Monthly Archives: January 2015

28. Innovative Wet Room Designs

If you are redesigning or refurbishing your bathroom why not consider installing a wet room.  Wet rooms are a fairly new concept for the home, previously only found in gyms and spas.

So What Is A Wet Room?

A wet room is a tiled room that does not have a separate enclosed area for a shower, but the entire room is capable of being a shower area. Since the room has essentially become the shower area, it is vital that the whole room is waterproofed.  This also means that proper drainage must be installed and usually involves a slightly sloping floor that leads towards a common drain within the room.

The wet room concept originated in Scandinavia where they have been installed in homes for many years.  Wet rooms have now gained in popularity across the globe and are appearing in both new builds and refurbishments of older properties.

What Are Some of the Advantages of a Wet Room?

Having a wet room in your home can be a very effective use of space and in the process provide a place for relaxation. For homes with limited or wasted space, transforming such areas into one large room where you can shower and relax has its perks. Wet rooms don’t have any nooks and crannies so they are easy to keep clean. They are also ideal for people who might have difficulty getting in and out of a smaller, cramped bathing area.

Some Examples of Wet Rooms

Established bathroom designers who are experienced in planning wet rooms can be a great source of inspiration for your new wet room.  Consider beautiful fittings that capture the imagination whilst still doing the job they were designed for.  Heated seating areas and LED lighting sets the mood whilst tropical plants dotted throughout the space make it feel very spa like.

27. Bernabeu – Is It The Best Football Stadium In The World?

Estadio Santiago Bernabeu is the home of Real Madrid FC and is one of the most impressive stadiums in the world to play and watch football. The stadium took almost three years to build and was first used in December 1947. The stadium has been home to some of the greatest footballers ever to grace the game. The Bernabeu was central in hosting the Football World Cup in Spain in 1982. It has also hosted the Champions League on four occasions. The Bernabeu is the third largest football stadium in Europe behind the new Wembley and Barcelona’s Camp Nou. The stadium boasts of a capacity of 85,000, but has seen crowds of 125,000.

Construction Of The Stadium

Construction work began in late 1944 with club Chairman Santiago Bernaneu at the helm. His team was the second best team in Madrid during that time. Santiago wanted to convert his team into world beaters, and he foresaw the necessity of a new stadium to achieve this end. The stadium was built adjacent to the old stadium and named “Nuevo Estadio Chamartín” or “New Chamartín Stadium”. Over the next 5-10 years, the stadium was continuously improved by Bernabeu and renamed in his honor in 1955. The Real Madrid club was in their heyday dominating the European football scene during this time. In 1998, the all-seater stadium policy was introduced due to safety concerns. This reduced the capacity at Bernabeu to 85,000, but there are plans to increase its capacity in the future.

Who Was Santiago Bernabeu?

Santiago Bernabeu Yeste was a dominating figure in the history of Real Madrid. He was credited with turning Real Madrid into a force to be reckoned with during the 1950s. His efforts helped shape the club into one of the most influential football clubs in the world today. He did much for Real Madrid during his tenure of being president of the club for more than 35 years.

A Life Dedicated To Real Madrid

Santiago was born in 1895. He became a fan of Real Madrid before signing up for their junior side at the age of 14 years. He played for the club during the next 18 years, mainly as a striker, before retiring in 1927. After retiring from active football, he became a club director, assistant manager and then the manager of Real Madrid. Then the Spanish Civil War in 1936 overtook football in its importance. The war was over in three years but the Second World War was just beginning, Bernabeu was entrusted with the task of rebuilding the club with many of its administrative staff and players either dead or having disappeared altogether. Many of the club’s trophies were stolen and the club was at an all time low. Firstly, he contacted the staff and ex-players who were still alive and then started to rebuild the club. This period was one of the most difficult periods in the history of Real Madrid as the Second World War drew to a close. He became successful in his efforts and took over as club president in 1943. He was president until his death in 1978.

Bernabeu’s Influence In Europe And It’s Legacy

Bernabeu introduced a novel policy of recruiting the best players in the world to play for Real Madrid. Before this period, most clubs in Spain recruited players from within the country and not from outside of Spain. Among these players were some of the best ever to grace the game of football such as Ferenc Puskas and Alfredo Stefano. In fact, Stefano still plays a big part as honorary president of Real Madrid at the age of 87 years. Bernabeu was responsible for creating what was described as the forerunner of the Champions League. Bernabeu acted upon an idea mooted by French journalist Gabriel Hanot in 1955 and organized a regular coming together of all the top European teams.

How To Get To The Bernabeu Stadium?

The ground can be reached via its own metro station. It is also served by several bus routes. Unless you feel confident about driving in Madrid, it may be advisable to avoid driving to the ground.  Parking is extremely limited and 16 lane carriageways within the city may put many drivers off making the journey.  Organised trips can be arranged with most travel companies.

Future Of The Stadium

Florentino Perez, the current president of Real Madrid, announced that Real Madrid is seeking to sell the naming rights for its stadium. This was announced on 16th October 2013. Perez is hoping to attract a sponsor to fund the €400m development project planned for the club. It is described as quite an ambitious project in providing the stadium with an outer skin that will be a crowning architectural achievement.

26. The Bernabéu – One Of The Greatest Football Stadiums In The World

By: Ungry Young Man

The “Estadio Santiago Bernabéu” is the home of Real Madrid FC,  and is simply one of the most magnificent and remarkable places for watching and playing football in the world. The stadium took nearly three years to complete and the first time it was used was in December 1947. In the prevailing years, it has played host to some of the legends of the great game. The stadium has hosted the Champions League Finals four times and provided a central platform for the 1982 World Cup in Spain. In Europe, the stadium is the third largest behind Camp Nou in Barcelona and the new Wembley Stadium. It has a capacity of just over 85,000 but in the past it has witnessed in excess of a 125,000 capacity.


The stadium’s construction started in late 1944 at a time when the club’s chair Santiago Bernabéu was looking to transform the second best team in Madrid at the time into world champions. Santiago considered a new stadium a necessity if he was to achieve this. The stadium was named “New Chamartin Stadium” or “Nuevo Estadio Chamartin” when it was first opened and it was built right next to the old stadium. Bernabéu continually improved the stadium over the course of the next decade and in 1955 it was renamed in his honor. During this time, Real Madrid was in its heyday and dominating European football. By 1998, the implementation of an all-seater policy and safety concerns reduced the stadium’s capacity to the 85,000 capacity mark but plans are afoot to increase this once more.

Who Was Santiago Bernabéu?

Santiago Bernabéu Yeste is widely regarded as the most important figure in the club’s history. Santiago is credited for turning Real Madrid into the force they became in the 1950’s and shaping the club into one of the most influential in the world in modern times. Santiago was the President of the club for 35 years.

Dedicating His Life To Real Madrid

Santiago was born in June 1895. He became a fan of the club before signing with the club’s junior side when he was 14. Over the next 18 years, he both captained the club and played as a striker before he retired in 1927. After he left the playing side of the club, he proceeded to become the director, assistant manager and finally the club’s manager before the 1936 Spanish Civil War overtook football in terms of importance. Three years later, and with the Civil War now over but the Second World War just starting, Bernabéu found it difficult to rebuild the club due to the effects of the wars on staffing levels and local infrastructure.   Most of the trophies belonging to the club were stolen and the club was facing an all-time low. Bernabéu spent the first few months restructuring the club first by contacting ex-players and staff and then proceeded to help develop the club during an incredibly difficult period as the Second World War was ending. He was so successful in his efforts that he took over the club’s presidency in 1943, a role he held until June 1978 when he died. The process was slow and laborious but gradually he managed to change the club into football’s most dominant force during the 1950’s.

His Influence In Europe And Legacy

Bernabéu had a policy of recruiting the best players in the world and not just Spain, which was something unheard of in that time as the first Galactico’s were signed. Among some of the players signed who are widely regarded as some of the best to ever grace the game are Ferenc Puskás and Alfredo di Stéfano. Alfredo, who is now aged 87, remains a big part of Real Madrid as an honorary president. Bernabéu, as well as playing a huge part in Madrid’s history was also responsible largely for creating what was the forerunner of the Champions League. This was achieved when in 1955 when, acting upon an idea suggested by a French journalist Gabriel Hanot, he helped organize a regular coming together of all top European teams.

How Do I Get To The Bernabéu Stadium?

Reaching the stadium grounds is via its own metro station named Santiago Bernabéu and is also served by several bus routes.  It is probably wise avoiding driving to the ground as parking is limited and and you may get lost if you don’t know where you are going. Consider planning your journey in advance to ensure you visit the stadium at the best time.

What Does The Future Hold?

Club president Florentino Pérez announced in October 2013 that Real Madrid are looking to sell the stadium naming rights and hope to attract sponsorship to the tune of €400m. Perez has described the project as one that provides the stadium with an outer skin that will be its crowning achievement. Pérez believes that the stadium needs to be the crowning achievement of 21st Century stadium architecture and become simply the best in the world.

25. Construction Tender Documents

construction plans and designsWithin the construction industry, it is common for tenders to be issued to contractors who may be able to fulfil large projects for companies or individuals.  The company will fill in a variety of forms in order to be considered for the project.  There can be a whole range of projects for which tender documents are prepared and they may even be for different parts of the same larger project.

Most agencies that issue tenders break down tender documents into smaller packages, each of which will have their own details for the project, the specifications to be used and the design drawings for that particular package. Tender documents must never contain sensitive material and be suitable for issue to both contractors and sub contractors. When this is done, it becomes easy for pricing and response by the applicants, and it also becomes easy to make comparisons of the responses received. It is essential that all packages are interfaced properly and identified so that they are correctly assigned to each package. You also have to make sure that cost plans are put together in packages, so that it becomes easy to appraise the tenders that are received.

No two projects will be the same and requirements will always be different. Therefore it is necessary to issue every tender individually.  However, the documentation for each tender will always consist of:

  • A letter inviting tenders;
  • The tender form;
  • Details of preliminary work which need to include pre-construction information, plans for site waste management and any other required preliminary work;
  • The contract form, its conditions and any amendments;
  • A document giving pricing details (design and build projects may need a an analysis of the contract sum);
  • A schedule of drawings;
  • Design drawings with all details;
  • Project specifications.

It is very important that your records must contain copies of tender documents, so that they are available for any immediate reference if the need arises. It can also be advisable to send the relevant documents to any sub-contractors named in the bill of quantities and inform all contractors tendering for the job that this has been done.

Most tender documents are quite complicated and can be very long.  When they are broken down into smaller packages it becomes less of a headache to deal with them efficiently and easily.

24. All You Need To Know About Tender Documents In The Construction Industry

By: Jakob Montrasio

When a person refers to a tender document being issued, it is more than likely that he or she is referring to an aspect of the construction industry.  For example, consultants will use the term ‘appointing’ when speaking about a tender. A tender document is created as a means of locating potential suppliers for large construction projects. Once approached, the interested company will respond to the tender by completing various forms by a specific date and returning them in order for consideration. The tender documents may be prepared for numerous types of contracts and for numerous aspects of a construction project, despite the fact that only one contract will be drawn up in the end.

A tender document can be deconstructed into a series of smaller packages by the individual issuing the report. All packages will present with a specific set of design drawings, project details and project specifications. For the tender to be appropriate to contractors and sub-contractors, the tender must not contain any sensitive material, thus making it simpler for all applicants to put forward a price and make a speedy response. The absence of sensitive material also assists in an easier comparison of the contractor responses.

Arguably the most important aspect to remember is that the interfaces between each of the noted packages must be clearly defined and assigned. This is imperative to ensure that you do not present too many packages as well as decreasing any confusion or error that may be instigated by the presence of numerous interfaces. It is vital that all cost plans are included in the packages as this will simplify the appraisal of each tender being received.

Despite the fact that each tender document created is unique, there are certain documents that must be included in each tender issued. The documents that must be included are:

  1. The letter of invitation to tender.
  2. The tender form.
  3. The preliminary documentation, which includes pre-construction information and site waste management plans.
  4. The contract form including contract terms and conditions with amendments.
  5. The drawing schedule.
  6. The tender price document or analysis of cost to be conducted on the construction project.
  7. The specifications of the construction project.
  8. The detailed project design drawings.

It is imperative that one always retain copies of all tender documentation. This must be done to ensure you have records that can be referred to if needs be. It is also recommended that all relevant documentation be submitted to sub-contractors who are named in the bill of quantities. In addition to this, it is recommended all tendering contractors be informed that the information has been sent to the sub-contractors to ensure they are up-to-date.

An organization’s structure is not always the result of an individual’s passion for neatness and filing documentation. The tender documentation is complicated and can be very tiresome causing headaches and long nights.  However, when examined carefully and broken down into neat packages it can be completed with ease. Of course, each tender will be unique (as each project is unique) and the documentation will differ according to the project’s particular requirements. Yet, if all information is maintained within a packaging system the procedure can be much simpler to follow and to complete within a short period of time.

21. Immunotherapy

Immunotherapy has quickly become one of the greatest treatments for cancer here in the modern world. The first antibody treatment for cancer was approved in 1997 by the FDA, and since then dozens more have become available to give people a valuable choice in how they choose to treat their cancer.

Cancer immunotherapy is developed with the analysis of genetic data. This is so researchers can understand treatments better whilst improving them. Omixon is proud to be part of this research in their use of a specialized product to analyze the Human Leukocyte Antigen genomic region. Next Generation Sequencing data is their tool of choice.

Cancer: When The Body Battles Itself

It doesn’t matter what kind of cancer a person is diagnosed with – lung, breast, colon, ovarian etc, every form of cancer starts out in almost the same way. Genetic material in a certain area of the body changes, making the tissue growth around the area falter and fail. One common way this happens is when the oncogenes responsible for making cells grow and reproduce suddenly start running wild. On the flip side, it could also be the failure of tumor suppressors that are in charge of restraining the lifespan of cells.

The Immune System And Cancer

Cancer is so dangerous as it wears down the defense mechanisms put up by the body. Over the years, the body has learned to fight off foreign elements that are out to harm it. Yet cancer cells are made up of actual parts of the body, and thus are not caught by these defenses. It takes outside cancer regimens to help the body fight against these afflicting cells.

This is where immunotherapy comes in, boosted by Omixon.

Immunotherapy: How It Works

Immune enhancement therapy, or immunotherapy, helps your body fight cancer by guiding your defense mechanisms to fight the cancer cells.

Antibody therapies are the most successful forms of immunotherapy. This works by using proteins that are created by the immune system to latch onto cells. These externally produced antibodies come into the patient’s system and are guided to latch onto cancer cells. After this, the proteins fight the cancer cells using different methods. Doctors use cell-based therapies by removing immune cells either from the blood or the actual cancerous area. The cells are activated and cultivated outside of the body and re-introduced to the patient’s body. Thanks to this transfer, the body now has the weapons it needs to fight off this homegrown invasion.

Another form that antibody therapy may take is in the form of a vaccine. These vaccines use specific cancer antigens that are used to stimulate immune responses to fight off cancer. These cancer antigens can be presented on the surface of cells such as T Cells, which are a subset of the immune system in the body, and associated with HLA molecules. Since every antigen-HLA complex has different characterizations, they can be used to create more effective cancer vaccine therapies.

Where Omixon Comes In

Here at Omixon, we specialize in the analysis of the HLA region. With the help of our software and reagents, we are able to help scientists and doctors analyze genetic data within every cancer vaccine development. This isn’t just about research or a better understanding of how cancer works. It helps us identify the early signs of cancer and provide personalized treatment to those who need particular care.

All of this complex data we gather requires accurate, up to date and of course fast equipment to make sure it’s properly understood. This is where our software comes in, as it ticks every box. Whether we’re running clinical trials, making sure a patient will respond to immunotherapy or doing the research necessary to discover new drugs, we are prepared to make your immunotherapy work.

17. The History of Composites

As the name indicates, a composite combines different materials in order to form a new substance. The results are usually either a superior product or a cosmetically different one. Interestingly, the idea of composite materials goes all the way back to the early Egyptians who used a composite material consisting of mud and straw in order to make stronger bricks for their buildings. This “technology”, which seems to have originated around 1500 BC, was soon used in order to make more durable pottery and even boats.

The first composite bow was developed almost two thousand years later by the Mongols. They combined wood with bones and a crude form of glue that derived from animals. The bows were pressed and then they were wrapped with bark from birch trees. The result was bows that were much more accurate and much stronger than traditional ones. In fact, up until gunpowder was invented these bows were the most powerful weapons on the earth. Obviously this composite technology had a huge contribution to the military power and dominance of Genghis Khan.

Modern composite technology started to develop in the 1900’s when scientists developed plastic materials. Plastics, i.e., polystyrene, phenolic, vinyl and polyester, soon took the place of natural resins that had been used up until that time as glues and binders.

Such plastics obviously could not be used in buildings as they lack structural strength. However, this changed when in 1935 Owens Corning was able to introduce fiberglass. As we know the composite of fiberglass combined with polymer results in an extremely strong and very lightweight structure. Thus began the Fiber Reinforced Polymers industry that still thrives today.

World War II – Its contribution To Composites Innovation

As was the case with Genghis Khan and his  bows, war continued to contribute to the advancement of composite technology. In fact it was the second world war that really set off the Fiber Reinforced Polymers industry.

The need for lightweight aircraft materials was met with FTP (Fiber Reinforced Polymers). It did not take long for engineers to discover that FTP had even more benefits than just being lightweight and strong. It also offered a material that radio frequencies did not pick up. Therefore FTP was used to create shields to hide Radomes, i.e., electronic radar equipment.

Composites Become Part Of Day To Day Life

The war resulted in many thriving composite companies. The end of the war obviously meant that their work would start to dry up. In order to keep this from happening, engineers started to ambitiously search for new applications for their products. One of the first areas that were exploited was aquatic navigation. In 1946 the first commercial boat hull was produced.

Fiberglass surfboards were then developed, which revolutionized the surfing sport. This was mostly thanks to the work of Brandt Goldsworthy who developed revolutionary manufacturing processes and many resulting products.

Another invention of Goldsworthy was the pultrusion process which is widely used today in order to create a huge array of day to day products. Pultrusion technology is used almost everywhere. You can find derived products in quantity not only in your home, but also in areas as diverse as construction sites, hospitals and battle fields.

Composites Continue To Advance

The 1970’s can be considered the golden age of composites. New technologies helped to improve and multiply applications for the composite industry. One such example can be found with the well known company DuPont. It was DuPont that developed Kevlar, which revolutionized the armor industry. Carbon fiber is another composite material that was developed in the 70’s and has been very successful at replacing metal in many fields.

The Future Of Composites

At this point in time a lot of the composite industry is looking to improve renewable energy sources. For example, wind turbines are made more efficient when they are larger and more lightweight.

There is a lot of research going into nano technology, which many times involves composite materials. Of course there is a lot of research going into making composite materials and their production more environmentally safe.

One thing is sure, composites will definitely continue to produce safer, stronger and lighter products for us and our day to day lives!

16. How Composites Came To Be A Part Of Today’s Manufacturing Processes

lotus motorbike made from compositesTo make a composite, a minimum of two materials are merged. This results in a product that is stronger and different to the original materials. The history of composites can be traced back to Egypt circa 1500 B.C. This was when Mesopotamian people found that combining straw and mud produced a material that made for long lasting buildings. They also found that straw added strength to many other items, such as boats and household pottery.  The people of Mongolia took this one step further in 1200 A.D. when they produced a bow made of composite material. This bow was made by joining bone, wood and a glue made from animal products. To keep the bow’s shape in place, it was wrapped in bark from a birch tree. The accuracy and power of this bow were its most impressive traits. Genghis Khan used this bow to create a stronghold in his area, and the bow remained a force to be reckoned with until gunpowder was created.

Plastics were the beginning of modern day composites. Before plastics, resins were produced naturally from animal and plant products. Polyester, vinyl and polystyrene all appeared once the 1900s arrived. Nature based resins could not compete once these products were discovered.

But even plastics were not strong enough for the structural developments that were taking place. These developments needed a product that could give rigid strength and reinforcement. To address this problem, Owens Corning developed fiberglass in 1935.

The strength that is created when plastic polymers and fiberglass meet is very useful. FRP – Fiber Reinforced Polymers – is the collective name given to this industry.

World War 2 – Advancement In Composites

War was a motivating factor to make changes quickly to the way composites were produced and used. The advent of the second World War hastened the growth within the FRP industry.

To help the advances in military aircraft, more lightweight products were needing to be developed. While strength and weight were truly beneficial, it was quickly noticed that composites could offer so much more. For example, radio frequencies cannot detect products made of fiberglass, so this made it perfect for radar equipment.

Moving Composites Into Everyday Use

When the second world war ended, the composite field was booming. Although military need dropped off, the changes in composites were being touted to other industries. One of the most apparent uses for composites were boats, and 1946 saw the production of the first commercially produced boat hull.

Brandt Goldsworthy made a lot of advances in composite manufacturing techniques around this time. One of his more famous successes was the production of a fiberglass surfboard.

One of the processes that Goldsworthy perfected is called pultrusion. This process is still used in everyday life to make products such as medical machinery, the rails on a ladder and handles for tools.

Composites Continue To Change

When the 1970s rolled around, composites were really starting to get into a groove. Advances were continually made in fibers and resins. Kevlar was developed around this time by DuPont. This high-tech product has such strength that is is a standard for security and armor products. Carbon fiber also appeared around this time and continues to grow in popularity.

This industry continues to grow each year, and renewable energy is the new buzz focus for composites. The blades for wind turbines are one area where composites can have a huge impact on the environment.

What Does The Future Hold?

It is envisaged that resin and fiber advances will continue, and that nano-materials will play a part in this growth. Research will continue so that an improvement in all materials and the manufacturing of them keeps making progressive steps.

Producing new composites that are earth-friendly will become more focused. Plastics that are being recycled and polymers that are bio-based will be used to make the new breed of resin. The impact on the earth will be a positive one, without compromising the strength and durability composites provide.

Get Your Yateley Business Found Online; No Website Required

Everyone thinks a website is the only way your business will ever get business online. But it’s simply not true. If you’re a business based in Yateley wanting local people to find you on the internet, there are other ways which don’t cost anything, and can get your business phone ringing or email inbox filling.

Have You Googled Yourself Recently?

When people are looking for something online, 9 out of 10 will use Google (the rest use Bing and Yahoo). So let’s go on Google and find out what pops up on the first page – roughly 80% of people don’t go past the first page, so that’s where your business needs to show up.

Here are some searches people make every month for local services provided by local business people like yourself.

Car service

searching for plumbers in Yateley on GoogleIn every search, a map appears with business listings to the side of it. That’s because Google knows the searcher is looking for a local business, so shows the map. These listings are free to get from Google My Business (previously called Google Local then Google Places – Google can’t seem to decide on the best name !).

What also shows up, depending on the search, are directories like Yell and 192. Again, free to get for your business.

Business websites also show up as you’d expect. But out of the 3 types of results on Google Page 1 (Google My Business, directories and websites), getting 2 out of 3 is still going to really help local people find your business.  In the immortal words of Mr Meatloaf “2 out of 3 ain’t bad”!

Get your Google My Business Page

Before you go rushing in and set one up from scratch, just search for your own business name to see if there is one already there. Just because you haven’t set one up, Google might have used company data from Companies House or other sources to set one up for you.

google-my-business-applyIf there is one, click on the Google+ page, and at the bottom of the page, it should ask Is this your business? Click this and claim your listing. Google will then send a postcard to your business address with a PIN number. This is to just verify your address.

If you can’t find yourself, then create your Google My Business listing from scratch.

Here’s a few tips to help you get as high on Google page 1 as possible:

  1. Try and fill in as much as you can, aiming for a “100% profile complete”
  2. SEO’s talk about NAP consistency. NAP stands for name, address and phone. So make sure you use the same NAP as can be found elsewhere online – Google does check and marks down businesses for this (think how this affects things when your business moves or changes telephone number).
  3. Use a local 01252 telephone number as well as any other numbers. That’s a big signal to Google that you are indeed a Yateley local business. If you’re always on the move (plumber, builder, sparky, etc), you can buy an 01252 number from Flextel, and forward it to your mobile – that’s what I do 😉
  4. If you don’t want to reveal your address (maybe you work from home), tick that you have a service area, and that you DON’T receive customers at your address. Google will then hide the first line of your address.
  5. Don’t be greedy when it comes to service area. Start with a radius of 5 miles, and see if you get on Google page 1. If you do, and want to broaden your area, then go back in and change it. But to start with, a smaller area will increase chances of getting found in Yateley.

I’ve run out time to talk about directories, but if you want to take your Google My Business listing and online presence to the next level, here are some more tips for you.


Geoff Roy runs Leapfrog Internet Marketing in Fleet, Hampshire, and spends his waking hours getting his clients’ more enquiries from the web. In his spare time, he loves spending time with his family, playing tennis (badly), and talking business ideas over a good pint of Hop Garden Gold.

Geoff Roy from Leapfrog Internet Marketing

23. Preventing And Managing Workplace Related Back Pain

By: Wonderlane

Back pain is a common occurrence that affects many of us during our working life. A back injury can happen for a wide number of reasons ranging from sleeping in a poor position, moving too quickly or from excessive stress and strain. Prevention and management of back pain and injury in the workplace is important and requires serious attention from employees and management alike.

How To Prevent Back Pain In The Workplace

Of course, it is far better to avoid back pain than to have to treat it. Once a back injury has occurred, the injured party is far more likely to experience problems in the future. Avoiding and preventing back pain really often just involves using common sense from a management perspective such as:

  1. Talking with employees about situations and circumstances that may cause them pain and stress.  Management should take steps to alleviate these conditions in a timely manner.
  2. Invest in ergonomically correct equipment that will help employees perform their duties safely such as providing wrist rests, back rests and monitor lifters.
  3. Make sure employees are encouraged to take frequent breaks to ensure that they change position frequently and implement gentle stretches throughout the day.
  4. Ensure that when new equipment is introduced into the work place that all staff are aware of how to operate it safely.
  5. Set a good example for employees by demonstrating a positive and supportive attitude towards any member of staff who is working whilst recovering from an injury, whether as a result of an accident at work or outside of the workplace.

How To Help Employees Suffering With Back Injuries

No matter how careful you are in the workplace, at some point in your career you may suffer a back injury.  Sometimes people suffer back injuries due to pre-existing conditions or because of non work related activities. No matter what the reason for a back injury, it is important that the person experiencing back pain be accommodated at work. This will help prevent complications and will support speedy recovery whilst preventing loss of production.

The following options may need to be considered for a work colleague with back pain:

  • A change of schedule
  • A change of duties
  • Frequent breaks
  • The opportunity to exercise and stretch throughout the working day
  • Adaptive or supportive equipment.


Good Back Pain Management Benefits The Entire Business

Back pain is the second most common reason for employee absenteeism in the UK. When you cultivate an environment of concern and care surrounding back pain and other work related type injuries, it will prove to be a wise investment in the overall business success. Employees who are well cared for and feel appreciated are happier at work and are more productive. Happy, healthy employees are far less likely take sick days or file insurance claims. Simple changes in management strategies can create a more enjoyable and safer work environment. For example, making it a habit to hold brainstorming sessions and planning meetings in more stimulating venues such as outdoors or in the employee break room rather than in conference rooms or crowded around desks can result in more enthusiastic and active participation. This may yield better overall results and will definitely promote more physical activity that will help prevent work related injuries.
Creating a safe, low stress, high productivity and enjoyable work place is key in developing a healthy working environment where back pain and injury are rare occurrences. Follow the advice presented here for a healthy and happy work place that is virtually back pain free.