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Frozen tuna causes suspected histamine poisoning

Posted: July 8th, 2012 by Eloise comment-icon Comments disabled

When crew members on a shipment vessel fell ill, displaying symptoms similar to associated with histamine poisoning, the food hygiene officers from North East Lincolnshire Council were called in to investigate. They managed to identify the cause of the four cases as a shipment of frozen tuna which had originated in Vietnam. As histamine levels were found to be above legal limits, it is thought that the consignment had not been kept consistently at the right temperature, thus allowing histamine… Read more »

Food packaging firm fined for ‘illegal’ repackaging

Posted: July 7th, 2012 by Eloise comment-icon Comments disabled

Current food hygiene regulations require any company working with animal-based products to apply to their local council for permission before labelling their products as ‘approved’. For one Bradford-based company who failed to do so, the omission has proved to be an expensive mistake. When council officers visited the company, they found that it had been repackaging powdered milk products for at least five years, without the necessary permission or approval. It was also found that the new packaging displayed best… Read more »

Company fined after accident involving biscuit crumbing machine

Posted: July 6th, 2012 by Dermot comment-icon Comments disabled

A sixteen year old worker lost one of his fingers while attempting to clear a blockage in a biscuit crumbing machine at a food production company based in the West Midlands. When he reached into the hopper of the machine, his hand was drawn into another machine designed to break up biscuits using a rotating screw blade. His hand was severely injured and his middle finger was so badly damaged it had to be amputated. The subsequent investigation conducted by… Read more »

Are you covered for first aid during the Olympics?

Posted: July 5th, 2012 by Craig comment-icon Comments disabled

With the Olympics drawing ever closer, the preparations are coming to an end as the U.K. readies itself for millions of visitors. In London, Network Rail and the British Red Cross will be teaming up to provide a team of two hundred and twenty first aid responders who will offer help and assistance to those passing through London during the games. These first aiders will have a particularly challenging task on their hands: not only will they be faced with… Read more »

Police officers save man’s life at Luton Airport

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

Two police officers put their first aid training to good use last week when a sixty-five year old man collapsed at the check-in desk and suffered a cardiac arrest. The officers were on patrol at the time and thanks to their training were able to administer CPR until the emergency services arrived on the scene. When the man did not respond to CPR, the police officers used a defibrillator to restart his heart twice. The man was taken to hospital… Read more »

Firm found guilty of health and safety breaches

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

Both a manufacturing firm and its director have been prosecuted following an accident involving two teenage agency workers. The young workers were putting scrapped trolleys into a skip with the help of a makeshift lifting platform. As the platform was being lowered to the ground by a fork lift truck, it got caught and the two workers fell over four metres to the ground. One of the workers broke his back, while the other broke both his heels, requiring the… Read more »

Bad timing for a food poisoning outbreak at Sunderland City Council

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

As many as fifty Sunderland City Council workers have been struck down by what is thought to be a case of food poisoning. Employees began to feel unwell and experience bouts of vomiting and diarrhoea after a two-day event at the council where refreshments were offered to the attendees. The Health Protection Agency has now been called in to investigate the incident and to attempt to determine the source of the outbreak. Such an incident would be unfortunate at any… Read more »

First Aid: what would you do? (2)

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

4. Seeing somebody choking can be a very frightening experience and often the first impulse is to try and remove the blockage. This should never be attempted using fingers down the throat, however, as it could cause the throat to swell. The Heimlich manoeuvre can be very effective, but only if you understand how to execute it correctly; if not, it can cause internal damage. The best bet is to try striking the choking person between the shoulder blades to… Read more »

First Aid: what would you do?

Posted: June 21st, 2012 by Craig comment-icon Comments disabled

In the last article, we talked about certain situations that may arise at work or elsewhere, to see if your initial reactions are correct. Remember that first aid training is designed to equip people with the knowledge and skills necessary in the event of an illness or accident. So, time to check how you did with the answers to the questions in the last article! 1. Lying someone on their back can have catastrophic consequences should they happen to vomit… Read more »

Test your first aid knowledge

Posted: June 20th, 2012 by Craig comment-icon Comments disabled

You may think that common sense will always prevail in the event of an accident or illness, but first aid relies on much more than logic. First aid training provides people with the theoretical knowledge and practical skills necessary for quick-thinking and decisive action. The training also dispels some old myths that can do more harm than good. So, what would you do in the following situations? The answers will follow in the next article. 1. You come across a… Read more »

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