Legionella risk assessment

What is Legionnaires’ disease?

When people think of Legionnaires’ disease they don’t automatically associate it as a risk in the workplace. However as Legionella is a common bacteria it is sensible to undertake a Legionella risk assessment in any environment where heated water is present.

Legionella bacteria are a type of bacteria that are naturally found in natural water systems, e.g. rivers, lakes and ponds. It can pose a danger to humans if this bacterium finds its way into artificial water systems where water is maintained at a temperature high enough to encourage growth.  Domestic and work appliances such as showers, water tanks, hot and cold water systems and spa pools are all examples of breeding grounds for Legionella. Continue reading “Legionella risk assessment”

Manual Handling of Patients

In the healthcare assistance industry, professionals may have to come across varying kinds of patients. Some are physically disabled and other mentally. Both situations can cause limitations in the extent of the patients’ mobility. On the other hand, there are situations where the patients are not exactly disabled but may need help moving around to reduce stress. This article covers the basics in relation to the manual handling of patients.

 

Manually handling of patients
Manual handling of patients

Moving and handling the patient is not always with supports like wheelchairs, walkers or sticks. In many cases, the healthcare assistant has to manually handle the patient. This may involve lifting, moving, turning, and more. It is not an easy task. While many may think that is a mere inconvenience but professional and passionate healthcare assistants hardly think about it. They know it is their job and they are kind enough to support a fellow human.

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Burn Injuries in the Workplace and how to treat them

No matter how effective our preventive measures may seem to be, accidents are bound to happen at the workplace. One of the most common types of accidents that occur in the workplace are burns, especially in chemical industries. Both electrical and chemical equipment can be sources of burn injuries in the workplace.

Burns tend to damage the skin due to the high temperatures. Anyone dealing with a burn victim is required to be extra careful to avoid inflicting further pain on the victim. When the burns aren’t severe, they can easily be treated with simple first aid. However, some burns may be too severe and even life- threatening which will require immediate medical attention as well as on the spot first aid.

All employees need to have sufficient knowledge on how to treat minor burns in the workplace and how to care for life-threatening burns until the time a medical expert will arrive and take over. They should be able to identify the difference between a minor and fatal burn. Continue reading “Burn Injuries in the Workplace and how to treat them”

10 Suggestions for workplace safety

Organisations are always looking for new ways of making the workplace environment safe for every employee. In the recent years, the number of personal injury cases has been on the rise in several countries worldwide. Employers are paying out huge sums of money in compensation further strengthening the need for workplace safety.

Organisations are always in pursuit of new ways of minimising workplace accidents and reducing the likelihood of disruptive incidents that may occur. Below are ten simple steps that you can follow to make any workplace safer for everyone. Continue reading “10 Suggestions for workplace safety”

Reporting and recording injuries in the workplace

The key to a safer workplace is acceptance that the worst may indeed one day happen. Making your workplace safer can involve training, the installation of safety equipment and raising awareness regarding potential risks on site.  Reporting and recording injuries when they happen is a vital requirement for effective health and safety.

All workplace injuries must be addressed no matter how minor they seem. Depending upon type of sector your business operates in the kind of injury will vary but the most common ones include; cuts, sprains, fractures, burns, bleeding and lifting associated injuries such as pulled muscles.

Any incident within the workplace must be logged and reported following the legislation set out by the HSE or Health & Safety Executive body for the UK has set out legislation that states that any incident within the workplace must be logged and reported under the RIDDOR act (Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations). Continue reading “Reporting and recording injuries in the workplace”

Seizures: what to do if your child has one

First of all don’t panic. Don’t assume seizures are a sign of epilepsy –  but do see your doctor immediately after the event.

Seizures can be fairly common in children, and have many causes. Don’t automatically assume the worst and panic if your child has one.

The immediate thought is that he or she may have epilepsy, or that your child has a greater risk of developing epilepsy in the future. Fortunately this is not true.

A seizure occurs when lots of brain cells abnormally fire at the same time. This temporarily disrupts the normal electrical signals to the brain. This excessive and intense electrical activity overwhelms the normal brain functions and results in abnormal behaviour, awareness and body movements. Continue reading “Seizures: what to do if your child has one”

Abuse: Vulnerable adults and common signs

Everyone has a right to live an abuse free life, regardless of age, gender, race, or mental capacity. Normally, every adult will demand and fight for this right. But for vulnerable adults, due to their advanced age and intellectual impairments, cannot make such demands and hence, stand the risk of being abused.

What makes it worse is the inability of these adults to even identify abuse or to report it. Individuals with cognitive impairment may not be aware that they are being abused, while those with communication difficulties will find it difficult to express themselves. In some cases, the abusers prevent access to these people, making it even more difficult for help to reach them.

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Three Unexpected Signs That You Have Anxiety

When most people think of an “anxiety disorder,” they think of someone curled up in a ball, wracked by a panic attack. But not all people with anxiety feel full-blown panic. In fact, many people with anxiety never have intense feelings of nervousness or dread; nor will all people with anxiety experience other common symptoms like nausea, heart palpitations, and shortness of breath. These people may not realise they are suffering from an unexpected sign of anxiety. As a result, many people with anxiety go undiagnosed and continue to suffer from anxieties surprising physical and mental effects.

So how do you know if you have anxiety? Check out the three unexpected signs below. 

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Anxiety – How to help someone through an anxiety attack

For the person experiencing an anxiety attack, it feels like the world has momentarily shifted on its axis. You only need to look at their sweaty palms, their fast breath, and their shaking hands to see the obvious impact these attacks have.

One aspect that often gets overlooked in regards to anxiety disorders is what these issues are like for the people witnessing the condition. If you are forced to watch a friend or family member suffering through a panic attack, you can feel completely alone, impotent, and incredibly confused as to how you can assist. Continue reading “Anxiety – How to help someone through an anxiety attack”