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The importance of safety-critical checks when working at height

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

Working at height carries its own particular risks and is regulated with specific legislation. Whenever working at height is unavoidable, an employer has the obligation to ensure that all measures are taken to keep any associated risks to an absolute minimum. Safety-critical checks are an integral and essential part of the process. All pieces of safety-critical equipment must be checked thoroughly before use and formal procedures should be put into place to ensure these checks are carried out correctly. A… Read more »

Should you know more about allergies and intolerances?

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

If your business involves the preparation or serving of food products, you should be determined to provide products that your customers can consume safely and without risk to their health. Food safety training is always essential for those working in the food industry, but the question of allergies and intolerances is also becoming more important. Food allergies are on the rise: since 1990, the number of children being admitted to hospital with anaphylaxis caused by the ingestion of a certain… Read more »

Landlords must ensure the safety of gas appliances in their properties

Posted: February 25th, 2012 by Craig comment-icon Comments disabled

Anyone who rents out a property has a legal duty to ensure that their property does not put their tenants at risk. This includes making sure that any gas appliances, such as boilers, are inspected and checked on an annual basis. Such appliances must be checked by a Gas Safe registered engineer, and it is the landlord’s responsibility to make sure that this is the case. Failure to do so exposes the tenants to the risk of carbon monoxide poisoning… Read more »

170 Edinburgh food outlets failed hygiene inspections in 2011

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

Cafés, restaurants and takeaways are regularly subjected to hygiene inspections in order to check whether they comply with food safety standards that have been put into place to protect public health. Last year in Edinburgh, a total of one hundred and seventy establishments failed to meet the standards expected, and failed their inspections. Common reasons for failing include rodent and insect infestations, a lack of adequate hand washing facilities, and the failure to implement and respect food hygiene procedures. Out… Read more »

£25,500 fine for tour bus operator

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

The Health and Safety Executive decided to prosecute a London sightseeing company after one of its mechanics was seriously injured by one of its buses. The man was working underneath the open-topped bus which was raised on wooden blocks and column vehicle lifts, when one of the blocks broke. The axle dropped onto the mechanic, breaking his pelvis and several ribs. Even though the accident occurred in 2009, the mechanic still suffers from pain. The HSE found that a failure… Read more »

Were your first aiders prepared for the cold weather?

Posted: February 22nd, 2012 by Craig comment-icon Comments disabled

The cold snap that has descended on the UK this February brings with it challenges and difficulties that we are familiar with: disruptions to travel, the risk of hypothermia and the increased risk of injury. It is always important to have a confident and qualified first aider in the workplace, whatever the weather, but this is particularly true when climatic conditions can make life difficult. First aid training to cover first aid at work equips employees with the knowledge and… Read more »

Working with asbestos

Posted: February 21st, 2012 by Dermot comment-icon Comments disabled

The regulations concerning handling and working with asbestos are clear: it is classed as a hazardous substance with serious health implications, and those working with it need to be aware of the risks involved and how to manage them in compliance with the regulations. Unfortunately, for a family undertaking a home refurbishment in Bradford-on-Avon, the contractors they had employed breached these regulations, putting the inhabitants and workers at risk. The company’s employees had failed to recognise that ceiling boards were… Read more »

Good news for restaurateurs and hoteliers

Posted: February 20th, 2012 by Eloise comment-icon Comments disabled

There has been much made of Trip Advisor reviews in recent times, as business owners begin to fight back against potentially harmful and inaccurate anonymous reviews. Now, however, there is a real opportunity for restaurateurs and hoteliers to really fight back against unsubstantiated claims of food poisoning. The Advertising Standards Agency has already ruled that Trip Advisor cannot claim to offer trustworthy reviews. This ruling is due to reports that some reviewers do not leave objective reviews, while others use… Read more »

Circular saw removes man’s finger tip

Posted: February 19th, 2012 by Craig comment-icon Comments disabled

A company that produces air conditioning units has been fined after an employee sliced off the tip of his finger while using a circular saw. The Health and Safety Executive’s subsequent investigation found a catalogue of errors that resulted in prosecution for the offending employer: • The top guard of the saw was incorrectly positioned • Protection devices were not being used • An emergency stop control button on the circular saw did not work • Braking on the machine… Read more »

Working at height awareness reduces the risk of injury from falling

Posted: February 18th, 2012 by Dermot comment-icon Comments disabled

Those working in the construction and agricultural industries may be called upon at some point to undertake some kind of working at height. In this case, they need to be made aware of the risks this type of work involves. These industries are among the most dangerous, and falls from height represent the most common cause of both fatality and serious injury, making adequate health and safety training and safety measures absolutely indispensable. This is illustrated by the case of… Read more »

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