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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 »

14 million Olympic meals

Posted: March 6th, 2012 by Craig comment-icon Comments disabled

This year’s Olympic Games are expected to attract somewhere in the region of ten million spectators to the forty venues in London and beyond. With so many people visiting the U.K. demand for food will be high. Although this extra business represents a fantastic opportunity for U.K. businesses that prepare, sell or serve food, such high volumes of customers (and food) could also mean an increased risk of outbreaks of food poisoning. A serious outbreak of food poisoning could be… Read more »

Welsh language DVD on food safety aimed at butchers

Posted: March 3rd, 2012 by Dermot comment-icon Comments disabled

The Food Standards Agency has produced a Welsh-language DVD aimed at butchers, to help them to improve food hygiene standards in their businesses. The DVD follows the earlier release of an English language version and has the same aim of raising awareness and leading to an improvement in standards. This guide is to be used as a tool to help prevent further outbreaks of food poisoning in Wales, particularly following the outbreak of E. coli in 2005. It features butchers… Read more »

Twelve fire safety breaches results in £11,000 fine

Posted: March 2nd, 2012 by Craig comment-icon Comments disabled

A Chinese take away restaurant in the town of Thatcham has been prosecuted following a health and safety inspection that revealed no less than twelve breaches of fire safety regulations. The Chinese take away was found to be putting the lives of both its customers and members of staff at risk, especially as it also provided sleeping accommodation for employees. The problems discovered included: • Inadequate provision for fire escape routes • Inadequate fire alarm system • Inadequate fire safety… Read more »

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