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Social landlords in Southampton urged to improve fire safety

Posted: February 22nd, 2013 by Craig comment-icon Comments disabled

Landlords of social housing developments in Southampton have been urged to improve fire safety measures at their properties after two firefighters died fighting a blaze at a tower block back in April 2010. The incident which prompted the call for fire safety improvements took place at the Shirley Towers block in Southampton, when a fire broke out in the building. After becoming entangled in cables that had fallen from ceilings, an occurrence which was dangerous and should have been prevented… Read more »

How the right training can help to reduce construction accidents

Posted: February 21st, 2013 by Eloise comment-icon Comments disabled

The construction industry has a higher rate of accidents, injuries and fatalities than any other industry. This is due to the more dangerous and hazardous nature of the work, but it could also be down to insufficient training and poor health and safety practices. Every construction company owner or site manager should be looking to do everything they can to reduce workplace accidents. It all starts with proper health and safety training, and there are many courses available to help… Read more »

Building firm denies allegations in HSE prosecution

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

A building company with its head office in Oxfordshire has denied allegations that it breached health and safety regulations in an incident that led to the serious injury of a worker. The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) made the decision to prosecute JB Leadbitter after a sub-contractor suffered serious head injuries when working on a development in Plymouth known as the ‘Village by the Sea’. The worker, David Windsor, was reportedly hit by a vehicle when working on foot at… Read more »

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 »

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