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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 »

St. Albans gastro-pub fined for food hygiene breaches

Posted: January 5th, 2011 by Eloise comment-icon Comments disabled

A gastro-pub in St. Albans has reportedly been fined over £10,000 for food hygiene and health and safety breaches, after failing to take action on advice issued by environmental health offices. The owners of The Cock, a popular establishment located on the corner of Hatfield Road and St. Peter’s Street in St. Albans, were found guilty at Watford Magistrates Court of four offences relating to food hygiene. It is not clear whether these related to improper food hygiene training or… Read more »

HSE issues New Year message to safety-conscious employers

Posted: January 5th, 2011 by Dermot comment-icon Comments disabled

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has started 2011 with a New Year message for employers up and down the country, urging them to make health and safety a real priority in the year to come. Despite the fact that the figures for work-related deaths are at a record low at present, the HSE has warned employers not to be complacent when it comes to health and safety training and implementing preventative measures. The regional director for the HSE in… Read more »

Care training: what are the Common Induction Standards?

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

If you are considering a career in social care, or you want to advance in an existing career with the help of care training, you need to be aware of the Common Induction Standards. The Common Induction Standards (CIS) are incredibly important; they are the principles by which the sector operates and all care training courses must abide. Launched by the employer-led independent charity and organisation Skills for Care, the CIS have been updated recently. The CEO of Skills for… Read more »

Bristol employer jailed for health and safety breach in fireworks accident

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

A fireworks display organiser from Mangotsfield in Bristol has been sent to jail after failing to pay compensation to an employee who was blinded in one eye in a fireworks accident. Jason Edgecombe, 30, from JWP Fireworks was ordered to pay former employee Chris Hignell, 53, a total of £5,000 in compensation after it was found that he breached health and safety regulations at a fireworks show which resulted in horrific injuries to Mr Hignell. A professional grade mortar exploded… Read more »

Fire prevention advice for businesses

Posted: December 31st, 2010 by Craig comment-icon 1

All businesses and organisations in the UK are legally obliged to adhere to certain rules and regulations regarding fire safety, as well as general health and safety. It is incredibly important to protect your staff, your building and its contents and your local community from the devastating effects of fire. This means you need to implement a few essential fire prevention measures. Fire risk assessment This is the first and most important fire prevention measure you can take. It involves… Read more »

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