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Control Poisons in the Home

Graham Marshall - Saturday, March 23, 2013

A poison is any substance that can cause harmful effects to the human body.

Millions of people are unintentionally poisoned each year.  Children are at greatest risk around the home.

So to ensure your family is safe from poisons, implement these simple tips:

+   Keep all potential poisons (e.g., chemicals, medicines) in their original containers and with their original label(s);

+   Place poisons out of sight and out of reach of children (and in a locked cabinet if at all possible);

+   Never leave children alone with household products or medicines (e.g., don't answer the telephone if giving medication to a child);

+   Know which household and garden plants are toxic and keep them away from your home;

+   Take time to teach children some "rules" for poisons; and

+   Keep the number of your local poison control center on or near your telephone.

Preventing Sharps Injuries in the Healthcare Sector

Graham Marshall - Saturday, February 16, 2013

The UK Health and Safety Executive (UK HSE) has published a consultation document on proposed regulations to implement Council Directive 2010/32/EU on preventing sharps injuries in the hospital and healthcare sector.

The consultation document establishes the UK HSE’s proposals for new regulations that are titled "The Health and Safety (Sharp Instruments in Healthcare) Regulations" (2013).

The new regulations are required under European Union legislation.

The new regulations will require employers in the healthcare sector to introduce arrangements for the safe use and disposal of medical sharps, to provide information and training to employees, and to record, investigate and take action following a sharps injury.

The regulations will also introduce a duty on healthcare workers to promptly report any sharps injury to their employer.

The consultation seeks views on:

1. Whether the proposed regulations enable healthcare businesses and workers to identify what they need to do?

2. The initial assessment of the costs and benefits of the proposed changes; and

3. How the regulations should be supported by guidance and who is best placed to provide that guidance?

 A consultation questionnaire is available from Martin Dilworth at the UK Health and Safety Executive:

5S2 Redgrave Court
Merton Road
L20 7HS
Tel No: 0151 951 4335      
Fax: 0151 951 4575

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