Fire Door Safety week

This year’s campaign ‘Make Time to Save Lives’ will take place between the 20th and 26th September. We hope that, as in previous years, you will get involved, spreading the word among customers, the general public and other key stakeholders about the critical role that fire doors play in delaying the spread of smoke and fire, encourage best practice in specification and installation and halt the legacy of neglect in maintaining and inspecting fire doors. We also look forward to seeing you during our webinars.

Tuesday 21st
Introduction to Fire Doors – Peter Clifton- Schemes Manager, British Woodworking Federation –11.00am REGISTER HERE

SBD Apartment Doorsets: – The Importance of Fire & Smoke Leakage Performance.-  Alfie Hosker-Technical Manager, Secured by Design-12.00pm REGISTER HERE

Wednesday 22nd

Fire Door Inspections – What are the Common Problems  – Louise Halton- Scheme Manager, FDIS- 11.00am REGISTER HERE

The Importance of Third Party Certification- Peter Barker- Technical Manager, Warringtonfire 1.30pm REGISTER HERE
Thursday 23rd

Fire Doors in the Grenfell Tower Tragedy  – Kevin Underwood, Technical Director, British Woodworking Federation – 2.00pm REGISTER HERE
Visit the website to view our supporters’ webinars and events happening during Fire Door Safety Week 2021- CLICK HERE

Care Home provider ordered to pay £33,661 after failing to provide safe care and treatment.

A care provider has been ordered to pay £33,661.60 at
Plymouth Magistrates’ Court, after it failed to protect residents from avoidable harm.

Teignbridge House Care Home Ltd which runs

Teignbridge House  Devon, was fined £21,000 in court in July
It was also ordered to pay a £170 victim surcharge & costs of £12,491.60.
The prosecution concerns unrestricted window
 in a  first-floor bedroom at the home. The resident subsequently fell
landing on the concrete below & sustaining a number of life changing injuries.
Following this incident, the provider undertook an audit of
windows in the home. A further 17 windows were identified as lacking window restrictors, exposing other service users a number of whom suffered from dementia,
to a significant risk of avoidable harm. More here


Unregistered gas fitter fined for dangerous installation of range cooker at care home

A fitter has been fined following a gas leak from a newly fitted range installed in a North Devon residential care home.

The court heard that in December Mark Whitham undertook the installation of the new gas range cooker after damaging the existing gas cooker whilst fitting out  a new kitchen.
Over the next 24 hours staff at the care home experienced problems with the operation of the cooker & contacted their usual Gas Safe Registered engineer.
He found a substantial gas leak from the gas supply connection to the cooker.

An investigation by the HSE found that Mr Whitham was not registered with the Gas Safe Register.
He was sentenced to 6 months imprisonment for each offence, suspended for 12 months. He was also ordered to undertake 120 hours unpaid work  &costs of £2,000


Gas Safety Week.

Show your support for keeping the nation gas safe this Gas Safety Week, 13-19 September.

The annual campaign brings consumer organisations, the gas industry & individuals together to provide a
focus on all gas safety communications in one week, with the aim of generating media interest & creating greater public awareness of gas safety. This year’s campaign runs 13 – 19 September.

It takes just a few seconds to sign up and pledge your support for the week.  Get the tips articles leaflets and. MORE


Changes to the Personal Protective Equipment at Work Regulations 1992 (PPER)

HSE is consulting on changes to the PPER 1992. We encourage you to draw the attention of your stakeholders and other interested parties to this consultation launching on Monday 19 July 2021 and running for 4 weeks.

The consultation can be accessed via HSE Consultation Hub from this date.

The aim of the consultation is to understand the impact on stakeholders and businesses of extending the scope of the employers’ duties under the PPER to workers and not only employees.

Why is the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) making changes to the regulations?

In November 2020, a judgment was handed down in the judicial review action in the High Court brought by the Independent Workers Union of Great Britain (IWGB) against the Secretaries of State for Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) and the Department for Work and Pension (DWP), which decided that the government had failed to properly transpose Article 8(4) and 8(5) of EU Directive 89/391/EEC  (“the Framework Directive”) and Article 3 of EU Directive 89/656/EEC  of 30 November 1989 (“the Personal Protective Equipment Directive”) into UK law.

The Framework Directive sets out the minimum standards for health and safety through a series of general principles, and the Personal Protective Equipment Directive (“PPE Directive”) sets out the minimum health and safety requirements for the use of personal protective equipment in the workplace for workers.

The UK implemented the PPE Directive through the Personal Protective Equipment at Work Regulations 1992  (“PPER”) which places duties on employers to their ‘employees’ in regard to PPE. The High Court found that the PPE Directive required these duties to be extended to ‘limb (b) workers’ and not only ‘employees’. Therefore, HSE is making amendments to the PPER in order to align with the court’s judgment.

What does this mean?

Employers will have a duty to provide limb (b) workers with the same health and safety protections in respect of PPE as they do currently for employees.

Options on how to achieve the extension of the provisions to workers in the legislation will not be presented during the consultation as the key legislative changes are being made to align with the court decision.

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Recall of Co-codamol 30/500 Effervescent Tablets,

National Patient Safety Alert: Class 1 Medicines Recall Notification:
Recall of Co-codamol 30/500 Effervescent Tablets, Batch 1K10121, Zentiva Pharma UK Ltd, due to precautionary risk of causing overdose, NatPSA/2021/004/MHRA .

Zentiva Pharma UK Limited is recalling the above batch of Co-codamol 30/500 Effervescent Tablets as a precautionary measure due to an issue with the homogeneity of the batch. This issue means that there is the potential for some tablets to have too little active ingredients (codeine phosphate and paracetamol) in them and some tablets to contain too much active ingredients.



Imposter care worker who stole £250k from 93-year-old with dementia fails to repay money.

A fraudster care worker who was previously convicted and jailed in 2017 for conning a blind 93-year-old war veteran diagnosed with dementia out of nearly £250,000, is back in jail after failing to repay the money she stole.

Last week, Veronica Robinson was sent to jail for another 426 days by Birmingham Magistrates Court for failing to comply with the order to repay £70,000 + with accrued interest.

Councillor Nicolas Barlow, cabinet member responsible for trading standards, said: “Veronica Robinson did the unthinkable, cheating an elderly and vulnerable resident out of his life savings and our trading standards team has been determined to see this case through and ensure she repays the money. …

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