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Does the Fire Safety Order apply to you?

Posted: February 27th, 2011 by Craig comment-icon Comments disabled

The Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005 is a piece of legislation governing fire safety in workplaces, business and organisations. The FSO replaced more than 70 other fire safety laws when it was introduced in October 2006. The FSO places the onus on the individual to take responsibility for fire safety, in the form of carrying out risk assessments and removing hazards. This legislation applies to you if you are: • A business owner or someone responsible for a business… Read more »

Gloucester care home closed by CQC due to major safety concerns

Posted: February 26th, 2011 by Dermot comment-icon Comments disabled

A care home in Gloucester has been closed by officers from the Care Quality Commission (CQC), who stated that they had “major concerns” about the standard of care at the facility. The Uplands Nursing and Residential Home in Maisemore was inspected by the CQC in November 2010 after an elderly resident died in hospital the month before. Gloucestershire County Council shut down the home and had all residents removed over concerns for their safety. During the CQC visit, inspectors found… Read more »

Brighton company fined after trainee accident

Posted: February 25th, 2011 by Dermot comment-icon Comments disabled

A sausage-making company from Brighton has been fined more than £9,000 after a teenage trainee suffered an accident due to insufficient supervision and safety measures. The company, Malpass Direct Ltd, was fined after a 16-year-old working at Brighton Meat Market trapped his arm in a mincing machine and suffered severe injuries. He lost the use of two fingers and suffered significant muscle loss, as well as being scarred for life. The incident occurred when the trainee was using the mincer… Read more »

How to draw up a health and safety policy for your workplace

Posted: February 25th, 2011 by Eloise comment-icon Comments disabled

It is your duty as an employer to protect all the people who work for you, as well as visitors and members of the public who have access to your workplace. This means you have a responsibility for health and safety in the workplace, ensuring that no one is hurt in an incident that could have been avoided. All responsible business owners have a health and safety policy, outlining what steps have been taken to prevent accidents and keep everyone… Read more »

Birmingham restaurant fined for food safety breaches

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

The owners of a restaurant in Birmingham have been fined for food hygiene and safety breaches after rodents were discovered on the premises. Officers from the local council’s environmental health department first visited the Kebabish Original restaurant in August 2009 after a customer complained of food poisoning. They found: • Evidence that the property was infested with rodents • Raw meat left on the floor • Mice droppings kept next to cooking equipment and food The owners of the business,… Read more »

Four out of five South East businesses admit first aid failings

Posted: February 24th, 2011 by Craig comment-icon Comments disabled

New research conducted by St John Ambulance has revealed that most businesses in South East do not have the required number of properly trained first aiders. The first aid organisation found that four of five businesses admitted that there are times in the course of day-to-day operations that a trained first aider is not on duty. If someone had fallen ill, had an accident or an emergency happened during these times, the consequences could be devastating. In response to this… Read more »

Popular Hull pub rated ‘very poor’ by food hygiene inspectors

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

A popular family pub in Kingswood upon Hull in Yorkshire has been rated as being ‘very poor’ by food hygiene inspectors from the city council. Hull City Council’s environmental health team gave the rating after visiting The Oyster Catcher and finding its food hygiene standards to be amongst the very lowest in the country. The pub scored just five per cent in an inspection of food preparation and kitchen areas. The council is now said to be considering either closing… Read more »

Why first aid is more than just a tick-box exercise for employers

Posted: February 23rd, 2011 by Dermot comment-icon Comments disabled

Sadly, some business owners and managers see first aid as an obligation or a burden. They send one employee off on a first aid training course, make them the designated first aider, and consider their duty done in the eyes of the law. But what if the ‘responsible person’ is off ill or on holiday? What happens if a large-scale emergency happens (i.e. a fire) and your designated first aider simply can’t cope? These situations could lead to serious injuries… Read more »

Dundee care home ordered by Care Commission to improve standards

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

Following an inspection by the Care Commission, a neurodisability facility in Dundee has been ordered to make improvements to its standards of care. The Linlathen Neurodisability Centre in Broughty Ferry has been under scrutiny by the Care Commission for some time now, after issues relating to staffing, care training and quality of care at the home were brought to light. A spokesperson for the Commission commented on the home, which provides care for forty-five residents. He said: “At our most… Read more »

COSHH – what is a substance ‘hazardous to health’?

Posted: February 22nd, 2011 by Craig comment-icon Comments disabled

One of the first things you will learn as part of a COSHH (Control of Substances Hazardous to Health) training course is which substances are included in the health and safety guidelines. These include: • Asphyxiating gases • Chemicals and products containing chemicals • Vapours and mists • Dusts • Fumes and gases • Biological agents and • Germs that cause diseases (i.e. leptospirosis) and germs used in laboratories • Nanotechnology A general rule of thumb is that if the… Read more »

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