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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 »

Cameraman falls 3m on film set

Posted: March 11th, 2012 by Eloise comment-icon Comments disabled

A production company has been fined £300 and ordered to pay £10,500 costs and £300 compensation after an accident on the set of a forthcoming film. One of the cameramen employed by the production company was working on the set when he fell through an opening in the floor. The set was not lit at the time of the accident, and although some temporary protective measures had been put into place, there were none to prevent a fall through this… Read more »

How many first-aiders does my business need?

Posted: March 10th, 2012 by Dermot comment-icon Comments disabled

The Health and Safety Executive does not impose a particular number of appointed persons or first-aiders at work. The responsibility lies with the employers to determine the correct number and ensure that there is adequate provision. In order to assess the needs of your business, you will need to take into account your type of activity as well as the number of employees that you have on site. Look at any illnesses or accidents that have occurred in the past… Read more »

First Aid Training Explained (2)

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

The Emergency First Aid at Work training will equip your appointed person with the skills needed to manage an emergency; however, if you want to ensure that you can protect your employees, First Aid at Work training covers not just emergency situations but also common injuries and illnesses. Once your employee has successfully completed first aid training and has obtained the qualification, they will be able to act as a first aider for three years, although it is generally recommended… Read more »

First Aid Training Explained (1)

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

When an employee either has an accident or falls ill while at work, it is their employer’s legal responsibility to ensure that the person receives immediate attention. Prompt treatment can make the difference between a minor injury and a major one; it can sometimes make the difference between life and death. The Health and Safety First Aid Regulations 1983 stipulate that an employer is required to provide equipment, facilities and trained personnel that are ‘adequate and appropriate’. Determining the needs… Read more »

Keeping Campylobacter out of the food chain

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

Campylobacter is a troublesome bug, responsible for more than three hundred thousand cases of food poisoning in England and Wales every single year. This substantial number of cases places pressure of the health service as well as meaning that people are too unwell to work, and it is thought that just this bacteria can cost the country as much as six hundred million pounds every year. So, how can we reduce the number of cases? Prevention is the key of… Read more »

Food Safety – Keep it Clean!!

Posted: March 7th, 2012 by TutorCare comment-icon Comments disabled

Whether you have never stepped into kitchen before or you are an experienced chef that spends most of the time awake in the kitchen, you always need to be aware of the processes that need to be undertaken when preparing food and preventing foodborne illnesses, no matter how many people you are cooking for – food cleanliness should always feature highly on the priorities list. No one likes throwing a party and finding out people got ill overnight least of… Read more »

Does the Schmallenberg virus pose a threat to humans?

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

The Schmallenberg virus is the latest cause for concern for various public health organisations across the U.K. Named after the German town where the virus was first detected, it appears to affect cows, goats and sheep, causing birth defects and stillbirths. The virus is thought to be transmitted from animal to animal by the midges that feed on their blood, and this seems to be the most likely explanation as to how the virus has arrived in the U.K. While… Read more »

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