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Working Safely training: an essential course for all employees

Posted: May 23rd, 2011 by Dermot comment-icon Comments disabled

Health and safety at work training is often specific to the nature of the job and its inherent risks, meaning that employees who take on more dangerous tasks will need to attend more advanced training courses. However, there is a course designed to teach all employees within the business the basics of health and safety at work. The course is called Working Safely, and it is accredited by the Institution of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH). The IOSH Working Safely… Read more »

Report finds NHS care for elderly fractures and falls is inadequate

Posted: May 22nd, 2011 by Eloise comment-icon Comments disabled

A new audit conducted by the Royal College of Physicians has found that NHS hospitals are failing to provide adequate care to elderly patients who have suffered fractures or falls. The audit found that there was an “unacceptable variation” in the quality of care training, treatment and services provided by NHS hospitals for falls and broken bones caused by slips and trips. The Royal College of Physicians did accept that modest improvements have been made compared to previous years, but… Read more »

Tesco fined for selling out-of-date food in Bracknell branch

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

The supermarket chain Tesco has been fined by Trading Standards after one of its stores was caught selling more than 120 food items that were past their sell-by date. The charges against Tesco were brought after a shopper complained to Bracknell Forest Council that her teenage daughter had fallen ill after eating a chargrilled chicken pasta salad bought from the supermarket’s Martins Heron branch. On a visit to the store in June 2010, Trading Standards officers found a total of… Read more »

Lone working training: why is it so important?

Posted: May 20th, 2011 by Craig comment-icon Comments disabled

People working by themselves, such as those working in home care environments or in intensive residential establishments, can face a number of personal health and safety risks. They also face different challenges to carers working as part of a team in a nursing home or a hospital. Health and safety is a big issue with lone working, and home carers in particular are at risk from exposure to infection, slips, trips and falls and even violence and abuse. This is… Read more »

Patisserie owner fined for food safety offences

Posted: May 19th, 2011 by Eloise comment-icon Comments disabled

The owner of a patisserie in the small Surrey village of Stoke D’Abernon has been charged with a number of food safety offences and fined more than £3,500. John Matthews, who owns the Patisserie, was accused of putting his customers’ health at risk after environmental health officers from Elmbridge Council inspected his premises in 2009. They found a number of food hygiene problems, including: • Walls, floors, ceilings and food preparation surfaces that had not been cleaned • Raw ingredients… Read more »

Police officers use first aid skills to bring pensioner back to life seven times

Posted: May 18th, 2011 by Dermot comment-icon Comments disabled

Two police officers working at Heathrow Airport have been commended for their quick-thinking actions and dedication after they saved a woman’s life by resuscitating her a total of seven times. PCs Phil Woods and Brian Crawford were on patrol at Heathrow in July 2010 when they were called to Terminal 4 by reports that a 68-year-old woman had collapsed and had stopped breathing. Using the skills they learned in first aid training and an automated external defibrillator provided by the… Read more »

Assessing fire risks in the workplace: what to look out for

Posted: May 17th, 2011 by Eloise comment-icon Comments disabled

Every business operating in the UK is required to carry out a fire risk assessment, to identify, assess and remove risks in order to protect employees and members of the public. You can either hire a professional fire risk assessment consultant to carry it out for you, or you can do it yourself provided you are thorough in your approach and have all the right information at your disposal. The first step of a fire risk assessment is to identify… Read more »

Newport firm fined for lax health and safety after worker accident

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

A firm from Newport has been fined more than £50,000 in Cardiff Crown Court after an employee crushed his hand in workplace accident. Employee Neil Smith was apparently measuring steel at his workplace, Celsa Manufacturing UK Ltd, when the incident occurred. After his original measurements were disputed by managers, Mr Smith was sent back to measure again using a method later ruled in court to be “extremely dangerous”. Although he was likely to have undergone health and safety training and… Read more »

Safe food storage: getting the right training

Posted: May 15th, 2011 by Dermot comment-icon Comments disabled

If you work within a business or organisation which in some way supplies or serves food to the public, you have a responsibility to ensure that you follow all safety rules and procedures. Food safety laws exist for a reason; to protect the general public and ensure that all food served or supplied is safe and of high quality. Food storage is a very important part of food hygiene training, and there is a lot of information to learn. However,… Read more »

Falmouth care home ordered to improve training standards

Posted: May 14th, 2011 by Eloise comment-icon Comments disabled

The bosses of a care home in Falmouth, Cornwall, have been ordered to improve standards of care and staff training after inspectors found that it was “falling far short of standards people should be able to expect”. Inspectors from the Care Quality Commission (CQC) visited the King Charles Court nursing home in November 2010 and then again in February 2011. They found a number of problems on the first visit, and not all of these had been rectified by the… Read more »

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