Where can I obtain health & safety at work items?

The Health & Safety Executive has a website www.hse.gov.uk Information telephone number (0300 003 1747) which is a good source of advice for employers. HSE can supply accident books (62 pages) at £5.70 and copies of the Health & Safety Law poster at £9.00. Free booklets, including one called First aid at work: your questions answered, are also available from HSE.

Commercial organisations like Chancellor Formecon Ltd, offer these items in packs, but at considerably higher cost than those available from HSE.

June 2014

What should I do if I am diagnosed with an infectious disease?

If your are diagnosed with an infectious disease.

  • Seek written confirmation from your doctor / consultant stating that he has advised you that it is reasonable for you to continue to see patients
  • Show on your assessment form that you have assessed the risk
  • If you have identified a significant risk, either record the action you take to minimise that risk, e.g. wearing gloves/mask or consider referring the patient to another practitioner

If you have a diagnosis e.g. Hep b, MRSA etc and can show that you have acted responsibly, you will minimise any potential for claim.

February 2009

Do I need to register with the Environment Agency for the disposal of clinical waste?

All practices are required to have a written policy and a contract for the disposal of sharps and clinical waste.

Many members resolve the problem by negotiating with their local (friendly) GP who agrees to dispose of the practice's clincal waste with their own. These agreements should be recorded in writing. A draft of an agreement letter is available via the next FAQ on sharps called what sort of sharps contact should I have?

Practices that generate 200kg or more are required to register with the Environment Agency for the disposal of clinical waste. This will not be application to most practitioners.

If you do not generate more than 200kg of clinical waste, however details of the rules can be found on the environment agency website here: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/healthcare-waste

How do fire safety regulations affect my practice?

For full information about fire safety regulations to go www.communities.gov.uk/fire 

If a business employs more than five employees they have to have a written fire risk assessment - the new regulations tighten this up to include a business that has anyone else (employees or patients or customers) on the premises.

To establish what affect this has on your business, a pro-forma fire risk assessment form is available on all fire authority websites. This form is easy to complete and does not require any specialist help.

Guide 10 of the fire regulations website deals with healthcare premises so please look at this for any further information.

Extracts from www.communities.gov.uk/fire state:

Safety rules affecting all non-domestic premises in England and Wales apply if you are:

a) responsible for business premises

b) an employer or self-employed with business premises 

c) a charity or voluntary organisation 

d) a contractor with a degree of control over any premises


Two guidelines further down the webpage that may be of interest are: 

Entry level guide - a short guide to making your premises safe from fire 

http://www.communities.gov.uk/index.asp?id=1500383 which an be downloaded free

and

Guide 10 - Healthcare premises. A guide for all employers, managers, responsible persons, occupiers and owners of premises where the main use of the building or part of the building is to provide healthcare including:

1. Hospitals 

2. Medical centres 

3. Other healthcare premises

This guide will not be intended for use in care and nursing homes, rehabilitation premises, day-care centres with no residential clients, sheltered accommodation, out-posted nursing care in single private dwellings and staff accommodation.
 

What sort of sharps disposal contract should I have?

All practices are required to have a written policy and a contract for the disposal of sharps and clinical waste.

Many members resolve the problem by negotiating with their local (friendly) GP who agrees to dispose of the practice's clincal waste with their own. These agreements should be recorded in writing. 

 

The following is a draft of a letter to be sent to any GP or organisation with whom a sharps disposal arrangement has been made.

Physio First member
Address
Date
GP or organisation with whom sharps disposal arrangement is made

Dear Sirs

Re: sharps disposal contract with this practice

Following our recent discussions. I write to confirm the terms of our contract regarding your agreement to dispose of sharps and clinical waste on behalf of my practice. The terms of the contract are

1. My practice will maintain:

a. Lockable sharps boxes that will be stamped with the practice stamp, signed and dated by the practice principal / manager and will contain only needles.

b. Yellow clinical waste bags that will be sealed and which will contain only dressings, needle packaging and clinical waste.

2. From time to time these will be transported to your premises where you will arrange for them to be added to your clinical waste for disposal by the licenced clinical waste contractor used by your practice.

3. My practice will pay a fee of 10.00 (or other amount to be agreed) per annum.

Thank you for your assistance in this matter.

Yours faithfully 
 

Name of Physio First member

October 2012

Where can I find information regarding health and safety posters?

Contact HSE on their free helpline for free and confidential health and safety advice. The number is 0300 003 1747 and it is manned from Monday to Friday between 8.30am and 5.00 pm.

Their advice is that it is a legal requirement for the owner or senior partner at a clinic person to display a standard health and safety poster if they have employees. A poster can be ordered online fromwww.hsebooks.co.uk or via the telephone on +44 (0)1787 881165. It costs £9.00.

June 2014