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Fire Safety Conference

Association of Retirement Home Managers Summer Conference

On the 11th June in Birmingham, Phil Jones, our Technical Director, ran a fire safety seminar.  The presentation focussed on the circumstances when and where automatic fire detection and alarm systems were required in retirement properties as well as generally reviewing the fire risk assessment process.

Health and Safety Training to reduce accidents

Research by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE)  has shown that Health and Safety training is effective in reducing accidents and in developing a positive health and safety culture.
Training doesn’t need to be limited to formal qualifications.  On the job training, toolbox talks and in-house training can all contribute to building competence. The essential thing is that…

Asbestos Safety Campaign wins award

The Health and Safety Executive’s (HSE) ‘Beware Asbestos’ safety campaign received a gold award for innovation at this year’s Institute of Promotional Marketing (IPM) Awards.

HSE and a creative communications agency, who worked with HSE to design the safety kits and develop a partnership marketing arrangement), collected the award for ‘Best use of innovation in a business-to-business campaign using incentive or promotional products’ category

Myth-busting by the HSE

A charity shop refused donation of baby bath due to health and safety

A local charity shop refused the enquirers donation of a plastic baby bath because ‘health and safety’ meant that the new purchaser could sue if their baby were injured after slipping in it.

Read the Panel’s decision HERE.

A lady fainted in a shop and the staff could not give her a glass of water because of health and safety

Whilst in a shop recently a lady fainted and the enquirer immediately went to assist. The enquirer heard the lady ask the very kind staff in the shop who had given her a comfy chair to sit in, for a drink of water. She was told sorry we can’t give you one – health and safety rules. The enquirer was wondering if this is a true ruling by H&S.

Read the Panel’s decision HERE.

The HSE Myth Busters Challenge Panel provides a mechanism to independently challenge potentially disproportionate or inaccurate advice or decisions, made in the name of health and safety.

“We think that communicating these decisions will help all our clients with a better insight into the ongoing ‘perception v’s reality’ arguments which appear in the media from time to time”.
Phil Jones
From the Team

Phil Jones at the Summer Conference

 

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