Somerset care Home prosecuted under RRO

Somerset care home fined £100,000 for breaching fire safety regulations.

A care home in Burnham-on-Sea has been fined £100,000 for breaching fire safety regulations at a house used for staff accommodation.

Almondsbury Care Ltd, of Berrow Road, Burnham-on-Sea, appeared at Taunton Magistrates Court on Thursday 30 March 2017 facing five offences under the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005.

Somerset care home fined under RRO

NATIONAL EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE ELECTIONS – Period of Office 2017-2019

Nominations are invited for the 6 posts of national Executive members.

The period of office for the current National Executive Members is 2 years, ending June 2017 and therefore elections must take place in line with the constitution for the period 2017-2019.

This is your opportunity to get involved with your association. If only one aspect below attracts your attention then send in a nomination.

Bring along skills, knowledge and experience in Safety and Health matters affecting the Care Sector.
We have plans to widen membership, so help us reach out to all the care sector, developing effective marketing plans and promotional ideas.

Make us the “must belong to” Association for Social Care.
  • Represent your Association at care sector events;
  • Help plan for future events, seminars and conferences;
  • Have the power to influence the sector and set standards;
  • Can you bring experience in managing an association?
  • Promoting safety and health with a chance to make a real difference;
  • Ensure the Executive is representative of its members;
  • Work with other “non safety” organisations to effect change.
Nominations will be accepted electronically  by email to administrator@nashics.org and must include the following:
a) Name of person(s) nominated;    b) Name of proposer.
Persons nominated and those proposing. must be Members of NASHiCS.

Please ensure that the nominee has agreed to stand and will be able to get involved..
>  attend a minimum of 2 National Executive meetings a year,
>  input to chosen project groups, & work with others offering guidance,
> engage & make us well known across all social media platforms.

More information on the role can be obtained either by contacting your National Officers, Chris or Andy and/or any current National Executive  Members & Richard  Administrator.. Tel 07840160030

How Care Homes Can Make Compliance Easy

Home is where we feel safe, but it is also the place where we’re most likely to die in a fire. For the older generation, the most recent government statistics are shocking.

In the 2014/15 government report, it was found that 41% of all fatalities from fires in England were 65 years old and over. This makes the elderly 10 times more likely to die in a fire than younger people.

Why are older people more at risk?

There are many factors that contribute to older people being at greater risk

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Reducing the Risk of Listeriosis. Guidance for Healthcare & Social Care organisations

This guidance is for all types of healthcare & social care

organisations that provide food for patients/residents vulnerable to Listeriosis .

Guidance applies to England, Wales & Northern Ireland.

 Here>>

In Scotland this guidance is promoted by the Food Standards Scotland and available from their website at:

http://www.foodstandards.gov.scot/

 

Additional Guidance for Fire Safety. Residential Care Premises Operators

NASHiCS is pleased to announce that the Additional Guidance for fire safety in residential care homes has been updated and is now available.

The additional guidance was produced by the National Association for Safety and Health in Care Services (NASHiCS) and the Chief Fire Officers’ Association (CFOA) to accompany the Communities and Local Government (CLG) guide, entitled Fire Safety Risk Assessment – Residential Care Premises. The CLG guide was published so operators knew how to comply with the Fire Safety Order (FSO) 2005.

NASHiCS continue to work with CFOA on guidance for fire safety and if you have any queries on this please contact.
Steve.McConnell@dimensions-uk.org

The additional guidance document can be downloaded

CLG Guide Additional Guidance Document REV2016

Information from USA sites sent to us.

The links listed below have been submitted to NASHiCS from American readers who thought that the information could be useful when gathering information for dealing with safety issues and the elderly..

Naturally they are advice provided to USA citizens so must be read with this in mind.

Falls and Older People Read>>

22 Senior Health Risk Calculators for Healthy Aging Read>>

Health Information for Older Adults Read>>

Health & You: Seniors and Swimming Read>>

Fire Prevention Preparedness for Seniors  Read>>