A Bedford based healthcare provider has been fined after failing to act on concerns raised by an occupational health nurse. The concerns related to the running and capacity of the internal occupational health service.
Employers have a legal duty to protect the health and safety of employees. In this case staff needed to be protected as much as the patients from the risk of infection and sufficient actions were not taken.
The investigation found that the company did not appoint the correct number of professionals needed to run the service. This was adding undue stress on the departments and compromising the health and safety of the team, the public and the patients. Adequate surveillance for workers was not provided and this resulted in a nurse being diagnosed with occupational dermatitis.
HSE Inspector Emma Page said that “Healthcare providers should be aware of their legal duty to protect the health and safety of their employees as well as their patients and service users”
The company pleaded guilty to breaching Sections 2(1) and 3(1) of the Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974 and have been fined £550,000 with costs of £36,320.44.
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