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Fire destroys Oxfordshire landmark and offices

Posted: March 19th, 2012 by Dermot comment-icon Comments disabled

A seventeenth century thatched barn, thought to be the longest in Britain at one hundred metres, was destroyed by a huge blaze at the weekend. The Grade II listed building, valued at nearly £5 million, accommodated the offices of an energy company. The cause of the fire is not yet known. As well as reducing the landmark building to a pile of smouldering timber and ashes, the fire also causes severe disruption to the village it had been an integral… Read more »

Strimmer attachment banned and company fined after tragic accident

Posted: March 18th, 2012 by Eloise comment-icon Comments disabled

A tragic accident left a family of four without a father when an attachment came loose from a strimmer and struck a man on the back of the neck. The man had been working on the construction site of a new business park, clearing vegetation with a chainsaw. A colleague was working on a nearby bank using the strimmer, when a chain link became detached and hit the 37 year old man, causing fatal injuries. The subsequent HSE investigation found… Read more »

Food Safety Training: An overview (2)

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

CIEH Level 3 in Food Safety The level three food safety training is aimed at those who work in a supervisory capacity in a business that sells, prepares or serves food. It is absolutely essential that supervisors understand the risks involved in food preparation, and they need to have a solid understanding of the procedures and practices that control these risks. Current legislation places the responsibility for compliance (and accountability) on managers and supervisors, so make sure those working for… Read more »

Food Safety Training: An overview (1)

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

Tutorcare offers several levels of food safety training courses, making it easy to adapt the level of training to the needs of a business and its employees. Below is an overview of the courses, explaining who they are aimed at and what they cover: CIEH Level 1 in Food Safety This is an introduction to food hygiene training for the catering, manufacturing and retail industries. It is aimed at employees who may have no previous experience of working with food,… Read more »

Can E-Learning help the Environment?

Posted: March 16th, 2012 by TutorCare comment-icon Comments disabled

In April 2010 the CRC Energy Efficiency Scheme was set up with the aim of persuading large companies and the public sector to use less energy. There is already a big emphasis by large organisations on saving energy as this in turn saves money. How can e-learning save energy? The CRC (Carbon Reduction Commitment) has been put in place to ensure that there is a change process within energy saving and that this change is driven from the top down…. Read more »

What is asbestos ?

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

Before we became aware of the risks posed by asbestos, it was a popular building material. It could be combined with other materials to be used in a variety of ways, and offered several advantages: • It can be used as effective fire protection, and is found in coatings sprayed onto structural supports. • Asbestos has insulating properties that have proved useful in building construction. The substance can be found in insulating boards as well as pipe lagging. • It… Read more »

Following good hygiene practises

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

Food safety training not only raises awareness of the potential risks associated with food preparation, but also equips those who prepare or serve food with the skills necessary to implement and maintain adequate procedures. The importance of good food hygiene practices can never be overestimated, particularly in the case of food that is to be sold to the public. Simple processes and control practices can significantly reduce the risk of an outbreak of food poisoning. When a business providing food… Read more »

Celebrity chefs or scientists: who should you listen to when it comes to cooking?

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

The rise of the celebrity chef in recent years seems to be having an effect on the way we like to cook our food. Gone are the days of cooking meat until it resembles the sole of your shoe; these days, we are encouraged to leave certain meats pink in the middle for better taste and texture. Scientists have shown, however, that getting more adventurous in the kitchen can bring added risks to our health. One example is that of… Read more »

Two companies fined £190,000 after demolition worker seriously burned

Posted: March 13th, 2012 by Craig comment-icon Comments disabled

A demolition worker was left with 20% burns requiring skin grafts and resulting in permanent disabilities when his employer asked him to cut through a live 11,000 volt cable. When his machine made contact with the cable, the worker was engulfed in a ball of flames. The two companies responsible for the works were prosecuted when the HSE investigation found that communication between the two companies had been inaccurate and misleading: the worker’s employer had been told that the services… Read more »

Knit-wear company fined for exposing workers to asbestos

Posted: March 12th, 2012 by Craig comment-icon Comments disabled

The dangers of asbestos are now well-known and well-recognised, and regulations have been put into place in order to safeguard the safety of workers and the public. One knit-wear company failed to protect visitors and workers when it decided to have an asbestos cement sheet roof removed from one of its sites. Although asbestos removal should be undertaken by asbestos-licensed contractors, the site foreman failed to adequately assess the task in hand. The roof sheet was removed, but so was… Read more »

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