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Restaurant owner admits rat infestation but denies other charges

Posted: April 29th, 2012 by Dermot comment-icon Comments disabled

The owner of an Indian restaurant in Scunthorpe faces nine charges following an inspection by North Lincolnshire Council’s environmental health team last year. The officers claim they found the following breaches when they visited the restaurant: • A failure to draw up, implement or maintain a food management system based on the principles of HACCP. • A failure to undertake training on how to apply HACCP principles. • A failure to ensure that staff received supervision or food safety training… Read more »

The dangers of working with lead

Posted: April 28th, 2012 by Craig comment-icon Comments disabled

The dangers of working with lead are well-known and well-documented: if exposure to lead is not controlled or prevented, levels in the blood can become dangerously high. It is extremely toxic and can have an adverse effect on many parts of the body, resulting in symptoms including: • Aggressive and irritable behaviour and insomnia • Loss of appetite, constipation and abdominal pain • Headaches, anaemia and lethargy It is particularly dangerous for children, affecting their development; while high levels in… Read more »

Supermarket unable to locate first-aider when customer collapsed

Posted: April 27th, 2012 by Craig comment-icon Comments disabled

A customer has complained about the reactivity of a Tesco supermarket in Widnes after collapsing there while shopping. The forty year old Triathlon competitor suffered from a loss of vision after standing up, and fell to the floor. Although a supermarket assistant put out a call for assistance, the customer claims he had to wait for up to five minutes before anyone arrived to help. He also claims that when help did arrive, it was not in the form of… Read more »

First Aid Apps

Posted: April 26th, 2012 by Dermot comment-icon Comments disabled

The smart phone has become an indispensable tool for many people in recent times and the ever-increasing range of applications now includes a number of first aid apps. Some have been created by organisations such as St. Johns Ambulance and The Red Cross, and they can offer valuable information in a handy format. Such apps can provide advice for those faced with an emergency, and could make all the difference in the case of sudden illness or accident. According to… Read more »

Threat of custodial sentence for Stroud butcher

Posted: April 26th, 2012 by Craig comment-icon Comments disabled

When inspectors visited a Halal butchers in Stroud, they discovered such a long list of food safety breaches that the owner has been threatened with a custodial sentence in the vent of future breaches being identified. Employees without food safety training were found to be handling raw and cooked meat without washing their hands first, creating a high risk of cross-contamination and food poisoning. They also appeared to be using window cleaner instead of a disinfectant… These raw and cooked… Read more »

Restaurant manager banned from food business for 7 years

Posted: April 25th, 2012 by Eloise comment-icon Comments disabled

When you read stories like this one, the Food Standards Agency’s new food hygiene rating seems like a real godsend… Council food safety officers visited the Thai restaurant in Stockbridge four times last year, and each time they returned, they found that the conditions there were leaving food products unfit for human consumption: • Mouse droppings, insects and even a snail shell were found next to open food containers or even inside containers. • Members of staff were not washing… Read more »

Bedford dry cleaners fined for putting workers at risk

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

In July of last year, inspectors from The Health and Safety Executive received an alert from an Environmental Health Officer at Bedford Borough Council. When they visited the premises of the dry cleaning chain, they were horrified to discover that the gas-fired steam boiler presented a risk to those who worked there. The boiler was found to be severely corroded and several burners were not working correctly. The flue was cracked and damaged, and inspectors concluded that both workers and… Read more »

Plan your summer first aid cover now

Posted: April 23rd, 2012 by Craig comment-icon Comments disabled

This year is an exceptional one for the U.K. Not only will we be celebrating the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee in June, but then Olympic fever will engulf us just a month later. This could mean that businesses will experience high demand for holiday leave during these periods. If this is the case, it is important to ensure that your business will have adequate first aid cover during these periods. Accidents and illness can occur at any time, and first aiders… Read more »

One star rating for Peter Andre’s café

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

A café bar in Sussex, owned by the pop star Peter Andre, has failed to achieve more than one star following an inspection by food safety inspectors. The rating must be a blow for the café which only opened in November last year. The manager of the café, Andre’s brother, maintains that the café is always spotless, and that the inspectors’ concerns were addressed immediately. When inspectors visited the café, they found that major improvements were needed and decided to… Read more »

Lack of training has tragic consequences for tree feller

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

Tree felling is an obviously high risk activity, requiring knowledge, expertise and the right equipment. It is important to provide operatives with adequate health and safety training so they are able to carry out tree felling work in a safe and effective way. Unfortunately, this was not the case in Worksop in 2009, where a sixty year old man was participating in the felling of a large tree. The tree did not fall in the direction the workers had anticipated,… Read more »

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