Types of Fire Extinguisher

When a fire breaks out on premises, it is possible to fight it yourself using one of the fire extinguishers that may be located in your building. However, certain types of fire extinguisher can’t be used on certain fires; doing so would do more damage than good. This article will explain the classification system of fires, and which extinguishers can be used on which. Continue reading “Types of Fire Extinguisher”

First Aid Course – What to expect on a first aid training course

Learning first aid can be the difference between life and death for someone who has been in an accident, or otherwise suffered an injury. Whilst there are many first aid qualifications out there, most can be expected to have a similar kind of structure. This article aims to outline what can be found on a first aid course, and to provide some advice on how to make the most effective use of time on the day.

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RIDDOR – Definition, Legislation and Employee Training

In an employment setting, one has to be aware of any relevant legislation that determines how to act in given situations. The Reporting of Injuries, Diseases, and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations 2013 (RIDDOR) details what duties are put onto employers, self-employed persons, or those who are in control of workplaces in situations requiring reporting of incidents. This article explains some key definitions involved with the legislation, as well as some other associated things that are required to be reported. Continue reading “RIDDOR – Definition, Legislation and Employee Training”

Mandatory Training Courses – What are they?

Mandatory training relates to training that employers are expected to provide to their staff following statutory requirements.  Statutory requirements include the Health and Safety at Work Act, local authority requirements, and the requirements specified by the Care Quality Commission. Continue reading “Mandatory Training Courses – What are they?”

Legionella and Legionnaires’ Disease – What is it?

Preventing legionella (Legionnaires’ disease) is a necessity for those who own premises which are used for business or trade, or rented for residential or business purposes; any commercial premises that have a water distribution or storage system has to have proper measures taken to stop the spread of disease-causing bacteria. It is a rare disease, but one that poses serious health risks and is easily preventable. This article will explain what Legionnaires’ disease is, and the steps you can take to prevent it. Continue reading “Legionella and Legionnaires’ Disease – What is it?”

Managing Stress – Finding a work-life balance that is healthy for all

Whilst stress is commonly interchanged with the word ‘pressure’, it is, in fact, a totally different thing. Stress is the feeling one suffers when they feel out of control of their life or circumstances. Stress can cause a multitude of physiological or emotional problems, all of which impact productivity and well being. Stress may be associated with a mental state but managing stress is a skillset that individuals should work on in order to achieve a good healthy work-life balance. Continue reading “Managing Stress – Finding a work-life balance that is healthy for all”

Working at Heights – What employers must know about working at height

The construction industry has strict regulations regarding health and safety including guidelines for those working at height.  Without proper training, workers at height are at risk, and their employers can be liable for any injury they suffer as a result. This article outlines the basics of working at heights covering current legislation and risks in the workplace. Continue reading “Working at Heights – What employers must know about working at height”

Fire Safety Awareness – prevention and what to do in a fire

The safest method of dealing with fires is to take steps to prevent them. The leading causes of property fires are faulty wiring and power outlets, yet these are also arguably the most easily avoided fires.  This article covers some basic steps in Fire Prevention and looks at the importance of Fire Safety Awareness. Continue reading “Fire Safety Awareness – prevention and what to do in a fire”

Bipolar Disorder: how to live with the diagnosis

If you have been diagnosed with bipolar disorder, know this: Although it is a diagnosis that is not going away, it can be very manageable if you know how to take care of yourself. Gaining knowledge is the first key step. Below you will find information to help you understand the disorder and discuss it with others. You will also find information to help tackle the symptoms of the disorder. Lastly, you will gain the basic knowledge that you need in order to live well with bipolar disorder. Continue reading “Bipolar Disorder: how to live with the diagnosis”

Medication management in Care

Working in a care home, or indeed in any domiciliary care role will require you to understand the principles of medication management.  While the focus of any care role is on the patient, you are also responsible for the care of others in their locale.  The onus ultimately is on you and mistakes with medicine can be fatal. This article looks at medication management and explains how the management of any prescribed or over the counter medicine is an important aspect of the job.

Patients are in care because they require a level of support.  This support may be in the form of physical support, such as moving a patient  or it may be emotional support.  In health and social care, it is important to remember at all times that no two patients are the same – some may have mobility issues, some chronic illness and others may need help with simple tasks that others take for granted. Continue reading “Medication management in Care”