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Chatburn care home honoured with Gold Standard award

Posted: September 8th, 2011 by Eloise comment-icon Comments disabled

A care home based in the East Lancashire village of Chatburn has received a Gold Standard award for its exceptional quality end of life care service. The Manor House Nursing Home was honoured with the national award as part of the Gold Standards Framework (GSF) in the Care Homes Quality Hallmark Awards. Management and staff at the home accepted the prestigious award at the International End of Life Care Conference in London. The Gold Standards Framework aims to support facilities… Read more »

Manchester housing developers fined for fire safety breaches

Posted: September 7th, 2011 by Craig comment-icon Comments disabled

Two housing developers have been fined more than £14,000 over fire safety breaches in student properties in Manchester. The developers, which are both part of the MCR Group, were prosecuted over standards at the 55-flat building on Grafton Street in Ardwick. Council inspectors visiting the property found a number of breaches of fire safety regulations, including: • Windows vital for smoke ventilation were obscured by scaffolding • Insufficient access for the fire service in an emergency • Lack of external… Read more »

Why do I need to go on a first aid refresher course?

Posted: September 6th, 2011 by Dermot comment-icon Comments disabled

First aid training can be immensely valuable for employees, as well as for businesses needing to comply with legislation on first aid provision. The skills you learn on a first aid training course can help you to save lives in almost any situation, so it is well worth signing up. However, it is also important to keep your first aid skills sharp and your knowledge up to date. This is why all first aiders must go on refresher courses on… Read more »

Ten school canteens in North Wales fail food safety checks

Posted: September 5th, 2011 by Eloise comment-icon Comments disabled

According to a report published by a consumer watchdog, as many as ten school canteens in North Wales are failing to meet food hygiene standards. The Food Standard Agency (FSA) investigated a number of schools in North Wales as part of its Food Hygiene Rating Scheme, and found that many were not up to scratch. Of those identified as poorly performing, two were in Denbighshire and eight were in Gwynedd. These schools were given a score of two or below,… Read more »

Printing firm in court over fatal employee accident

Posted: September 4th, 2011 by Craig comment-icon Comments disabled

The owners of a printing firm based in the Fengate area of Cambridgeshire in Peterborough has appeared in court over health and safety breaches which may have led to the death of an employee. The case centres on worker Ian Ebbs, who lost his life back in October 2008 when a printing press he was attempting to repair crushed him. During the night shift, a paddle wheel from the machine swung down and fell on Mr Ebbs, who was 43… Read more »

Southend tower block benefits from £3m fire safety improvements

Posted: September 2nd, 2011 by Craig comment-icon Comments disabled

The residents of a tower block in Southend-on-Sea in Essex are to benefit from a total of £3 million in fire safety improvements at the building. The ten-storey Bewley Court building, which is occupied by council tenants, has been fitted with state of the art fire prevention systems. The aim of the project, which was carried out on behalf of Southend Council, is to protect residents from vandals, arsonists and other yobs who have lit rubbish fires in communal areas… Read more »

North Yorkshire employers face prosecution over lack of first aiders

Posted: September 1st, 2011 by Dermot comment-icon Comments disabled

Employers in the Selby area of North Yorkshire have been warned that they could face prosecution for not having proper first aid cover should a serious injury or even a fatality occur in their workplaces. Most organisations are obliged by law to have enough first aiders, who have been on the necessary first aid training courses and who have the relevant qualifications, to cover the whole business. This often means having a few first aiders to cover illness, annual leave… Read more »

The benefits of involving employees in health and safety

Posted: August 31st, 2011 by Eloise comment-icon Comments disabled

As the owner of a business, you have a legal and moral responsibility to protect your workers from illness or injury whilst they are at work. This means implementing a watertight health and safety policy, conducting a full risk assessment on the premises and ensuring all employees undergo health and safety training. This sounds like a lot of work, but it is very important that you do everything you can to comply with government regulations. There is a way, however,… Read more »

Bolton care home not meeting essential quality and safety standards

Posted: August 30th, 2011 by Craig comment-icon Comments disabled

A care home in the Bolton town of Horwich, in Greater Manchester, has been found to not be meeting certain essential quality and safety standards. St Catherine’s Care Home was inspected by officers from the Care Quality Commission (CQC) in July 2011. Following the visit, concerns were raised that the home was not meeting nine of the essential standards. Problems included – but were not limited to – the following: • There were gaps in promoting the dignity and privacy… Read more »

Shocking food safety problems uncovered at Suffolk pub

Posted: August 29th, 2011 by Dermot comment-icon Comments disabled

The former landlord of a pub in Suffolk has been fined nearly £2,000 and banned from working in food outlets after a number of shocking food safety breaches were uncovered at the premises. Officer from Environmental Health visited the Huntsman and Hounds pub in Spexhall, near Halesworth, back in December 2009. They found one of the worst cases of food hygiene breaches they had ever encountered, including: • Food that was covered with mould or in a substantial state of… Read more »

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