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Health and safety at work

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World day for health and safety at work

World health and safety at work day 2020 is on Tuesday 28th of April and well we are currently safe at home with a bit of free time available why don’t we get up to date on our Health and Safety training. 

Did we mention that if you use this voucher code SNB2020 you get a 15% discount?  

What is health and safety

Health and safety is basically an act set out in 1974 aimed to protect those at work.  It a primary piece of legislation covering occupational health and safety in Great Britain.  

Also referred to as: HSWA, the HSW Act, the 1974 Act or HASAWA.

It sets out the general duties which:

  • employers have towards employees and members of the public
  • employees have to themselves and to each other
  • certain self-employed have towards themselves and others

You can read the Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974 in full on legislation.gov.uk.

You can find out about health and safety law in our guide Health and safety at work: criminal and civil law.

Training available from MTS Ltd

We are very proud of the relationship we have developed with MTS Ltd over the past 10 years and with this we can offer a 15% discount with voucher code SNB2020. 

To make the most of this and take advantage of a fantastic opportunity to be trained by an accredited company please follow the following link. 

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MS Awareness week

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MS Awareness Week

Multiple sclerosis (MS) is a condition that can affect the brain and spinal cord, causing a wide range of potential symptoms, including problems with vision, arm or leg movement, sensation or balance.

That’s the basics of the condition. Seems simple enough to understand! However, it is never as easy as a single statement taken from the NHS website. The intersting part of this condition is it’s facts.

  • Most commonly diagnosed in people in their 20’s the 30’s.
  • It about 2 or 3 times more common in women than in men.
  • MS is one of the most common disabilities in young adults.

What are the Symptoms

The symptoms vary widely, each person will have some and not others. However the main symptoms are as follows:

  • fatigue
  • difficulty walking
  • vision problems, such as blurred vision
  • problems controlling the bladder
  • numbness or tingling in different parts of the body
  • muscle stiffness and spasms
  • problems with balance and co-ordination
  • problems with thinking, learning and planning

The really interesting part of this condition is that some of the symptoms are known to come and go in phases over time.  However this condition is permanent and will reduce life expectancy. 

Seeing a GP

If you are concerned that you have experienced some of these symptoms then please seek medical advice from a GP. Many of the symptoms are similar to other conditions. See our other blog Complex Regional Pain Syndrome.

CRPS is just an example of a condition that shares some common symptoms. Others could be very simple such as a lack of Iron will cause Fatigue for example so please don’t self diagnose. Seek advice!

Types of Multiple Sclerosis

There are two ways that MS can start:

  • Relapsing remitting MS

More than 80% of those diagnosed with MS will start with this type of MS. Many will then have episodes of new or worsening symptoms, this is known as relapses. The symptoms will get worse over a matter of days or weeks. However, they often then improve but very slowly. Sometimes over several months or even years.

Relapses often come with no warning but can be related to a 3rd source illness or even high levels of stress. There are periods between attacks like these and they are know as remission periods. Fortunately these remission periods can sometimes last years at a time. 

Around half of people with relapsing remitting MS will develop secondary progressive MS within 15 to 20 years, and the risk of this happening increases the longer you have the condition.

  • Primary progressive MS

Just over 1 in 10 people with MS start with a gradual worsening of the symptoms. However with Primary progressive MS there is no periods of remission. There are times when the condition seems to become stable, but that is normally the best one can hope for.

So what causes Multiple Sclerosis?

MS is an autoimmune condition. This is when something goes wrong with the immune system and it mistakenly attacks a healthy part of the body – in this case, the brain or spinal cord of the nervous system.

Taken this paragraph off the NHS website but I think the statement is very clear.  However, what causes the immune system to attack in this way is very much unclear and research is still underway to get to the bottom of this issue.

Charities and support groups for Multiple Sclerosis (MS)

MS Trust

UK based charity, offering useful advice, publications, news items about ongoing research, blogs and chatroom's.

MS Society

UK based charity, offering useful advice, publications, news items about ongoing research, blogs and chatroom's.

Shift MS

Website and online community aimed at younger people effected by MS

If you:

  • need help with day-to-day living because of illness or disability
  • care for someone regularly because they’re ill, elderly or disabled, including family members

The NHS guide to care and support explains your options and where you can get support.

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What is Spina bifida

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What is Spina Bifida

Spina bifida is a birth development condition, Its when a baby’s spine and spinal cord don’t develop correctly in the womb, resulting in a gap in the child’s spine.

The condition is a type of neural tube defect. The neural tube is the structure that eventually develops into the baby’s brain and spinal cord.

The neural tube starts to form in the very early stages pregnancy and closes about 4 weeks after conception.

In spina bifida, part of the neural tube doesn’t develop or close properly, leading to defects in the spinal cord and bones of the spine (vertebrae).

It’s not known what causes spina bifida, but a lack of folic acid before and in the early stages of pregnancy is a significant risk factor.

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