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London restaurant fined nearly £10k for food hygiene breaches

Posted: August 26th, 2013 by Dermot comment-icon Comments disabled

The owner of a takeaway restaurant in North East London has been fined nearly £10,000 after breaching food hygiene laws and repeatedly ignoring improvement notices and warnings. Problems at the Flavour Chicken restaurant in Havering were uncovered during a routine inspection of the premises by environmental health officers from Havering Council back in January 2012. Following another visit a few months later, the Council made it clear to new owner Mohammed Nazakat that he had to make improvements in the… Read more »

More than 900 care homes warned over poor standards this year

Posted: August 25th, 2013 by Eloise comment-icon Comments disabled

According to official figures from the Care Quality Commission (CQC), record numbers of care homes have been given official warnings over standards of care in the last 12 months. The health watchdog issued over 900 urgent improvement notices to UK care homes over the last year, which is a worrying rise of 43 per cent compared to the 600 notices handed out the year before. These warnings are issued to care homes in which standards are deemed unacceptable, or where… Read more »

Red Cross issues jellyfish first aid advice

Posted: August 24th, 2013 by Dermot comment-icon Comments disabled

After recent reports that increasing numbers of jellyfish have been spotted along the UK coastline, the British Red Cross has issued some vital first aid advice to people who may encounter them. Many people believe that urine can be the best treatment for a jellyfish sting, helping to alleviate the pain, but the Red Cross and anyone who has ever attended a first aid training course will tell you that this is not true. Joe Mulligan, the head of first… Read more »

When were your workplace fire alarms last tested?

Posted: August 23rd, 2013 by Craig comment-icon Comments disabled

Fire alarms and smoke detectors in workplaces must be tested on a regular basis, to make sure that they’re working and importantly, that they will work if a fire breaks out. If you’ve been an employee, manager or even the owner of a company for a long time and you have never heard the fire alarm sound, it might be time for a test to be carried out. Testing during fire drills A good way to test the fire alarm… Read more »

£60,000 health and safety fine for Rolls-Royce

Posted: August 22nd, 2013 by Eloise comment-icon Comments disabled

The auto manufacturer Rolls-Royce has reportedly been fined £60,000 for breaching health and safety regulations which led to a worker developing Carpal tunnel syndrome. Rolls-Royce employee Allan Thornewill, 55, who worked at the car company’s plant in the Derby suburb of Sinfin, was responsible for cleaning turbine blades. After prolonged exposure to the vibrations produced by these blades, Mr Thornewill developed Carpal tunnel syndrome. This condition affects many people who work with vibrating tools and machinery and causes a lot… Read more »

Poorly guarded machines most common cause of food industry accidents

Posted: August 22nd, 2013 by Dermot comment-icon Comments disabled

According to, poorly guarded machinery and equipment is one of the most common causes of injuries and accidents within the UK food and drink manufacturing industry. The website has created its own health and safety timeline for this particular sector, which documents the number of incidents and injuries related to machinery without the proper safety guards within the last year. Employees within the food and drink manufacturing industry require the right health and safety training in order to use… Read more »

Edinburgh nursing home criticised over care standards

Posted: August 21st, 2013 by Eloise comment-icon Comments disabled

A care home in Edinburgh has been criticised by the Care Inspectorate, Scotland’s equivalent of the Care Quality Commission (CQC), over poor standards of care. The Pentland Hill nursing home, which is in Cortorphine, was put under the spotlight after a number of complaints were made. The death of a 67-year-old resident at the home last month is also being investigated. The Care Inspectorate has now issued the Pentland Hill home with an Improvement Noticed, requiring it to improve standards… Read more »

Call to put first aid on Welsh school curriculum

Posted: August 21st, 2013 by Craig comment-icon Comments disabled

A leading charity has called for first aid training to be included on the curriculum in Welsh schools, in order to give children the skills and knowledge they may need in later years to save lives. The Red Cross in Wales has a youth strategy which it first launched three years ago, which aims to promote humanitarian values, respond to young people and children in crisis and encourage more young people to train in first aid. Another key area of… Read more »

Food hygiene myths busted

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

There are lots of myths and misconceptions around about food safety, and unless you’ve been on a food hygiene training course, you may end up believing them. Here are a couple of the most commonly believed busted: • The ‘5 second rule’ Many homes have different versions of this rule, which follows that an item of food is still ok to consume if dropped on the floor but picked up within a certain number of seconds. Worryingly, some businesses may… Read more »

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 »

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