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20% of construction sites fail safety inspections

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

The Health and Safety Executive sent inspectors to visit more than three thousand construction sites as part of a national initiative to improve safety in the construction industry. While the results of these inspections show a slight improvement in the standards of safety on construction sites, one in five of the sites visited failed their safety inspection. In just over six hundred cases, inspectors were obliged to stop work immediately. The Chief Inspector of Construction, Philip White, said: “It is… Read more »

Are chickens causing urinary tract infections in humans?

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

A new study at McGill University in Montreal, Canada, seems to have found evidence to suggest that the bacteria that cause urinary tract infections in humans can be contracted from chickens rather than from human contamination during the processing. The way that we produce our chickens is also thought to be causing the E. coli bacteria to become resistant to drugs, which could have serious implications for public health. As the food industry has become increasingly reliant on antimicrobials during… Read more »

New food safety device from Cardiff University

Posted: March 28th, 2012 by Dermot comment-icon Comments disabled

Scientists at Cardiff University have developed a food safety device based on the chemical reaction that causes fireflies to light up. The flies use a chemical reaction known as bioluminescence to emit a light in order to attract a mate. The device uses the same chemical reaction in the device in order to detect certain bacteria that can cause food poisoning. Food samples are placed inside BART (Bioluminescent Assay in Real-Time), as the device has been called, where the presence… Read more »

The importance of food hygiene

Posted: March 27th, 2012 by Dermot comment-icon Comments disabled

For businesses preparing, selling or serving food, effective food hygiene measures are essential in the fight to minimise the risks of food poisoning. The short-term consequences of food poisoning have been widely mediatised with each outbreak, particularly in the most serious cases. Most people will feel unwell for a few days when they contract food poisoning. They may experience nausea, diarrhoea, vomiting and a high temperature, but without more serious consequences. For others, however, food poisoning can be life threatening,… Read more »

The dangers of working from height

Posted: March 26th, 2012 by Eloise comment-icon Comments disabled

The Work at Height Regulations 2005 stipulate that anyone working at height or involved in the process of working at height must be competent to do so. Working at height presents some obvious risks that even those without health and safety training are aware of, and yet many avoidable accidents occur every year. This is often due to a lack of planning and the failure to put the adequate safety measures into place. Recently, a futon company was prosecuted for… Read more »

£300,000 fine for company that failed surveyor

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

A surveyor was killed by a reversing lorry as he talked on his mobile phone, while he was working on the project to widen the M25 near Dartford. It is thought he did not hear the lorry reversing up behind him as he was walking along the closed-off central reservation, and was hit by the eight-wheel vehicle. He died at the scene of the accident. The subsequent Health and Safety Executive investigation found that the accident had been allowed to… Read more »

How reducing food waste could help those in need

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

A labour MP is bringing forward a private member’s bill in parliament, asking for a law to force supermarkets to donate edible and healthy food waste to charities. With a rising global population, the world’s food resources are under ever-increasing pressure, and yet it is thought that up to half of all edible food waste is destroyed or sent to land-fill. Increased financial hardship in the UK and elsewhere is likely to mean that more and more people are struggling… Read more »

Engineer loses a finger on production line

Posted: March 24th, 2012 by Eloise comment-icon Comments disabled

A manufacturing firm in West Yorkshire has been successfully prosecuted following an accident on a new press production line. The production line, which used presses to produce lids for whiskey bottles, was still in the development stage, but despite the fact that it was experiencing frequent teething problems, it was being used for the production of around twenty thousand caps per day for a new client. On the day in question, an engineer was attempting to resolve a mis-feed problem… Read more »

Could black market food sales cause an increase in food poisoning?

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

We are being told on a daily basis that these are times of financial strife that require a period of austerity and cut-backs. One consequence of this that we may not automatically think about is the increase of black market food sales and the effects that this could have on public health. Reports of animal rustling are on the increase, with sheep and cows regularly disappearing from farmer’s fields. There is a fear that certain unscrupulous individuals are stealing livestock,… Read more »

CIEH Level 2 Award in Manual Handling

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

The importance of Manual Handling Health and Safety Training should never be underestimated. Many people’s jobs involve some lifting, pulling, pushing and carrying, and most of us are probably vaguely aware of the correct way to lift or carry something. We are probably less aware, however, of the risks involved in manual handling, particularly if it is not carried out correctly. Not only does the training raise awareness of these risks, but it also provides employees with the skills necessary… Read more »

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