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Manchester caterers fined heavily for mouse infestation

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

You would think that a company claiming to provide quality bespoke catering would understand the importance of pest control, but a Greater Manchester specialist caterer has been heavily fined because of a rodent infestation discovered on its premises by food safety inspectors. City council officers were first alerted to the potential problem when a member of the public made a complaint, and when they visited they found that the concerns were confirmed. Mouse droppings were found all over the kitchen:… Read more »

Should the display of food hygiene ratings be mandatory ?

Posted: May 16th, 2012 by Dermot comment-icon Comments disabled

At the moment, the display of the ratings accorded by The Food Standards Agency to food outlets is purely voluntary. Businesses have the right to choose to keep their rating from the public if they so wish, although it should be mentioned that all scores are freely available on the FSA’s website. Any change to this would require a change in the legislation, and so the FSA continues to monitor public opinion as well as that of the businesses concerned…. Read more »

First Aid training provides vital skills

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

First aid training can equip people with much more than knowing how to put someone in the recovery position and administer CPR; a first aid at work course covers first aid priorities, managing incidents, basic life support, examination of a casualty, unconsciousness, control of bleeding, fractures, burns and scalds, common illnesses, heart attacks, eye injuries, dressings, recording and reporting, regulations and first aid kits. All of this information can prove invaluable in the event of an accident or illness, as… Read more »

The dangers of working at height

Posted: May 15th, 2012 by Craig comment-icon Comments disabled

Working at height presents obvious risks to those who undertake it, making it essential for employers to provide safety measures designed to reduce the risks that workers are exposed to. Unfortunately for a roofer from Porthleven, his employer had done little to ensure his safety when he asked him to undertake re-roofing works at an industrial building in Penryn. He died after falling through a fragile asbestos cement roof, falling eight metres to the floor below. He was taken to… Read more »

HSE reviews guidance on portable appliance testing

Posted: May 14th, 2012 by Eloise comment-icon Comments disabled

The HSE have issued revised guidance regarding the electrical testing of portable appliances due to concerns that low-risk businesses are paying too much to have them tested yearly. It is thought that unnecessary electrical testing is costing low-risk businesses around thirty million pounds a year. Although the law does not currently stipulate yearly testing, companies offering the service sometimes encourage businesses to commit to annual testing that is over the top. The law does require businesses to maintain electrical equipment… Read more »

How Burnley scores in the new Food Hygiene Rating Scheme

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

A total of seven hundred and seven food outlets have now been inspected in the borough of Burnley and have had their scores issued in the roll-out of the Food Standards Agency’s new food hygiene rating scheme. 35% of Burnley food outlets scored a full five stars for ‘very good’ standards, while 573 obtained a ‘satisfactory’ score or higher. All results are available on the FSA’s website. While a large proportion of food outlets have scores that will reassure consumers,… Read more »

Dustin Hoffman helps jogger struck by heart-attack

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

Dustin Hoffman was taking a stroll one morning in Hyde Park when he saw a jogger suddenly collapse, falling forwards onto his face and frothing at the mouth. The emergency services were called and Hoffman waited with the stricken man until they arrived and were able to use a defibrillator. Emergency services say that Hoffman’s eyewitness information was valuable and helped them during the resuscitation, which took fifteen minutes. The story made me wonder how many of us would know… Read more »

Canley car parts firm suffers damage from fire

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

Fire fighters were called to a car parts firm near Coventry when a fire was discovered in a mezzanine switch room located on the top floor of the three-storey building. When they arrived, employees had already been successfully evacuated, but the incident needed 12 fire engines and nearly sixty fire fighters to bring the blaze under control. The full extent of the damage is not yet known but the chief fire officer has credited the reactions of his staff with… Read more »

Would your business survive a fire?

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

If you have invested your money, time, energy and passion in the creation and survival of your business, then surely you would do anything to avoid seeing it go up in flames? Imagine, just for a moment, what would happen if a fire started in your business premises; would it survive? It’s not just a question of losing objects: desks and computers and equipment can be replaced eventually. But fire can wipe out everything that allows your business to be… Read more »

Huge fine for carvery pub

Posted: May 4th, 2012 by Craig comment-icon Comments disabled

A popular pub in Leicestershire was left reeling after a visit from food safety inspectors last year, who qualified the condition of the kitchen as ‘filthy’ and ‘extremely poor’. Inspectors found dirty pots and pans piled on the floor as well as evidence of insufficient cleaning: cooking utensils (ready to be used) were found sitting in dirty water with food (and even a fly) stuck to them, shelves in a fridge had blood and raw meat stuck to them, food… Read more »

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