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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 »

Fire destroys five buildings at Lancashire business park

Posted: December 27th, 2011 by Dermot comment-icon Comments disabled

A fire at the Lancashire Enterprise Business Park in Leyland has destroyed five buildings, resulted in the closure of local roads and disrupted rail travel. Twenty homes were also evacuated due to drifting smoke that was feared to be toxic. More than one hundred fire fighters were drafted in to tackle the blaze, which was brought under control although it was expected to take several days to extinguish completely. One of the affected buildings was being used to store toilet… Read more »

Quick action is essential in cases of food poisoning

Posted: December 26th, 2011 by Craig comment-icon Comments disabled

Michelin-starred restaurant The Fat Duck, owned by celebrity chef Heston Blumenthal, was famously forced to close its doors in 2009 following an outbreak of the Norovirus. An academic journal is now claiming that many cases of infection could have been avoided if the restaurant had informed the authorities sooner. Two hundred and forty people eventually claimed that they had contracted the virus at the restaurant, and yet, the authorities were only informed after sixty-six complaints from the public. The Fat… Read more »

Why train online?

Posted: December 25th, 2011 by Eloise comment-icon Comments disabled

Tutorcare now offers online health and safety training and health and social care training, with more courses in compliance to be made available in the future. Training online offers certain advantages that are difficult to ignore: • Flexibility. Students can enrol at any time of the year, and complete their training at a time that suits them. This means that studies can easily be fitted around home and work responsibilities. • Personalised training. Online training allows students and employers to… Read more »

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