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18 May 2015
 May 18, 2015
Assaults on doctors rise

Medics express concern over violence against doctors

Recent evidence demonstrates that violence against doctors has become a growing international concern.

President of the WMA (World Medical Association) Dr Xavier Deau comments: ‘We are hearing about increasing violence against doctors, ranging from verbal to physical attacks and even kidnapping and murder. Everyone has the right to work in a safe environment.’

‘Violence against doctors is particularly mindless as it impacts on the entire healthcare system including the care of patients.’ An incident of violence towards a doctor is likely to interrupt patient care for the remainder of the doctor’s working day, possibly longer.

It was called upon by the WMA three years ago to encourage healthcare institutions to develop zero tolerance policies towards workplace violence, something that has become ‘even more urgent today’, according to Dr Deau.

A similar policy towards workplace violence was adopted by the NHS in 1999. In recent years however, there have been notable increases in the number of recorded assaults on NHS staff. 2012 saw an increase of 9% in

1 December 2014
 December 1, 2014
Safety at Christmas

30 Tips to Keep Safe this Christmas

Christmas is a time to relax and have fun but it can also be very busy and stressful. You may be out and about more than usual – for that essential Christmas shopping and to festive parties and other social events – and the last thing you need is to become a victim of crime.

To help avoid this, consider some of the following advice courtesy of the Suzy Lamplugh Trust:

Christmas Shopping

Don’t get loaded down with too many bags. Try to keep one hand free.
Try and avoid taking young children into busy shopping areas. If it is unavoidable make sure they know what to do if they lose you, eg. Tell the nearest counter assistant that they are lost and NEVER leave a shop without you.
Agree a meeting point with older children in case you get separated.
Be careful where you park your car

13 November 2014
 November 13, 2014
Fines to increase for H&S breaches

New Proposals Could Herald £20 million Health and Safety Fines

New guidelines proposed for courts could mean fines of up to £10 million for the most serious health and safety offences and of more than £20 million for organisations convicted of corporate manslaughter.

The Sentencing Council’s consultation draft, issued today, includes guidance for all health and safety offences, not just those involving fatalities as previously, and links fines to corporate turnover as well as the seriousness of the offence.

Proposed guidelines include a range of tariffs for companies with differing annual turnover, modified by the seriousness of the offence and the level of organisational culpability.

For a corporate manslaughter example, a medium sized company with a turnover of between £10 million and £50 million could expect a fine with a “starting point” of £3 million for the most serious offence, ranging up to £7.5 million while the starting point for a less serious offence would be £2 million ranging up to £5 million. The current guidance sets a benchmark of fines up to £500,000.

Very

9 October 2014
 October 9, 2014
Door to Door

12 Personal Safety Tips for Estate Agents

This past week marked 2014’s National Personal Safety Day, organised by the Suzy Lamplugh Trust, and is an annual event aimed at highlighting some of the simple, practical solutions that everyone can use to help avoid violence and aggression in today’s society.

Suzy Lamplugh Trust was founded in 1986 following the disappearance of the young estate agent. The aim of the Trust is to raise awareness of the importance of personal safety and to help people to avoid violence and aggression and live safer, more confident lives.

This year’s theme – ‘Door 2 Door’ looked at the personal safety issues in your journey from departure to arrival. The campaign included awareness posters and messages (pictured – click for a larger view) as well as a host of personal safety leaflets available to download and keep.

We’ve chosen to highlight the leaflet ‘Personal Safety for Estate Agents

15 September 2014
 September 15, 2014
Public workers suffering increase in assaults

Government Report Highlights Increase in Assaults on Public Workers

Nearly 30,000 London frontline workers have been attacked whilst on duty in the last three years, a new report has revealed.

This equates to about 190 attacks every week on workers including NHS workers, London Underground and train staff, bus and cab drivers, according to the report published by the Greater London Authority (GLA) Conservatives.

A total of 29,679 frontline workers in the capital have been attacked while on duty in the past three years. They were punched, kicked, scratched, threatened and spat on while doing their job.

Victims include 4,017 London Ambulance Service (LAS) workers, 7,435 London Underground employees, and 3,719 train staff, while on average five London bus drivers are assaulted every day. Violent attacks on ambulance staff rose 23 per cent in the past year.

Risky Business: Protecting front line workers from attack whilst

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