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Implementing good food safety procedures

Posted: January 24th, 2012 by Dermot comment-icon Comments disabled

The Level Three CIEH food safety training is designed for those who work in a supervisory role in the preparation or serving of food. Part of the course deals with implementing good food safety procedures. This doesn’t need to be overly complicated or involve keeping extensive records, and each business can adapt the procedures to their own particular needs. The procedures must be based on the principles of hazard analysis and critical control point (HACCP). In order to establish these… Read more »

How to comply with the Work at Height Regulations 2005

Posted: January 24th, 2012 by Dermot comment-icon Comments disabled

Wherever working at height carries a risk of injury from falling, these regulations must be respected and adhered to. Any person who controls the work of others, is an employer or is self-employed is considered by the law to be a duty holder and, as such, he or she must ensure the safety of those working under their orders. • All work at height must be planned and organised before work commences. • Anyone working at height must be competent,… Read more »

Hand washing : recommended good practice

Posted: January 23rd, 2012 by Eloise comment-icon Comments disabled

All businesses serving or preparing food must ensure that they comply with food safety regulations. Thorough hand washing seems like a simple requirement, but its importance can be overlooked, and a failure to follow good practice can result in the contamination of food stuffs. Harmful bacteria can easily be transferred from hands to food, equipment or work surfaces. In order to ensure that members of staff are aware of the risks involved, food safety training should be provided. Anyone running… Read more »

Food law inspections

Posted: January 23rd, 2012 by Dermot comment-icon Comments disabled

If your business makes or prepares food, you will be subject to inspections by The Food Standards Agency. Inspectors will check that any food your business serves is safe to eat as well as checking that any descriptions of food are not misleading. Feedback is provided by inspectors regarding their findings and if any actions are to be taken, details will be provided in writing. Businesses will be given time to respond to advice and to implement any changes, unless… Read more »

A suspended prison sentence for failing to prevent a tragic fall

Posted: January 22nd, 2012 by Craig comment-icon Comments disabled

In June 2009, a forty-four year-old father was repairing the roof of a disused factory when it suddenly gave way. He fell six metres to the concrete floor beneath, smashing his skull and back. He died the same day. When the HSE investigated the incident, they discovered that the man who had ordered the work to be carried out had failed to plan properly for the risks involved and had not provided supervision or safeguards. He was subsequently prosecuted for… Read more »

1,500 work-related fire injuries in the last four years in the UK

Posted: January 22nd, 2012 by Craig comment-icon Comments disabled

Figures show that in the last four years in the UK, nearly 1,500 people have been injured in fires in the workplace, with thirty-two people tragically losing their lives. The risk to life and limb is clear, and injuries can be caused both by the fire and during attempts to escape to safety. Appointing a fire marshall in the workplace ensures that a competent person is on-site to be able to help prevent potential fires and to manage the situation… Read more »

Tragic fall was due to lack of safety measures

Posted: January 21st, 2012 by Eloise comment-icon Comments disabled

A fifty-one year old labourer from Liverpool was left paralysed from the waist down and later died of injury-related illness after falling from four-inch wide beams where he was working. The manager of the site had failed to provide safety measures to prevent falls and protect the safety of those working for him. He was also found to have failed in his legal duty to report the incident to The Health and Safety Executive. The law stipulates that if you… Read more »

Sprinklers can reduce damage caused by fire

Posted: January 21st, 2012 by Craig comment-icon Comments disabled

Recent figures show that there was one fire every three school days in London schools last year. London Fire Brigade figures show that there were one hundred and thirteen accidental fires in schools in 2011. An eighth of schools nationally suffered from arson attacks, costing somewhere in the region of £65 million. Now, the London Fire and Emergency Planning Authority’s community safety committee is trying to persuade local authorities of the advantages of sprinkler systems. While fire safety training is… Read more »

How to minimise the risk of food poisoning

Posted: January 20th, 2012 by Dermot comment-icon Comments disabled

The risk of food poisoning is ever-present when dealing with food; these risks can however be minimised if certain precautions are respected and adhered to. Most people associate food poisoning with meat, fish or shellfish produce, and yet, last year’s outbreak of E. coli in Germany demonstrated the risk posed by vegetables too. Vegetables can carry particles of contaminated soil which can result in food poisoning, and The Food Standards Agency launched a campaign last November in order to raise… Read more »

Food safety training offered to Welsh school children

Posted: January 20th, 2012 by Eloise comment-icon Comments disabled

The Food Standards Agency in Wales is offering school children the opportunity to study for an industry-recognised qualification in food hygiene and safety. The aim is to provide children on fourteen and above the life skills necessary for safe and healthy cooking, as well as providing them with a valuable additional qualification. The food safety training will be delivered online, and students will receive a certificate upon successful completion of the course. Initial feedback from schools seems to be very… Read more »

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