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Food poisoning affects guests at Abu Dhabi wedding

Posted: July 16th, 2012 by Craig comment-icon Comments disabled

A suspected case of food poisoning has been reported in Al Marfaa in Abu Dhabi following a wedding reception, when 37 guests were admitted to hospital. The incident, which occurred earlier this month, was described by wedding guest and 22-year-old student Huda Al Hossani: “A friend of mine attended the event, and started feeling a pain in her stomach as soon as she returned home. So she went to the hospital, where she encountered many other guests with the same… Read more »

Forgotten all your first aid training? It’s time for a refresher course

Posted: July 13th, 2012 by Dermot comment-icon Comments disabled

If you have undertaken First Aid at Work training or Emergency First Aid training, you will now be equipped with the skills and knowledge you need to react properly in an emergency and potentially save lives. Over time, however, you may find yourself forgetting what you learned on your first aid training course. After all, first aid incidents don’t (or shouldn’t) happen every day, so there isn’t a chance to keep the knowledge fresh in your mind. This is why… Read more »

North East London building sites fail health and safety spot checks

Posted: July 13th, 2012 by Eloise comment-icon Comments disabled

A new inspection initiative carried out by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has found that nearly half of the building sites around the area of Stamford Hill in North East London are failing to put the proper health and safety measures in place. HSE officers visited a total of 22 refurbishment construction sites in North Hackney and South Tottenham, Haringey as part of a one-day inspection. At the end of the inspection, the following results were revealed: • 6… Read more »

Hospitals Trust celebrates top patient experience rating

Posted: July 12th, 2012 by Craig comment-icon Comments disabled

The Peterborough and Stamford NHS Foundation Trust is currently celebrating after it received top marks in a recent patient experience assessment. The Trust, which was assessed by the Patient Environment Action Team (PEAT), received an ‘excellent’ rating in the areas of focus of Food, Privacy and Dignity and Environment. This achievement is no doubt down to hard work on the part of the Trust in implementing new policy and providing on-going care training and training in food hygiene for care… Read more »

Warwickshire the top UK county for fire safety

Posted: July 12th, 2012 by Eloise comment-icon Comments disabled

According to new figures, the county of Warwickshire is one of the safest in the UK when it comes to fire safety. An audit of 42 fire and rescue authorities in the UK was carried out, and it was found that there are fewer accidental house fires taking place in Warwickshire than in any other county. There are just 7 accidental (non-malicious) house fires in Warwickshire per 10,000 homes, whereas the national average is 12 per 10,000 homes. The figures… Read more »

Advice on first aid provision for event organisers

Posted: July 11th, 2012 by Dermot comment-icon Comments disabled

When you are in charge of organising an event of any size, there are always a million and one things to remember. One of the most important things to arrange, however, is first aid provision, and you should do this before you do anything else. The level of first aid cover you need depends on the size of the event and the number of people attending, as well as the number of people working at the event. The following are… Read more »

Worker’s arm broken by bakery conveyor belt

Posted: July 10th, 2012 by Craig comment-icon Comments disabled

A night shift cleaner ended up with both bones in her right forearm broken when she followed instructions to clean a particular conveyor production line at the bakery where she works. Although the line was running, the worker started to clean a moving steel pressure roller using a metal scraper blade. When the blade slipped, the woman’s hand was drawn into the machine, between the steel roller and the moving conveyor belt. Her injuries required surgery and extensive physiotherapy, which… Read more »

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 »

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