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Don’t let fire threaten your business’ survival

Posted: May 3rd, 2012 by Craig comment-icon Comments disabled

It is hard enough for many businesses to stay afloat in these straitened times: the difficult economic climate is challenging even the most successful companies. It is important, therefore, to ensure that your business is adequately protected against incidents that could destroy it in a matter of hours. Take the Sheffield Ski Village, for example. Despite a fire that destroyed its adventure playground last year, and fierce competition from new high tech ski indoor ski centres, the timber-framed ski village… Read more »

What is the difference between a first aider and an emergency first aider?

Posted: May 3rd, 2012 by Craig comment-icon Comments disabled

First aiders and emergency first aiders are the two types of first aider as set out by the Health and Safety Executive. All employers must ensure that they provide adequate first aid facilities and personnel in order to protect the lives of their employees in the event of an accident or illness at work. In a nutshell, an emergency first aider’s role is to maintain life and prevent the situation from worsening while waiting for the emergency services to arrive…. Read more »

Supermarket fined for failure to control pests

Posted: May 2nd, 2012 by Craig comment-icon Comments disabled

Inspectors visited a branch of Sainsbury’s in Scotland last year when they received an anonymous tip-off about the substandard hygiene in the store, despite a £9 million refurbishment. When the inspectors arrived, they found that certain food packages showed signs of having been chewed by mice. Despite this, the affected products were on the shelves and available for customers to purchase. The company was subsequently prosecuted for failing to effectively prevent rodent infestation and for failing to deal with the… Read more »

How a passing first-aid trainer saved a woman’s life

Posted: May 2nd, 2012 by Eloise comment-icon Comments disabled

When Lynda Donaldson suffered from cardiac arrest outside her restaurant in County Down, she had been feeling fine and having a great day. She was just arriving back at her restaurant with her husband, when she suddenly felt dizzy. She didn’t even have the time to explain this to her husband before she collapsed. A passing nurse stopped to administer cardiopulmonary resuscitation, but the real stroke of luck came when a first aid trainer drove past the scene. In his… Read more »

300 sub-standard food outlets in Wales

Posted: May 1st, 2012 by Dermot comment-icon 1

We have already mentioned the Food Standards Agency’s new food hygiene rating scheme as the national roll-out continues. For the most part, reports have been positive, but it is now clear that they may already be showing just how they will be useful for the protection of customers’ health! Inspections have been going on throughout the country in order to award the relevant scores, which range from 0 to 5. A score of 0 or 1 indicates sub-standard quality and… Read more »

Work-related deaths figure just the tip of the iceberg

Posted: May 1st, 2012 by Craig comment-icon Comments disabled

According to the General Secretary of the union Unite, the real number of work-related deaths last year is eight times the official figure. Len McCluskey made the remarks as a report was published in time for Workers’ Memorial Day on April 28th. The aim of Workers’ Memorial Day is to raise awareness of the preventable nature of many workplace incidents and of any campaigns to reduce the risk of accident or illness in the workplace. This year, unions were firmly… Read more »

Sheep rustling on the rise in the U.K.

Posted: April 30th, 2012 by Eloise comment-icon Comments disabled

Farmers are reportedly considering resorting to installing CCTV in their fields or using retina scans on their sheep due to the rise in livestock rustling across the country. In some parts, insurance claims are said to have increased by as much as twenty per cent as farm animals disappear. The fear is that these stolen animals are being taken to illegal slaughterhouses and the meat then sold on to butchers and restaurants. In these straightened times it seems logical that… Read more »

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 »

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