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More businesses displaying food hygiene ratings

Posted: July 14th, 2013 by Eloise comment-icon Comments disabled

New research has found that more food businesses than ever before are displaying ratings in their windows as part of the Food Hygiene Rating Scheme (FHRS). The scheme, which covers England, Wales and Northern Ireland, aims to give customers an insight into standards of food hygiene training and practices in food businesses. Businesses are inspected by the Food Standards Agency (FSA), which carried out the latest study, and given a rating. This is then displayed to the public. A recent… Read more »

Fashion companies team up to ensure Bangladesh garment factories are safe

Posted: July 14th, 2013 by Dermot comment-icon Comments disabled

Following the catastrophic collapse of a garment factory in Dhaka, Bangladesh, in April, when more than 1,000 people lost their lives, fashion companies from all over the world have teamed up to ensure that all factories that make their clothes are safe to work in. In total, 70 fashion companies and brands have agreed to inspect their garment factory suppliers in Bangladesh. The retailers, most of whom are European, include Marks & Spencer, Calvin Klein, H&M and Tommy Hilfiger. Over… Read more »

Derbyshire teachers and school staff urged to get first aid training

Posted: July 13th, 2013 by Craig comment-icon Comments disabled

A national first aid charity is encouraging all teachers and school staff in the Derbyshire area to use their training days, also known as inset days, to undergo first aid training courses. Last year, around 240 people in Derbyshire took part in the first aid inset training day organised by St John Ambulance, where they learnt life-saving skills. The call for teachers and school staff to do the same this year has been backed by the Derby Telegraph, which is… Read more »

Food hygiene advice for community groups

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

Community groups can be a hugely positive force in a town or city. However, as many of the activities that community groups organise and participate in involve food, such as feeding the homeless or selling food products to raise money for charitable causes, food hygiene is very important. Many community groups rely on the help of volunteers, many of whom won’t have undergone any form of food hygiene training. If the group fails to teach its volunteers about food safety… Read more »

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 »

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