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Death cap mushroom claims two lives at New Year’s party

Posted: January 5th, 2012 by Eloise comment-icon Comments disabled

A New Years’ Eve party in Australia took a tragic turn when death cap mushrooms were mistaken for straw fungi and served up as part of the evening meal. Four of the guests were rushed to hospital after eating the poisonous mushrooms. One was later discharged, while two of the dinner guests unfortunately died. The death cap mushroom, while abundant in certain areas of Australia, can also be found closer to home. In 2010, one woman died and another was… Read more »

What is COSHH?

Posted: January 5th, 2012 by Dermot comment-icon Comments disabled

COSHH is a law that pertains to the Control Of Substances that are Hazardous to Health. It obliges employers to take certain measures to protect the lives and health of their workers. Which industries does COSHH relate to? Many businesses use substances or products that could be harmful to human health. Even common substances such as paint or bleach need to be handled with care and workers should not be exposed to them without the necessary precautions. Other businesses may… Read more »

Fresh warnings from HSE as the number of workplace deaths rose in 2011

Posted: January 4th, 2012 by Dermot comment-icon Comments disabled

Health and safety measures sometimes come in for ridicule and criticism, and yet The Health and Safety Executive have been forced to issue new warnings to employers in the UK as deaths in the workplace are again on the increase. • In 2009/10, 147 people were killed at work. • This rose to 171 for the year 2010/11, with 24,700 workers suffering serious injury. Certain industries are, of course, more high risk than others; construction, agriculture, and waste and recycling… Read more »

How Christmas highlights need for greater food safety

Posted: January 4th, 2012 by Craig comment-icon Comments disabled

Hopefully, most of us will have survived Christmas without suffering from food poisoning, and yet this is a time of year when the FSA receives more reports of food poisoning than at any other time of the year. The reason is most probably the massive consumption of poultry, with many people tucking in to their turkey, duck or goose. The FSA state that as many as one fifth of all reported cases of food poisoning are caused by poultry, and… Read more »

The importance of fire risk assessments

Posted: January 3rd, 2012 by Craig comment-icon Comments disabled

Fire poses a significant risk to companies all over the UK. Every year, properties are severely damaged, lives threatened, and the survival of businesses is compromised when fire breaks out. A fire that broke out in a Lancashire business park before Christmas illustrates just how disruptive a large fire can be. Several warehouses were burned to the ground, local roads were closed, residents evacuated and even train travel was affected. Extensive fire fighting resources were needed just to get the… Read more »

Things could have been worse for factory worker

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

A factory worker from Cheshire had a narrow escape when his arm was dragged into a conveyor belt as he tried to help to clean it. Although he could have lost his arm completely, this ‘lucky’ worker got away with a crushed hand, broken elbow, extensive bruising and several weeks of absence. His employer, however, was found to be responsible for the accident that could have so easily cost the man his arm. An investigation into the accident revealed that… Read more »

Norovirus can cause havoc

Posted: December 31st, 2011 by Dermot comment-icon Comments disabled

The Norovirus season begins in July, despite the fact that it is known as the winter vomiting bug. And, this year, cases are up by nearly twenty per cent in comparison with 2010. This can have far-reaching consequences when an outbreak occurs in a hospital. Officials have said that twenty seven hospital wards have been closed following the discovery of the illness. The Norovirus is extremely contagious, and can be contracted in a number of ways: • From eating contaminated… Read more »

Oysters and the Norovirus

Posted: December 30th, 2011 by Craig comment-icon Comments disabled

A study has been conducted on behalf of The Food Standards Agency in order to establish how many UK oysters carry the Norovirus. It found that just over three quarters of the oysters tested showed traces of the virus. Now, this doesn’t necessarily mean that UK oysters are dangerous; indeed the FDA has stated that the findings are not in any way conclusive. The findings cannot distinguish between the infectious and non-infectious virus, and so it is difficult to ascertain… Read more »

How risk assessments can prevent injury

Posted: December 29th, 2011 by Eloise comment-icon Comments disabled

A health and safety breach at a children’s nursery has resulted in a fourteen month old boy losing the end of his finger. The boy, who had been playing next to nursery’s kitchen door, got his finger trapped, severing the end of the finger. The judge at Norwich Crown Court decided that the accident could have been prevented if the nursery had fitted finger guards to their doors. The failure to do so had caused the accident. He also ruled… Read more »

£3000 fine for poor hygiene standards

Posted: December 28th, 2011 by Craig comment-icon Comments disabled

The owner of an Indian restaurant in Coventry has been prosecuted for poor hygiene standards following an inspection earlier this year. He has been ordered to pay a fine in excess of £3000 for failing to respect food safety regulations. Five food safety offences were discovered at the premises, including: • Inspectors were concerned by the fact that the hand basin in the kitchen had no hot water supply, and that there was no evidence of any soap, handwash or… Read more »

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