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Could investing in health and safety training actually save your business money?

Posted: June 11th, 2013 by Dermot comment-icon Comments disabled

In today’s tough economic climate, businesses are having to keep a close eye on their spending in order to balance their finances and stay afloat. This can mean that many business owners put some spending low on the list of priorities, such as health and safety training for example. Sending all of your staff members, or even a small proportion of your workforce, on a health and safety at work training course does require some expenditure. You might not think… Read more »

Food safety breaches uncovered at Hull care home

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

The operator of a care home in Hull has been fined after pleading guilty to three food hygiene offences, which could have put residents’ health and safety in jeopardy. On a visit in March 2012, inspectors from the local council’s environmental health team found that the kitchen at the Woodford Care Home was not being managed properly. An extraction ventilation system was found to be insufficient, and the home did not have an adequate food safety management system, which includes… Read more »

West Somerset landlords take part in fire safety workshops

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

Landlords in West Somerset are learning more about fire safety as part of new schemes run by the local fire service With the aim of improving landlords fire safety knowledge and making rental properties safer for tenants, Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue Service launched a series of training workshops. This was so successful that another scheme, called Firemark, has now been started. This will be run by West Somerset Community Safety Team, with Watch Manager Andy Troak at the… Read more »

First aid tips for summer – treating heatstroke

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

During the summer, there is a greater chance of people suffering from heatstroke, which can be very dangerous. With the right first aid training, you can learn how to spot the signs of heatstroke and provide valuable assistance to someone suffering from it. What is heatstroke? Heatstroke occurs because the brain’s thermostat fails, so it is unable to regulate the temperature of the body. This can happen due to prolonged exposure to heat (i.e. spending too long in the sun)… Read more »

Care homes to banish bad press in National Care Home Open Day

Posted: June 4th, 2013 by Dermot comment-icon Comments disabled

The reputation of the whole care sector is damaged by negative press reports on isolated cases where care home owners failed to maintain standards or invest in care training for their staff. Whilst it is important to expose homes where standards are not as they should be, individual cases are not a reflection on the whole of the sector. However, the care sector is now fighting back against negative press images with National Care Home Open Day, an initiative which… Read more »

First aid app backed by the Red Cross

Posted: June 1st, 2013 by Eloise comment-icon Comments disabled

A new app for smartphones that aims to give parents the basic first aid training they need to potentially save their children’s lives has been backed by the British Red Cross. The software, called the Baby and Child First Aid app, has only recently been launched. It was released just as research carried out by the Red Cross showed that only 13 per cent of UK parents have undergone first aid training which could help them save their children’s lives…. Read more »

CQC takes action against Plymouth care home over falling standards

Posted: May 31st, 2013 by Dermot comment-icon Comments disabled

The Care Quality Commission (CQC), the independent health watchdog, has confirmed that it has taken enforcement action against a care home in Plymouth in order to protect its residents. After inspecting the Southview Residential Care Home in an unannounced visit, officers from the CQC found that it was only meeting two of the 11 required standards. A number of further inspections were carried out, and concerns raised during these visits included: • Care and welfare needs of residents not being… Read more »

Food hygiene laws broken in Littlehampton mini market

Posted: May 31st, 2013 by Eloise comment-icon Comments disabled

The owner of a mini market in Littlehampton has been prosecuted and found guilty for breaking food hygiene laws. Shopkeeper Suventhiny Kanapathipillai, the owner of the Wick Parade Mini Market in West Sussex, was prosecuted after environmental health officers found a number of food safety problems within her business. As well as storing food products at the wrong temperature, inspectors also found food offered for sale that was beyond its use-by date. Both of these issues could have had serious… Read more »

Basic safety tips for landlords

Posted: May 31st, 2013 by Craig comment-icon Comments disabled

If you are a landlord of a rental property, you have a basic responsibility to take steps to keep your tenants safe. Some safety measures are not required by law, but if you fail to take them and the worst should happen, you could find yourself being prosecuted and fined or sued and having to pay compensation. This is why all landlords should take the following safety steps: 1. Take basic health and safety training, as well as fire safety… Read more »

Worker at fatal fall church denies responsibility for health and safety

Posted: May 30th, 2013 by Craig comment-icon Comments disabled

An employee at a church in Liverpool where a volunteer worker suffered a fatal fall has said that he wasn’t responsible for health and safety. Royden Henry, 43, was the assistant building manager on duty at the Liverpool Lighthouse when the tragic incident took place. Lee Bourn, a member of the congregation, who had volunteered to assist builder Keith Tyson in installing insulation in the Anfield building. The church had got quotes for the work and had even received a… Read more »

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