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The information employees need to know about health and safety

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

Employers have many responsibilities in relation to health and safety, such as carrying out a risk assessment and ensuring workers get the right level of health and safety training. Another important responsibility is providing employees with information about health and safety in the workplace. What should employers be telling their workforce? It is a legal obligation for employers to let their workers know of: • The risks and dangers related to their particular type of work, equipment and machinery, or… Read more »

Bristol care home fails on food safety in recent inspection

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

A care home in Bedminster in Bristol has been threatened with enforcement action after a recent inspection revealed a number of failings, especially in the area of food safety. The Honeymead Care Home was inspected by the Care Quality Commission (CQC) back in August 2012. Following the visit, CQC inspectors reported that the home was not doing enough to ensure that residents were safe and receiving appropriate care. A particular area of concern for the CQC was food safety training,… Read more »

972 Hampshire businesses fail 2012 fire safety audit

Posted: January 5th, 2013 by Craig comment-icon Comments disabled

A new report has revealed that two-thirds of businesses in the county of Hampshire failed a fire safety audit undertaken in 2012. Safety Management (UK), an independent fire safety specialist based in Hampshire, compiled the shocking results after looking at which premises failed fire safety audits carried out by fire authorities in the last 12 months. Of the 1,390 businesses inspected by fire chiefs, a total of 972 received an ‘unsatisfactory’ report. The exact details of why the businesses failed… Read more »

Advice for employees on reporting health and safety failings

Posted: January 4th, 2013 by Dermot comment-icon Comments disabled

Many people think that the responsibility for health and safety in the workplace lies solely with the employer, but this isn’t strictly the case. Whilst employers and managers may have legal obligations with regards to health and safety, there is a very important part to be played by employees too. If you care about health and safety, and you should if you want to protect yourself and others around you, then you should take the time to find out more… Read more »

Health agency reports 83 per cent rise in Norovirus cases

Posted: January 3rd, 2013 by Eloise comment-icon Comments disabled

The Health Protection Agency (HPA) has reported that in the autumn and winter of 2012, there were a total of 3,538 confirmed cases of the Norovirus infection reported. This is a huge rise of 83 per cent compared to the same period in 2011. In a recent report, the HPA, an independent body dedicated to protecting the health and well-being of UK residents, stated that a total of 500 Norovirus cases occurred in the week before Christmas. The week before,… Read more »

Charity urges Scottish parents to undergo paediatric first aid training

Posted: December 31st, 2012 by Eloise comment-icon Comments disabled

According to St Andrew’s First Aid, a Scottish first aid charity, the majority of Scottish parents don’t have the first aid training they need to save their child’s life in an emergency. St Andrew’s has revealed that less than one in four Scots have undergone the relevant training to learn the skills they need to give first aid to a child. The charity is hoping that its recent St Andrew’s Scottish First Aid Week, which ran from the 24th to… Read more »

Gloucester stores undergo fire safety checks

Posted: December 30th, 2012 by Dermot comment-icon Comments disabled

Stores in Gloucester have been subjected to a round of fire safety checks by the local council and fire service in order to ensure that shoppers in the area are kept safe over Christmas. Gloucestershire Fire and Rescue Service teamed up with Gloucester City Council to send fire safety officers around more than 20 local shops. The good news for Gloucester consumers is that the majority scored well in the inspections, with only a few minor problems being found. Amongst… Read more »

How to assess risks in the workplace – a beginner’s guide

Posted: December 29th, 2012 by Craig comment-icon Comments disabled

In order to carry out a full and thorough health & safety risk assessment in your workplace, one that adheres to government legislation on workplace health and safety, it is essential that you undergo the right training. However, there are some basics that everyone should know about assessing risks, and these are the things you will learn more about when you do embark on a risk assessment course. 1. Identify risks and hazards. Look around your workplace for potential hazards,… Read more »

Big Rock Climbing Company fined over fire safety breaches

Posted: December 28th, 2012 by Eloise comment-icon Comments disabled

A climbing company which formerly operated a climbing centre in Rochdale, Greater Manchester, has been prosecuted and fined for breaching fire safety regulations. The Big Rock Climbing Company, which used to run Climb Rochdale until it was taken over by the Pink Climbing Centre, was prosecuted by the Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Authority (GMFRA) after a member of staff made a complaint about fire doors which were locked. A visit from a specialist fire protection officer in January 2012… Read more »

The food safety regulations you need to know about

Posted: December 27th, 2012 by Craig comment-icon Comments disabled

As a business which serves or sells food to the public, or which has any involvement in food production or packaging, there are a few key pieces of government legislation that you must adhere to. The main food safety regulations you need to know about are as follows: The Food Standards Act 1999 Whilst this Act does not necessarily affect the day-to-day running of your business, it is important to know about it because it helped to form the Food… Read more »

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