Scalding Risks in Care Homes
A recent prosecution of a Care Provider by the HSE shows the tragic consequences of failing to control the risks posed by water temperatures.
The Care Provider was prosecuted following the death of an 89 year old lady from scalding injuries. The lady was receiving personal care from employees of the provider but the bathroom taps were not adjusted to limit the temperature to a safe level.
The Provider pleaded guilty to a single charge under Section 3(1) of the Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974 before Guildford Crown Court and was fined £100,000 with £50,000 in costs.
Care Providers would do well to remind themselves of their duty to control the risks posed by scalding. Controls include physical measures such as 'temperature limiting valves' – but it is also essential that staff receive adequate training and instruction so that they are aware of the risks posed to the often very vulnerable people they are tasked with caring for.
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