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National First Aid competition for school children

Posted: February 10th, 2012 by Craig comment-icon Comments disabled

St. Johns Ambulance has launched its annual national first aid competition with the aim of raising awareness of the skills needed to administer effective first aid in an emergency. The competition is designed to encourage school children to learn about first aid and equip them with the confidence needed for intervention. First aid can often make a huge impact on those who have been taken ill or sustained an injury, and can make the difference between full recovery and irreparable… Read more »

How changing cooking habits can affect food safety

Posted: February 10th, 2012 by Craig comment-icon Comments disabled

The British have famously preferred their meat well-done, even to the point of resembling the sole of a shoe! And yet, over the last few years, more and more diners seem to be opting for a more European approach to the cooking of their meat. Steaks are getting rarer, as is lamb and even pork. These changes in tastes raise certain issues regarding food safety. If meat is not thoroughly cooked through, it can cause infection if it is contaminated…. Read more »

River Cottage Park Farm damaged by fire

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

Celebrity chef Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall’s farm has fallen victim to an unexplained fire that has destroyed a single-stored building converted into a commercial kitchen. This means that cookery courses held in the former barn will no longer be able to take place, and demonstrated the disruptive and destructive effect of fire on businesses. While other areas of the business remain open, the rapid spread of the fire shows how vulnerable business properties can be. The incident required the presence of five… Read more »

Building firm fined for lack of facilities

Posted: February 9th, 2012 by Eloise comment-icon Comments disabled

A building company in Bristol failed to respond to an Improvement Notice issued by the Health and Safety Executive on one of its building sites. This error has now cost them dearly, as another of their sites was subsequently inspected and found to be lacking in even the basic washing and welfare facilities. Building companies are legally required to provide a heated room where workers can prepare hot food or drinks, change their clothing or rest. They also are obliged… Read more »

Bradford Council set to switch to national Food Hygiene Rating Scheme

Posted: February 8th, 2012 by TutorCare comment-icon Comments disabled

Until this year, Bradford Council has been using a star rating to inform customers of the hygiene rating of restaurants and other food outlets. By April, however, the Council hopes to have switched over to the Food Standards Agency’s new national rating scheme that replaces the stars with a numerical score. This new scheme will not only establish nationally-recognised scores that enable customers to instantly see the hygiene levels of an establishment, but it will also extend to other food… Read more »

February is National Heart Month

Posted: February 7th, 2012 by TutorCare comment-icon Comments disabled

The figures are alarming: someone in the UK dies every six minutes as a result of a heart attack; a third of those taken to hospital die before they arrive; and the chance of survival can fall by ten per cent with every minute that passes without treatment. Various organisations are using the National Heart Month to raise awareness of this needless loss of life and to encourage businesses and organisations to put measures into place to deal with heart… Read more »

Accident ends in death for worker and prosecution for employer

Posted: February 7th, 2012 by Dermot comment-icon Comments disabled

A construction worker was killed in an accident that the Health and Safety Executive has qualified as ‘entirely foreseeable’. The twenty-six year old father of one sustained fatal crush injuries to his upper body when he was struck by the boom of a crane. The crane had been in the process of lifting a skip filled with liquid concrete, when the skip overturned and the accident occurred. The subsequent Health and Safety Executive investigation discovered that the construction company managing… Read more »

What is anaphylaxis?

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

Anaphylaxis is a relatively rare condition, causing between twenty and thirty deaths every year in the UK. For those who are prone to anaphylaxis, though, it can be life-threatening and an attack should always be treated as a medical emergency. Anaphylaxis is essentially a severe allergic reaction that can affect many systems within the body, and is generally triggered by a specific allergen such as bee stings or a certain food type. People who know about their allergy will often… Read more »

Identifying hazards in the care sector

Posted: February 5th, 2012 by Dermot comment-icon Comments disabled

The care home and nursing sector provides essential services to vulnerable people, and it is essential that care homes provide a safe and secure environment for its residents. Risk assessments can reveal and identify certain risks or dangers, and any findings must be acted on in order to prevent accidents or injury. Unfortunately for the resident of a care home in Wrexham, no action was taken to secure the windows, despite an internal recommendation to avoid the use of chain… Read more »

Clearing snow and ice

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

With another cold snap descending upon us, many places of work will be faced with trying to maintain safety in the face of snow and ice. While people have a responsibility to take care when walking on snow or ice, it is every employer’s interest to protect the safety of their employees. Directgov has published guidelines on how to clear snow and ice effectively in anticipation of a cold February: • Clear public areas first thing in the morning. Car… Read more »

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