Additional Guidance for Fire safety in Residential Care Homes

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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.

The additional guidance document can be downloaded

CLG Guide Additional Guidance Document REV2016

Memorandum of Understanding between the CQC, HSE and LA

Memorandum of Understanding between the Care Quality Commission, the Health and Safety Executive and Local Authorities in England.

This Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) applies to both health and adult social care in England.
It comes into effect on 1 April 2015,to reflect the new enforcement powers granted to
the Care Quality Commission (CQC) by the Regulated Activities Regulations 2014.
It replaces the 2012 Liaison Agreement between CQC and the HSE that applied solely to healthcare
It outlines the respective responsibilities of CQC, HSE and Local Authorities (LAs) when dealing with health and safety incidents in the health and adult social care sectors, and the principles that will be…. More>>

Health and Safety in Kitchen Environment – Disposal of Waste

In this edition of the e-News, we will focus on the risks associated with the disposal of waste in the kitchen environment.

Much of the guidance on waste issues is aimed at organisations operating in the waste management and recycling industries.
However, any organisation which deals with waste needs to give consideration to how to manage it safely.
We will focus here on the potential risks arising from the kitchen environment, but care operators should also consider this across the whole of their organisation, particularly as they are likely to deal with potentially hazardous waste such as hygiene waste.


The HSE’s guidance on health hazards in the waste and recycling industry identifies four routes by which waste can cause a health hazard:……

NASHiCS Kitchen safety article Disposal of Waste October2014

Health and Safety in Kitchen Environment – Dematitis

In the last edition of the e-News, we looked at the safe use of knives in the kitchen environment.  In this edition, we will look at occupational dermatitis.


This is a skin condition which can be brought on by exposure to outside agents which can cause skin to be inflamed, irritated, cracked and sore.
Although it may be a less obvious health and safety risk compared to the use of kitchen equipment such as knives, it is of particular relevance to both the care sector and catering operations.

According to the HSE, the food and catering industries account for about 10% of the estimated 84,000 people each year who suffer from dermatitis which is either caused …

NASHiCS dermatitis article September 2014

Health and Safety in Kitchen Environment – Fire in the Kitchen


Fire safety in the kitchen … don’t get burnt!

In the final edition of our series on health and safety in the kitchen, we consider the importance of fire safety.

As the responsible person under fire safety legislation, care providers have a duty to carry out (and review) fire risk assessments of their premises, implement appropriate safety measures, plan for emergencies and provide employees with relevant information, instruction and training.


The fire risk assessment should identify potential sources of ignition, substances that burn and people who may be at risk.  In the care setting, it is particularly important to identify if any particular service users are at increased risk and what measures can be put in place to minimise this risk.  The importance of this is highlighted by the findings of a Fatal Accident Inquiry carried out in Scotland after 14 people died in a care home fire in 2004.  The Inquiry found that………..

NASHiCS Fire safety in the kitchen article Jan 2015

Health and Safety in Kitchen Environment – COSHH Control your Substances

In a previous edition, we considered occupational dermatitis, which can be caused or exacerbated in the kitchen environment by contact with chemical agents used in commonplace kitchen products.

In this edition, we will look at managing the risks associated with hazardous substances on a broader basis.
This is an important issue to be aware of, as employers have a duty under the Control of Substances Hazardous to Health Regulations 2002 (“COSHH”) to prevent or reduce exposure to hazardous substances by carrying out a risk assessment in relation to any potentially hazardous substances, putting in place control measures, providing appropriate information and training and carrying out health surveillance where appropriate.

NASHiCS Kitchen Safety COSHH Nov Dec