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The danger of moving machinery parts

Posted: February 17th, 2012 by Eloise comment-icon Comments disabled

Injuries caused by moving machinery parts can be devastating and life-changing for those who have accidents. They can also cost employers very dearly, especially if they are found to have failed to implement safety measures to prevent such incidents. A fencing company has found this out to their cost, despite having received advice and warnings in the past about their safety measures in place on machines. A worker was attempting to mend a wire break on a wire drawing machine,… Read more »

Protect your employees and business with fire safety training

Posted: February 17th, 2012 by Dermot comment-icon Comments disabled

It is essential for any business to fully understand the risk of fire at their premises, whatever their industry or activity. Fire is a real threat, whether in offices or warehouses, and the risk can only be reduced if a risk assessment is carried out and employees receive fire safety training. When a fire breaks out, the consequences can be devastating and far-reaching, as demonstrated by a fire that broke out in warehouses in London at the end of January…. Read more »

Neglect at Manchester care home results in death of war veteran

Posted: February 16th, 2012 by Dermot comment-icon Comments disabled

AN inquest into the death of an eighty-three year old war veteran has been told that his death was the result of neglect on the part of care home workers who should have been looking after him. The inquest heard that when the man developed an ulcer on his leg, the care home failed to take care of him properly. Although they called the man’s GP on first noticing the ulcer, they did not call the doctor again or notify… Read more »

How to wash your fruit and veg

Posted: February 15th, 2012 by Eloise comment-icon Comments disabled

Most people probably wash their fruit and veg by sticking them under the cold tap and giving them a quick rub. Some people even believe that a little bit of soil can’t do any harm and don’t wash their veg at all. Unfortunately, this is not the right way to reduce the likelihood of food poisoning. Food safety training can provide the knowledge and skills needed to prevent food poisoning and contamination, but here is a quick overview of how… Read more »

Manual Handling Principles and Practice

Posted: February 14th, 2012 by Dermot comment-icon Comments disabled

The Manual Handling Operations Regulations set out certain requirements for employers who expect their workers to undertake such activities. They must either avoid manual handling where an injury is possible or if the activity can be avoided; or, they must carry out a risk assessment before commencing the work. Employers must also respond appropriately if an employee complains of injury caused by a process or raises concerns about an aspect of their work. Employees must also take responsibility for their… Read more »

Watermelons may be the cause of salmonella outbreak in the UK

Posted: February 14th, 2012 by Craig comment-icon Comments disabled

An outbreak of a particular strain of salmonella first detected in early December last year could potentially be linked to the consumption of water melons, say the Food Standards Agency. There have been numerous cases, in the UK and elsewhere: • Twenty-six in England • Three in Wales • Four in Scotland • One in Northern Ireland • Five in the Republic of Ireland and • Fifteen in Germany For the moment, there has only been one fatality linked to… Read more »

Lunch Box Amnesty highlights importance of food safety training

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

A study of school lunch box contents has been conducted with a view to establish whether their contents are nutritionally sufficient as well as whether they meet recommended food hygiene standards. School employees who handle and prepare school dinners do, of course, have to undertake food safety training and comply with strict standards in the kitchen. Parents, on the other hand, do not, but they may feel that they are better able to provide a better meal than their school…. Read more »

Asbestos Awareness

Posted: February 13th, 2012 by Dermot comment-icon Comments disabled

The importation, supply and use of all types of new asbestos have been prohibited since the 13th November 2006. This followed previous bans on using blue and brown asbestos (1985) and white asbestos (1999), and continues the ban on using second-hand asbestos and products containing asbestos. The Control of Asbestos Regulations 2006 also make training mandatory for anyone who may come into contact with the substance in the context of their professional activities. The responsibility for compliance with these regulations… Read more »

FSA now publishing meat-processing plant audit reports

Posted: February 12th, 2012 by Eloise comment-icon Comments disabled

The Food Standards Agency has decided to start publishing the results of audits undertaken in the UK’s meat-processing plants. They state that their aim in doing so is to offer more transparency to the public, although some representatives of the industry are complaining that the reports could be misleading. The Food Standards Agency, however, are hoping that making the reports public will encourage those meat-processing plants that are currently a ‘cause for concern’ to improve their hygiene and food safety… Read more »

Do you know who your first-aider is?

Posted: February 11th, 2012 by Dermot comment-icon Comments disabled

Many people are unsure about who to turn to should they require first aid at work. It is an employer’s responsibility to establish whether their business requires the appointment and training of a first-aider in their premises. It is also the employer’s responsibility to ensure that first-aid equipment is kept available to employees, and that the contents of any first-aid box are maintained and kept up to date. It is equally important, however, to make sure that all employees are… Read more »

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