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How often does your workplace hold a fire drill?

Posted: August 5th, 2013 by Dermot comment-icon Comments disabled

Can you remember the last time your workplace held a fire drill? A fire drill is when the fire alarm sounds, all employees exit the building through the predetermined escape routes and assemble a safe distance from the building. Fire marshals, employees who have received fire safety training, will lead the exercise and make sure everyone gets out of the building safely and that the drill goes smoothly. The fire marshals will also take a roll call of everyone when… Read more »

Takeaway shut down for food hygiene breaches including insect infestation

Posted: July 29th, 2013 by Craig comment-icon Comments disabled

A takeaway restaurant in the suburban London district of Chingford has been shut down after food hygiene inspectors uncovered a serious insect infestation. The Chicks Chicken and Pizza restaurant was inspected by the council’s environmental health team after a member of the public called up with a complaint about a cockroach on a wall of the premises. In an unannounced visit, inspectors found to their horror that the business was infested with German cockroaches, which were everywhere from the walls… Read more »

Drinks producer fined by HSE for health and safety failings

Posted: July 28th, 2013 by Eloise comment-icon Comments disabled

A drinks producer has been prosecuted and fined by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) along with another company after health and safety failings were identified at a factory in the Herefordshire market town of Ledbury. The HSE stepped in to investigate following a serious incident involving a scaffold at the premises of United Beverages Ltd back in October 2009. Health and safety officers identified many breaches of safety in relation to the scaffold. As well as having defects such… Read more »

First aid in the workplace – the importance of record keeping

Posted: July 27th, 2013 by Dermot comment-icon Comments disabled

One of the most important parts of first aid in the workplace is record keeping. In fact, it can be just as crucial as sending staff members on a first aid training course or ensuring that first aid kits are fully stocked. This is because proper record keeping allows a business or organisation to manage health and safety risks in the future. Using the information noted down in a workplace incident book, business owners can monitor how medical emergencies are… Read more »

Billericay care home still needs to make improvements, says CQC

Posted: July 26th, 2013 by Craig comment-icon Comments disabled

A care home in Billericay which the Care Quality Commission (CQC) deemed to be failing in delivering the right standards of care still needs to make improvements, the health watchdog has said. The Queens Park Court care home was inspected back in November 2012 and a number of problems were uncovered. The home’s management was told that it had until the end of March 2013 to make the required improvements to areas such as care training for staff and compliance… Read more »

Ramsey restaurant prosecuted for food hygiene failings

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

The owners of an Indian restaurant in the Huntingdonshire market town of Ramsey has been prosecuted over food hygiene breaches within their business. The Bengal Restaurant, joint-owned by Mr Fazir Khan and Mr Noor Ali, was inspected by Environmental Health Protection Officers from Huntingdonshire District Council last April. During the visit, officers found the following problems: • Staff members and delivery drivers walking through raw sewage from a blocked and discharging drain to gain access to the restaurant’s kitchens •… Read more »

The essential fire safety facts your employees need to know

Posted: July 24th, 2013 by Eloise comment-icon Comments disabled

All workplaces need to have the right measures in place so that all everyone on the premises will be kept safe if a fire should break out. The responsibility for fire safety falls on the shoulders of employers, and a key part of this is education employees on the essential things they need to know in the event of a fire. Ideally, you should send all of your workers on a fire safety training course, or at least a handful… Read more »

Mum backs paediatric first aid training after daughter nearly chokes

Posted: July 23rd, 2013 by Dermot comment-icon Comments disabled

A woman from the Nottinghamshire village of Rainworth is urging parents to take paediatric first aid training after her daughter nearly choked on a lolly and she didn’t know how to save her. 44 year old Siobhan Fullwood, a mother of two, told local newspaper the Nottingham Post that when her daughter Grace started to choke on a lollipop that had come off its stick and lodged in her throat, all she could do was panic. She said the little… Read more »

Automotive supply firm wins third workplace health and safety award

Posted: July 22nd, 2013 by Craig comment-icon Comments disabled

The automotive supply speciality Brose UK has been awarded a Gold award for health and safety from the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA), for the third year in a row. The company, which is owned by a German family but is based in Coventry, specialises in supplying electric drives and mechatronics systems. At its Exhall headquarters, on premises measuring 11,000 square metres, Brose UK has been working hard on improving workplace health and safety. The hard work… Read more »

Food safety advice – high risk foods and processes

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

If the right health and safety practices are not followed, many different food types and food preparation processes can pose a danger to public health. However, there are some foods and processes that can be more dangerous than others. For example: • Water bath cooking – also known as sous vide cooking, this involves cooking food in a low temperature water bath for a longer period of time. This can cause problems when the time and temperature combinations are outside… Read more »

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