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First aid tips – seizures and epilepsy

Posted: February 20th, 2013 by Craig comment-icon Comments disabled

Finding yourself in the midst of a medical emergency can be a frightening experience, especially if you are the only one around to help. This is why it is so important to undergo first aid training, so that in a scary situation, you can swing into action with the knowledge and skills to potentially save a life. One of the most alarming types of medical emergency to witness is a seizure, which can be recognised by convulsive movements, arching of… Read more »

Formal warning for Hampshire care home over faulty equipment

Posted: February 19th, 2013 by Eloise comment-icon Comments disabled

A care home in the Hampshire town of Hythe was issued with a formal warning by the Care Quality Commission (CQC) after inspectors visited the property and found a problem with emergency call equipment. CQC inspectors visiting the West Cliff Hall care home found that the emergency call bell system, with which residents can summon help if they are ill, injured or in distress, was faulty. This left residents in danger of not receiving the right support and care from… Read more »

Nottinghamshire firms warned to comply with fire safety laws

Posted: February 18th, 2013 by Craig comment-icon Comments disabled

Companies in the Nottinghamshire area are being advised of the importance of complying with fire safety regulations, after a retailer in Mansfield was prosecuted for breaching them and putting staff and customers at risk. Nottinghamshire Fire and Rescue Service has warned businesses that they must take their responsibilities under the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005 seriously, or they could face prosecution and even fines of hundreds of thousands of pounds. Besides this, a lack of fire safety awareness training… Read more »

90% of UK school students want first aid training

Posted: February 18th, 2013 by Eloise comment-icon Comments disabled

According to a new survey carried out by the British Red Cross, more than 90 per cent of UK secondary school students would like to take part in first aid training in school. The survey, which was carried out among secondary school students in England and Wales, revealed that 91% would like to learn first aid training during school time. The poll also revealed that: • 94% of students would feel more confident helping friends or family members experiencing a… Read more »

Legionella tests temporarily close Newtownabbey school

Posted: February 17th, 2013 by Craig comment-icon Comments disabled

A school in the County Antrim town of Newtownabbey, near Belfast in Northern Ireland, has been temporarily closed down after the bacterium which causes Legionella was discovered in a disused shower facility. Hill Croft School, which caters for children with special needs of between 3 and 19 years of age, was closed at the start of February after a strain of the bacterium was discovered during a planned water testing programme. The bacterium can cause Legionnaires’ disease if it comes… Read more »

Food safety basics – temperature control

Posted: February 17th, 2013 by Dermot comment-icon Comments disabled

There are many rules and practices which must be followed in food-serving businesses, as well as in homes and private kitchens, to ensure that food is safe to be consumed. One of the most important relates to temperature control, which is very important to the safe running of food businesses. What is temperature control? Temperature control simply means managing the temperature of different food products within a professional kitchen during the preparing, cooking and storing of food. Temperature control laws… Read more »

TUC sets out new health and safety recommendations

Posted: February 16th, 2013 by Eloise comment-icon Comments disabled

In its latest report, entitled ‘Time for Change’, the Trades Union Congress (TUC) has listed 10 recommendations for improvements to be made to health and safety practices in UK workplaces. The TUC wants the UK to take steps to improve its poor safety record, starting with introducing a new upper limit for maximum temperatures at work. The organisation’s recommendation is for maximum workplace temperatures to be set at 27°C for anyone carrying out strenuous tasks at work and 30°C for… Read more »

£13k fine for tree surgeon after dangerous wood chipper incident

Posted: February 12th, 2013 by Eloise comment-icon Comments disabled

A tree surgery company based in Bracknell in Berkshire has been fined almost £13,000 after he was found to have breached health and safety regulations in an incident which caused a 16-year-old worker to be injured by a wood chipping machine. Mark Grubb, the director of Calibra Tree Surgeons, was investigated by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) after employee Connor Harfield’s toes were shredded in a wood chipper whilst he was at work. Reading Magistrates Court heard how the… Read more »

Food safety basics – hand washing

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

Of all the food safety measures it is necessary to implement when you run a food-serving business, one of the most important is ensuring that strict rules are in place in relation to hand washing. Workers performing routine tasks can easily spread germs and contaminants to food and food preparation areas if they don’t take the proper care in washing their hands. Here are the essentials on hand washing you need to know: • All restaurants and premises on which… Read more »

Failing care home transformed by dedicated new owners

Posted: February 10th, 2013 by Craig comment-icon Comments disabled

A care home which received serious criticism from the Care Quality Commission (CQC) is currently in the process of a transformation after it was taken over by dedicated new owners. Joy and Phil Gray are the new owners of the Jubilee Court Nursing Home, which was formerly called the Rufford Care Centre. Along with their experienced team of staff and managers, all of whom have undergone extensive care training, the couple now hope to turn the fortunes of the care… Read more »

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