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Essex firms fined £53,000 for health and safety breach

Posted: December 24th, 2011 by Dermot comment-icon Comments disabled

Three Essex firms have been fined following the accident of a man working as a roofer. The forty six year old man reportedly fell five metres and sustained terrible injuries to his head, back and chest. He had to be airlifted to hospital, where he then spent three weeks in intensive care. He is now confined to a wheelchair. Health and Safety Executive inspectors found that the three construction companies involved had failed to take the appropriate action to protect… Read more »

What to include in your first aid kit

Posted: December 23rd, 2011 by TutorCare comment-icon Comments disabled

The HSE does not publish a mandatory list of contents for first aid kits and does not endorse the use of particular products, which is why the first aid kit session covered by First Aid Training Courses is so useful. For although it may seem fairly simple to establish a first aid kit, the contents can vary greatly depending on the type of work undertaken in the workplace. Kits should be established once a risk assessment has been undertaken in… Read more »

What you need to know about the First Aid at Work Certificate

Posted: December 22nd, 2011 by TutorCare comment-icon Comments disabled

The First Aid at Work Certificate qualifies the holder to take on the title of First Aider in their place of work. A Health and Safety Executive approved course is necessary if an employer wants to be sure they are in accordance with the Health and Safety (First Aid) Regulations 1981. Once an employee has gained the certificate they will be able to perform their duties as First Aider for a period of three years, after which time it is… Read more »

Christmas health and safety myths debunked

Posted: December 22nd, 2011 by Craig comment-icon Comments disabled

The Health and Safety Executive has published the top ten Christmas health and safety myths on its website. The HSE claims that these myths detract from the goals of health and safety regulations as well as spoiling people’s seasonal fun. Among the myths debunked this year are the following: • Children cannot have snowball fights • Office workers cannot hang up Christmas decorations • Sweets cannot be thrown into the audience during pantomime performances • You could be sued for… Read more »

Why every workplace needs a first aider

Posted: December 22nd, 2011 by TutorCare comment-icon Comments disabled

Unfortunately, accidents can happen in the workplace whatever the type of environment and employees can be taken ill. Whether the company is a multi-national enterprise or a small business, the Health and Safety (First Aid) Regulations 1981 are clear: employers must provide ‘adequate and appropriate equipment, facilities and personnel to ensure their employees receive immediate attention if they are injured or taken ill at work.’ While it is usually necessary to conduct a risk-assessment in order to determine what is… Read more »

The Welsh Government set to introduce new food hygiene rating system

Posted: December 21st, 2011 by TutorCare comment-icon Comments disabled

A new mandatory food hygiene rating system could soon be put into place by the Welsh Government in response to recent serious outbreaks of food poisoning. In 2005, more than one hundred and fifty people in Cardiff were affected by an outbreak of E. Coli, while just two years ago in 2009, four people from Wrexham were hospitalised. Food poisoning outbreaks can have serious repercussions for the communities involved: people can become seriously ill and even die, while the reputation… Read more »

Undercooked liver causes food poisoning

Posted: December 21st, 2011 by TutorCare comment-icon Comments disabled

So far in 2011, there have been 18 outbreaks of one particular form of food poisoning, with over 440 people becoming unwell as a result, although only one required hospital treatment. The culprit? Campylobacter, the most common form of bacterial food poisoning. It can cause various symptoms, from stomach pain and cramps, diarrhoea and fever. Vomiting is unusual and most people do recover within a week. Recent figures released by the Health Protection Agency have shown rather worryingly, however, that… Read more »

£5,000 fine for hotel after teenage employee injured by rotary iron

Posted: November 30th, 2011 by Dermot comment-icon Comments disabled

A hotel in the North Yorkshire town of Filey has been fined a total of £5,000 after a teenage employee was injured and left permanently scarred by a commercial rotary iron used on the premises. The 17-year-old, who has not been named, suffered burns to three of her fingers in the incident, which occurred at the Downcliffe House Hotel in May of this year. She had to be treated in Pinderfields Hospital, which specialises in treating burns victims. An investigation… Read more »

Bath landlord fined for fire safety breaches

Posted: November 29th, 2011 by Eloise comment-icon Comments disabled

Bath & North East Somerset Council has revealed that it has successfully prosecuted a landlord who was breaching numerous fire safety regulations at a house he owned in the Bath area. Mr Hei Ting Chung was prosecuted following a complaint, and a subsequent inspection of The Oval premises by officers from the council’s Housing Services Team. They found fire alarms which did not work, door locks that were unsuitable and could trap residents in the event of a fire, and… Read more »

The importance of learning Basic Life Support (BLS)

Posted: November 28th, 2011 by Craig comment-icon Comments disabled

Basic Life Support (BLS) is a level of medical care used in emergency, life-threatening situations until the victim can be cared for professionally by a team of paramedics or at a hospital. It can help people who are choking, drowning or are suffering from cardiac arrest, and it can make the difference between life and death for some people. BLS is included in all first aid training courses, along with related life-saving techniques and procedures such as cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR)…. Read more »

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