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20% of supermarket chickens carry campylobacter

Posted: April 17th, 2012 by Craig comment-icon Comments disabled

Three years ago, the Food Standards Agency found that 65% of chickens sold in supermarkets were infected with the bug campylobacter. Now, the consumer group Which? Have repeated the lab tests and come up with a new figure. According to their results, one in five chickens (either whole or in parts) sold in supermarkets carries the common bug that is responsible for many of the cases of food poisoning in the UK every year. If a person contracts the bug,… Read more »

The Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005

Posted: April 16th, 2012 by Eloise comment-icon Comments disabled

The Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005 sets out all the fire safety duties employers and employees must comply with in order to reduce the risk of fire and injury from fire in the workplace. It covers everything from risk assessments to safety assistance and fire safety training. It states that the responsible person must ensure that his employees are provided with adequate safety training both when they enter into employment with the company and if or when they are… Read more »

Welsh care home closed by court

Posted: April 15th, 2012 by Dermot comment-icon Comments disabled

Magistrates in Llanelli granted an emergency cancellation of the registration of a private care home in Camarthenshire, following a Welsh government application on Care and Social Services Inspectorate Wales (CSSIW) advice. The twenty-two residents of the care home, some of whom are suffering from dementia, were found to be potentially at risk in their residence. These are extreme measures, requiring contingency plans regarding the care of the residents over the bank holiday weekend. Indeed, this type of intervention occurs only… Read more »

Possible £115,000 fine for food safety breaches

Posted: April 14th, 2012 by Craig comment-icon Comments disabled

A hotel in the forest of Dean and its owner are facing prosecution for a total of twenty three counts of failure to comply with food hygiene regulations. Seven of these failures relate to food hygiene compliance notices that had been issued to the business previously. Inspectors found that warnings had been ignored, however, as they discovered: • That the absence of adequate cleaning throughout the kitchen had resulted in a build up of grease, dirt and food remains. •… Read more »

Building firm prosecuted after worker’s fall

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

A sixty two year old worker sustained serious injuries when the scaffolding plank he was standing on at a site in Warwickshire snapped. He fell two and half metres, landing on a joist and breaking his pelvis in two places. His left thigh was cut almost halfway through the muscle. The Health and Safety Investigators found that the worker’s employer failed to show employees either a risk assessment or a method of work statement before the incident. The damaged scaffold… Read more »

Accident ends carpenter’s career

Posted: April 12th, 2012 by Dermot comment-icon Comments disabled

A self-employed carpenter was severely injured while using an unguarded bench saw as he worked on the refurbishment of flats in Westminster. He was feeding timber through the bench saw when the wood slipped and the twenty two year old caught his hand on the saw blade, severing half of his little and ring fingers. The injuries resulted in a series of operations and ongoing treatment to repair nerves and tendons. It also resulted in the termination of the man’s… Read more »

The FSA’s Food Hygiene Rating Scheme reaches South Lakeland

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

The nationwide rolling out of the Food Standards Agency’s new Food Hygiene Rating Scheme has reached South Lakeland and Eden, continuing the FSA’s aim to establish a system that can be used and recognised whatever the county. The goal of the scheme is clear: to reduce the number of cases of food poisoning or food-borne illness. This will be achieved in a number of ways: • Businesses will be assessed on a number of aspects of food hygiene including food… Read more »

What should you keep in your first aid box?

Posted: April 9th, 2012 by Dermot comment-icon Comments disabled

In every place of work, the employer has a responsibility to ensure that there are adequate first aid facilities in the event of an accident or illness. Even a low-risk business needing only basic provisions should at least keep a well-stocked first aid kit. But what exactly should you put in your first aid kit? The Health and Safety Executive does not provide a list of mandatory contents, leaving the decision up to the employer. This means that the employer… Read more »

The role of the fire marshal

Posted: April 8th, 2012 by Craig comment-icon Comments disabled

Fire marshals or wardens play a vital role in ensuring safety in the workplace. Reporting to the fire safety manager, the marshal is responsible for a number of tasks: • Identifying fire hazards in the workplace, recording them and reporting back to the fire safety manager. An assessment needs to take place each time there is change in working practices. • Checking that fire escape routes are operational and remain open and uncluttered. • Taking appropriate action if the fire… Read more »

QCF NVQ Diploma in Health and Social Care: FAQs

Posted: April 7th, 2012 by Craig comment-icon Comments disabled

1. Why has the name changed to QCF? The Qualifications and Credit Framework is the new way of recognising vocational (work-related) achievement. Credits are awarded, allowing employees a more flexible way of achieving qualifications that allows them to progress at their own pace. 2. Who is the QCF Diploma in Health and Social Care aimed at? Levels 2 and 3 are aimed at those working in all social care settings, whether with adults or children. Level 5 is for those… Read more »

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