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2 in 3 East Sussex businesses fail fire safety inspections

Posted: July 5th, 2013 by Eloise comment-icon Comments disabled

The East Sussex Fire and Rescue Service (ESFR) has revealed that in a recent round of inspections, more than two in three businesses failed fire safety checks. The Service inspected 109 premises in total, and just 33 met the necessary requirements to pass the inspections. A staggering 76 of the businesses, which included hotels, schools and even a nursery, were not meeting the right standards of fire safety and were subjected to enforcement action. Four of the failing businesses were… Read more »

Devon leisure centre in need of new fire safety measures

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

Following a round of inspections and a damning report which identified that fire safety measures at the North Devon Leisure Centre were not at all up to scratch, the council has approved £50,000 to modernise the facility. The inspections mainly highlighted problems with compartmentation at the Barnstaple leisure centre, which means dividing a building up into sealed compartments with the aim of containing a fire if it breaks out. The money approved by North Devon Council will be used to… Read more »

First aid basics – the recovery position

Posted: July 4th, 2013 by Craig comment-icon Comments disabled

One of the basic, but arguably most important, things you will learn on a first aid training course is how to put an ill or injured person into the recovery position. You can learn how to get the recovery position just right by following the tips below. However, you will never be fully confident until you’ve had some real practice under the supervision of a professional first aid trainer. The basics of the recovery position are as follows: • You… Read more »

Health and safety awareness week for staff at leading paper packaging firm

Posted: June 30th, 2013 by Eloise comment-icon Comments disabled

Staff members at the Mold office of Smurfit Kappa, a leading paper packaging firm, have taken part in a health and safety awareness week. The aim of the week-long event was to teach employees the basics of health and safety at work and at home. On the very first day of the awareness week, the company’s CEO Tony Smurfit, operations director Stuart Gilder and regional director Andy Burrows gave presentations on the theme of ‘I Choose to Look the Other… Read more »

Wick shopkeeper flouts food hygiene laws

Posted: June 30th, 2013 by Craig comment-icon Comments disabled

A shopkeeper in the West Sussex region of Wick has been prosecuted for breaching food hygiene regulations, after inspectors discovered out of date food products on sale in her store. Suventhiny Kanapathipillai, the owner of the Wick Parade Mini Market, was prosecuted at Worthing Magistrates’ Court after environmental health inspectors from Arun District Council uncovered a number of problems at her Wick Street shop. As well as out-of-date food being on display and offered for sale, there was a problem… Read more »

Esso-owned oil refinery admits safety breaches

Posted: June 29th, 2013 by Eloise comment-icon Comments disabled

After being prosecuted over the death of one of its workers, bosses at an Esso-owned oil refinery in Fawley have admitted breaching health and safety rules. Winchester Crown Court, where the case is being held, heard how worker Juan Romero was crushed to death by a huge fuel pipe falling on top of him when he was working on a fuel tanker docked at the site in August 2008. Following the tragic incident, the police launched an investigation and found… Read more »

Health and safety gold award for air traffic control firm

Posted: June 29th, 2013 by Eloise comment-icon Comments disabled

The air traffic control firm NATS has been awarded a prestigious gold award for health and safety for the second year running, which a testament to the company’s commitment to health and safety training. NATS received the award from the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA) at its annual Occupational Health and Safety Awards, which was held in Birmingham recently. The gold award aims to recognise and honour businesses which reach a standard of excellence in health and… Read more »

Re-designed home first aid kit can be used with just one hand

Posted: June 28th, 2013 by Dermot comment-icon Comments disabled

Many homes and businesses have a first aid kit, stocked with the basics a person with first aid training would need to bandage wounds and treat injuries. However, in an emergency, these kits can be tricky to use, especially by untrained and panicking people. They are especially difficult to use if it is you who has sustained the injury and are trying to treat yourself. A British designer has now come up with a brand new first aid kit for… Read more »

The food hygiene rating scheme – what your business needs to do to score full marks

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

A large number of food-serving businesses in the UK are a part of the food hygiene rating scheme, and more are receiving their certificates and a rating (from 0 to 5) every day. By awarding and publicly displaying food hygiene ratings, the scheme aims to keep standards high within food businesses and give customers more information about the places they shop and eat. If your food business wants to score highly in your local food hygiene rating scheme, you will… Read more »

Panorama research exposes ‘worrying’ standards of care in children’s homes

Posted: June 27th, 2013 by Craig comment-icon Comments disabled

New research carried out by the investigate journalism programme Panorama has uncovered ‘worrying’ standards of care in some children’s homes in England. In a recent report, Panorama claimed that one in four children in residential care is living in a home that has either been rated ‘inadequate’ or simply ‘adequate’. Programme makers used Freedom of Information requests to find out about standards in 134 councils which manage children’s care services in England. A total of 87 councils responded to the… Read more »

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