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Building sites targeted in new health and safety crackdown

Posted: September 12th, 2013 by Dermot comment-icon Comments disabled

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has revealed that building and construction sites are to be the main target of its latest health and safety clampdown. Starting almost immediately, HSE officers will be sent to carry out unannounced inspections of health and safety training and standards at sites up and down the country. The watchdog is focusing on sites where repair or refurbishment works are being carried out, especially those where working at height and exposure to harmful dusts are… Read more »

First aid tips – using the FAST guide to identify strokes

Posted: September 12th, 2013 by Eloise comment-icon Comments disabled

A stroke can be one of the most dangerous medical emergencies, especially if it isn’t spotted early. As a rule, the earlier a stroke can be detected and treated, the more likely the chances of recovery for the affected person. To learn in-depth information and advice for recognising strokes and providing assistance to someone who has had a stroke, it is recommended to take a full first aid training course. For now, simply remember the FAST guide: • F is… Read more »

Food hygiene standards “good” at St Ives restaurants

Posted: September 11th, 2013 by Craig comment-icon Comments disabled

According to the latest ratings from the Food Standards Agency (FSA), food businesses and restaurants in the St Ives and Carbis Bay are performing very well. Of the 120 restaurants, cafes and takeaways that were visited in FSA inspections over the last year, 58 were given the top rating of five stars, meaning that food hygiene at these businesses is “very good”. A further 36 received four-star “good” ratings. At the other end of the scale, a total of three… Read more »

Littlehampton care home severely criticised by CQC

Posted: September 11th, 2013 by Eloise comment-icon Comments disabled

A care home in the Littlehampton seaside resort of Rustington has been severely criticised by the Care Quality Commission (CQC) after a recent inspection uncovered a number of failings. After visiting the Darlington Court care home back in June 2013, the watchdog’s inspectors reported back that four out of five key areas were not being met. Problems at the home included record-keeping, staffing and care training, respect of residents and welfare. The report on the Darlington Court care home stated:… Read more »

Report finds 32pc of business non-compliances involve fire safety

Posted: September 10th, 2013 by Dermot comment-icon Comments disabled

A new report has found that of all cases of health and safety non-compliance in businesses throughout the world, 32 per cent involve fire safety. The research, compiled by the Supplier Ethical Data Exchange, found that the most pressing issue in workplaces was a lack of adequate fire exit signage. Other non-compliance issues which made it into the top ten included: • Inadequate or non-functioning emergency lighting • Inadequately installed fire-fighting equipment • Blocked aisles and exits • A lack… Read more »

Why it’s so important to involve employees in health and safety policy

Posted: September 8th, 2013 by Craig comment-icon Comments disabled

All workplaces need a robust set of health and safety policies in place to protect workers and visitors from harm. Without a proper system, your business could be left open to expensive lawsuits and compensation claims as well as putting your staff members at risk. One thing that many bosses forget when putting their health and safety policies in place is to actually involve their workers. You may not realise it, but your team can help you to spot risks,… Read more »

HSE confirms it will no longer approve first aid training

Posted: September 7th, 2013 by Dermot comment-icon Comments disabled

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has confirmed that starting from October 2013, it will no longer approve first aid training and qualifications. As part of the change, employers will still be under a legal obligation to ensure adequate provision of trained first aiders with the right skills. However, the HSE will no longer approve companies and bodies which provide first aid training. What the organisation is doing is to provide employers with guidance, so that they can choose a… Read more »

Luton noodle restaurant breaches food safety laws

Posted: September 6th, 2013 by Eloise comment-icon Comments disabled

A noodle restaurant in the Bedfordshire town of Luton has received a hefty fine after it was found to have seriously breached food hygiene regulations. Inspecting the How Cha Noodle Bar in July this year following a complaint from a customer about rodents, environmental health officers found evidence of a large rat infestation. The restaurant had no pest control measures in place, and there was also evidence of dirty equipment, utensils and food preparation areas. Another serious issue involved food… Read more »

Ilfracombe care home needs to take ‘urgent action’

Posted: September 5th, 2013 by Dermot comment-icon Comments disabled

A care home in the North Devon resort of Ilfracombe has been criticised by the Care Quality Commission (CQC) and told that it needs to take “urgent action” to improve. CQC inspectors carried out an unannounced inspection at the Regency Residential Care Home at the seaside resort back in July 2013. They found a number of issues, including: • Stained towels and some stained bed linen • Levels of staffing and care training amongst the home’s workers • Complaints procedures… Read more »

3 everyday situations in which first aid training could save a life

Posted: September 5th, 2013 by Craig comment-icon Comments disabled

People take first aid training courses for many reasons. Some are sent on first aid at work courses by their employers in order to meet regulations on first aid provision in workplaces, whilst others take the training for their job (i.e. nursery nurse, community group leader etc.). However, the skills you learn on such a training course can actually be used in many other parts of your life. Here are just three examples of everyday situations where having first aid… Read more »

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