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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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Updated health and social care services FAQs

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

New frequently asked questions have been added to the health and social care services FAQs webpage.

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Health and social care services – your FAQs

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

These frequently asked questions help illustrate the nature of some of the issues that HSE routinely gives advice on.

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Health services eBulletin – Subscribe for free email updates

Friday, September 30, 2011

Keep up to date with the latest news and information on the health services industry via a free regular email bulletin.

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Newport council fined following death of disabled man

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Newport City Council has been ordered to pay over £160,000 after a disabled man died when he was trapped in a ceiling track hoist installed in his home.

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Getting to grips with hoisting people

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

HSE has produced a new information sheet explaining the problems associated with hoisting people and sets out guidance to deal with them.

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Health topics – What is legionella?

Monday, August 22, 2011

Legionella is a bacteria commonly found in water. Legionnaires’ disease is a potentially fatal type of pneumonia, contracted by inhaling airborne water droplets containing viable Legionella bacteria.

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Health and social care services – What to do if you receive a sharps injury

Friday, August 12, 2011

A sharps injury is an incident which causes a needle or sharp instrument, such as a scalpel (collectively referred to as ‘sharps’), to penetrate the skin. This is sometimes called a percutaneous injury. If the sharp is contaminated with blood or other body fluid, there is a potential for transmission of infection.

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Business solution case studies

Thursday, August 11, 2011

Four business solution case studies have been added to the Stress website: Cardiff and Vale University Health Board, Cheshire and Wirral Partnership NHS Trust, Hertfordshire County Council and Oxfordshire County Council. These case studies are designed to explain the manner in which other organisations have implemented the changes, where they encountered stress related issues, how […]

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Care home fined £65k over Preston mother’s death

Monday, June 27, 2011

The owners of a Preston care home have been fined £65,000 following the death of a 40-year-old mother-of-one, who became trapped between a mattress and a bed rail.

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Bupa care home company fined after resident death

Thursday, June 23, 2011

A Bupa care home company has been fined £100,000 after an elderly resident died after falling from a hoist while being moved.

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Care home sentenced after resident’s bed rail death

Monday, May 23, 2011

A Llangollen nursing home has been fined following the suffocation of an elderly woman after she become trapped between her mattress and bed rails intended to stop her falling.

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Vaccination of laboratory workers handling vaccinia and related poxviruses infectious for humans.

Friday, April 15, 2011

Provides guidance for employers who have assessed the risks entailed in the work they plan to do with vaccinia and other viruses for which smallpox vaccine can provide protection. Free download now available.

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The management of occupational health services for healthcare staff

Thursday, April 14, 2011

Provides guidance for health service managers who are reviewing an existing occupational health service or setting up a new one. Free PDF download now available.

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Appointed doctors guidance launched

Monday, April 4, 2011

This guidance is for established appointed doctors engaged in statutory medical surveillance and registered medical practitioners considering applying to be appointed for this purpose. It explains the relevant legal background, the appointment process and governance arrangements, and responsibilities and rights of appointed doctors.

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Care home in court after resident dies from drinking toilet cleaner

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

A Sheffield care home operator has admitted breaching safety laws after an elderly resident died after inadvertently drinking toilet cleaner.

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Pensioner died after being thrown from wheelchair on minibus

Thursday, February 3, 2011

An elderly woman died of her injuries after being thrown from a wheelchair while in an Age Concern Westminster minibus, a court heard today.

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