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How to keep yourself safe at work

Posted: May 29th, 2013 by Eloise comment-icon Comments disabled

People who work in hazardous workplaces or particularly risky jobs will need to take rigorous courses of health and safety training to keep themselves and their colleagues safe during working hours. However, the way to prevent many accidents and injuries in less hazardous work environments, such as offices for example, is to simply apply a healthy dose of common sense. Employers have a responsibility towards their employees and the law requires them to send people on health and safety training… Read more »

£5,000 food hygiene fine for Stockton takeaway owner

Posted: May 24th, 2013 by Dermot comment-icon Comments disabled

The owner of a takeaway in Stockton, which was described by food hygiene inspectors as being “filthy”, has been fined more than £5,000. After visiting the Hui restaurant on Norton Road as part of a routine inspection in November 2012, environmental health officers from Stockton Council uncovered a number of worrying problems, including: • Raw meat stored next to ready-to-eat food products • A cooking range, shelves, fridge and utensils that were very dirty • Pork thrown in a sink… Read more »

Social care professionals invited to apply for NHS Dementia Prize

Posted: May 24th, 2013 by Eloise comment-icon Comments disabled

The NHS has launched the second stage of its NHS Innovation Challenge Prize for Dementia, inviting a second round of social care professionals to apply. The Challenge Prize, which was created by the NHS working in partnership with Janssen Healthcare Innovation, aims to recognise and reward individuals and facilities which have used innovative and forward-thinking approaches to dementia treatment. More than 90 submissions were received in the first stage of the Challenge, which encouraged those working at the frontline of… Read more »

Schoolgirls praised for first aid skills after terrifying stabbing incident

Posted: May 23rd, 2013 by Dermot comment-icon Comments disabled

Three schoolgirls have been praised for their bravery and quick thinking after they were able to use first aid training they learnt at school to help save the life of a 15-year-old boy who was stabbed in a local park. The girls, two sisters aged 10 and 12 and their friend, aged 14, ran to the aid of the youngster after he was stabbed multiple times in Manford Way Park in north east London. They had recently had first aid… Read more »

UK food hygiene standards described as a “postcode lottery”

Posted: May 23rd, 2013 by Craig comment-icon Comments disabled

Standards of food hygiene in the UK have been described by the executive director of Which? as an “unacceptable postcode lottery”, after the consumer watchdog carried out an investigation of food outlets across the country. Using Food Standards Agency (FSA) hygiene ratings throughout the UK, the investigation found that there were wide variations between different areas. The south east London borough of Bexley was one of the worst of more than 2,000 postcodes for food hygiene, as six of its… Read more »

Do you know the risks of manual handling?

Posted: May 21st, 2013 by Dermot comment-icon Comments disabled

According to the Health and Safety Executive (HSE), manual handling is the cause of more than a third of all injuries that happen in the workplace. Despite this, many employers are not training their employees in safe manual handling techniques, nor are they putting other safety measures in place to protect their workers. What is manual handling? The term manual handling can be used to describe anything that requires moving a heavy object around. It could refer to someone whose… Read more »

Issues raised at Penwortham care home

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

A care home in the Lancashire town of Penwortham, near Preston, has been told that it must make improvements in a number of areas after a recent inspection flagged up some quite serious concerns. The Priory Park Care Home was inspected by the Care Quality Commission (CQC) earlier this year, with less than positive results. Of the nine areas the home was assessed in, CQC inspectors said that action needed to be taken in seven. Issues raised at the home… Read more »

First aid tips – stroke

Posted: May 20th, 2013 by Eloise comment-icon Comments disabled

Along with heart attacks, a stroke can be one of the most frightening medical emergencies to witness. However, if you have the right first aid training and are able to think and act fast, you may be able to provide valuable help to someone having a stroke. You could even save a life. How to recognise a stroke First of all, you need to be able to spot the signs of a stroke. You need to think FAST: • Face… Read more »

Company apologises for health and safety breaches

Posted: May 19th, 2013 by Dermot comment-icon Comments disabled

AWE, the company which manages the Ministry of Defence atomic bomb factory in Aldermaston, has issued an apology after breaching a number of health and safety laws and failing to prevent a worker being injured. There was a fire at the West Berkshire plant in August 2010, at a building used to make explosives. A large number of firefighters, from four brigades in total, were called to the scene but they were not informed that explosives were in the building…. Read more »

Should all care homes be fitted with sprinkler systems?

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

The London Fire Brigade has called for all care homes in the UK to be fitted with fire sprinkler systems, following figures that showed that there are over 10 fires a week in care homes and sheltered accommodation in London alone. According to the Brigade’s records, there were a total 540 fires in care homes last year. 26 people were injured as a result of these incidents, and two people tragically lost their lives. The majority of UK care homes… Read more »

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