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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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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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