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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 »

Food safety paramount during the Olympic Games

Posted: January 19th, 2012 by Craig comment-icon Comments disabled

Strict measures are being taken in the run-up to the Olympic Games this summer in an attempt to respond rapidly to any unusual symptoms and to prevent any outbreaks of food poisoning. It is believed that the most likely health problems will be bouts of diarrhoea and vomiting in the Olympic Village, where 17,000 athletes and officials will be staying. Any outbreak is cause for concern, even more so when the eyes of the world will be on the UK…. Read more »

Does the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005 apply to your organisation?

Posted: January 19th, 2012 by Craig comment-icon Comments disabled

The Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order actually came into effect in October 2006, and it applies to various business premises, situations and people: • All business premises are covered by the regulations, whether they are run by an employer or a self-employed businessperson. • They cover any areas of a residential dwelling that are only used for business purposes. • Charities and voluntary organisations are also covered by the regulations. • Any business providing accommodation for paying customers must comply… Read more »

Bakelite museum falls foul of fire safety standards

Posted: January 19th, 2012 by Eloise comment-icon Comments disabled

A quirky museum in Somerset is facing closure if it cannot raise the money to bring its building up to modern fire safety standards. The museum has been based for the last twenty years in an old flour mill crammed full of period features, such as the very steep wooden staircases. The owner remains convinced that the preserved historic features of the mill contribute to the quality of the experience offered by the museum, and argues that any internal structural… Read more »

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