted on many occasions that it was the most boring subject that he had ever had to teach.


I am interested in hearing other peoples opinions or views on this subject, could it have being the lecturers fault and the way that he taught health & safety as if he found it a boring subject to teach then obviously this can not have helped his teaching style! Or is it just a plain boring subject?

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Robotic mode health & safety

Friday, December 12th, 2008

Robotic mode health & safety


I often wonder if I am alone in the world in my belief that obviously not all, but very many work place accidents happen when people go into what I decsribe as robotic mode?

My definition of robotic mode is to give you one example from within the building industry, A bricklayer who lays bricks day in day out for arguments sake knows his job so well that he can fall mentally into a world of his own and instead of concentrating on his job in hand his mind is maybe far away thinking about the pool match that coming evening or maybe taking his girlfriend out to the Friday night local disco, whilst he is in this state of mind even though his body is functioning and laying bricks perfectly his mind is far away. While in this dangerous state of mind if he is working high up on scaffolding and someone as left a trip hazard in front of him he may well not see it or realize that it is there and trip over and seriously injure himself if not tragically fall to his death! Some people may well call it daydreaming but I like to refer to it as robotic mode.

The point that I am trying to make is that when you are writing health & safety policies along with risk assessments and method statements how can you cater for the robotic mode? In my company one of my risk assessments that I have wrote asks for workers to stay alert at all times, but from my own experience this is nie on impossible for workers to do, especially when they are doing repetitive jobs. Can anyone come up with a realist answer? Other than spraying them with cold water every five minutes or so! We do have a responsibility for our own health & safety as well as other and across the board it is doing what is seen to be reasonably practical, but I believe many work place accidents are down to robotic mode and if a cure could be found to this problem it could well save many lives and 1000s of injuries.


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Health & safety issues concerned with circular distribution

Monday, December 8th, 2008

Circular distribution health & safety what is that all about then?


Surely just posting leaflets through letterboxes should not require any health & safety advice!

Well if you are thinking any of the above then you are thinking wrong as there is like any other business activity serious health & safety issues to take into consideration.

The health & safety issues concerned with circular distribution are outlined below.

The first issue involves you actually getting to your circular distribution destination. Make sure that if you are travelling there by any vehicle that on your arrival you park in a safe area that is not going to potentially place pedestrians or other road users in a dangerous situation i.e.:- do not park close to corners or block access on pavements. Leave ample room so as not to impair the visibility of other road users.

Secondly, make sure that you are wearing suitable clothing for the day, especially footwear as ill fitting shoes will cause you to be susceptible to getting blisters and so curtail your business activities prematurely.

Be careful when approaching households to observe whether there are any warning notices on householders gates or houses warning of guard dogs or any other potential hazards that you might have to face by entering their property. Enter with care and observe at all times!

If there are no warning signs but there is a gate to open and close please enter with care, I would advice a brief hesitation immediately after opening the gate before actually entering, just long enough for you to grab any dogs attention. If there is a loose dog at least you will then be able to escape safely by shutting the gate quickly again.

Also be careful of gate catches etc that when opening them you do not trap your fingers as often they can be awkward and stiff at first to open and then after exerting mild pressure they suddenly move freely and catch you unaware trapping and cutting fingers etc. Be cautious be careful!

Be careful when crossing from one side of the road to the other. Remember your green cross code. Look left, look right, look left again, listen and if all is clear then cross the road taking care not to trip up when mounting kerbs etc. Remember look and listen, take care!

Keep alert when walking down householder’s driveways as often driveways have potholes or slabs with odd corners that stick up proud. Tripping over could cause you sprained ankles or even breakages, which obviously the latter could cause your business to have weeks of inactivity and cost you lots of new business. Beware of trip hazards!

Lastly be very careful when placing your leaflets through householders letter boxes not to let your fingers go through draught excluders etc as often there is a dog  waiting patiently to bite you. I am aware of an instance a few years ago of a post lady whom lost a couple of fingers because she didn’t keep her fingers the safe side of the letter box. So please beware! be cautious and careful always whilst performing this operation.


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Robin Harrison is the managing Director of Dolly Char (UK) Ltd. Dolly Char (UK) Ltd is one of the fastest growing domestic cleaning franchise companies in the UK today giving people the opportunity to work from the comfort of their own home.

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