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Care home gets the all-clear after norovirus scare

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

A care home in the Cumbrian town of Whitehaven has now been given the all-clear by environmental health officers after five of its residents appeared to be the latest victims of the norovirus bug that is sweeping the area. The alarm was raised when five residents of the Bethel House care home seemed to have symptoms of the highly contagious norovirus bug. However, afters tests were carried out, norovirus was ruled out and the illness was put down to a… Read more »

Fried chicken restaurant owner fined £4,000 for food hygiene violations

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

The former owner of a takeaway restaurant in the Milton Keynes town of Bletchley has been fined a whopping £4,000 in a local Magistrates’ Court after pleading guilty to breaching food hygiene regulations. Mr Mohammad Rashid, who formerly owned the Tasty Fried Chicken restaurant, was prosecuted after officers from the council’s environmental health team visited the premises and found a number of problems. During the visit, which was prompted by a complaint, officers found that the standard of cleanliness throughout… Read more »

Sandringham Estate could face HSE prosecution following worker injury

Posted: July 10th, 2013 by Eloise comment-icon Comments disabled

The Sandringham Estate owned by the Queen could be facing prosecution over health and safety failings after a gardener fell into a lake on a ride-on lawnmower. The incident took place when the garden worker, 30, fell into Lower Lake on the premises whilst using a ride-on lawnmower, which then pinned him down under the water. He was underwater for a number of minutes, according to the police, and he suffered “life-threatening” injuries. The latest reports suggest that he is… Read more »

Research finds UK is lagging behind Europe in first aid training for young people

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

A new poll has found that the UK is falling behind many other European countries when it comes to training youngsters in life-saving first aid skills. The poll, undertaken by ICM last January, found that just one fifth (20 per cent) of secondary school students in England and Wales had undergone some form of first aid training in the classroom. This is despite the fact that many youngsters want to learn first aid, according to first aid charity the Red… Read more »

Organising a work picnic? Don’t forget the first aid kit

Posted: July 9th, 2013 by Craig comment-icon Comments disabled

Within work hours, the health and safety of employees is your responsibility as a business owner. This not only means following all health and safety rules on your main work premises, but also making sure that employees are safe when out of the office, such as when participating in a work-organised summer picnic, for example. Many businesses and organisations arrange morale-building summer events and activities for their staff members when the weather is good, but not all remember to put… Read more »

Most West Yorkshire nightclub owners taking fire safety seriously

Posted: July 9th, 2013 by Eloise comment-icon Comments disabled

A recent round of checks across nightclubs in West Yorkshire has found that most club owners are taking fire safety seriously, although there is still work to be done in some areas. The West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service subjected around 100 nightclubs and similar premises in the area to random, unannounced fire safety inspections. Officers found a number of problems, including blocked fire exits, poor levels of fire safety training amongst staff and managers, and faulty fire alarms. The… Read more »

HSE reveals construction industry fatalities have fallen

Posted: July 7th, 2013 by Craig comment-icon Comments disabled

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has revealed that the number of workplace fatalities recorded in the construction industry fell in the last year. The construction industry is widely believed to be one of the most dangerous to work in, with injury and fatality rates tending to be far above those of any other industry. These rates have also prompted campaigners to push for more in-depth health and safety training for construction workers, as well as more in-depth risk assessments… Read more »

Seven Irish businesses issued closure orders over poor food hygiene standards

Posted: July 7th, 2013 by Dermot comment-icon Comments disabled

Seven food businesses in Ireland have been handed closure orders by the Food Safety Authority of Ireland (FSAI), following the discovery of serious food hygiene breaches. The orders, which were issued under the FSAI Act 1998, were issued to businesses in Cork, Clare, Roscommon, May and Blachardstown. The FSAI made the decision to take such an extreme measure after discovering a number of problems, including poor standards of cleanliness, food hygiene training for staff, a lack of a food safety… Read more »

Care home group wins award for providing quality services

Posted: July 6th, 2013 by Eloise comment-icon Comments disabled

A care home group which runs four care homes in Newcastle upon Tyne has been given a prestigious award for the quality of services it provides to its residents. The Abbeyfield Newcastle Upon Tyne Society Ltd was presented with its Gold Star award by the CEO of the Abbeyfield Society, Paul Allen, who said at the prize-giving: “Abbeyfield Newcastle demonstrated excellent leadership qualities, stringent and well thought through policies and procedures but above all, everything that they do is very… Read more »

Food hygiene tips – how to prevent cross-contamination

Posted: July 6th, 2013 by Craig comment-icon Comments disabled

In food preparation areas, there is always a risk of cross-contamination if proper food hygiene practices are not followed. Cross-contamination is when raw food touches cooked or other food products, equipment or surfaces or people’s hands. The bacteria from the raw food can then be spread to other food products and all over the kitchen, where it can cause food poisoning and present a very real danger to public health. Preventing cross-contamination The best way to learn about preventing cross-contamination… Read more »

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