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UK care homes found to be routinely breaching fire regulations

Posted: July 8th, 2011 by Eloise comment-icon 1

A number of care homes in the UK have been found to be routinely breaching fire safety regulations and putting their residents at risk, according to a report in the Guardian. Following a freedom of information request, it was revealed that as many as 135 care homes in the UK have been identified as fire hazards by inspectors from the fire service. In total, as many as 4,700 elderly and disabled people were found to be in danger by residing… Read more »

Entry to social care: the Common Induction Standards

Posted: July 7th, 2011 by Dermot comment-icon Comments disabled

If you are new to the health and social care sector, there are a number of areas you must be trained in before you can work unsupervised. These are known as the Common Induction Standards, and they are essential for anyone starting a career in social care. The Common Induction Standards are designed to reflect current policy and practice within the sector, and give new staff a comprehensive and standardised induction into their new roles. They feed in perfectly to… Read more »

Report reveals shortage of well-trained home carers

Posted: July 6th, 2011 by Craig comment-icon Comments disabled

A new report published by the think tank IPPR has concluded that due to a shortage of well-trained care staff, an increasing number of elderly people are receiving poor quality care at home. IPPR researchers found a number of factors that appeared to be contributing to the UK’s ‘failing’ home care system, including high staff turnover rates, an over-reliance on migrant workers and low wages. This situation appears to be worse in London, where as many as 75 per cent… Read more »

Housing providers admit fire safety failures

Posted: July 5th, 2011 by Dermot comment-icon Comments disabled

A new survey has revealed that three quarters of the people who work for housing providers do not believe proper fire risk assessments have been carried out. The survey, undertaken by the fire service and the Chartered Institute of Housing (CIH), involved asking nearly 400 employees of different housing providers if they were confident their organisations had properly assessed all fire risks at the high-rise tower blocks they managed. The results of the survey, which was launched following the deaths… Read more »

Looking at health and safety from a supervisory perspective

Posted: July 4th, 2011 by Eloise comment-icon Comments disabled

All businesses and organisations have a legal responsibility to ensure their employees’ safety whilst at work. This means taking all required measures to reduce or remove health and safety risks. Whilst a company may have a health and safety policy, it will always need someone to implement it. Managers and supervisors therefore have a legal and moral responsibility to ensure all employees work in a safe, risk-free environment. The best way to contribute to and even improve your company’s health… Read more »

Somerset farmers urged to undergo first aid training

Posted: July 3rd, 2011 by Craig comment-icon 1

Following the release of statistics which suggest that the agriculture is one of the most dangerous to work in, farmers in Somerset have been urged to undergo first aid training. The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) recently published data which showed that there were 34 fatal injuries within the agriculture sector in 2010-11. This works out at an average of 8 fatalities per 100,000 workers last year, which is a considerable amount compared to the average 9.6 deaths recorded over… Read more »

Hartlepool care home receives gold star award

Posted: July 2nd, 2011 by Dermot comment-icon Comments disabled

An end-of-life care home in the North East town of Hartlepool has been honoured with a prestigious national award for providing exception care to its residents. The Charlotte Grange Residential Care Home, which is located on Flaxton Street in Hartlepool, was given the Gold Standard Framework Award after demonstrating very high standards of care. The home, which has 46 residents, completed a two-year portfolio in which it proved that it met all of the 20 standards required to attain the… Read more »

Hygiene training – how it can help prevent HCAI

Posted: July 2nd, 2011 by Eloise comment-icon Comments disabled

One of the key elements of delivering high-quality care is hygiene. Maintaining high standards in hygiene and cleanliness in care environments is everyone’s responsibility, and it must be taken incredibly seriously if we want to prevent Health Care Acquired Infection (HCAI) from occurring. There are two crucial components to providing clean, safe care – knowing what to do to prevent HCAI and actually doing it on a day-to-day basis. The first step to take is to undergo basic hygiene training… Read more »

Wolverhampton bar fined £9,000 over hygiene standards

Posted: July 1st, 2011 by Craig comment-icon Comments disabled

The owners of a bar in the centre of Wolverhampton have been ordered to pay a substantial fine after a catalogue of food hygiene problems were uncovered at the premises. City centre bar The Varsity, located on Stafford Street, was visited by environmental health officers from Wolverhampton City Council in November 2010. After a thorough inspection, officers reported that the bar had “appalling” standards of food hygiene and cleanliness. The owners of the bar, the Buckinghamshire-based Barracuda Bars Co Ltd,… Read more »

HSE figures reveal workplace fatalities have risen

Posted: June 30th, 2011 by Dermot comment-icon Comments disabled

The latest figures released by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) have suggested that there has been a worrying rise in the number of fatal work-related incidents in the last year, and that employers could be doing more to protect their workers. The HSE statistics show that 171 workers were killed between April 2010 and March 2011, which is a significant increase to the 147 workplace-related deaths recorded in 2009-2010. Employers have a statutory duty to ensure the safety of… Read more »

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