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Food business owners – what to expect from a food hygiene inspection

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

As the owner of a food business, you have certain responsibilities in relation to maintaining high standards of food hygiene and safety. Not only do you risk the health of your customers if you neglect these responsibilities; but you also face the wrath of the authorities. To ensure that all food safety regulations are being met, councils carry out regular inspections of business and premises which serve, prepare, manufacture or distribute food products. To prepare for these inspections, your business… Read more »

Yorkshire pie factory guilty of breaching health and safety rules

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

The owners of a pie factory in Leeds have been found guilty of health and safety breaches after an explosion on the premises caused the death of an employee. David Cole, who had worked for the company for around 12 years, lost his life in 2009 when an explosion took place at the Andrew Jones (Pies) factory in Huddersfield, West Yorkshire. An investigation was launched into the explosion and the death of the 37-year-old employee by the Health and Safety… Read more »

HSE publishes guidance ahead of first aid changes

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

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has provided businesses with new guidance which will help them understand and implement the changes to UK first aid laws that may come into effect in October 2013. The organisation plans to amend the First Aid Regulations (1981) in a number of ways, and the new guidance will prove very useful in helping business owners come to terms with the proposed changes. The principal change relates to first aid training and will call for… Read more »

‘Dirty’ Liverpool restaurant closed by environmental health

Posted: February 27th, 2013 by Eloise comment-icon Comments disabled

A restaurant in Liverpool city centre has been closed down by the local authority’s environmental health officers after it was found to be putting the health of its customers at risk. The Buffet Star restaurant, a self-service buffet specialising in Thai and Chinese cuisine, was inspected several times by officers from Liverpool City Council between March and October 2012. On each visit, serious breaches of food safety regulations such as the following were uncovered: • Lack of routine cleaning in… Read more »

How a proper fire drill should be conducted

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

As part of fire safety measures business owners are required by law to take, a fire drill should be carried out on a regular basis. This is an essential measure, as it ensures that all of a building’s occupants know where to go and what to do in case of a fire. However, some businesses and organisations are neglecting to carry out fire drills altogether. Some of those that do have a semi-regular schedule of fire drills are not carrying… Read more »

Poll finds that most parents lack first aid training

Posted: February 26th, 2013 by Dermot comment-icon Comments disabled

A new poll has found that seven out of ten parents lack basic first aid training and skills which woiuld help them to save their child’s life in an emergency situation. The survey, carried out by OnePoll on behalf of, involved asking a total of 1,000 parents who had at least one child under the age of 10 years old about their first aid knowledge. The results of the poll were surprising and also quite worrying, as it was… Read more »

Care home closed following CQC inspection

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

Following an inspection by the Care Quality Commission (CQC), a care home in the Greater Manchester town of Bolton has been temporarily closed until it can make improvements to the quality of care it offers to residents. CQC inspectors arriving unannounced at the Ladymead Nursing Home found a number of very worrying problems, including: • Residents with level four bedsores, the most severe type of ulcer and one that can cause life-threatening infections • Poor odour control in bedrooms •… Read more »

Hylands Hotel owners fined £40k for breaching fire safety rules

Posted: February 26th, 2013 by Eloise comment-icon Comments disabled

The owners of a hotel in the Cheylesmore suburb of Coventry have been fined nearly £40,000 after breaching fire safety regulations. Cumberland Court Ltd, the company which owns the Hylands Hotel on Warwick Road, was prosecuted after inspections from the local fire service uncovered a series of shocking safety breaches. Officers from West Midlands Fire Service found a range of problems, including non-functioning fire alarm systems on all levels of the building and blocked, locked or poorly maintained fire exits…. Read more »

Study raises concern over anti-psychotic medication in NI care homes

Posted: February 25th, 2013 by Dermot comment-icon Comments disabled

The results of a new study carried out in care homes in Northern Ireland has raised concerns that powerful anti-psychotic medication is being overused. The research, which was conducted by scientists from Queen’s University in Belfast, involved the analysis of the prescribing records for around 250,000 people. The data used in the study was from people aged 65 years or over living in Northern Ireland care homes and private properties between 2008 and 2010. What was found in the study… Read more »

First aid tips – heart attacks

Posted: February 25th, 2013 by Dermot comment-icon Comments disabled

Of all the medical emergencies that can happen in everyday life, a heart attack can be the most frightening to experience. It can also be very scary to witness. In such a situation, there really is no substitute for proper first aid training. If someone appears to have a heart attack in front of you, you must immediately call 999 to request an ambulance. The pain from a heart attack will not simply go away on its own – a… Read more »

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