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21 January 2014
 January 21, 2014
Tougher penalties for health and safety breaches

Tougher Penalties for Breach of Health and Safety Laws

Tougher penalties are being handed out to employers who breach health and safety laws following a change in approach to prosecutions, according to a report released on 16 January.

The report, published by the Department for Work and Pensions, shows that the changes introduced under the Health and Safety (Offences) Act 2008 have led to more cases being tried in the lower courts, convicted offenders being given higher fines, and more custodial sentences for bosses who pay scant regard to the welfare of their staff or the public.

Minister of State for Health and Safety, Mike Penning said: “By handling greater sentencing powers to Magistrates and Sheriffs it has sent a clear message to unscrupulous employers that if they do not take their responsibilities seriously they will face stiff penalties, which include heavy fines and – in the very worst cases – prison.”

He said that the burden of prosecuting all but the most serious cases through the Crown Courts has been removed, adding

20 January 2014
 January 20, 2014
Solent NHS use Lone worker alarms

SOLENT NHS CHOOSE SKYGUARD TO PROTECT OVER 700 COMMUNITY-BASED STAFF

Solent NHS Trust have chosen Skyguard to protect 700 of their lone working staff, after conducting a thorough OJEU tender process.

The Trust provides specialist community and mental health services to local people, principally in the Portsmouth and Southampton area with some services reaching across a wider part of Hampshire. Due to the nature of the services provided there is a significant proportion of their 3800+ staff who work in the community, often alone.

Recent alarming statistics show 21% of NHS mental health staff across England and Wales have reported at least one physical assault in the past year. Simon Zammit, Solent NHS Trust’s Local Security Management Specialist, was entrusted to implement appropriate, effective lone worker protection to ensure the safety and wellbeing of the Trust’s community-based clinical staff.

An EU tender process commenced with the intention of sourcing the most appropriate and cost- effective solution for the Trust’s needs. Upon a thorough evaluation of each supplier’s proposal, due to the combination of Skyguard’s technical

20 December 2013
 December 20, 2013
Safety tips for Christmas shoppers

Ten Tips for Safer Christmas Shopping

Christmas is a time of fun and festivities, but if you’ve got last minute shopping to do, it can also be pretty stressful.

Your mind is focussed on ensuring you don’t forget anyone’s gifts. The last thing you need to add to your woes is to become a victim of crime.

Thankfully, the Suzy Lamplugh Trust has come up with some advice on how to stay safe whilst Christmas shopping.

 

 

 
Top Safety Tips for Christmas Shoppers

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, e.g. 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, especially if you will be returning to it after dark.
If parking in a multi

18 December 2013
 December 18, 2013
NHS workers protected by personal safety alarms

Physical Assaults on NHS Staff Rise by 6%

Reported assaults against frontline NHS staff have risen by 6% in the last year according to new figures released by NHS Protect.

The statistics, collated from 341 health bodies across England show a rise of total reported assaults from 59,744 in 2011/12 to 63,199 in 2012/13 – an increase of 5.8%. What’s more, the figures show a dramatic 16% increase in the number of criminal sanctions taken in the wake of reported attacks. However, NHS Protect state that employers and staff can do more to bring perpetrators to prosecution.

The figures add up to an assault rate of 2.1% of staff in the acute sector, 3.9% in ambulance services, and over one in five (21%) in mental health services. Alarmingly, the figures equate to more than 173 physical assaults on NHS workers every day.

NHS Protect urges health bodies to take advantage of the joint working agreement with the Association of Chief Police Officers and the Crown Prosecution Service and use existing guidance to pursue local arrangements building on this national agreement to

16 December 2013
 December 16, 2013
Assaults on NHS staff rise

Physical Assaults on NHS Staff Rise by 6%

Reported assaults against frontline NHS staff have risen by 6% in the last year according to new figures released by NHS Protect.

The statistics, collated from 341 health bodies across England show a rise of total reported assaults from 59,744 in 2011/12 to 63,199 in 2012/13 – an increase of 5.8%. What’s more, the figures show a dramatic 16% increase in the number of criminal sanctions taken in the wake of reported attacks. However, NHS Protect state that employers and staff can do more to bring perpetrators to prosecution.

The figures add up to an assault rate of 2.1% of staff in the acute sector, 3.9% in ambulance services, and over one in five (21%) in mental health services. Alarmingly, the figures equate to more than 173 physical assaults on NHS workers every day.

NHS Protect urges health bodies to take advantage of the joint working agreement with the Association of Chief Police Officers and

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