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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 »

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 »

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