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Norovirus outbreak contained at Isle of Man care home

Posted: July 23rd, 2011 by Eloise comment-icon Comments disabled

The Cummal Mooar care home in Ramsey, Isle of Man, has been hit by an outbreak of the vomiting bug known as norovirus. The virus is believed to have affected ten residents and six staff at the home, which is located on Queen’s Promenade in Ramsey. The health service in charge of the home has issued a statement to reassure the public, as well as friends and family of those affected, that the norovirus outbreak has been contained to two… Read more »

Reviewing your company’s fire safety plans

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

Each and every business with employees must have a fire risk assessment as well as workers who are trained in fire safety. Ideally, you will have more than one trained fire marshal, who will be able to help supervisors and managers to implement the company’s fire safety plans. Once fire safety plans have been devised and implemented, and the company has met all of its legal obligations with regards to fire safety, it is then necessary for regular reviews, assessments… Read more »

Cricketer uses first aid training to save opponent’s life during match

Posted: July 21st, 2011 by Dermot comment-icon Comments disabled

A cricketer was able to use his first aid skills to save a life when one of his teenage opponents was hit with a ball during a cricket match and his heart stopped. David Tungate, 17, was batting when a fast ball hit him just below the ribs, causing him to collapse on the field. According to onlookers, who originally thought he was only winded, he was struggling to breathe, went pale and then stopped breathing altogether. Some attempts at… Read more »

Learning the basics of food safety

Posted: July 20th, 2011 by Eloise comment-icon Comments disabled

You will never be able to progress in a career in a catering or hospitality industry, or indeed any that involves preparing or serving food, unless you are trained in the basics of food safety. In fact, in a lot of businesses and organisations, a basic food hygiene qualification is a crucial entry requirement. Food safety training is important because it teaches you how to safely prepare, store, cook and serve food to members of the public. It also offers… Read more »

Wymeswold care home improves after critical CQC report

Posted: July 19th, 2011 by Craig comment-icon Comments disabled

The owners of a care home in Wymeswold have responded to a damning inspection report by the Care Quality Commission (CQC), confirming that a number of improvements have now been made. The original report, published last May, flagged up a number of problems at the Wymeswold Court care home. These mainly related to the provision and quality of care and the staffing of the home, as well as the level of care training undergone by existing staff members. Southern Cross… Read more »

Edinburgh sewage firm commended for health and safety excellence

Posted: July 18th, 2011 by Eloise comment-icon Comments disabled

The operator of a sewage works in Seafield in north-east Edinburgh has been honoured with a Gold award for health and safety at this year’s The Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA) Occupational Health and Safety Awards 2011. Veolia Water Outsourcing picked up the RoSPA award in honour of its excellent safety practices, which are likely to have included high standards of health and safety training. Commenting on Veolia Environmental Services’ achievements and the reasons why it earned… Read more »

Are your staff able to administer first aid in an emergency?

Posted: July 17th, 2011 by Dermot comment-icon Comments disabled

It is a legal requirement for each UK workplace to have at least one trained first aider, whether in offices, outdoor working areas and especially within health and social care environments. However, the owners and managers of businesses and organisers need to prepare for situations in which their first aider is unable to perform his or her duties. This could be because of annual leave, illness or perhaps the first aider is the one who needs medical attention. You could… Read more »

Meat firm fined £25,000 for health and safety breaches

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

A meat processing firm based in Northern Ireland has been prosecuted and fined for health and safety breaches after an employee was seriously injured in a work-related accident. Forklift truck driver Lucas de Costa, 32, sustained serious head injuries after a stack of heavy pallets fell on him whilst working at the Linden Foods of Dungannon factory in February 2010. In fact, Mr de Costa’s injuries were so severe that he is now in a semi-paralysed state and requires full-time… Read more »

Hospital catering service scores food hygiene award

Posted: July 16th, 2011 by Craig comment-icon Comments disabled

The catering service at West Suffolk Hospital has been honoured with a five-star award for food hygiene after inspectors visited earlier this month. The inspection, which was undertaken by officers from St Edmundsbury Borough Council, covered all aspects of food service within the hospital. This included the Courtyard Café, which is open to the public, as well as in-patient meals and the Time Out restaurant, which is where hospital staff eat their meals. The visit ran smoothly and as a… Read more »

How to manage health and safety in the workplace

Posted: July 15th, 2011 by Eloise comment-icon Comments disabled

It is not enough these days to ensure all employees in a business understand about health and safety rules and know how to work safely. You need to have a solid health and safety policy in place, and know how to implement and manage it properly. It takes specialist health and safety training to be able to do this efficiently, which is why all senior safety personnel, supervisors and managers will have the qualification known as the CIEH Level 4… Read more »

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