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Advice for employees on reporting health and safety failings

Posted: January 4th, 2013 by Dermot comment-icon Comments disabled

Many people think that the responsibility for health and safety in the workplace lies solely with the employer, but this isn’t strictly the case. Whilst employers and managers may have legal obligations with regards to health and safety, there is a very important part to be played by employees too. If you care about health and safety, and you should if you want to protect yourself and others around you, then you should take the time to find out more… Read more »

Health agency reports 83 per cent rise in Norovirus cases

Posted: January 3rd, 2013 by Eloise comment-icon Comments disabled

The Health Protection Agency (HPA) has reported that in the autumn and winter of 2012, there were a total of 3,538 confirmed cases of the Norovirus infection reported. This is a huge rise of 83 per cent compared to the same period in 2011. In a recent report, the HPA, an independent body dedicated to protecting the health and well-being of UK residents, stated that a total of 500 Norovirus cases occurred in the week before Christmas. The week before,… Read more »

Charity urges Scottish parents to undergo paediatric first aid training

Posted: December 31st, 2012 by Eloise comment-icon Comments disabled

According to St Andrew’s First Aid, a Scottish first aid charity, the majority of Scottish parents don’t have the first aid training they need to save their child’s life in an emergency. St Andrew’s has revealed that less than one in four Scots have undergone the relevant training to learn the skills they need to give first aid to a child. The charity is hoping that its recent St Andrew’s Scottish First Aid Week, which ran from the 24th to… Read more »

Gloucester stores undergo fire safety checks

Posted: December 30th, 2012 by Dermot comment-icon Comments disabled

Stores in Gloucester have been subjected to a round of fire safety checks by the local council and fire service in order to ensure that shoppers in the area are kept safe over Christmas. Gloucestershire Fire and Rescue Service teamed up with Gloucester City Council to send fire safety officers around more than 20 local shops. The good news for Gloucester consumers is that the majority scored well in the inspections, with only a few minor problems being found. Amongst… Read more »

How to assess risks in the workplace – a beginner’s guide

Posted: December 29th, 2012 by Craig comment-icon Comments disabled

In order to carry out a full and thorough health & safety risk assessment in your workplace, one that adheres to government legislation on workplace health and safety, it is essential that you undergo the right training. However, there are some basics that everyone should know about assessing risks, and these are the things you will learn more about when you do embark on a risk assessment course. 1. Identify risks and hazards. Look around your workplace for potential hazards,… Read more »

Big Rock Climbing Company fined over fire safety breaches

Posted: December 28th, 2012 by Eloise comment-icon Comments disabled

A climbing company which formerly operated a climbing centre in Rochdale, Greater Manchester, has been prosecuted and fined for breaching fire safety regulations. The Big Rock Climbing Company, which used to run Climb Rochdale until it was taken over by the Pink Climbing Centre, was prosecuted by the Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Authority (GMFRA) after a member of staff made a complaint about fire doors which were locked. A visit from a specialist fire protection officer in January 2012… Read more »

The food safety regulations you need to know about

Posted: December 27th, 2012 by Craig comment-icon Comments disabled

As a business which serves or sells food to the public, or which has any involvement in food production or packaging, there are a few key pieces of government legislation that you must adhere to. The main food safety regulations you need to know about are as follows: The Food Standards Act 1999 Whilst this Act does not necessarily affect the day-to-day running of your business, it is important to know about it because it helped to form the Food… Read more »

HSE prosecutes ‘dangerous’ Merseyside roofer

Posted: December 26th, 2012 by Dermot comment-icon Comments disabled

A roofer from Merseyside who was photographed working dangerously and putting other workers’ lives at risk has been fined by courts following a Health and Safety Executive (HSE) investigation. Phillip McGinn was photographed along with two other workers carrying out retiling work on a property in Maghull. Unfortunately though, the photographs revealed that there were no safety measures in place to stop all three workers falling to the ground and injuring themselves. After receiving a complaint from a member of… Read more »

Vinnie Jones first aid advert saves its first life

Posted: December 25th, 2012 by Craig comment-icon Comments disabled

A popular TV advert featuring Hollywood hardman Vinnie Jones has saved its first life, after a man from Dalkeith managed to save his partner’s life by remembering the advice in the ad. Derek Burt, 49, woke up to find his partner Angela, 43, having a heart attack. Luckily, he remembered a TV ad from the British Heart Foundation, in which the actor Vinnie Jones carries out life-saving chest compressions to the rhythm of the Bee Gees’ song ‘Stayin’ Alive’. The… Read more »

Environment Agency fined over worker fatality

Posted: December 25th, 2012 by Eloise comment-icon Comments disabled

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has prosecuted and fined the Environment Agency after one of its employees lost his life thanks to a string of health and safety failings. 43-year-old Environment Agency employee Simon Wenn lost his life in December 2010 when working with a colleague on the dredging of an icy watercourse in Cambridge. Mr Wenn was repositioning a tracking mat, laid in order to provide better grip in icy conditions, using a crane when it rotated round… Read more »

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