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Nineteen year old agency worker loses thumb during training

Posted: May 25th, 2012 by Dermot comment-icon Comments disabled

A nineteen year old agency worker was being trained at an adhesive tape manufacturing plant when he hand was pulled into the machine. Although he was airlifted to hospital, doctors were unable to save his thumb. He spent five days in hospital and seven months off work. The accident has had a significant impact on his life. The subsequent investigation carried out by the Health and Safety Executive found that the man was being shown how to fix a common… Read more »

How a failure to act resulted in a ban for restaurant owners

Posted: May 24th, 2012 by Craig comment-icon Comments disabled

Two former owners of a restaurant in Melton have been issued with a lifetime ban from managing a food business after they failed to act on an improvement notice. Despite the previous notice, inspectors found several breaches of food hygiene regulations when they conducted a follow-up visit last year. The six breaches included dirty surfaces and floors and one kitchen surface cleaning cloth that was tested was shown to be harbouring the potentially dangerous bacteria E. coli. Staff had nowhere… Read more »

Council provides food safety training for substandard restaurants

Posted: May 24th, 2012 by Craig comment-icon Comments disabled

Enfield Council has decided to tackle poor food hygiene standards in ten restaurants by providing them with food safety training. The ten restaurants all scored either zero or one out of five possible stars during recent hygiene inspections. Restaurant staff are being trained by Council health officers and the initiative seems to bearing fruits, with six out of the ten improving their ratings. One restaurant has improved significantly and now bearing the rating of five stars. Councillor Chris Bond, who… Read more »

Risk assessments are not just a box-ticking exercise

Posted: May 22nd, 2012 by Dermot comment-icon Comments disabled

Risk assessments are an essential part of ensuring the health and safety of colleagues and members of the public. They are designed to identify potential dangers, enabling the elaboration and implementation of an effective health and safety programme. When recommendations are ignored, it is often only a matter of time before the risks are demonstrated in dramatic and sometimes tragic ways. Falls from height make up a significant proportion of accidents in the workplace, and any risks should be managed… Read more »

Preventing falls from height

Posted: May 21st, 2012 by Dermot comment-icon Comments disabled

Falls from height represent sixteen per cent of all work place accidents and can have devastating effects for those involved. While some risks may be self-evident, particularly for those who work at height in the construction industry, others may be less so. It is for this reason that risk assessments are so important in identifying potential risks as well as the measures that can reduce those risks: • All working at height activities must be subject to a risk assessment;… Read more »

What could happen if your food hygiene standards are not up to scratch

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

The Food Safety Act 1990 clearly sets out the regulations that govern food hygiene standards in the U.K. and local council environmental health teams are employed to ensure that food outlets comply with these standards in the interest of both customers and employees. Food Safety Management programmes and food safety training are essential for all businesses operating in the food industry, and a failure to ensure that standards are maintained can incur serious penalties that can prove very detrimental to… Read more »

Kitchens and livestock don’t mix

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

This should be a lesson that no food business should learn the hard way: restaurant kitchens should be a no-go area for live animals… You would think that you wouldn’t need food safety training to realise that if there is a pigeon perched on the kitchen freezer then you could be heading for trouble. A Lambeth restaurant was caught out, however, when council inspectors visited in order to carry out an inspection of the premises. The presence of the pigeon… Read more »

Failure to heed warnings results in tragic accident

Posted: May 19th, 2012 by Eloise comment-icon Comments disabled

When an accident in 2007 left one man dead his employers identified the need for written safe system of work. Early the next year, an external health and safety consultant worked on a risk assessment and an action plan, but no action was taken. Just one year after the first tragic accident, another worker from a different site fell victim to a similar accident. When the hand-fed press he was working on suffered a mis-feed, the man climbed onto a… Read more »

Pests : what you should be looking for

Posted: May 18th, 2012 by Eloise comment-icon Comments disabled

If your food business doesn’t yet have a pest control programme, then you should waste no time in setting one up and ensuring regular checks of your premises. As summer approaches, conditions may be just right for pests to flourish and active infestations can quickly become very difficult to eradicate. In order for these checks to be effective, you will need to make sure that all members of staff receive the appropriate training. Those working in a supervisory capacity should… Read more »

Keeping an eye out for pests

Posted: May 17th, 2012 by Eloise comment-icon Comments disabled

It seems like stating the obvious to say that pests and food outlets don’t mix, but many businesses are jeopardised by infestations that can quickly become extensive and dangerous. As with any food safety measure, the pest control process needs to be managed and checked on a regular basis in order to ensure its efficacy. Members of staff should always remain vigilant to the signs of a potential infestation (droppings, larvae etc.), but those in a supervisory capacity should also… Read more »

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