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Crawley care home urged to make further improvements

Posted: April 27th, 2013 by Craig comment-icon Comments disabled

A care home in the West Sussex town of Crawley has been told that it still needs to make improvements, after a recent inspection by the Care Quality Commission (CQC) revealed that not enough been done to bring quality levels up to scratch. CQC inspectors visited the Oakhurst Grange Nursing Home in October 2012. Due to a number of problems, particularly regarding record-keeping, care training levels amongst staff and the prescribing of medicine, the watchdog issued the home’s owners with… Read more »

Complaints over poor food hygiene standards on Masterchef

Posted: April 27th, 2013 by Dermot comment-icon Comments disabled

It may be one of the most popular programmes on TV, but some viewers of BBC One’s Masterchef have complained of what they have described as “stomach-turning” breaches of food hygiene. On the Points of View page on the BBC website, many fans of the show, which is presented by Gregg Wallace and John Torode, left complaints on a message board of the many examples of poor food hygiene standards they’ve spotted during the recent series. Complaints included: • Contestants’… Read more »

Information, training and supervision – the keys to a healthy and safe workplace

Posted: April 26th, 2013 by Eloise comment-icon Comments disabled

There are many things you must do as an employer to ensure that everyone who works for you is kept healthy, safe and protected from harm. One of the most important is to carry out a risk assessment. However, the steps that follow can be just as crucial. After you’ve carried out your risk assessment, you must: 1. Inform and instruct It is important to let your workforce know of the risks you found in your risk assessment, as well… Read more »

Court told that fire safety breaches at Swansea hotel put lives at risk

Posted: April 26th, 2013 by Craig comment-icon Comments disabled

A court in Swansea has heard that breaches of fire safety regulations at The Grand Hotel in Swansea city centre could potentially have put the lives of customers and staff at risk if a fire had broken out. An inspection at the hotel, which is owned by Ivey Place Limited, took place in 2011. During their time at the hotel, fire safety officers discovered a number of worrying problems, including: • A fire door leading to the street outside that… Read more »

Employee attitudes the biggest challenge to health and safety in care homes

Posted: April 26th, 2013 by Dermot comment-icon Comments disabled

According to new research conducted amongst social care professionals across the country, one of the greatest difficulties faced when attempting to implement health and safety policies within care homes and other care environments is the attitudes of employees. The National Association for Safety and Health in Care Services (NASHiCS) found in its latest study that more than a fifth of the care professionals they surveyed said that employee attitudes were the biggest challenge they had to overcome. Just 10 per… Read more »

Why one first aider in the workplace isn’t always enough

Posted: April 26th, 2013 by Eloise comment-icon Comments disabled

It is a legal requirement for all workplaces to have at least one trained first aider, just in case a medical emergency should happen. However, in many situations, having just one first aider is enough. As a business owner, have you thought about what would happen: • If your first aider is ill and can’t come into work for a day or two • If your first aider goes on holiday • If your first aider leaves the company without… Read more »

13 food safety breaches uncovered at Chinese restaurant

Posted: April 25th, 2013 by Craig comment-icon Comments disabled

A Chinese restaurant in the Lincolnshire town of North Hykeham has been fined thousands of pounds after being charged with a total of 13 food hygiene breaches. When visiting the Jade Garden takeaway in November 2012, food hygiene inspectors found that the floor of the kitchen was so greasy and dirty that it was difficult to stand on without slipping and falling over. They also found: • A fridge door seal that was covered in mould • Numerous rodent hairs… Read more »

Lift firm fined over safety failings after worker fatality

Posted: April 25th, 2013 by Craig comment-icon Comments disabled

A company specialising in lifts and elevators has been fined for health and safety failings following the death of one of its engineers. ThyssenKrupp Elevator UK Ltd (TKE) was prosecuted after the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) launched an investigation into the death of 53-year-old engineer Steven Loake in October 2010. Mr Loake was attempting to fix a fault on a lift in Pentonville Prison in North London when he came into contact with a live conductor and suffered a… Read more »

Council calls for more Scilly islanders to take basic first aid training

Posted: April 24th, 2013 by Craig comment-icon Comments disabled

The Council of the Isles of Scilly has called for more islanders to undertake basic first aid training, and the subject could even start being taught in the island’s schools. At a recent meeting of the Council’s Health Overview and Scrutiny Committee, it was revealed that in some medical emergencies, bystanders and witnesses often do more to save a person’s life than trained ambulance crews. The South Western Ambulance Service said that it is a national policy for ambulance crews… Read more »

Health and safety training pays off for West Sussex nursery

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

A nursery in the West Sussex town of Haywards Heath is celebrating after winning a prestigious health and safety award, beating hundreds of other nurseries to the top prize. Busy Bees nursery in Southdowns Park, Haywards Heath, was awarded the ‘Commitment to Health and Safety’ award at the company’s annual awards ceremony after demonstrating exceptional safety standards and a top level of health and safety training for staff. Alice Vine, the manager of the winning nursery, was presented with the… Read more »

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