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How risk assessments can prevent injury

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

A health and safety breach at a children’s nursery has resulted in a fourteen month old boy losing the end of his finger. The boy, who had been playing next to nursery’s kitchen door, got his finger trapped, severing the end of the finger. The judge at Norwich Crown Court decided that the accident could have been prevented if the nursery had fitted finger guards to their doors. The failure to do so had caused the accident. He also ruled… Read more »

£3000 fine for poor hygiene standards

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

The owner of an Indian restaurant in Coventry has been prosecuted for poor hygiene standards following an inspection earlier this year. He has been ordered to pay a fine in excess of £3000 for failing to respect food safety regulations. Five food safety offences were discovered at the premises, including: • Inspectors were concerned by the fact that the hand basin in the kitchen had no hot water supply, and that there was no evidence of any soap, handwash or… Read more »

Fire destroys five buildings at Lancashire business park

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

A fire at the Lancashire Enterprise Business Park in Leyland has destroyed five buildings, resulted in the closure of local roads and disrupted rail travel. Twenty homes were also evacuated due to drifting smoke that was feared to be toxic. More than one hundred fire fighters were drafted in to tackle the blaze, which was brought under control although it was expected to take several days to extinguish completely. One of the affected buildings was being used to store toilet… Read more »

Quick action is essential in cases of food poisoning

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

Michelin-starred restaurant The Fat Duck, owned by celebrity chef Heston Blumenthal, was famously forced to close its doors in 2009 following an outbreak of the Norovirus. An academic journal is now claiming that many cases of infection could have been avoided if the restaurant had informed the authorities sooner. Two hundred and forty people eventually claimed that they had contracted the virus at the restaurant, and yet, the authorities were only informed after sixty-six complaints from the public. The Fat… Read more »

Why train online?

Posted: December 25th, 2011 by Eloise comment-icon Comments disabled

Tutorcare now offers online health and safety training and health and social care training, with more courses in compliance to be made available in the future. Training online offers certain advantages that are difficult to ignore: • Flexibility. Students can enrol at any time of the year, and complete their training at a time that suits them. This means that studies can easily be fitted around home and work responsibilities. • Personalised training. Online training allows students and employers to… Read more »

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 »

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