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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 »

HSE fines Yorkshire demolition firm for health and safety failures

Posted: February 21st, 2011 by Dermot comment-icon Comments disabled

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has prosecuted and fined a demolition firm based in Yorkshire after a worrying health and safety issue came to light. Libra Demolition Ltd was fined after HSE inspectors found that a number of buildings known to contain asbestos were demolished without the health and safety regulatory body being informed. As part of health and safety rules, the removal of asbestos should be carried out by a licenced specialist contractor and declared to the HSE…. Read more »

Bereavement awareness: dealing with death and dying sensitively and professionally

Posted: February 21st, 2011 by Eloise comment-icon Comments disabled

One of the most difficult parts of working in a care environment is helping people to cope with death, whether it is facing their own mortality or suffering the loss of a loved one. It can be hard to know what to say or how to help, as well as how to be both professional and sensitive in your conduct. There is no universal way to deal with death and bereavement, as every case should be handled individually and using… Read more »

Owner of tragedy-hit care home accused of changing fire training advice

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

The owner of a care home in North Lanarkshire in which fourteen residents lost their lives in a tragic blaze six years ago has been accused of altering fire training procedures for staff. Thomas Balmer, one of the owners of the fire-hit Rosepark Care Home in Uddingston, allegedly told staff to first check for false alarms when smoke detectors were triggered rather than phoning the emergency services straight away. This is contrary to a fire training video generally used by… Read more »

Has a risk assessment been carried out at your workplace?

Posted: February 19th, 2011 by Craig comment-icon Comments disabled

If you own or manage a business, you have a legal responsibility to ensure that all employees and visitors are safe from harm in the workplace. Although you can’t predict every incident, you can take reasonable steps to remove risks and hazards and keep people safe. There are a number of important elements included as part of a full and thorough workplace risk assessment. These are: • General risk assessment • Exposure to harmful or dangerous substances or chemicals •… Read more »

Chepstow bar investigated over fire safety procedures

Posted: February 18th, 2011 by Eloise comment-icon Comments disabled

A bar in the Welsh town of Chepstow is to be investigated by the local health and safety authorities after a fire service inspection unearthed problems with fire safety procedures at the premises. The Mythos Meze Bar in Welsh Street was inspected in 2006 and again in December 2010 by South Wales Fire and Rescue Service, who applied to Monmouthshire Council for the review of the bar’s licence. This was because of a number of safety concerns at the premises,… Read more »

What it means to be a personal licence holder

Posted: February 18th, 2011 by Dermot comment-icon Comments disabled

If you own a personal licence, it means that you are legally responsible to authorise the sale of alcohol according to the requirements of the 2003 Licensing Act. Without this licence, you will not be able to work as an on-duty manager or supervisor in bars, pubs, restaurants, off-licences, nightclubs, supermarkets, sports and social clubs or gig venues. Being a personal licence holder comes with a number of important responsibilities. For example, you will be accountable for: • The responsible… Read more »

Sheffield care home operator fined over resident death

Posted: February 17th, 2011 by Eloise comment-icon Comments disabled

A care home operator in Sheffield has been fined a total of £15,000 for health and safety breaches which resulted in the death of a resident. A resident of Newfield Care Home, which is operated by Palms Row Healthcare, died after accidentally drinking toxic toilet cleaner that was left in his room by care staff. The patient, 80-year-old retired accountant Derek Johnson, had symptoms of dementia and was registered blind. At a hearing in Sheffield Magistrates Court recently, it was… Read more »

Conducting manual handling tasks safely with the right training

Posted: February 17th, 2011 by Craig comment-icon Comments disabled

If you work in a job that requires you to undertake manual handling of any kind, you need to ensure that you get the right training before you start work. Fail to do so, and you could risk injury to yourself and other people. Similarly, if you own a company which employs people for manual handling work, it is your responsibility to get all workers up to speed with the right health and safety training. Manual handling training courses are… Read more »

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