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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 »

Staff use fire safety training to save residents in care home blaze

Posted: July 14th, 2011 by Craig comment-icon Comments disabled

The staff at a care home in Enniskillen in Northern Ireland had occasion to use the skills learnt in their fire safety training after a fire broke out and residents had to be evacuated safely. The Clare House care home, which specialises in the treatment of people with mental health problems, went up in flames last Tuesday (12th July) at around 12.30am. By the time the fire brigade arrived on the scene to tackle the blaze, the home’s staff had… Read more »

Stourport care home honoured with dementia care award

Posted: July 13th, 2011 by Dermot comment-icon Comments disabled

Staff at the Ravenhurst Care Home in Stourport have been honoured with a prestigious award for their efforts in improving care for dementia patients. The award was presented to Anastasia Meredith, the manager of the Sanctuary Care-run home, and her deputy Mary Grannell at the headquarters of Worcestershire County Council. At County Hall, the prestigious Improving the Quality of Dementia Care award was presented to them by Eddie Clark, the council’s director of adult and community services. Ms Meredith attributed… Read more »

Mansfield hotel manager pleads guilty to fire safety offences

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

A manager of two hotels in Mansfield, Nottinghamshire, has pleaded guilty to a number of fire safety offences at Nottingham Crown Court. David Liu, the manager of both the Market Inn and the Dial Hotel, admitted 15 breaches of the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005 after officers from Nottingham Fire and Rescue Service uncovered serious problems at his hotels. During a routine inspection, fire safety officers found that the upper floors of both premises were being used as sleeping… Read more »

Healthy eating training for caterers

Posted: July 11th, 2011 by Craig comment-icon Comments disabled

Healthy eating is a bigger issue these days than ever before, as the government takes new measures to battle ill health and death caused by poor diets, unhealthy eating habits and obesity. In addition to standard food safety training, catering firms and their workers should also ensure that they consider arranging more specialised training on healthy eating. This is particularly relevant for firms which supply food to educational facilities or to the health and social care sector. Attaining such a… Read more »

Building managers fined over fire safety breaches in London flats

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

The managers of a block of flats in London have been fined thousands of pounds by Southwark Crown Court after numerous fire safety breaches were uncovered at the property. Inspectors from London Fire Brigade visited the Gloucester Terrace flats in Paddington after a fire broke out in one of the flats. They found a number of quite serious fire safety hazards, including failures to lock the electrical intake cupboard and failure to install a proper fire alarm system. The fire… Read more »

Hotel receptionist uses first aid training to save elderly woman’s life

Posted: July 9th, 2011 by Craig comment-icon Comments disabled

A hotel receptionist from Llandudno was able to save an elderly woman’s life using her first aid training after the guest collapsed and stopped breathing. Julie Smith, 47, was working at the Tynedale Hotel on a night shift when an elderly guest, 87-year-old Freda Madden, collapsed on the dance floor during the last dance of the night. As she had attended first aid training sessions previously, the receptionist was able to rush to the woman’s aid and keep her alive… Read more »

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