IELTS READING – A case study of a risk assessment for general office cleaning S16GT3

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A case study of a risk assessment for general office cleaning

A commercial cleaning service took on a new contract to clean an office complex. Before sending cleaning staff to the offices, the manager of the cleaning service carried out a risk assessment using guidance provided by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE).

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To identify the hazards, the cleaning service manager visited the office complex and walked through the areas where cleaning staff would be working, noting things that might pose potential risks. Following this, he consulted the health and safety Q15 representatives of the cleaning service about these risks, taking into account the needs of any particular staff members, such as whether they were pregnant or aged under 18.

In order to gather further information, he then had a meeting with the client company during which a number of issues were discussed. These included the client company’s own standard of Q16 housekeeping, such as the immediate clearing up of spills and keeping walkways clear, as well as the action to be taken if a Q17 fire broke out. He also established what facilities and equipment would be available to the cleaners, including the amount of Q18 storage space available, as well as the availability of sinks and taps, etc. and agreed on a method of Q19 reporting near-miss accidents and risks discovered by cleaners (e.g. damaged floor tiles).

Following the meeting, the manager created a risk assessment document. He wrote down who could be harmed by each risk or hazard identified and in what way, and he then described what controls, if any, were in existence to manage these hazards. The manager then compared these to the good practice guidance set out on the HSE’s Q20 website and identified any areas where improvement was needed.

The manager discussed the findings with the cleaning staff, making sure they understood the risks of the job and how these risks would be monitored. One cleaner, whose first language was not English, had difficulty understanding this, so the manager arranged for translation to be done by a bilingual cleaner from another team. Finally, to ensure that all the cleaning staff had access to a copy of the risk assessment, the manager pinned a copy in the Q21 cupboard where cleaning equipment was kept.

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IELTS READING – Running headphones S16GT2

IELTS SIMULATOR ONLINE IELTS READING EASY DEMO Running headphones Listening to music on headphones makes running much more enjoyable

Running headphones

Listening to music on headphones makes running and even working out at the gym much more enjoyable. Here are some alternatives to choose from.

A. Plantronics Backbeat Fit

These headphones are really tough so Q13 you don’t need to worry about just throwing them into your bag before or after a workout. Q10 As well as providing reasonably clear sound they will also last a remarkable eight hours on a single charge.

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B. Sennheiser CX685 Sports

These headphones are impressively practical. Designed to fit firmly in your ear, however energetic you are, they’re tight without being uncomfortable, and Q11 have a handy remote and a mic for phone calls. They will also resist some water being spilt on them.

C. Nokia WH-510 Coloud Pop

These stylish headphones have fantastic bass, giving you a bit of extra oomph when you run. They also have a tangle-free cable which avoids any time-consuming messing about before you set off on your run.

D. Sony NWZ-W273S

It’s hard to imagine using any other headphones once you’ve tried these. As well as being wireless and waterproof at a depth of 2m, they even have a built-in MP3 player that can hold up to 1,000 songs. A charge provides up to an hour of playback.

E. Betron 87505

Q12 If you’re on a tight budget, it can always feel risky buying a bottom of the market pair of headphones, but with these you needn’t worry. Not only do they provide fair sound quality, they also come with a pouch to keep them in.

F. Happy Plugs

The sound quality on these is decent, although you’re probably not going to be hugely impressed. Q14 They also come with a handy remote built into the cable to skip and pause songs with while you work out.

G. Powerbeats 2

Q9 If money is not an issue, then these are definitely worth considering. They make everything sound so crisp and they’re so light and comfortable that it’s easy to forget that you’re even wearing them.

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IELTS READING – The Guardian Newspaper’s Travel Photography Competition S16GT1

IELTS SIMULATOR GENERAL TRAINING ONLINE IELTS READING EASY DEMO - The Guardian Newspaper’s Travel Photography Competition 


The Guardian Newspaper’s Travel Photography Competition

The photo competition is back, giving you another chance to win an incredible trip to Swedish Lapland.

Do you have a camera and love travelling? If so, Q1 our annual photography competition run by the Travel section of The Guardian is for you. It’s an opportunity for you to capture the essence of the journeys you make,

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whether far afield or close to home, and for us to showcase your work online. The winner of each month’s competition will also see their shot mounted and displayed in the end-of-year exhibition for the public at The Guardian’s offices in London. Q2 Once the exhibition is finished, each monthly winner will receive a framed copy of their shot to place with pride on their own wall.

Q3 The end-of-year exhibition in London is free for the public to attend. NOT GIVEN

There will be a different theme for each month. Q4 Members of The Guardian travel writing team, and photographer Michael Ryan of will judge the monthly entries and the overall winner.

To enter you must be living in the UK from the time you submit your entry into the competition to the time you are selected as a winner. The competition is open to all photographers (both amateur and professional).

Q5 The overall winner (chosen from the 12 monthly winners) will go on an amazing four­night trip to Swedish Lapland. The host for this specialist holiday is Fredrik Broman, who has been a nature photographer for 21 years. Fredrik will assist the winner and other participants in photographing a wide variety of winter subjects. Q6 Each day has a specific focus. The trip includes winter light photography workshops, an image editing workshop, a night photography course, and an action photography workshop.

Included in the prize: return flights from the UK, four nights’ accommodation with full board, Q7 cold weather clothing for the duration of the trip – thermal overalls, winter boots, gloves, hats and woollen socks – fully qualified wilderness guides, and instructors.

The overall winner will be required to write a report of the trip, and take accompanying photographs, which will be printed in the Travel section of The Guardian at a later date. Q8 The Guardian reserves the right, however, to modify your report and photos as necessary. Your name will of course appear with the article and photos.

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IELTS SIMULATOR ONLINE IELTS SPEAKING FUTURE What job would you like to have ten years from now...........................




  • What job would you like to have ten years from now? (Why?)
  • How useful will English be for your future? (Why/Why not?)
  • How much travelling do you hope to do in the future? (Why/Why not?)
  • How do you think your life will change in the future? (Why/Why not?)
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Describe a book that you enjoyed reading because you had to think a lot.

You should say:

what this book was

why you decided to read it

what reading this book made you think about

and explain why you enjoyed reading this book.

You will have to talk about the topic for one to two minutes.

You have one minute to think about what you are going to say.

You can make some notes to help you if you wish.


Children and reading

  • What are the most popular types of children’s books in your country?
  • What are the benefits of parents reading books to their children?
  • Should parents always let children choose the books they read?

Electronic books

  • How popular are electronic books are in your country?
  • What are the advantages of parents reading electronic books (compared to printed books)?
  • Will electronic books ever completely replace printed books in the future?
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