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Birmingham care home ordered to improve after patient injury

Posted: May 6th, 2011 by Eloise comment-icon 1

A care home in the Edgbaston area of Birmingham has been ordered by the Care Quality Commission (CQC) to improve its standards after a resident was injured due to suspected neglect. The Kerria Court care home, which has the capacity to care for 47 people, was visited by the CQC’s inspectors last February. During the inspection, it was found that a resident had sustained a minor injury due to “poor staff practice and potential neglect”, and there were also issues… Read more »

Preventing contamination in the food industry

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

Businesses and organisations operating within the food and drink industry have a responsibility to maintain extremely high standards in relation to food hygiene and safety. This is to protect the public from harm or ill health and adhere to health and safety laws. All employees within a food or drink business need to undergo rigorous food safety training in order to maintain the company’s high standards. There are many issues to learn about and some of these can be more… Read more »

Newquay hotel owners to be sentenced over fatal fire

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

The owners of a hotel in Newquay which burned down four years ago, in a fire that caused the loss of three lives, are to be sentenced in Truro Crown Court. The fire at the Penhallow Hotel broke out in August 2007, with the most likely cause of the blaze believed to be arson. Firefighters at the scene later described the fire as the worst they’d seen in Britain in forty years. More than 90 people escaped the blaze, but… Read more »

Stress: how it affects you as a care worker as well as the people you care for

Posted: May 4th, 2011 by Craig comment-icon Comments disabled

Being aware of stress and its negative effects is important in any work environment, as is knowing how to counter it. However, proper management of stress in a care environment is perhaps even more crucial. This because stress not only affects you, but your colleagues and importantly, the people you care for. Not everyone knows how to recognise stress, nor do they fully understand how it can create a negative working environment that in turn affects the day-to-day life of… Read more »

Bolton nightclub boss says fire safety course saved lives

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

The boss of a nightclub in Bolton has said that arranging fire safety training for himself and his staff potentially saved lives in a recent fire at the premises. The fire started at the Lush Disco Bar on Bradshawgate in Bolton in the early hours of Sunday (1st May) morning. Owner Giuseppe Granata claims that although the fire caused several thousands of pounds worth of damage, it could have turned into a major blaze and endangered many lives had staff… Read more »

Gordon Ramsay restaurant breaches food hygiene rules

Posted: May 3rd, 2011 by Craig comment-icon Comments disabled

According to recent press reports, the celebrity chef Gordon Ramsay’s London restaurant has breached a number of health and safety regulations. Claridges was inspected by environmental health officials in March 2009 and inspectors found a number of food hygiene issues. For example, a vacuum packing machine was covered with grease and mould was found on fridges and sinks. A customer also reportedly found a piece of cling film in his meal whilst dining at the luxurious Mayfair eatery. This isn’t… Read more »

A closer look at care training and its benefits

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

Health and social care is a challenging yet extremely rewarding sector to work in; its many demands meaning that workers with a wide range of skills are sought after almost all of the time. You can get all the skills and knowledge you need to be truly excellent at what you do by combining your on-the-job experience with the right care training courses. In your career, you may need training in particular areas (i.e. different medical conditions) in order to… Read more »

Sefton lifeguards administered first aid to 20 people last Easter weekend

Posted: May 1st, 2011 by Eloise comment-icon Comments disabled

According to a report in the Crosby Herald, the lifeguarding teams patrolling beaches in Sefton had a very busy time of it last Easter weekend, administering first aid and generally keeping people safe. Due to the good weather, thousands flocked to UK beaches to soak up the sun and enjoy water-based activities. However, this inevitable led to accidents, some of which could have been fatal. For example, over in Ainsdale-on-Sea (near Southport), lifeguard Ben Johnson used his initiative and his… Read more »

Land Rover fined for failing to assess health and safety risks

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

The vehicle manufacturer Land Rover has been prosecuted by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) and fined more than £20,000 for failing to conduct a proper risk assessment for workers and equipment at one manufacturing plant. An investigation of the Solihull Land Rover factors uncovered a number of safety issues. Firstly, a full and thorough risk assessment for workers using vibrating hand tools was not carried out by the vehicle manufacturing firm. Employees using these hand tools did so for… Read more »

What do you need to know to conduct a fire risk assessment?

Posted: April 29th, 2011 by Craig comment-icon Comments disabled

In any workplace or business premises, a fire risk assessment must be carried out in order to remove or reduce risks, protect employees and visitors and safeguard against emergency situations. It is a very important procedure, one that you are required by law to carry out. There are two options for conducting a fire risk assessment – you can hire a trained and experienced consultant to do it for you, or you can undertake some fire safety training and learn… Read more »

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