Emollient creams and personal fire risk

Emollient creams and personal fire risk

The assessment and documentation of the emollient creams people use is an area that I have often found to be deficient over the years, even in otherwise perfectly cromulent service user paperwork. As the consequences of getting this wrong can be horribly fatal, I chose emollient use and personal fire safety as the theme of our first magazine, now available for non-subscribers to purchase at a special introductory price.

The first Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) safety alert about the fire dangers of creams was back in 2008, and it has been updated since, most recently in 2018. At time of writing, their guidance on dealing with the identified dangers was last updated in May 2021. The guidance includes a very useful powerpoint presentation.

However, there continues to be a shocking lack of awareness of the dangers posed by commonly used emollient products, particularly among those who should be assessing the risks posed by them.

Emollient creams are massively useful, and in the usual run of things, people should not be discouraged from using them. All staff are likely to frequently encounter their use as they care for people in a residential or domiciliary context. Therefore, awareness of their safe use and the dangers they pose needs to be instilled in staff at all levels of a good care service.

The potentially horrific consequences of a personal fire and the role emollient creams play in accelerating these has been known for some time, yet this is an area in which many services are sadly deficient.

As well as the e-magazine, in the Zip file you’ll also receive a sample risk assessment template and a powerpoint presentation, with case study handouts, for a training workshop with sections for all staff, assessors, auditors and managers.

The usual full price of the e-magazine is £45, but our first edition is available for the special introductory price of £30.


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