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Poor safety measures in Russian hospital lead to fatal fire

Posted: September 23rd, 2013 by Eloise comment-icon Comments disabled

A fire at a psychiatric hospital for severely ill patients in the Novgorod region of Russia has killed 37 people, and officials are now claiming that the hospital had serious safety failings which may have led to the blaze. The fire broke out at the hospital, which housed around 60 patients, earlier this month. It started in the male ward and spread quickly throughout the hospital, which was of single storey, timber construction. A total of 37 people have been… Read more »

Food hygiene basics – preventing food poisoning pt.2

Posted: September 22nd, 2013 by Dermot comment-icon Comments disabled

As we learnt in part 1 of this guide, food poisoning is often caused by contamination by harmful bacteria, which can multiply and spread in certain conditions. Now, let’s look at how bacteria can be controlled and killed, and how to prevent contamination in the first place. Controlling and killing bacteria through temperature Bacteria are not killed when they are frozen – they are simply kept in a state of suspended animation. When chilled, bacteria will multiply far less slowly…. Read more »

Food hygiene basics – preventing food poisoning pt.1

Posted: September 22nd, 2013 by Dermot comment-icon Comments disabled

Most food poisoning cases are caused by the growth of harmful bacteria on food products that we eat. Controlling the growth of bacteria such as E.coli and salmonella is an essential part of food hygiene in kitchens and in businesses which prepare, serve or sell food products to the public. Without the proper measures and the right food hygiene training in place, food can be contaminated with bacteria and if consumed, these products can cause serious illness and possibly even… Read more »

Essex MP campaigns for first aid training to be on school curriculum

Posted: September 21st, 2013 by Craig comment-icon Comments disabled

An MP in Essex who is campaigning for first aid training to be a part of the school curriculum has had a positive response for his efforts from the health secretary Jeremy Hunt, who said that his idea has “a lot of merit”. Bob Russell, an MP for Colchester, has been campaigning on the issue for a while now and has raised the proposal on many occasions. He even put forward a bill under the last government, claiming that it… Read more »

New admissions suspended at criticised Leeds care home

Posted: September 20th, 2013 by Dermot comment-icon Comments disabled

The Care Quality Commission (CQC) has halted new admissions of residents at a care home in Leeds following a damning inspection and subsequent report on the home’s failings. CQC officers inspected the Adel Grange Care Home back in January and at that time, ordered that problems with the hot water supply and the condition of bedrooms be improved. Levels of care training for staff, as well as hygiene and cleanliness standards, did not seem to be an issue at the… Read more »

U.S. study finds firms focusing on health and safety make for better investments

Posted: September 19th, 2013 by Craig comment-icon Comments disabled

A new study carried out in the U.S. has found that firms which have robust health and safety programmes have been proven to generate better returns for investors. The results of the study, which were published in the latest issue of the Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine, showed that companies which have received the American College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine (ACOEM) Corporate Health Achievement Award tended to outperform the S&P 500. The award recognises the companies in North… Read more »

Hounslow restaurant owner loses appeal against fire safety fine

Posted: September 18th, 2013 by Eloise comment-icon Comments disabled

The former owner of a restaurant in the West London borough of Hounslow has lost an appeal against a £10,000 fine he was issued for breaching fire safety regulations in 2010. Darshan Grewal, who owned the Karahi Palace restaurant until recently, appealed against a ruling that he and his partner had not complied with fire safety rules. His former restaurant was inspected back in March 2010, and a number of problems were found. The main issue, apart from an apparent… Read more »

Seminar to be held on preventing fires in the waste industry

Posted: September 18th, 2013 by Craig comment-icon Comments disabled

A seminar is to be held by the Chief Fire Officer’s Association (CFOA) on the important topic of preventing the outbreak of fire in the waste management industry. The specialist seminar has been organised in response to major incidents such as one earlier this summer in which a plastics facility in Smethwick was set ablaze by a wandering Chinese lantern. There are a large number of similar incidents in this particular industry, and the CFOA believes that measures, including better… Read more »

First aid tips – how to spot the symptoms of a heart attack

Posted: September 17th, 2013 by Craig comment-icon Comments disabled

A heart attack is one of the most serious and life-threatening of all medical emergencies, and this is partly because cardiac arrest can come on so quickly without any prior warning at all. If you have undergone first aid training, you will be able to spot the signs of a heart attack and act fast to get the person the emergency medical attention they need. If you haven’t or are due to renew your skills with a first aid refresher… Read more »

Specialist dementia care home opens pub for its residents

Posted: September 17th, 2013 by Eloise comment-icon Comments disabled

A care home in Bristol with an innovative approach to dementia treatment has taken the bold step of opening its own working pub, with the aim of improving the quality of life for its residents. The Humphry Repton House is one of the first in the country to come up with and execute such an idea, and it now has its own fully-functional nostalgic pub for residents to use. The idea is that residents can come to the pub to… Read more »

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