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The importance of allergy awareness

Posted: March 1st, 2012 by Dermot comment-icon Comments disabled

Alongside compliance with food safety measures and procedures, people who work with food and sell it to the public have a duty to understand food allergies and the impact that these can have on the health and safety of their customers. It is essential that employees should understand the potential severity of allergic reactions as well as the absolute necessity of providing clear and correct information about the ingredients that go into their food products. Accurate labelling or information is… Read more »

Death in Brentwood results in £65,000 fine

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

Two construction companies in Northern Ireland have been prosecuted for ignoring the risks involved in the handling and delivery of steel stock. The incident involved a lorry loaded with steel beams, parked next to a pedestrian walkway. Despite the fact that this was not a designated unloading bay and that one of the company’s directors had noticed a steel beam hanging over the side of the lorry, unloading went ahead regardless. The pavement was not blocked off and no notices… Read more »

How to stop office workers from malfunctioning [INFOGRAPHIC]

Posted: February 29th, 2012 by TutorCare comment-icon Comments disabled

Looking after the employee in the workplace can be difficult at times. This is especially true when health and safety is concerned. Office workers are complex beings: Treat them right and they can excel your business to new heights. However, treat them badly and they are quick to malfunction; it is like having a bunch of wet flannels at your disposal. Here are some tips to get the best out of yours… Want to embed this image on your site?… Read more »

Food safety advice for flooded areas

Posted: February 28th, 2012 by Eloise comment-icon Comments disabled

According to the first comprehensive climate change risk assessment for the UK, undertaken by the environment department, the biggest environmental threat our country will face in the coming years is that of flooding. It is thought that by the middle of this century, up to 3.6 million people could be put at risk by flooding and that the damage caused could be costing the nation as much as £10 billion by 2080. Flooding, of course, also creates problems for public… Read more »

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 »

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