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Food hygiene ratings improve in Hartlepool

Posted: September 16th, 2013 by Craig comment-icon Comments disabled

According to the local council, standards of food hygiene in the restaurants, shops and takeaways of Hartlepool have improved significantly in the last 12 months. Hartlepool Borough Council is a part of the national Food Hygiene Rating Scheme (FHRS), in which businesses are inspected and given a rating for food hygiene which they can then display to their customers. The scheme aims to recognise businesses that are committed to clean kitchens, food hygiene training for staff and meticulous food safety… Read more »

Care standards under scrutiny at South London care home

Posted: September 16th, 2013 by Dermot comment-icon Comments disabled

A care home in the South London ward of New Cross has been criticised by inspectors from the Care Quality Commission (CQC) over the standards of care it provides to its residents. The Manley Court care home was inspected back in July in an unannounced spot check. Following the inspection, CQC officers compiled a report criticising the levels of care training and staffing at the home. The report stated: “There were not enough qualified, skilled and experienced staff to meet… Read more »

Salmonella outbreak confirmed in England and Wales

Posted: September 15th, 2013 by Eloise comment-icon Comments disabled

An outbreak of salmonella in parts of England and Wales has been confirmed by the Food Standards Agency (FSA), along with other official bodies. The outbreak is understood to be of an unusual type of infection called Salmonella Typhimurium, and it has so far been confirmed in 36 cases in England and 21 cases in Wales. In the case of 9 infected people, the disease has caused them to be hospitalised. The people affected range in age from just 7… Read more »

Three crucial reasons to make fire safety a priority

Posted: September 15th, 2013 by Craig comment-icon Comments disabled

If your business is not meeting its fire safety responsibilities, you as the owner could be facing very serious consequences. Getting a thorough risk assessment carried out, sending staff on fire safety training courses, carrying out regular fire drills and fitting and checking fire alarm systems are all things you should be doing to protect workers, buildings and property. Here are three very good reasons why: 1. Fire can kill. The fire and rescue service has to attend tens of… Read more »

RoSPA launches health and safety programme for schools

Posted: September 13th, 2013 by Craig comment-icon Comments disabled

A brand new health and safety programme for schools and other educational institutions has been launched by the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA), in order to help schools monitor and improve their performance. The programme, called SchoolSafe, is designed to evaluate the health and safety systems that are already in place in schools and academies. A RoSPA consultant will be sent to each participating school to review these systems and test schools on five key challenges. These… Read more »

Building sites targeted in new health and safety crackdown

Posted: September 12th, 2013 by Dermot comment-icon Comments disabled

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has revealed that building and construction sites are to be the main target of its latest health and safety clampdown. Starting almost immediately, HSE officers will be sent to carry out unannounced inspections of health and safety training and standards at sites up and down the country. The watchdog is focusing on sites where repair or refurbishment works are being carried out, especially those where working at height and exposure to harmful dusts are… Read more »

First aid tips – using the FAST guide to identify strokes

Posted: September 12th, 2013 by Eloise comment-icon Comments disabled

A stroke can be one of the most dangerous medical emergencies, especially if it isn’t spotted early. As a rule, the earlier a stroke can be detected and treated, the more likely the chances of recovery for the affected person. To learn in-depth information and advice for recognising strokes and providing assistance to someone who has had a stroke, it is recommended to take a full first aid training course. For now, simply remember the FAST guide: • F is… Read more »

Food hygiene standards “good” at St Ives restaurants

Posted: September 11th, 2013 by Craig comment-icon Comments disabled

According to the latest ratings from the Food Standards Agency (FSA), food businesses and restaurants in the St Ives and Carbis Bay are performing very well. Of the 120 restaurants, cafes and takeaways that were visited in FSA inspections over the last year, 58 were given the top rating of five stars, meaning that food hygiene at these businesses is “very good”. A further 36 received four-star “good” ratings. At the other end of the scale, a total of three… Read more »

Littlehampton care home severely criticised by CQC

Posted: September 11th, 2013 by Eloise comment-icon Comments disabled

A care home in the Littlehampton seaside resort of Rustington has been severely criticised by the Care Quality Commission (CQC) after a recent inspection uncovered a number of failings. After visiting the Darlington Court care home back in June 2013, the watchdog’s inspectors reported back that four out of five key areas were not being met. Problems at the home included record-keeping, staffing and care training, respect of residents and welfare. The report on the Darlington Court care home stated:… Read more »

Report finds 32pc of business non-compliances involve fire safety

Posted: September 10th, 2013 by Dermot comment-icon Comments disabled

A new report has found that of all cases of health and safety non-compliance in businesses throughout the world, 32 per cent involve fire safety. The research, compiled by the Supplier Ethical Data Exchange, found that the most pressing issue in workplaces was a lack of adequate fire exit signage. Other non-compliance issues which made it into the top ten included: • Inadequate or non-functioning emergency lighting • Inadequately installed fire-fighting equipment • Blocked aisles and exits • A lack… Read more »

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