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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 »

Hotel owners urged to undergo fire safety training

Posted: February 9th, 2013 by Eloise comment-icon Comments disabled

Hotel owners running businesses in the North Devon region are being urged to attend fire safety training, to help protect staff, guests and property at their accommodation. There have been a number of high profile outbreaks of fire across the South West region recently, including an incident at the Bideford Hotel in Tantons which resulted in the business owners being fined £40,000 for breaching fire safety regulations. This and other incidents have prompted fire safety officials to launch a number… Read more »

First aid tips for winter

Posted: February 8th, 2013 by Craig comment-icon Comments disabled

When winter comes around, the season brings with it a greater risk of cold-weather injuries. As a first aider, you will need to know how to treat some of the most common accidents and injuries which occur at this time of year. Of course, the best way to prepare for any and all medical emergencies is to undergo first aid training. However, there are some basics you can learn about recognising and treating cold weather injuries in the meantime. Sprains… Read more »

Nursing home holds ‘day of dignity’ for residents

Posted: February 6th, 2013 by Eloise comment-icon Comments disabled

A nursing home in Willington, in the County Durham town of Crook, has celebrated a ‘day of dignity’ for its residents. The residents of Brancepeth Court care home were treated to a wide range of enjoyable activities recently. These included a music quiz, cake decorating, a buffet tea and music from their favourite entertainer, Alan Hall, whilst they enjoyed cake and coffee. The aim of the special day was to mark Dignity Action Day, an annual event encouraging health and… Read more »

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