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First aid tips – shock

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

When you think of shock, you may not necessarily see it as a serious medical condition. However, shock can be much more than feelings of emotional distress or a general feeling of being unwell. It happens when the vital organs like the heart and brain are deprived of oxygen, and it can sometimes be life threatening. Identifying the signs of shock To treat shock, you firstly need to be able to recognise it. Look for the following signs: • Cold… Read more »

Scottish holiday park receives country’s 1000th food hygiene award

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

The Food Standards Agency (FSA) has awarded the Craig Tara Holiday Park near Ayr with an Eat Safe Award, representing Scotland’s 1000th such food hygiene award since the scheme started back in 2005. The Craig Tara Holiday Park was granted the award after all five of its eateries displayed excellence in everything from food safety management to food hygiene training, and all five were given the Eat Safe Award at the same time. Many other holiday destinations across Scotland have… Read more »

Majority of care home users would recommend their home, survey finds

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

According to a new study carried out amongst small care home providers, the majority of residents wouldn’t hesitate in recommending their care home to a friend. The survey was carried out by healthcare research specialists Howard Warwick Associates (HWA) and only covered homes with less than 15 residents and providers with no more than 5 homes. Researchers revealed that a huge 95 per cent of care home users would give their home a recommendation, and the same percentage said that… Read more »

Councils concerned about fire safety in private rentals

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

New research has revealed that fire safety standards in private rental properties are amongst the biggest concerns for councils in the UK, along with gas and electrical safety. The survey of 178 councils throughout the UK, undertaken by the Electrical Safety Council and the Local Government Information Unit (LGiU), found that that fire safety, gas and electrical safety standards in the sector were the amongst the biggest concerns for councils. At present, landlord are not legally required to carry out… Read more »

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 »

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