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Two Calerdale care homes blacklisted over falling standards

Posted: January 11th, 2011 by Craig comment-icon Comments disabled

Two care homes in Calderdale have been blacklisted by the local council after they failed to comply with contract obligations and current care standards. The facilities – Lands House in Rastrick and Woodfield Grange in Greetland – have been removed from the Calderdale Council list of approved care homes, after a report found that they and a number of homes in the region were not meeting standards. The council’s health and social care panel is preparing to publish a new… Read more »

Why it’s worth taking a First Aid at Work course

Posted: January 10th, 2011 by Dermot comment-icon Comments disabled

Every workplace needs a qualified first aider, in case of accident, illness or injury during working hours. As they will be the first port of call in both minor and emergency situations, this designated person needs to undergo proper first aid training. What will you learn on a First Aid at Work course? The main aspects of basic first aid training courses (and refresher courses) help you to learn how to: • Manage incidents • Examine casualties • Provide basic… Read more »

Steel manufacturing firm fined by HSE after tank falls on worker

Posted: January 10th, 2011 by Craig comment-icon Comments disabled

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has prosecuted a steel manufacturing company in Gainsborough after one of its employees was crushed by a three tonne process tank. The firm – Wefco (Gainsborough) Ltd of Britannia Works in Spring Gardens – was fined a total of £15,000 and ordered to pay court costs of £5,000 after the tank fell on employee Edward Baxter, 29, in March 2008. The process tank was being lifted via overhead crane at the time of the… Read more »

Punch Taverns fined £27,000 for fire regulation breaches

Posted: January 9th, 2011 by Eloise comment-icon Comments disabled

Punch Taverns, which runs more than 8,000 pubs and bars in the UK, has been fined more than £27,000 after one of its establishments was found to have breached fire safety regulations. The case – brought by the London Fire Brigade – centred on the Milestone pub in east London. Officers visiting the Mile End premises in 2008 uncovered numerous violations of the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order, including: • Insufficient fire-fighting equipment • No emergency plan • No fire… Read more »

Own a bar, club or restaurant? Ensure your staff undergo the right training

Posted: January 8th, 2011 by Craig comment-icon Comments disabled

If you own a bar, nightclub, restaurant or any other premises (i.e. supermarkets, sports and social clubs etc) which serves alcohol, you or your managers will need certain qualifications to ensure you adhere to current licensing laws. These qualifications can be acquired through the right training courses. So, what qualifications will you need to obey the letter of the law when opening your own premises? Depending on the nature of your premises and the staff you are responsible for training,… Read more »

Public sector accident at work compensation totalled £27m last year

Posted: January 7th, 2011 by Dermot comment-icon Comments disabled

The public sector workers union UNISON has revealed that a total of £27 million was paid out to victims of accidents and injuries in the workplace last year. UNISON, one of the UK’s largest public sector unions, reported that it handled a total of 3,893 personal injury cases last year, and that a total of £27,398,985 was won on behalf of employees. Speaking on behalf of the union, General Secretary Dave Prentis said: “A lot of these injuries could and… Read more »

Cardross care home accused of negligence achieves new four-star rating

Posted: January 7th, 2011 by Eloise comment-icon Comments disabled

A care home in the Scottish village of Cardross has managed to achieve a four-star quality from the Care Commission, despite facing accusations of negligence last year. In the winter of 2009, former employees and the relatives of patients issued complaints to the Care Commission over negligence and poor standards of patient care at Bloomhill House Care Home. Since that time, the owner of the home, Sandra Hamill, has completely refurbished the premises, replacing unsuitable furniture and ensuring all maintenance… Read more »

Qualifications & Credit Framework (QCF)

Posted: January 7th, 2011 by TutorCare comment-icon Comments disabled

The Qualifications and Credit Framework (QCF) is a new system that replaced the existing National Qualifications Framework (NQF) with effect from 1st January 2011 (for NVQ L2 and L3) and from 1st April 2011 for NVQ L4 and the LMC (the two will be combined to form a new award called the QCF Diploma Level 5). It is a new way of recognising skills and qualifications, by awarding credit for qualifications and units (small steps of learning). It enables people… Read more »

Scores on the Doors – the National Food Hygiene Rating Scheme

Posted: January 6th, 2011 by Eloise comment-icon Comments disabled

If you run a food-related business such as a restaurant or catering company, you will know how crucial it is to maintain excellent hygiene standards. This involves the implementing the highest levels of training in food safety, being meticulous about cleanliness and adhering to every part of food hygiene legislation. A new scheme launched by Transparency Data is offering another incentive for food businesses to maintain exceptional standards, although for some establishments it should be seen as a warning. The… Read more »

Glossop manufacturer prosecuted by HSE over employee death

Posted: January 6th, 2011 by Craig comment-icon Comments disabled

A packaging manufacturer from Glossop in Derbyshire has been prosecuted by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) and fined a total of £50,000 after an employee was killed in a workplace accident. The incident occurred at the Glossop Carton and Print Ltd factory in September 2006, when 50-year-old employee Clive Hall was carrying out maintenance work to a piece of machinery. The machine was switched on by the operator whilst Mr Hall – who had only been employed at the… Read more »

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