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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 »

Investigation launched into Manchester Lowry hotel food poisoning outbreak

Posted: November 27th, 2011 by Dermot comment-icon Comments disabled

A detailed investigation has been launched by health officials after around 80 guests were affected by a food poisoning outbreak at the Lowry Hotel in Greater Manchester. The incident occurred last month when a charity dinner was hosted at the five-star Lowry Hotel in Salford. Around 80 diners reported feeling dizzy and suffering from vomiting after the event, and it is now suspected that they had been exposed to a bug known as campylobacter, which is caused by undercooked meat…. Read more »

Country club given scathing review for cleanliness

Posted: November 27th, 2011 by Eloise comment-icon Comments disabled

An upmarket leisure resort and country club near Barton-under-Needwood in Staffordshire has received a scathing report on its hygiene and cleanliness, following an inspection by the council’s environmental health team. Earlier this month, the Wychnor Park Country Club was visited by a council inspector, who found a number of breaches of food safety regulations. These included blocked drains, dirty dish washing areas, broken crockery left lying around, dirty floors, broken refrigerators and some improper storage of food items. In response… Read more »

West Cumbrian care home falling short of required standards

Posted: November 26th, 2011 by Craig comment-icon Comments disabled

A care home in West Cumbria has been identified as falling short of the required quality standards, and new admissions to the home have been suspended as a result. The Riverside Court Care Home in Maryport, which is run by Four Seasons Health Care, was inspected by council officials and was found to be failing at least 17 different care criteria. There were issues with dispensing and stocking medication, as well as care training and supervision for staff, quality monitoring… Read more »

South Yorkshire construction firm wins health and safety award

Posted: November 25th, 2011 by Dermot comment-icon Comments disabled

A construction firm with offices throughout the UK has won a prestigious health and safety award at the Celebrating Construction in South Yorkshire Awards Ceremony. At the event, held in Sheffield’s Cutlers’ Hall, the high calibre of work within all tiers of Yorkshire’s construction and property industry was celebrated. Everyone was present from building firms and development companies to designers and end-users, but the one to scoop the coveted Health and Safety Award was VINCI Construction UK. After all entries… Read more »

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