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Olympic health and safety practices could cut construction industry deaths

Posted: August 11th, 2012 by Craig comment-icon Comments disabled

New research has suggested that if construction companies followed the health and safety methods used to build the Olympic park for London 2012, it could drastically cut the fatality rate within the industry. The study, which was conducted for the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) and the Institute of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH), highlighted five key action points: 1. Competent supervisors need to be developed, involving intensive health and safety training 2. A positive and open safety culture should… Read more »

Is the food industry washing its hands properly?

Posted: August 10th, 2012 by Eloise comment-icon Comments disabled

One of the fundamental parts of any food hygiene training course is the importance of hand washing by all staff dealing with or preparing food. It is food safety and hygiene at its most basic level, so why are so many food companies still getting it wrong? According to a report published by the Health Protection Agency in May 2012, poor personal hygiene and poor hand washing facilities were amongst the main contributory facts in around 17 per cent of… Read more »

Care home owners guilty of flouting fire safety rules

Posted: August 9th, 2012 by Craig comment-icon Comments disabled

The owners of a care home in Barnsley have been fined more than £10,000 for breaching fire safety rules, despite receiving a warning from the local fire service. Park Care Ltd, the company which owns the Park Grange Nursing Home in the Barnsley village of Kendray, was prosecuted after a total of three fire safety breaches were uncovered. South Yorkshire Fire and Rescue service (SYFR) visited the nursing home last year and found a number of problems. These included failure… Read more »

Tata Steel fined £500,000 for health and safety failings

Posted: August 8th, 2012 by Dermot comment-icon Comments disabled

The steel company Tata Steel has reportedly been fined £500,000 after admitting health and safety failings which lead to the death of a worker. Tata Steel employee Kevin Downey, 49, lost his life when he fell into molten waste back in 2006. Before the accident, it has been reported that there were concerns about excess steam in the site and about leaving troughs uncovered. The troughs even had been described before the 2006 incident as ‘potential killers’. At Swansea Crown… Read more »

Why use a consultant for your company’s fire risk assessment?

Posted: August 7th, 2012 by Eloise comment-icon Comments disabled

A vital part of fire safety precautions and policies in any work environment is the fire risk assessment. With this assessment, any and all fire safety risks and problems can be flagged up and steps taken to reduce or remove them. The risk assessment also helps the business to put the appropriate fire safety precautions and preventative measures in place. As you can gather, the fire safety risk assessment is very important. It is also a huge undertaking, which requires… Read more »

Suspended prison sentence for Blackpool restaurateur over poor food hygiene

Posted: August 6th, 2012 by Eloise comment-icon Comments disabled

A restaurateur from Blackpool has been handed a fine and a two year suspended prison sentence after food hygiene inspectors found serious problems in the kitchen of his restaurant. Iqbal Nooree was prosecuted after inspectors visiting The Akash Indian Restaurant in October 2011 found accumulations of food debris, dirt and grease in the kitchen. Hygiene standards were low on work surfaces, shelving, chopping boards, fittings and kitchen equipment, as well as in a food-containing freezer. Another inspection was undertaken in… Read more »

Bradford dentist saves brother’s life thanks to first aid skills

Posted: August 5th, 2012 by Craig comment-icon Comments disabled

A dentist based in Bradford has urged members of the public to undergo first aid training after he was able to use his own first aid skills to save the life of his brother. With the help of his dental nurse, Dr Shabir Bashir, was able to assist his brother and colleague Rangzab when he fell to the ground and suffered a cardiac arrest. He also hit his head on a sink when he collapsed. Forcing the door open, Dr… Read more »

An NVQ could be your route into a career in health and social care

Posted: August 4th, 2012 by Eloise comment-icon Comments disabled

Getting started in any new career can be difficult, but in the field of health and social care, a lot of hard work and training is required of any new applicant. Luckily, there are a few different care training courses you can take to get you off to a great start in your new career in health and social care. The main course that most new applicants take is the QCF NVQ Diploma in Health and Social Care (Level 2),… Read more »

Staffordshire hospitals receive top food safety assessment ratings

Posted: August 3rd, 2012 by Dermot comment-icon Comments disabled

A new report has revealed that all of the five community hospitals located in the region of North Staffordshire are performing excellently when it comes to cleanliness and hygiene, patient care and food hygiene. The report, which was published by the National Patient Safety Agency, followed a thorough assessment by Patient Environment Action Teams. These teams, made up of everyone from nurses and patient representatives to catering and domestic service managers, visited hospitals in Leek, Cheadle, Bradwell, Longton and Haywood…. Read more »

Letting agent fined £20,000 for safety failures

Posted: August 2nd, 2012 by Eloise comment-icon Comments disabled

A letting agency from Reading has reportedly been handed a huge fine of more than £20,000 by local officials after it allowed tenants to live in poor and unsafe conditions. The agency, Jarvis Properties, was investigated by health and safety officials at Reading Borough Councils after a resident complained about conditions in one of the properties it was responsible for managing. An inspection of a HMO (house in multiple occupation) in Prospect Street in the west of Reading revealed that… Read more »

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