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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 »

HSE prosecutes ‘dangerous’ Merseyside roofer

Posted: December 26th, 2012 by Dermot comment-icon Comments disabled

A roofer from Merseyside who was photographed working dangerously and putting other workers’ lives at risk has been fined by courts following a Health and Safety Executive (HSE) investigation. Phillip McGinn was photographed along with two other workers carrying out retiling work on a property in Maghull. Unfortunately though, the photographs revealed that there were no safety measures in place to stop all three workers falling to the ground and injuring themselves. After receiving a complaint from a member of… Read more »

Vinnie Jones first aid advert saves its first life

Posted: December 25th, 2012 by Craig comment-icon Comments disabled

A popular TV advert featuring Hollywood hardman Vinnie Jones has saved its first life, after a man from Dalkeith managed to save his partner’s life by remembering the advice in the ad. Derek Burt, 49, woke up to find his partner Angela, 43, having a heart attack. Luckily, he remembered a TV ad from the British Heart Foundation, in which the actor Vinnie Jones carries out life-saving chest compressions to the rhythm of the Bee Gees’ song ‘Stayin’ Alive’. The… Read more »

Environment Agency fined over worker fatality

Posted: December 25th, 2012 by Eloise comment-icon Comments disabled

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has prosecuted and fined the Environment Agency after one of its employees lost his life thanks to a string of health and safety failings. 43-year-old Environment Agency employee Simon Wenn lost his life in December 2010 when working with a colleague on the dredging of an icy watercourse in Cambridge. Mr Wenn was repositioning a tracking mat, laid in order to provide better grip in icy conditions, using a crane when it rotated round… Read more »

Retail and licensing qualifications explained – Scotland

Posted: December 24th, 2012 by Dermot comment-icon Comments disabled

The legal requirements for licensed premises and personal licence holders are different in Scotland compared to England and Wales, which can make it difficult to know which training courses need to be taken and which qualifications need to be attained. To help you work out which training you need to take, alongside other vital courses such as health and safety training and first aid training, here is a quick guide to retail and licensing qualifications for people working in Scotland…. Read more »

Fine for Aldershot shop over fire safety and gas cylinder risks

Posted: December 23rd, 2012 by Eloise comment-icon Comments disabled

The owner of a shop in Aldershot in Hampshire has been handed a fine of £12,000 from the authorities after he failed to adhere to fire safety regulations at his premises. Tahir Ahmed, the owner of Imee’s Audio and Video shop, faced prosecution from Hampshire Fire and Rescue Service after a series of quite dangerous issues were uncovered within his business. Fire safety breaches included: • Failure to carry out a fire risk assessment • Failure to provide staff with… Read more »

Retail and licensing qualifications explained – England and Wales

Posted: December 22nd, 2012 by Craig comment-icon Comments disabled

When you run a premises which sells or serves alcohol, you are required by law to hold a personal licence of some sort, depending on the nature of the premises and your position in the business. This means that along with the usual health and safety training, you will also need to undergo training in order to get your licence. Many retail and licensing training courses are available, but it can be tricky to know which you should be undertaking…. Read more »

Jack Wills shop in York fined for fire safety breaches

Posted: December 21st, 2012 by Eloise comment-icon Comments disabled

A Yorkshire branch of the retail chain Jack Wills has reportedly been fined by the local fire service after breaching fire safety regulations. The Jack Wills shop in York was first inspected by officers from the North Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Authority (NYFRA) back in January 2011. At the time, store owners were informed that the premises was breaching fire safety rules and that improvements urgently needed to be made. Problems at the store included: • Damaged fire doors •… Read more »

Christmas food safety tips pt.2

Posted: December 20th, 2012 by Dermot comment-icon Comments disabled

In the first part of this guide, we discussed the importance of food safety in the home and of food safety training in food-providing businesses. We also looked at the first three Christmas food safety tips published by Edinburgh Council. Now let’s take a look at a few more things you need to know to stay safe and healthy during the festive period: 1. Follow defrosting guidelines carefully, and don’t cut corners 2. Keep raw meat separate from vegetables, cooked… Read more »

Christmas food safety tips pt.1

Posted: December 20th, 2012 by Dermot comment-icon Comments disabled

Christmas is a time of the year that is all about food and drink. Our holiday celebrations centre on Christmas dinner, as well as a Boxing Day buffet and a range of other festive meals. Due to the amount of food we buy, store, cook and prepare at Christmas, food safety is more important than ever. This is why the Food Standard Agency (FSA) has launched an advent calendar of food safety tips, one for each day in December leading… Read more »

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