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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 »

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 »

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