Tackling Absence Through Health and Wellbeing Strategies

In 2017 an estimated 131.2 million working days were lost due to sickness or injury in the UK. That works out to be the equivalent of 4.1 days per worker. The most common reason for workplace absence was minor illnesses, like coughs and colds, which accounted for around 34.3 million days lost. This was followed […]

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Beginner’s Guide to H & S for Lone Workers

What is the law regarding lone workers? Apart from in specific industries where supervision is a requirement, such as work involving vehicles carrying explosives, fumigation work, and diving operations, there are no specific laws preventing lone working.  Employers do, however, have special obligations to look after the health and safety of lone workers, whether these […]

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Becoming a Trained First Aider with Amalgamate

Day 1 Staring out the window at the beautiful Scottish countryside on the train to go down to Ayrshire, I was really looking forward to the next three days and my First Aid at Work course. Since starting work at Amalgamate I had realised how little I knew about first aid. Writing articles for our […]

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Beginner’s Guide to H & S for New and Expectant Mothers

In some workplaces, there are risks that may specifically affect the health and safety of new and expectant mothers and of their baby, and so there are special laws that employers must abide by to protect them. Different working conditions, processes or substances may pose a particular risk to new and expectant mothers, and these […]

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Beginner’s Guide to Risk Assessments

What do you need to do? In the UK all companies are required by law to carry out a general risk assessment and to have a written copy of this if you have more than five employees. You then need to do specific risk assessments for vulnerable workers, like young people and new and expectant […]

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Improving Productivity by Investing in Wellbeing

Productivity in the UK ONS statistics in 2018 showed that ‘UK workers are taking the lowest number of sick-days on record’. At the same time the ONS estimated that labour productivity, the amount of output produced per hour worked or per worker, had ‘fallen by 0.4 per cent in the first three months of 2018’. […]

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Office Administrator Role Available

We’re on the hunt for a part-time Office Administrator to join the team at our Glasgow office. We’re looking for an intelligent and self‐motivated person who can support our consultants in providing excellent service to our clients. We’re a small team, which means that you can get involved in lots of different aspects of the […]

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Beginner’s Guide to Controlling Legionella

What is Legionella? Legionella is a type of bacteria frequently found in natural water systems like rivers and ponds, but usually in low enough numbers that they rarely cause problems to humans. But in purpose-built water systems, conditions can mean that the bacteria multiply, becoming a cause of illness. This can include the obvious industrial type of facility like […]

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Beginner’s Guide to DSE Assessments

Why are DSE Assessments so important? These days, most of us spend a huge amount of time working on a computer, on our tablets or our phones. In fact there are many workers who use computers and display screen equipment (DSE) for the entirety of their working day. So it’s important to ensure that we’re working in a […]

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Amalgamate is a finalist for a GO Award!

We’re delighted to have been selected as a finalist for the GO Best Service Award: Micro and Small Businesses and Third Sector Organisations. The GO Awards recognise excellence in public procurement: “The effective delivery of public services is dependent on a robust, vibrant and innovative supply chain. The GO Best Service Award for Micro and Small […]

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