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Companies warned to ensure hot and cold water systems are not a legionella risk

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Leisure centres with spa pools and care homes are among the businesses being urged to do more to protect workers and members of the public from legionella risks.

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Care home’s safety failures led to elderly woman’s death

Monday, September 10, 2012

The owners of a West Yorkshire care home have been told to pay £183,000 in fines and costs after a frail 93 year-old widow died because established safety measures were neglected.

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Nursing home owners sentenced after death of elderly resident

Friday, August 31, 2012

Two nursing home owners have been fined after an elderly resident died following a fall from a hoist.

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Health and social care services FAQs – Flowers in hospital wards

Thursday, August 23, 2012

Should flowers be banned from hospital wards? Flowers can be a source of comfort to patients and there are no infection control or health and safety reasons for a ‘blanket ban’ on cut flowers in wards but there may be valid reasons, including infection control or health and safety concerns, to restrict cut flowers for […]

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CD244 – Consultation on proposed regulations to implement Council Directive 2010/32/EU on preventing sharps injuries…

Wednesday, August 8, 2012

The new regulations will require employers in the healthcare sector to introduce arrangements for the safe use and disposal of medical sharps, to provide information and training to employees, and to record, investigate and take action following a sharps injury. This consultation began on 8 August 2012 and ends on 8 November 2012.

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Care Inspectorate working arrangements protocol – HSE and Scottish LAs unveil new agreement

Monday, July 23, 2012

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has today published a Working Arrangements Protocol with Scottish Local Authorities and the Care Inspectorate. The aim of this agreement is to describe and promote effective working arrangements between the respective organisations.

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Healthcare provider prosecuted after patient death

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

A national healthcare provider has been fined £100,000 after an elderly patient died at a private hospital in High Wycombe.

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RR922 – Evidence for exposure and harmful effects of diathermy plumes (surgical smoke): Evidence based literature review

Monday, July 9, 2012

This systematic review was carried out to identify existing evidence about surgical smoke (known as diathermy plume) and the potential harm to health care workers exposed in operating theatres.

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Care company fined for resident’s fatal fall at Buckfastleigh home

Friday, July 6, 2012

A nursing home failed to ensure the safety of an elderly, blind, wheelchair-bound resident who died after falling down a flight of stairs.

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Scottish Ambulance Service Board fined after death of May Jean Morris (COPFS release)

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

At Paisley Sheriff Court today, the Scottish Ambulance Service Board (SASB) was fined £55,000 (reduced from £80,000 on account of the plea) after pleading guilty to a breach of Sections 3(1) and 33(1)(a) of the Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974, which led to the death of Mrs May Jean Morris, 78.

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Safety notice – Lifting platforms or lifts for people with impaired mobility

Monday, June 18, 2012

Potential falls from height risks to employees and members of the public from over-riding door locking safety devices

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Receptionist’s roof fall puts dental firm in court

Friday, May 11, 2012

The operator of a Sheffield dental practice has been fined for safety failings after a receptionist fell more than three metres through a roof light while spending her lunch break on the flat roof of the surgery.

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Updated health and social care services FAQs

Friday, May 11, 2012

The frequently asked questions have been expanded and are now available online.

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Healthcare provider fined after worker injury

Tuesday, May 8, 2012

A private healthcare provider managing a hospital in Ipswich has been fined for safety failings after an employee suffered a fractured kneecap.

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Health and social care services FAQs – Handling heavy (bariatric) people

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Answers to some of your frequently asked questions about handling heavy (bariatric) people in health and social care.

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Health and social care services FAQs – First-aid provision in care homes

Thursday, April 5, 2012

How do the Health and Safety (First-Aid) Regulations 1981 (FAW) relate to first-aid provision in care homes? This frequently asked question answered.

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Health and social care services FAQs – Slip resistance and the hygienic cleaning of floors

Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Answer to the frequently asked question: Does slip-resistant flooring make it harder to hygienically clean floors?

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Cleaning firm fined over porter’s death at Bolton hospital

Friday, March 30, 2012

A national cleaning company has been fined £175,000 after a hospital porter was killed by an industrial waste compactor in Bolton.

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Safety notice – Potential failure of window restrictors

Monday, March 19, 2012

Potential failure of window side-stay restrictors in health and social care premises. Action required where there are people vulnerable to the risk of falls to prevent falling from height due to failure of the window side-stay mechanism.

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Health and social care services FAQs – Health surveillance for occupational contact dermatitis

Monday, February 27, 2012

Answers to some of the frequently asked questions on levels of health surveillance for occupational contact dermatitis (OCD).

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