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Disaster averted at Ickenham school thanks to staff fire training

Posted: March 4th, 2011 by Craig comment-icon Comments disabled

The headmaster of a school in Ickenham in Middlesex has credited excellent staff fire safety training with preventing disaster after a fire broke out in mysterious circumstances. Martin Rainsford explained to the Uxbridge Gazette that the fire started in the sixth form common room of the Douay Martyrs School on Friday 4th February at around 2.45pm. At the time of speaking to the newspaper, the cause of the fire was still unknown. He said that a quick-thinking member of staff… Read more »

Food hygiene training for managers and supervisors: the basics

Posted: March 4th, 2011 by Eloise comment-icon Comments disabled

Maintaining exemplary standards in hygiene and safety is important in every food business, and at every level. Whether you are a waiter in a restaurant, a production manager or the owner of a sandwich shop, you need to be aware of all the issues surrounding food hygiene and your responsibilities as a member of a food business. For those working at a supervisory level in a food business, you can really benefit from taking a CIEH Level 4 Awards in… Read more »

Dorset waste firm fined for fire safety breaches

Posted: March 3rd, 2011 by Craig comment-icon Comments disabled

A waste recycling firm in the Dorset town of Poole has been fined more than £40,000 at Bournemouth Crown Court after a number of fire safety breaches were uncovered at its premises. Dorset Fire and Rescue Service prosecuted Total Waste Ltd after fire safety officers visited the Creekmoor paper recycling firm and found serious breaches of the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005. Problems included: • A disabled fire alarm • Obstructed fire exits • Poor means of escape Guidance… Read more »

Dale woman helps accident victim a day after taking first aid training course

Posted: March 3rd, 2011 by Dermot comment-icon Comments disabled

A woman from Teesdale has been praised by the community after she rushed to the aid of a 78-year-old man who had fallen from his moped. The accident occurred on the B6277 road last Thursday (24th February), when well-known artist, author and local historian Stan Walinets fell from his vehicle. One of the first on the scene of the crash was Sue Brown, who coincidentally services on the same village committee as Mr Walinets. Mrs Brown was able to offer… Read more »

Belfast restaurant owner fined for food hygiene offences

Posted: March 2nd, 2011 by Dermot comment-icon Comments disabled

The owner of the Bengal Brasserie in Belfast has reportedly been fined a total of £1,750 for breaching food hygiene regulations. Environmental health inspectors uncovered problems at the Ormeau Road business in February 2010 whilst on a routine visit. They reported a number of food hygiene offences, including: • Cigarette butts left in the bottom of staff lockers • Dirty and sanitary floors • Exposed cement plaster preventing a wall from being properly cleaned • Cooked meat stored in a… Read more »

The four main benefits of an NVQ in Health and Social Care

Posted: March 2nd, 2011 by Craig comment-icon Comments disabled

The right training is essential for a career in health and social care, mainly due to the huge responsibilities for other people’s well-being that carers take on every time they go to work. You can never really do enough training, as there are always ways to improve your skills and knowledge and become better at your job. However, for most people, it all starts with an NVQ in Health and Social Care. Anyone can take this course, but you will… Read more »

Care Quality Commission to launch excellence rating scheme for care homes

Posted: March 1st, 2011 by Craig comment-icon Comments disabled

The Care Quality Commission (CQC) is reportedly planning to launch a new ‘gold standard’ rating scheme for the 24,000 care homes in England. The CQC scheme, predicted to start in April 2012 following a consultation, will give care facilities the opportunity to apply for an excellence rating. This will allow potential residents to choose homes with the highest standards of care. As well as providing residents with a better insight into how these homes are performing, the CQC also wants… Read more »

Learning observation skills to improve reporting in the care sector

Posted: March 1st, 2011 by Dermot comment-icon Comments disabled

As a care worker, it is your duty to be aware of what is going on around you so that you can report problems and issues before they escalate. This is why, along with many other skills and personal characteristics, observation skills are essential for someone wanting to progress in a care sector career. Observation skills are perfected through practise, but you need to know the basics first. You can start to improve your skills on an observation skills for… Read more »

Newcastle care home owners fined for fire safety breaches

Posted: February 28th, 2011 by Eloise comment-icon Comments disabled

The owners and manager of Bowland Lodge care home in Newcastle has been fined more than £20,000 after admitting breaching a number of rules relating to fire safety in care homes. The charges against Tirsul Ltd, the company which owns Bowland Lodge, were brought by Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service following a fire at the residential care home in 2009. During an investigation, fire safety officers uncovered a number of serious problems. These included: • Blocked fire exits,… Read more »

Brentwood hospital kitchen staff given top food hygiene rating

Posted: February 28th, 2011 by Craig comment-icon Comments disabled

The chefs and other kitchen staff at a hospital in Brentwood, Essex, have been awarded a top food hygiene rating by the Food Standards Agency (FSA) following a recent visit. Spire Hartswood Hospital’s kitchen staff and eating areas were scored a total of five, the highest mark available, in the FSA’s food hygiene rating system. The hospital kitchen will be awarded a certificate for the team’s achievement. Additionally, the results of the FSA assessment will be made publicly available as… Read more »

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