HSE Issues Platform Lift Safety Alert

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The Health and Safety Executive has issued a safety warning after lives have been put at risk through bad-habit use of platform lifts. What are platform lifts? Platform lifts are vertical lifting platforms. Like traditional passenger lifts, they provide access between floors. Platform lifts are hydraulically or electrically powered and usually operate over two to […]

SLEEP-IN SHIFTS | Carers granted right to appeal

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As the protracted legal battle between Mencap and UNISON continues, the Supreme Court has now granted carers the right to appeal its earlier decision regarding pay for sleep-in shifts. The story so far A 2017 tribunal ruling concluded that staff who work sleep-in shifts should be paid the National Minimum Wage for the hours they […]

CARE | Manual Handling in Homes

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Care home employees typically spend a lot of time moving and handling. For example, helping residents move or moving equipment. No matter what the task is, it is essential that carers know how to carry out  tasks safely and correctly. They should know how to assist someone in a wheelchair, help someone to sit up […]

HEALTH & SAFETY | The Challenge for the Care sector

Owners and managers of care companies, juggling multiple functions and responsibilities, often overlook Health & Safety regulations.    But workplace Health & Safety should be a top priority. After all, safeguarding people from risk of harm is a legal duty – the Health & Safety at Work etc Act 1974 states employers must protect employees and […]

Code of Conduct for Healthcare Support Workers

For healthcare providers, having clear standards of behaviour is absolutely essential to delivering safe and high-quality care. However, for those whose operations transcend borders, there are different, albeit very similar, Codes of Practice for England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland. What Codes of Practice are in place? In England, there is a Code of Conduct […]

H&S NEWS | Home closed after Health & Safety failing

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A court has suspended a care home’s licence on Health & Safety grounds. Concerns were first raised last August when the Care Inspectorate told owners of the East Renfrewshire home to make urgent changes. Issues raised included: the way medicine was kept and administered staff numbers and training residents’ care plans Inspectors ‘strongly’ welcomed the […]

Care home fined after resident fall

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Care homes differ from other workplaces because they are not only a place of work but also a home. As well as having to provide a safe working environment, owners must also safeguard their residents. Care home owners have been fined for failing to do just that… The court heard a wheelchair-bound resident suffered a […]