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Health and safety tips for small businesses

Posted: March 31st, 2011 by Eloise comment-icon Comments disabled

Maintaining excellent standards in health and safety is crucial in any business, no matter how large or small. However, small firms often face more of a challenge as they have limited resources, as well as being less able to cope financially with the cost of fines and compensation claims relating to health and safety failings. Health and safety needn’t be a challenge, but it is important that you make every effort to protect the safety of your employees and members… Read more »

Lincolnshire butcher fined £2000 for breaching food hygiene rules

Posted: March 30th, 2011 by Craig comment-icon Comments disabled

A butchers shop in the Lincolnshire village of Woodhall Spa has been fined a total of £2,000 for breaching food hygiene regulations. Lincolnshire Meats received the fine plus a demand for £500 in costs after environmental health inspectors from East Lindsey District Council found a number of hygiene issues at the shop. These reportedly included failing to properly disinfect knives used on cooked meat products, offering certain products that were past their use-by date for sale and failing to keep… Read more »

CQC concerned about standards at three Exeter care homes

Posted: March 29th, 2011 by Eloise comment-icon Comments disabled

The Care Quality Commission (CQC) has expressed concerns to Devon County Council that three care homes in Exeter are not meeting safety and quality standards. According to BBC News Devon, the care homes in question are Exebank Care Home, Alphin House and Arthur Roberts House. These homes deal with elderly people with a whole range of needs, including mental illness and dementia. The CQC outlined a number of problems at the facilities, which included: • Delays in treatment, which could… Read more »

First aid work training: do you know what to do in an emergency?

Posted: March 28th, 2011 by Dermot comment-icon Comments disabled

The terrifying thing about emergency situations is that they can happen at any time, without any warning. If someone suddenly becomes injured or falls ill at work, it is important that someone is able to keep a cool head and administer first aid. This could potentially save the person’s life. So, if someone fell ill in your workplace, would you know what to do? Taking a first aid training course as well as regular refresher courses can strengthen your knowledge… Read more »

Dundee holiday resort fined for health and safety failings

Posted: March 28th, 2011 by Craig comment-icon Comments disabled

A holiday resort near Dundee has been fined a total of £120,000 after a number of health and safety failings were discovered by investigators from Angus Council. It is believed that these failings led to the death of a guest in 2008. The Piperdam Leisure Complex was investigated after 60-year-old Edward Warnes stayed there for a week in March 2008 and died of Legionnaires’ disease a month later. His partner also fell ill following the visit. Health inspectors found that… Read more »

General fire safety advice for businesses pt.2

Posted: March 27th, 2011 by Eloise comment-icon Comments disabled

In order to keep your employees safe and protect your business, your company needs to comply with fire safety regulations. We’ve already looked at measures such as the fire risk assessment, fire alarms and fire drills, but this isn’t all. The following are a few more basic fire safety tips for businesses: • The responsible person. Whilst everyone in the building should have undergone basic fire safety awareness training, you need to designate a responsible person to act as fire… Read more »

General fire safety advice for businesses pt.1

Posted: March 26th, 2011 by Craig comment-icon Comments disabled

Fire safety rules and regulations for businesses are there for a reason – to save lives and protect property. As an employer, you have responsibility to ensure that your work premises meets all the required standards. As an employee, you can help contribute to a safer working environment by undergoing fire safety awareness training and taking on responsibility as a fire marshal in your workplace. Fire safety: the essentials • Fire risk assessment. This is a process you must complete… Read more »

Fire safety enforcement notice served on Lewisham council tower block

Posted: March 25th, 2011 by Craig comment-icon Comments disabled

The London Fire Brigade has served an enforcement notice to Lewisham Council in relation to fire safety issues at one of its 16-storey tower blocks. Lewisham Homes, which manages homes on behalf of the council, was served the notice after fire safety officers flagged up a number of serious problems at the Marine Tower block in Abinger Grove, Deptford. These issues included the following: • The fire risk assessment for the building was out of date and had not been… Read more »

60 Welsh organisations found wanting in food hygiene training

Posted: March 24th, 2011 by Dermot comment-icon Comments disabled

Following a study by Consumer Focus Wales, more than 60 premises in the country have been awarded substandard food hygiene ratings. The organisations under scrutiny, which included 30 care homes, 30 schools and colleges and 3 hospitals, have been ordered to improve food hygiene training and general food safety standards. Consumer Focus Wales urged the Food Standards Agency (FSA) to allow councils to make food hygiene ratings publicly available online, particularly in relation to premises which are publicly funded and… Read more »

How to protect employees against hazardous substances in the workplace

Posted: March 23rd, 2011 by Eloise comment-icon Comments disabled

Whilst it is your responsibility as an employer to ensure that the workplace is safe for all employees, there are only so many precautions and safety measures you can reasonably take. Once you’ve gone above and beyond what is required by law, your employees need to take responsibility for their own health and safety and that of their colleagues. Protecting employees against hazardous substances is essential to ensure their safety whilst at work, and this is best achieved via a… Read more »

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