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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 »

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 »

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