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Category: Health services

RR972 – A survey of exposure to enzymes in cleaning solutions used to clean endoscopes

Thursday, June 13, 2013

Proteolytic enzymes are a recognised risk for respiratory and dermal allergy. Cases of asthma have been identified in health care workers using cleaning solutions containing these enzymes to decontaminate endoscopes and surgical equipment.

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Health surveillance guidance for employers

Friday, May 31, 2013

Clear and simple guidance to help employers to understand what they need to do to check and protect their workers’ health.

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Care home provider fined after dangerous gas work put lives of elderly residents at risk

Wednesday, May 29, 2013

A Dumfries and Galloway care home provider has been fined for allowing unqualified handymen to illegally install two gas boilers at the premises in Sanquhar.

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Revision of HSE guidance: Health and Safety in Care Homes

Friday, May 10, 2013

This consultation seeks your views on the revision of HSE guidance Health and Safety in Care Homes (HSG 220), originally published in 2001. Consultation opens 8 May and closes on 5 July 2013.

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New regulations on preventing sharps injuries in the healthcare sector

Thursday, May 9, 2013

New regulations to control the risks posed by needles and other ‘sharps’ in healthcare will take effect this month.

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Consultation opens on new version of Workplace Regulations ACOP

Tuesday, May 7, 2013

This consultative document invites views on the revised Approved Code of Practice (ACOP) L24 – “Workplace health, safety and welfare”. The consultation aims to establish if the changes make it easier for employers to understand and meet their legal obligations. The consultation began on 7 May and will close on 30 July.

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NASHiCS: ‘Sensible Safety – Your Destination’, Manchester 20 June 2013

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

This National Learning and Development Forum event aims to promote health, safety and well-being in the social care sector and includes expert speakers (including representatives from HSE), breakout sessions, current topics (including, infection control, medication, dementia, standards, well-being, inspections, and fire risk) and a safety risk help desk.

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HSE to open investigation into death of Gillian Astbury at Stafford Hospital

Thursday, April 11, 2013

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has started a formal investigation into the circumstances of the death of Gillian Astbury at Stafford Hospital in April 2007, it confirmed today (11 April 2013).

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Former care home owner prosecuted after resident death

Tuesday, March 26, 2013

The former owners of a Buckinghamshire care home have been sentenced for serious safety failings after a frail 76-year-old woman died following a fall from a hoist.

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HSIS 7 – Health and Safety (Sharp Instruments in Healthcare) Regulations 2013

Monday, March 25, 2013

This information sheet is for healthcare employers and employees. It will help you understand your legal obligations under the Health and Safety (Sharp Instruments in Healthcare) Regulations 2013 (the ‘Sharps Regulations’) which come into force on 11th May 2013.

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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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