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A brief guide to making your work premises safe from fire

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

Fire safety is incredibly important within the workplace, and employers have a legal responsibility to protect their employees and members of the public. If you are setting up a new business or you feel you aren’t necessarily meeting all standards required of you, the following tips should help you to make your premises safe from fire. 1. Research the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005 – these are the rules you need to adhere to 2. Carry out a fire… Read more »

Heinz fined for health and safety failures after worker loses a finger

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

The international food company Heinz has been prosecuted by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) and fined after an employee lost a finger in a workplace accident. HJ Heinz Company Ltd was fined £20,000 and ordered to pay court costs of £4,496.50 after an unnamed employee lost an index finger whilst operating industrial machinery at the company’s factory in Kitt Green, Wigan. The incident occurred in April 2008, when a 65-year-old employee was making a new part for a packaging… Read more »

Reading care home owners hit back at CQC criticism

Posted: June 1st, 2011 by Craig comment-icon 2

The owners of a care home in Reading have expressed irritation at a recent report published by the Care Quality Commission (CQC) on standards at the home. The Orchard Lodge care home, on Baskerville Road, has 11 residents, many of whom have dementia. After a visit in February, CQC inspectors claimed that the home had failed to meet 12 out of 17 ‘essential’ standards of care, quality and safety. The report stated: “The home did not ensure that people had… Read more »

Lancaster mum uses first aid training to resuscitate daughter

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

A woman from Lancaster was able to use her recently acquired first aid training to resuscitate her young daughter, after she fell and hit her head whilst playing in the garden. BBC News Lancashire reports that Sonya Hall’s three-year-old daughter Tilly was playing with her brother last March when she fell over and banged her head. The 33-year-old mother described how Tilly was shaking, had stopped breathing and had gone blue in the face. Luckily, Sonya had recently taken a… Read more »

Dealing with confrontational behaviour in a care environment

Posted: May 31st, 2011 by Dermot comment-icon Comments disabled

Working in health and social care can be tremendously rewarding, but it can also be a challenging and complex line of work. Care workers need specialist knowledge and training to look after people with specific medical conditions, and they also need to know how to look after themselves. Unfortunately, cases of violence and aggression still occur within the care sector, despite initiatives set up by the Government to counter it. Often, difficult or dangerous situations are unavoidable, such as in… Read more »

Smoked salmon supplier scoops food safety award

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

One of Scotland’s oldest suppliers of traditional smoked salmon has been honoured with an award for maintaining exemplary standards in food safety training, measures and practice. The British Retail Consortium (BRC) made the decision to award John Ross Jr (Aberdeen Ltd) with the Grade A Global Standard for Food Safety after the company opened the doors of its smokehouse for an in-depth audit of its food safety and quality procedures. The company’s high standards, which it has been working towards… Read more »

Scarborough landlord fined for fire safety breaches in flats

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

The landlord of a block of flats in Scarborough has been fined more than £5,500 after breaching fire safety regulations and putting his tenants in danger. Ewan McFerren pleaded guilty of five breaches of the Fire Safety Order (2005) in York Crown Court recently, and was subsequently fined £5,500 and ordered to pay court costs of £2,400. The charges related to a block of flats on New Queen Street in Scarborough, in which fire safety investigators found a catalogue of… Read more »

Is your workplace due for a health and safety inspection?

Posted: May 28th, 2011 by Eloise comment-icon Comments disabled

As a business that has employees or that comes into contact with members of the public, it is very important to ensure that all your health and safety, and fire safety, measures are up to date. You can conduct a full risk assessment, arrange for your staff to undergo health and safety training and implement all recommended safety measures – but if you don’t review everything regularly you may be in violation of the law. More importantly, you may be… Read more »

Leicester takeaway shut down for shocking food safety offences

Posted: May 27th, 2011 by Craig comment-icon Comments disabled

A fast food restaurant in Leicester has been shut down by environmental health officers after an inspection revealed cockroach and mice infestations and shockingly unsanitary conditions in food preparation areas. The Eagle Pan takeaway in Belgrave, Leicestershire, was inspected by members of the council’s Food Safety Team recently. The unsanitary conditions they encountered were severe enough for environmental health officer Alison Cadmore to shut the restaurant down within an hour of the visit. She said: “I immediately noticed mouse droppings… Read more »

CQC releases dignity and nutrition report after 12 hospitals spot-checks

Posted: May 27th, 2011 by Craig comment-icon Comments disabled

The Care Quality Commission (CQC) has this week published its first detailed reports following twelve unannounced inspections of NHS hospitals throughout the UK. The CQC states that the findings do not represent a complete picture of standards at all of the hospitals; simply a snapshot of conditions and quality of care on the day of the visit. The first reports, available in full on the CQC website, flag up problems in three of the hospitals inspected so far. The NHS… Read more »

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