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General fire safety advice for businesses pt.1

Posted: March 26th, 2011 by Craig comment-icon Comments disabled

Fire safety rules and regulations for businesses are there for a reason – to save lives and protect property. As an employer, you have responsibility to ensure that your work premises meets all the required standards. As an employee, you can help contribute to a safer working environment by undergoing fire safety awareness training and taking on responsibility as a fire marshal in your workplace. Fire safety: the essentials • Fire risk assessment. This is a process you must complete… Read more »

Fire safety enforcement notice served on Lewisham council tower block

Posted: March 25th, 2011 by Craig comment-icon Comments disabled

The London Fire Brigade has served an enforcement notice to Lewisham Council in relation to fire safety issues at one of its 16-storey tower blocks. Lewisham Homes, which manages homes on behalf of the council, was served the notice after fire safety officers flagged up a number of serious problems at the Marine Tower block in Abinger Grove, Deptford. These issues included the following: • The fire risk assessment for the building was out of date and had not been… Read more »

60 Welsh organisations found wanting in food hygiene training

Posted: March 24th, 2011 by Dermot comment-icon Comments disabled

Following a study by Consumer Focus Wales, more than 60 premises in the country have been awarded substandard food hygiene ratings. The organisations under scrutiny, which included 30 care homes, 30 schools and colleges and 3 hospitals, have been ordered to improve food hygiene training and general food safety standards. Consumer Focus Wales urged the Food Standards Agency (FSA) to allow councils to make food hygiene ratings publicly available online, particularly in relation to premises which are publicly funded and… Read more »

How to protect employees against hazardous substances in the workplace

Posted: March 23rd, 2011 by Eloise comment-icon Comments disabled

Whilst it is your responsibility as an employer to ensure that the workplace is safe for all employees, there are only so many precautions and safety measures you can reasonably take. Once you’ve gone above and beyond what is required by law, your employees need to take responsibility for their own health and safety and that of their colleagues. Protecting employees against hazardous substances is essential to ensure their safety whilst at work, and this is best achieved via a… Read more »

Care Commission report calls for better end-of-life care training

Posted: March 22nd, 2011 by Eloise comment-icon Comments disabled

The Scottish Commission for the Regulation of Care (also known as The Care Commission) has released a new report which calls for improvements to be made in end-of-life care training. In the report, entitled Palliative and End of Life Care, the Care Commission says that care homes are increasingly involved in caring for people at the end of their lives. To match this increase, the report urges care home owners to take advantage of the latest palliative care training programs… Read more »

Government to review all health and safety laws

Posted: March 21st, 2011 by Craig comment-icon Comments disabled

In what will surely be good news to all business owners, the government is planning to conduct a full review of all health and safety laws to make it easier for all businesses to adhere to and implement them. Ministers have said that they will focus on high risk/hazard sites, as well as targeting employers who neglect their duties in the review, rather than the majority of British businesses. The government also wants to get rid of unqualified health and… Read more »

Employee engagement is key to safe working environment, says BSC

Posted: March 20th, 2011 by Dermot comment-icon Comments disabled

The British Safety Council (BSC) has said that in both SMEs and larger corporations, employee engagement can be the key to maintaining a safe working environment. The BSC suggested that by improving communication between workers and management, and involving the workforce in managing risks, businesses can boost employees’ motivation and willingness to follow health and safety policies. What the BSC is suggesting is that rather than relying on a supervisor or colleague to take sole responsibility for health and safety… Read more »

Wokingham restaurant owner charged for 12 fire safety breaches

Posted: March 20th, 2011 by Craig comment-icon Comments disabled

The former owner of the Pad Thai restaurant in Wokingham has admitted breaching up to twelve fire safety rules and putting staff and customers in danger. Patipat Kansikam, who formerly owned the Red Lion pub, was the registered owner of Pad Thai in Market Place when inspectors visited the premises in March last year. He has since sold the restaurant, but is nonetheless liable for the safety problems uncovered by fire safety inspectors. The Royal Berkshire Fire Authority’s officers found… Read more »

Understanding your responsibilities as a bar staff member

Posted: March 19th, 2011 by Eloise comment-icon Comments disabled

If you work in a bar, restaurant or any other premises that serves alcohol, you have a responsibility to fully understand licensing laws and apply them to your work. So, what do you need to know as a member of a bar team? • What alcohol is and how it effects the body and its functions • The key points of the Licencing Act (2003) • Your duties to prevent the sale of alcohol to people who are underage (protecting… Read more »

CQC orders two Bristol care homes to improve quality standards

Posted: March 19th, 2011 by Dermot comment-icon Comments disabled

The Care Quality Commission (CQC) has ordered two care homes in Bristol to take steps to improve quality of care standards or they risk facing closure. According to a CQC spokesperson, the authority’s inspectors visited both Hazelhurst care home in Filton and St David’s Lodge in Lodge Causeway following “serious concerns” raised by South Gloucestershire and Bristol councils. Following the visits, both homes were found to be failing in their duty to meet certain essential standards in terms of safety… Read more »

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