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Research finds UK is lagging behind Europe in first aid training for young people

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

A new poll has found that the UK is falling behind many other European countries when it comes to training youngsters in life-saving first aid skills. The poll, undertaken by ICM last January, found that just one fifth (20 per cent) of secondary school students in England and Wales had undergone some form of first aid training in the classroom. This is despite the fact that many youngsters want to learn first aid, according to first aid charity the Red… Read more »

Organising a work picnic? Don’t forget the first aid kit

Posted: July 9th, 2013 by Craig comment-icon Comments disabled

Within work hours, the health and safety of employees is your responsibility as a business owner. This not only means following all health and safety rules on your main work premises, but also making sure that employees are safe when out of the office, such as when participating in a work-organised summer picnic, for example. Many businesses and organisations arrange morale-building summer events and activities for their staff members when the weather is good, but not all remember to put… Read more »

Most West Yorkshire nightclub owners taking fire safety seriously

Posted: July 9th, 2013 by Eloise comment-icon Comments disabled

A recent round of checks across nightclubs in West Yorkshire has found that most club owners are taking fire safety seriously, although there is still work to be done in some areas. The West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service subjected around 100 nightclubs and similar premises in the area to random, unannounced fire safety inspections. Officers found a number of problems, including blocked fire exits, poor levels of fire safety training amongst staff and managers, and faulty fire alarms. The… Read more »

HSE reveals construction industry fatalities have fallen

Posted: July 7th, 2013 by Craig comment-icon Comments disabled

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has revealed that the number of workplace fatalities recorded in the construction industry fell in the last year. The construction industry is widely believed to be one of the most dangerous to work in, with injury and fatality rates tending to be far above those of any other industry. These rates have also prompted campaigners to push for more in-depth health and safety training for construction workers, as well as more in-depth risk assessments… Read more »

Seven Irish businesses issued closure orders over poor food hygiene standards

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

Seven food businesses in Ireland have been handed closure orders by the Food Safety Authority of Ireland (FSAI), following the discovery of serious food hygiene breaches. The orders, which were issued under the FSAI Act 1998, were issued to businesses in Cork, Clare, Roscommon, May and Blachardstown. The FSAI made the decision to take such an extreme measure after discovering a number of problems, including poor standards of cleanliness, food hygiene training for staff, a lack of a food safety… Read more »

Care home group wins award for providing quality services

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

A care home group which runs four care homes in Newcastle upon Tyne has been given a prestigious award for the quality of services it provides to its residents. The Abbeyfield Newcastle Upon Tyne Society Ltd was presented with its Gold Star award by the CEO of the Abbeyfield Society, Paul Allen, who said at the prize-giving: “Abbeyfield Newcastle demonstrated excellent leadership qualities, stringent and well thought through policies and procedures but above all, everything that they do is very… Read more »

Food hygiene tips – how to prevent cross-contamination

Posted: July 6th, 2013 by Craig comment-icon Comments disabled

In food preparation areas, there is always a risk of cross-contamination if proper food hygiene practices are not followed. Cross-contamination is when raw food touches cooked or other food products, equipment or surfaces or people’s hands. The bacteria from the raw food can then be spread to other food products and all over the kitchen, where it can cause food poisoning and present a very real danger to public health. Preventing cross-contamination The best way to learn about preventing cross-contamination… Read more »

2 in 3 East Sussex businesses fail fire safety inspections

Posted: July 5th, 2013 by Eloise comment-icon Comments disabled

The East Sussex Fire and Rescue Service (ESFR) has revealed that in a recent round of inspections, more than two in three businesses failed fire safety checks. The Service inspected 109 premises in total, and just 33 met the necessary requirements to pass the inspections. A staggering 76 of the businesses, which included hotels, schools and even a nursery, were not meeting the right standards of fire safety and were subjected to enforcement action. Four of the failing businesses were… Read more »

Devon leisure centre in need of new fire safety measures

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

Following a round of inspections and a damning report which identified that fire safety measures at the North Devon Leisure Centre were not at all up to scratch, the council has approved £50,000 to modernise the facility. The inspections mainly highlighted problems with compartmentation at the Barnstaple leisure centre, which means dividing a building up into sealed compartments with the aim of containing a fire if it breaks out. The money approved by North Devon Council will be used to… Read more »

First aid basics – the recovery position

Posted: July 4th, 2013 by Craig comment-icon Comments disabled

One of the basic, but arguably most important, things you will learn on a first aid training course is how to put an ill or injured person into the recovery position. You can learn how to get the recovery position just right by following the tips below. However, you will never be fully confident until you’ve had some real practice under the supervision of a professional first aid trainer. The basics of the recovery position are as follows: • You… Read more »

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