Care home praises safety course

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Good for residents’ safety, good for staff morale and good for promoting a successful business.

That’s what employees at Askham Care Homes in Doddington had to say about a training course run by Fenland District Council’s environmental health staff on safeguarding both those in their care and their colleagues.

Their praise came after 15 care workers had successfully completed a COSHH (Control of Substances Hazardous to Health) course.

The course covered the safe handling of chemicals they use in their everyday work, how to write effective risk assessments and the effective steps they can take to prevent slips and falls - particularly important for older residents because a fall can lead to an early decline in health.

Joe Briley, one of the home’s maintenance men, said: “It was an excellent refresher. It jogged our memories on all sorts of important things and it was done with a lot of interaction. Also, it wasn’t too heavy-going – it was really enjoyable.”

Currently Askham Care Homes in Doddington looks after 89 elderly residents. It also has a specialist rehabilitation unit for people aged 18-65 with brain and spinal injuries.

Training manager Karen Presland said: “Because of the number of staff we have here and the amount of chemicals around, we make this course essential.

“Everyone is happier if they’re clear on what they have to do to ensure people are safe.”

Councillor Peter Murphy, FDC’s portfolio holder responsible for environmental health, said: “As the enthusiastic reaction from the Askham staff shows, businesses can benefit in lots of ways from training like this. It’s an important part of what we do to support them.

“Training that addresses individual businesses’ particular health and safety needs can be arranged and courses held at their premises.”

n For details of all FDC’s health and safety courses, call Dawn Sadler, senior environmental health officer, on 01354 654321, or email