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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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RR914 – An evaluation of the efficacy of safer sharps devices: Systematic review

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Sharps-related injuries carry the risk of serious blood borne infection. A systematic review was undertaken to consider the evidence related to safer sharps devices and their impact on needlestick injury reduction within the healthcare sector.

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Council in court after respite resident scalded

Monday, February 13, 2012

The Isle of Wight Council has been fined £12,000 after an elderly resident staying in respite care was seriously scalded at a care home in Freshwater.

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Care home fined after resident’s fatal fall from window

Friday, January 27, 2012

The owners of a Wrexham care home have been sentenced after an elderly resident defeated the window restrictor of his first floor bedroom and fell 12ft to the ground below.

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Health Board fined after patient contracts legionnaires’ disease (COPFS release)

Friday, January 27, 2012

At Hamilton Sheriff Court today, Lanarkshire Health Board was fined £24,000 for a breach of Section 3 of the Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974, which led to the serious illness of a hospital patient.

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Social care workers exposed to violence and aggression

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

A social care organisation has been fined for exposing workers to the risk of violence and aggression.

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Lung diseases: Asthma – Trade specific information

Thursday, December 15, 2011

Listed are jobs with the highest rates of occupational asthma. Follow the relevant link to find top tips and advice on how to protect yourself in the workplace

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Safety notice – Provision of key clinical information on laboratory specimen request forms

Friday, December 9, 2011

Recent investigations have identified there has been lack of sufficient relevant clinical details being provided on specimen request forms. This has resulted in samples being handled at the wrong biological containment level with resulting increased risk of infection to laboratory staff.

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