A third of UK employees concerned of insufficient first aid cover in their workplace

In a recent survey carried out by St John’s Ambulance it was found that a third of all UK employees are concerned that there may be insufficient first aid cover in their workplace.

A third of UK employees are concerned of insufficient first aid cover in their workplaceThe charity found that many businesses are not equipped to handle a first aid emergency, with 50% of employers lacking any formal process for assessing first aid needs such as a risk assessment policy being in place.

The concerns also highlighted that 80% of people have found themselves at work with no first aid cover whatsoever. Continue reading

CITB Predicts skilled Jobs boost in Liverpool

CITB Predicts skilled Jobs boost in LiverpoolLiverpool could not be better placed right now for the challenges and changes in the industry sector across Liverpool and the North West. The signs are evident, and the predictions are that Liverpool is already signposted as the Northern economic powerhouse.

The present demands and projects signed off in the region’s construction market could lead to almost 20,000 new jobs over the next five years. That is according to forecasts from the Construction Industry Training Board (CITB). Continue reading

CSCS Labourers card application explained

Applying for your CSCS Labourers CardThe Construction Skills Certificate Scheme (CSCS) is making changes as to how to obtain a CSCS Green Card (Labourer Card).

These new requirements being introduced from July 2014, state that along with the CITB Health, Safety and Environment (HS&E) Test, a qualification (or alternative) must be achieved in order to apply for the Green Card. Continue reading

Care Certificate now launched by Skills for Care

Skills for Care now launch the new Care CertificateSkills for Care have now announced the launch of the new ‘Care Certificate’ to help Health Care sector staff in their standards of care. The launch is focused on a number of pre-set standards of care and will be used for new starters and existing staff as refresher training.

The new changes come into effect in the wake of the failings at Mid Staffordshire NHS Foundation Trust which highlighted inconsistencies in training. The Care Certificate was a recommendation from the Cavendish review, which made suggestions on how to improve the quality of care provided by health and care support workers. Continue reading

Former football icon backs asbestos campaign

former football icon backs asbestos campaignFormer England Captain Stuart Pearce (MBE), once known on the turf as “Psycho” because of the fear he instilled into his football opponents, now admits that he is the one living in fear of a real silent killer.

Before his footballer days he was an electrician in the 1980’s and has now admitted that he could have been exposed many times to the deadly killer asbestos.  If he is right then he has a high probability of developing mesothelioma – the biggest killer in the workplace. Continue reading

HSE anniversary – 41 years of Health and Safety

HSE anniversary - 41 years of Health and SafetyHSE anniversary – 41 years of Health and Safety – The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) was founded on the 31 July 1974 and its headquarters are based in Bootle, Liverpool. The HSE are responsible for the regulation and enforcement of workplace health and safety. It is also responsible for research into occupational risks for England, Wales and Scotland.

It is 41 years since the introduction of the ‘Health and Safety at Work Act 1974’ and is seen as one of the best pieces of legislation on the statute books. Continue reading

Careers in Construction for Liverpool school leavers

The Construction Industry Training Board (CITB) is urging school leavers in the Liverpool area to apply for construction apprenticeships for a rewarding career in the industry.

Careers in construction for Liverpool school leaversCITB manage the recruitment and delivery of apprenticeships with employers, and coordinate learning both on site and in college.

Hugh Baird College is one of more than 200 across the country which is contracted with CITB to work in partnership to deliver its ‘gold standard’ apprenticeships.

The timings for the request could not have come at a better time in Liverpool. Construction and building plans are moving ahead and leaving austerity measures well behind. Continue reading

Surveillance CCTV in Care Homes: Is it an invasion of Human Rights?

Surveillance CCTV in Care HomesThere is an ever more reason for concern for the safeguarding of the elderly in Care Homes. It is a trending subject that appears daily in the media and no region across the country has escaped the publicity of ‘abuse cases’ in care homes.

The debate points to a number of attributes on how best to stamp out abuse in residential care homes, but for now there doesn’t seem to be a practical solid solution to put forward. Continue reading

First-aiders – How many do I need for my workplace?

First-aiders requirements for the workplaceThe findings of your first-aiders needs assessment will help you decide how many first-aiders are required. There are no hard and fast rules on exact numbers and you will need to take into account all the relevant circumstances of your particular workplace. Continue reading

Changes to the CSCS Green Card from 1st July 2014

The Construction Skills Certificate Scheme (CSCS) is making changes as to how to obtain a Green Card (Labourer Card).The Construction Skills Certificate Scheme (CSCS) is making changes as to how to obtain a CSCS Green Card (Labourer Card).

These new requirements being introduced from July 2014, state that along with the CITB Health, Safety and Environment (HS&E) Test, a qualification (or alternative) must be achieved in order to apply for the Green Card. Continue reading