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Why do care workers need such good observation skills?

Posted: August 7th, 2016 by TutorCare comment-icon 0

A person who works within the health and social care sector will need to have a wide range of skills and knowledge in a number of areas. However, one of the most important skills you will ever learn in your career as a care worker is observation. With good observation skills, you will able to provide a better service for the people under your care. You can even use your observation skills to make the care environment safer overall. Good… Read more »

What is SOVA and why is awareness so important?

Posted: August 3rd, 2016 by TutorCare comment-icon 0

It is a sad fact that abuse does occur within the care sector, often to individuals who are already in a vulnerable position. Abuse needs to be properly identified, dealt with and prevented, which is where SOVA awareness training courses prove to be useful for care workers. SOVA stands for Safeguarding Vulnerable Adults (formerly Protecting Vulnerable People / Adults, or POVA). It is a concept and a training course, designed to help care staff properly protect the people in their care…. Read more »

Managing Conflict in the Work Place

Posted: July 29th, 2016 by TutorCare comment-icon 2

There are many areas in the workplace where conflict can arise and the reasons for these may not be straightforward.  However the main issues tend to revolve around perceived unfair treatment or a lack of awareness regarding internal structure.  Issues that can cause conflict include; Unfair treatment of an employee Poor man management (or management on the whole) Unclear job specifications / role Inadequate training Poor working conditions or work environment Lack of equal opportunities Bullying and harassment Poor communication… Read more »

First aid in the workplace – the importance of record keeping

Posted: July 27th, 2016 by Dermot comment-icon 0

One of the most important parts of first aid in the workplace is record keeping. In fact, it can be just as crucial as sending staff members on a first aid training course or ensuring that first aid kits are fully stocked. This is because proper record keeping allows a business or organisation to manage health and safety risks in the future. Using the information noted down in a workplace incident book, business owners can monitor how medical emergencies are… Read more »

Fire Safety Law and what to expect from a fire safety inspection

Posted: July 4th, 2016 by TutorCare comment-icon 0

Business owners legally have to abide by The Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order of 2005 and as a result need to designate a Responsible Person (RP) to co-ordinate things in the event of a fire. They are also responsible for preventative measures and ultimately an evacuation plan should the worst happen. The Fire and Rescue Services (FRS) conduct regular inspections on high risk, none domestic premises to ensure companies comply with the order and take the necessary precautions to minimise… Read more »

Ignoring fire safety may lead to prison

Posted: June 27th, 2016 by TutorCare comment-icon 0

As we’ve been highlighting lately, fire risk assessments are a must now for the workplace.  In the most serious cases ignorance can lead to injury or death but failure to comply to the 2005 Regulatory Reform of the Fire Safety act can mean a possible prison sentence.  A recent case saw a Preston landlord end up before a judge for putting lives at risk for failure to abide by fire safety rules and told he could end up in jail. A… Read more »

Fire Safety risk assessments

Posted: June 21st, 2016 by TutorCare comment-icon 1

The Fire Safety regulatory reform order 2005, requires all premises used for non-domestic purposes (with a few small exceptions) to undertake regular fire risk assessments. Companies must have a designated “Responsible Person” whose job is to make certain specific actions are carried out to prevent fires and injury / death if a fire actually occurs.  It is estimated that there are nearly 20,000 commercial fires in the UK each year and the act was passed to ensure companies take fire… Read more »

Fire Safety Tips for the workplace (part 3)

Posted: June 15th, 2016 by TutorCare comment-icon 0

The final part in our Fire Safety Tips for the workplace covers fire detection, prevention (such as fire doors) and warning systems. We also include a list of useful links regarding fire safety law and legislation at the foot of the post. Invest in Fire Detection and implement warning systems • Place standardised and compliant notices next to phone and fire points, paying particular attention to emergency exits displaying evacuation plan. • Ensure emergency phone numbers, full company address and… Read more »

Fire Safety Tips for the workplace (part 2)

Posted: June 13th, 2016 by TutorCare comment-icon 0

Following on from our article last week, please find below part 2 of our Fire Safety Tips in the workplace. Establish Safe Practices in the business once the plan has been prepared • Keep staff up to date on the most recent practices. Get used to adding an item to weekly or monthly meetings that covers safety in general. This will ensure staff have been made aware of any changes to policy. • Ensure any machinery in the workplace /… Read more »

Fire Safety Tips for the workplace

Posted: June 8th, 2016 by TutorCare comment-icon 0

Today sees the first of a three part series of posts on Fire Safety in the Workplace. We hope you find them useful for your business. As a business owner and more importantly as an employer you are required by law to ensure that your property has been assessed for the risk of fire and that related policies / procedures are in place mitigating such risks. The responsibility not only extends beyond your employees but also to anyone visiting the… Read more »

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