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A closer look at the duties of the ‘responsible person’ for fire safety pt.2

Posted: September 18th, 2011 by Craig comment-icon Comments disabled

As the responsible person for fire safety within a business or organisation, there are certain duties you must fulfil. This requires you to take a fire safety training course to learn all that you need to know, and you should ensure that the course you choose is one designed for fire marshals. We have already looked at a few of the duties of the responsible person (see pt.1), but there are a few more. For example, the responsible person must:… Read more »

A closer look at the duties of the ‘responsible person’ for fire safety pt.1

Posted: September 17th, 2011 by Craig comment-icon Comments disabled

In every business or organisation, there should be one person who has some degree of control over fire safety policy and fire prevention systems within the premises. This person is called the ‘responsible person’, and can be the owner or manager of a business or simply someone who has been appointed by the owner. The main aim of the responsible person is to ensure that everyone who uses the premises can escape if a fire should break out. If you… Read more »

Cornish nursing home failing in its duty of care

Posted: September 16th, 2011 by Eloise comment-icon Comments disabled

The Care Quality Commission (CQC) has identified the St Theresa’s Care Centre in Callington, Cornwall, as failing in its duty of care, as elderly residents were found to be going without adequate food and drink. This was the verdict following a surprise visit to the Cornish nursing home last August, when inspectors found that some residents did not appear to have sufficient nutrition and hydration. In addition, only three out of the 19 people monitored had been given a bath… Read more »

81 per cent of parents don’t know first aid skills

Posted: September 15th, 2011 by Dermot comment-icon Comments disabled

According to new research, as many as 81 per cent of parents don’t have even the most basic of first aid skills. This means that if their baby or child were to need emergency medical help, this 81 per cent of parents would not know what to do. The research, undertaken by Tesco Baby & Toddler Club, found that most parents had not had any first aid training prior to having children. This is despite the fact that one in… Read more »

Roofing firm fined over unsafe working practices

Posted: September 14th, 2011 by Eloise comment-icon Comments disabled

A roofing firm based in Derby has been fined by Derby Magistrates Court after two of its roofers were seen working on a roof in Swadlincote without using any safety equipment. Aquacoat Ltd was prosecuted by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) after its inspectors, who happened to be passing the Oldfield Drive site in June last year, saw that the contractor’s roofing team were not using any safety equipment to prevent anyone from falling and injuring themselves. Working at… Read more »

Fire safety training and its importance in care environments

Posted: September 13th, 2011 by Craig comment-icon Comments disabled

Fire safety training is an essential for any business, organisation or premises which admits members of the public. It ensures all necessary precautions are taken against fire and teaches all staff members what to do in an emergency. In short, it can save lives and protect property. Health and social care environments are generally staffed by people who have undergone extensive care training on how to look after vulnerable, ill and elderly people and how to meet their needs. One… Read more »

People put off first aid training for fear of getting it wrong, charity claims

Posted: September 12th, 2011 by Eloise comment-icon Comments disabled

According to a new survey conducted by a leading first aid charity, a considerable number of people are put off learning first aid for fear that they will get it wrong. The British Red Cross has conducted a poll of over 2,000 adults ahead of World First Aid Day, which takes place on Saturday 10th September. Researchers found that as many as two-thirds of the people they asked shied away from learning vital first aid skills because they thought it… Read more »

Chesham takeaway owners fined for failing to improve food hygiene standards

Posted: September 11th, 2011 by Dermot comment-icon Comments disabled

The owners of a takeaway in the Buckinghamshire town of Chesham have been fined for failing to improve food hygiene standards at their premises. Eshan and Usman Ghani, who are brothers, were prosecuted by Chiltern District Council (CDC) after environmental health officers uncovered numerous problems at their Broad Street takeaway, Mighty Bite. The premises was first inspected back in January 2009, and officers identified that the owners of the takeaway did not have sufficient food safety management systems in place…. Read more »

HSE prosecutes Somerset firm over engineering accident

Posted: September 10th, 2011 by Dermot comment-icon Comments disabled

An engineering firm based in Somerset has been prosecuted by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) after a work accident resulted in an employee losing four fingers. The incident occurred when apprentice machinist Kyle Bishop, 18, was working at the premises of Ashley’s of Yeovil in West Hendford. He was attempting to change the cutter of a milling machine when he accidentally switched it on, severing four of his fingers. An investigation by the HSE has found that the accident… Read more »

A quick guide to protecting your business premises from fire

Posted: September 10th, 2011 by Craig comment-icon Comments disabled

As a business owner, it is vitally important that you take all reasonable steps to protect your employees and your work premises from fire. There are many things you can do to make your business safer and reduce the risk of fire, and most of these are legal requirements. The following are a few basic steps to protecting your business from fire: • Appoint a ‘responsible person’ for fire safety, or take on the role yourself • Undergo fire safety… Read more »

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