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Health and safety budget cuts could be putting manufacturing sector at risk

Posted: August 20th, 2013 by Eloise comment-icon Comments disabled

According to a specialist in health and safety and personal protective equipment (PPE), the government’s cuts to health and safety budgets could be putting workers in the manufacturing sector at risk. Arco, which supplies advice and consultancy services along with health and safety equipment, has expressed its concerns about safety budget cuts to the Department for Work & Pensions (DWP). The company claims that government cuts to the budget of the Health and Safety Executive (HSE), the department which ensures… Read more »

Food hygiene ratings in Bolton restaurants improve

Posted: August 19th, 2013 by Craig comment-icon Comments disabled

According to the latest figures, food hygiene ratings in Bolton restaurants have improved over the last year, suggesting that more businesses are improving in areas such as kitchen cleanliness and food safety training. So far this year, more than 1,250 food-serving premises in the Greater Manchester town have achieved either a level four or a level five food hygiene rating, which means that they are either ‘good’ or ‘very good’. This is an increase of more than 10 per cent… Read more »

Fire safety advice for businesses – choosing the best fire escape routes

Posted: August 19th, 2013 by Dermot comment-icon Comments disabled

All businesses must have plans in place for emergencies, such as the outbreak of fire. A key part of this preparation is coming up with fire escape plans, with the aim of getting everyone safely out of the building as quickly as possible. In your workplace fire escape plan, you will need to choose not one but several possible escape routes. This is just in case one route is blocked, either by fire or another obstruction. Here are a few… Read more »

Nearly 20pc of construction sites fail latest HSE checks

Posted: August 18th, 2013 by Eloise comment-icon Comments disabled

According to the results of a month-long inspection drive by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE), around one fifth (20 per cent) of construction sites are not adhering to health and safety regulations, potentially putting workers in danger. As part of the checks, HSE officers visited a total of 2,363 construction sites around the UK on which repairs or refurbishments were being carried out. The results of the spot checks were surprising and not a little worrying, as the officers… Read more »

New dental health resource created for care homes

Posted: August 18th, 2013 by Craig comment-icon Comments disabled

A new resource aimed at improving dental health amongst care home residents has been made available for care home managers. Entitled ‘Caring for Smiles – A Guide for Care Homes’, the guidance has been put together and published by the National Oral Health Improvement Group (NOPOHIG) in Scotland. The organisation has been working alongside NHS Scotland in order to provide care training and support for care homes with older residents who want to improve mouth care. The resource champions person-centred… Read more »

Could technology be the key to food safety compliance in food businesses?

Posted: August 17th, 2013 by Eloise comment-icon Comments disabled

Food businesses have a lot of responsibilities in relation to food hygiene. By law, they must have a food safety management system in place, which covers everything from temperature control and safe food storage to hand-washing practices and food hygiene training for staff. All of the different parts of a food safety management system can be tricky to track, as well as generating a lot of paperwork. This is why some food businesses, such as restaurants for example, as switching… Read more »

First aid tips – treating hyperventilation

Posted: August 17th, 2013 by Dermot comment-icon Comments disabled

To ensure that you are fully prepared for any medical emergency, whether it happens at home, at work or out in public, it is a good idea to take a first aid training course. However, there are some first aid basics it can be useful to know even if you haven’t had first aid training, such as how to recognise and treat hyperventilation, for example. Spotting the signs of hyperventilation Hyperventilation basically means excessive breathing, usually following acute anxiety or… Read more »

Improvements needed at Hemel Hempstead care home

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

A care home in Hemel Hempstead has been told that it must make urgent improvements to its care training, standards and practices after a damning report following a recent inspection. Officers from the Care Quality Commission (CQC) visited the Mountbatten Lodge in June 2013 on an unannounced inspection. They found a number of worrying problems with standards of care at the home, including: • A person who had been without food or drink for over 17 hours • Two residents… Read more »

HSE launches new health and safety guidance for large businesses

Posted: August 16th, 2013 by Eloise comment-icon Comments disabled

In an effort to help large UK businesses and organisations understand their responsibilities in relation to health and safety, and to abide by the law, the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has launched brand new, user-friendly guidance. The ‘Managing for Health and Safety’ guidance, or HSG65, is designed to help business owners, company directors, trustees and line managers understand how to manage health and safety in their workplace. The guidance, which is available online at the HSE website free of… Read more »

Quarter of Scottish takeaways fail food hygiene tests

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

According to the findings of a recent investigation by the Sunday Express, around one in four Scottish takeaways are failing to meet legal food hygiene standards. The investigation was launched at the same time as concerns were raised about the increase in food poisoning in the country, with a 40 per cent rise reported in the first few months of 2013 compared to the same period last year. It was not only takeaways which were flagged up for their poor… Read more »

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