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Jarrow business handed health and safety fine following worker injury

Posted: September 28th, 2013 by Dermot comment-icon Comments disabled

An engineering company in Jarrow has received a health and safety fine of £8,000 after it was found guilty of breaching health and safety regulations which led to worker getting injured. Back in July 2012, 19-year-old worker Jack Ward dislocated his knuckle and broke his index finger after attempting to polish a manual lathe component. It is believed that either Mr Ward’s gloves or emery cloth became entangled in the rotating parts of the lathe, pulling his hand into the… Read more »

Parents in Hull lack even basic first aid skills, according to charity

Posted: September 27th, 2013 by Eloise comment-icon Comments disabled

According to the first aid charity, St John Ambulance, many parents in Hull lack even basic first aid skills, which means that they may be unable to help their children in a medical emergency. The charity recently released figures showing that less than half of the parents in the region have the skills needed to save their child’s life, despite the fact that 29 per cent said that their child had experienced an incident requiring first aid during the summer… Read more »

Occupational health group expresses concern over safety of UK workplaces

Posted: September 26th, 2013 by Dermot comment-icon Comments disabled

In a recent letter to the Herald Scotland online publication, members of the Occupational and Environmental Health Research Group at the University of Stirling have expressed their concern over the state of health and safety in UK workplaces. Professor Andrew Watterson and seven of his academic colleagues expressed particular worries over the withdrawal by the government of routine inspections to check that relevant health and safety training, safe practises and the safeguarding of employees is taking place in many workplaces,… Read more »

Manchester health professionals devise innovative dementia training programme

Posted: September 25th, 2013 by Eloise comment-icon Comments disabled

Health and social care professionals in Greater Manchester have teamed up with academics to come up with an innovative new care training programme for the treatment of people with dementia in hospitals. Along with NHS Trusts in Salford, Central Manchester and Bolton, the Greater Manchester West Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust and the University of Manchester have worked together to develop the “Getting to Know Me” dementia training programme for hospital staff. The programme is designed to give general hospital… Read more »

Red Cross calls for all motorists to take first aid training

Posted: September 24th, 2013 by Craig comment-icon Comments disabled

The Red Cross has issued a call for all motorists to take basic first aid training, and to carry special equipment with them in their cars so that they can help people who have been involved in road accidents. The charity pointed out that the first people on the scene following crashes and collisions are usually other motorists, and that with the right first aid training, these bystanders could be doing a lot to save lives. As well as responding… Read more »

Poor safety measures in Russian hospital lead to fatal fire

Posted: September 23rd, 2013 by Eloise comment-icon Comments disabled

A fire at a psychiatric hospital for severely ill patients in the Novgorod region of Russia has killed 37 people, and officials are now claiming that the hospital had serious safety failings which may have led to the blaze. The fire broke out at the hospital, which housed around 60 patients, earlier this month. It started in the male ward and spread quickly throughout the hospital, which was of single storey, timber construction. A total of 37 people have been… Read more »

Food hygiene basics – preventing food poisoning pt.2

Posted: September 22nd, 2013 by Dermot comment-icon Comments disabled

As we learnt in part 1 of this guide, food poisoning is often caused by contamination by harmful bacteria, which can multiply and spread in certain conditions. Now, let’s look at how bacteria can be controlled and killed, and how to prevent contamination in the first place. Controlling and killing bacteria through temperature Bacteria are not killed when they are frozen – they are simply kept in a state of suspended animation. When chilled, bacteria will multiply far less slowly…. Read more »

Food hygiene basics – preventing food poisoning pt.1

Posted: September 22nd, 2013 by Dermot comment-icon Comments disabled

Most food poisoning cases are caused by the growth of harmful bacteria on food products that we eat. Controlling the growth of bacteria such as E.coli and salmonella is an essential part of food hygiene in kitchens and in businesses which prepare, serve or sell food products to the public. Without the proper measures and the right food hygiene training in place, food can be contaminated with bacteria and if consumed, these products can cause serious illness and possibly even… Read more »

Essex MP campaigns for first aid training to be on school curriculum

Posted: September 21st, 2013 by Craig comment-icon Comments disabled

An MP in Essex who is campaigning for first aid training to be a part of the school curriculum has had a positive response for his efforts from the health secretary Jeremy Hunt, who said that his idea has “a lot of merit”. Bob Russell, an MP for Colchester, has been campaigning on the issue for a while now and has raised the proposal on many occasions. He even put forward a bill under the last government, claiming that it… Read more »

New admissions suspended at criticised Leeds care home

Posted: September 20th, 2013 by Dermot comment-icon Comments disabled

The Care Quality Commission (CQC) has halted new admissions of residents at a care home in Leeds following a damning inspection and subsequent report on the home’s failings. CQC officers inspected the Adel Grange Care Home back in January and at that time, ordered that problems with the hot water supply and the condition of bedrooms be improved. Levels of care training for staff, as well as hygiene and cleanliness standards, did not seem to be an issue at the… Read more »

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