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Who is responsible for health and safety when work is contracted?

Posted: February 3rd, 2012 by Eloise comment-icon Comments disabled

Three companies in Dundee have been fined for breaches of health and safety regulations following a fall that caused one worker multiple injuries. The electrician’s labourer had been employed by one company that had been contracted by another to carry out works for a third company. On the day in question, the young man of twenty-three was working at height when he fell through a roof light to the ground below, striking machinery on his way down. His left shoulder… Read more »

Health & Safety Executive (HSE) Announce “Recovery of Costs”

Posted: February 3rd, 2012 by TutorCare comment-icon Comments disabled

With effect from April 2012 the Health & Safety Executive (HSE) propose to try to recover their costs from businesses that put their employees at risk and breach health and safety law. They propose charging duty-holders an hourly rate of £124 (they had been hoping to charge £133 per hour) per hour for them to intervene under their “Fee for Intervention (FFI)” scheme. A Change In Priorities The HSE has recently suffered a 35% cut in funding and this lies… Read more »

Pizza takeway owner receives fine and community service

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

The former owner of a pizza restaurant in Stockton has been ordered to pay a fine of £350 and complete a community order of 160 hours unpaid work because an inspection found his premises to be dirty. The former owner was prosecuted for four breaches of food hygiene regulations, including: • Failing to maintain food premises clean and in a good condition • Failing to keep food equipment clean • Failing to provide materials for cleaning hands • Failing to… Read more »

Nearly 93% of Fylde food outlets score 3 stars for food safety

Posted: February 2nd, 2012 by Dermot comment-icon Comments disabled

The new food hygiene rating system that is currently being rolled out by the Food Standards Agency has been designed to inform consumers about the conditions in which their food is prepared and handled. This allows them to choose to go elsewhere if an establishment scores badly, thus reducing their risk of food poisoning. Inspections of restaurants, bars and eateries in Fylde, Lancashire, began last year and have revealed that very few of them provide cause for concern. Almost 93%… Read more »

Infection Control Training Courses

Posted: February 2nd, 2012 by Eloise comment-icon Comments disabled

Infection Control forms part of the Care Training offered by Tutorcare and is essential to the wellbeing of care clients and patients, as well as staff. Aimed at all staff working within the care environment, this course will help employees understand the importance of hygienic practices as well as how to maintain them. One element of the course that may seem elementary but is of the utmost importance is hand washing. This is an act that many of us may… Read more »

Hampshire company to pay £125,000 for death of delivery driver

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

Adam Millichip was less than thirty years old when he lost his life while at work. He was a delivery driver, and on 16th November 2007, he had driven a lorry loaded with pallets of sheet steel. He was waiting by the lorry while a forklift truck unloaded the pallets, when one of the pallets struck him on the chest. The force from the one tonne pallet crushed his chest and caused major organ failure. The father of one died… Read more »

FSA public attitudes tracker reveals concerns over food safety

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

Any business that serves or prepares food should ensure that food hygiene and safety is an absolute priority. Preventing outbreaks of food poisoning is not only essential in terms of public health, but also in terms of a business’ chances of survival. Most cases of food poisoning are relatively mild, but for those who are very young or old or have compromised immune systems, food poisoning can have devastating and even fatal consequences. If a business is shown to be… Read more »

Five star food rating for tea brewery

Posted: January 31st, 2012 by Craig comment-icon Comments disabled

A tea brewery in Alnwick has been rewarded for their emphasis on hygiene and cleanliness by being awarded the maximum score of five stars in a national food hygiene rating scheme. The business was assessed on various aspects: • Food hygiene and safety • Structure and cleaning • Confidence in management The outstanding score demonstrates an excellent level of compliance with food safety legislation and regulations. The Maître T at Bari Tea has stated that hygiene and food safety has… Read more »

Advocates’ lounge closed in London following contamination fears

Posted: January 31st, 2012 by Eloise comment-icon 1

The Advocates’ lounge at Snaresbrook Crown Court in London has been closed following reports that food being served there ‘smelled a bit off’. An investigation has now been launched into a suspected case of food contamination, and all members of staff have been suspended. There have been unconfirmed reports that the food was in fact contaminated with urine, and that traces have been detected in salads, sandwiches and soups. The investigation is being run jointly by the Council and the… Read more »

£54,000 fine for Greenwich Chinese restaurant

Posted: January 30th, 2012 by Dermot comment-icon Comments disabled

Owners of a Chinese restaurant in Greenwich have been punished for the third time over breaches of food safety regulations. In February 2010, the restaurant was fined £13,500 for poor hygiene standards. In April 2011, council inspectors arrived unannounced and proceeded to close the restaurant when they found evidence of a mouse infestation. Droppings were found near food and plates and inside a roll of cling film. This time the restaurant owners have been given the largest fine ever handed… Read more »

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