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Category: Health services

Health surveillance guidance for employers

Monday, March 18, 2013

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has published new guidelines on health surveillance, which may be needed if there is a risk that workers could be exposed to chemicals or other hazardous substances likely to harm their health.

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Suffolk hospital fined for window fall failings

Friday, March 8, 2013

West Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust has been prosecuted for safety failings after a vulnerable patient was seriously injured in a fall from an unrestricted first floor hospital window.

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Biocidal Products Directive – ‘Essential use’ derogation application for copper in legionella control: Public consultation launched

Thursday, February 21, 2013

HSE submitted an ‘essential use derogation’ to the European Commission to allow for the continued use of copper in legionella control systems within the UK. The Commission has now made the application available for the 60-day commenting period, which ends on 20 April 2013.

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Preventing sharps injuries in healthcare – Analysis of responses to public consultation

Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Summary report analysing HSE’s consultation on proposals to implement European Directive 2010/32/EU on preventing sharps injuries in the hospital and healthcare sector, is now available.

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Important update for users and suppliers of legionella control water treatment systems that use copper

Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Legionella frequently asked questions – latest status of the application to the EC for an essential use derogation.

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Medway NHS Trust fined over patient death

Monday, January 28, 2013

Medway NHS Foundation Trust has today been sentenced for safety failings after a vulnerable patient died following a fall from a first floor window at Medway Maritime Hospital in Gillingham.

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Hospital trust in court for asbestos failures

Friday, January 18, 2013

A North East hospital trust has been fined after contractors were unwittingly exposed to asbestos fibres at Sunderland Eye Infirmary.

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Trust fined after employees are exposed to TB bacteria

Thursday, January 17, 2013

Royal Brompton and Harefield NHS Foundation Trust has been fined for safety failings after employees were exposed to a potentially deadly strain of multi-drug resistant tuberculosis (TB) bacteria when a test vial smashed in a specialist laboratory.

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Company prosecuted after heavy motor crashes into lobby at Luton hospital

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

A Banbury lift company has been fined after a lift motor weighing more than a tonne fell into a lobby at Luton & Dunstable Hospital, injuring a member of the public.

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Landlord and agency plead guilty to bath scalding

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

A man with a severe learning disability, who is unable to talk, suffered scalding so severe his skin was left hanging from his body when his landlord and the agency providing his care failed to control the temperature of his bath water.

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HSIS4 – How the Lifting Operations and Lifting Equipment Regulations apply to health and social care

Thursday, December 13, 2012

This information sheet has been revised to provide further clarity on the various types of stand/transfer aids.

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Amendment to ‘Legionella control: Important information for users and suppliers of water treatment systems’

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

‘Silver/copper ionisation water treatment systems’ should read ‘Copper ionisation water treatment systems’

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Legionella control: Important information for users and suppliers of water treatment systems

Thursday, November 29, 2012

Copper ionisation water treatment systems – changes to the law from February 2013.

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Health and social care services FAQs – Waiting room infection control and the provision of magazines and toys

Thursday, November 22, 2012

Answer to the frequently asked question: Should magazines and toys be banned from waiting rooms because of infection control or other health and safety risks?

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Care home provider fined after elderly resident died following fall

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

A South Lanarkshire care home provider has been fined after an elderly resident died after breaking her neck in a fall.

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HSE Work-related Deaths Protocol revised

Friday, November 2, 2012

Sets out the protocols and liaison arrangements between HSE and other regulators involved in investigating any work-related death.

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Public consultation: Sharp medical instruments in health care

Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Consultation seeks views on whether the proposed regulations enable healthcare businesses and workers to identify what they need to do, initial assessment of the costs and benefits of the proposed changes and how the regulations should be supported by guidance and who is best placed to provide that guidance. Have your say before 8 November […]

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Nursing home fined for elderly man’s fatal fall

Monday, October 15, 2012

Truro Crown court heard today that an elderly man with dementia was able to wander into another resident’s room at his nursing home and fall to his death from a window.

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Health and social care services – FAQs

Thursday, October 11, 2012

These frequently asked questions help illustrate the nature of some of the issues that HSE routinely gives advice on. Questions cover all aspects of health and social care, including: moving and handling, window restrictors and access to balconies, equipment safety and legionella.

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Walsall health trust fined over patient death

Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Walsall Hospital NHS Trust has been ordered to pay almost £107,000 in fines and costs after a pensioner died following a fall from a first floor window at Walsall Manor Hospital.

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