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Paignton Zoo owners praised for food safety standards

Posted: November 23rd, 2011 by Dermot comment-icon Comments disabled

The charity which runs Paignton Zoo along with a number of other enterprises has been praised by official bodies for excellent food hygiene standards at its premises. The Whitley Wildlife Conservation Trust, which is based in Devon, received a five-star rating from the Food Standards Agency (FSA) for catering facilities and food hygiene standards in both Paignton Zoo and Living Coasts in Torquay. Paignton Zoo’s Amanda Smallshaw commented on the award, saying: “We are delighted to be among Torbay’s five-star… Read more »

South Tyneside care home criticised over fire safety standards

Posted: November 22nd, 2011 by Eloise comment-icon Comments disabled

The owners of a care home for the elderly in South Tyneside have been criticised by officials from the Care Quality Commission (CQC) for failing to ensure fire safety standards are up to scratch. Dr Veena Vinayak and Dr Paul Vinayak, the owners of the Marina Rest Home in Hebburn, were told that “essential standards” most be improved to protect the home’s residents from harm. Upon visiting the home – which is one of the oldest private care homes in… Read more »

How often should you refresh your first aid training?

Posted: November 20th, 2011 by Dermot comment-icon Comments disabled

First aid training can be extremely useful in a huge number of different situations, and especially in workplace environments. If you are a teacher, health and social care worker or you look after children for a living, first aid training is even more vital. It is up to you to act in an emergency when you have vulnerable people in your care, which is why first aid skills are so important. It isn’t enough to undergo a first aid training… Read more »

Flixborough company fined employee suffers after accident at work

Posted: November 19th, 2011 by Craig comment-icon Comments disabled

A North Lincolnshire construction company has been prosecuted and fined for safety breaches, which lead to an employee sustaining severe burns to his arms, chest and face. Along with another colleague, Richard Baisley, 26, had been working at the Kim Barker Construction Ltd site on the Flixborough Industrial Estate when the incident occurred. He had been told to dig two holes for a new sign, but when he took his turn operating the drill, he hit an underground cable. The… Read more »

Sleaford care home ‘failing its residents’

Posted: November 18th, 2011 by Craig comment-icon Comments disabled

A care home in Sleaford has been told that its standards must improve or it may be closed down by official bodies. Guardian Care Homes (UK), the owner of the Roxholm Hall Care Centre, was issued with a formal warning from the Care Quality Commission (CQC) after a series of unannounced visits were made to the home. Inspectors found a host of problems, mainly relating to staffing levels and care training standards for staff. There were not enough staff on… Read more »

Northern Ireland pizzeria fined for food safety breaches

Posted: November 18th, 2011 by Dermot comment-icon Comments disabled

The former owner of a pizzeria in Northern Ireland has been fined more than £1,400 for breaching food safety regulations and putting public health at risk. The Kelstar Pizzeria in West Belfast was investigated by environmental health officers from Belfast City Council in September 2010 and then again in January 2011. They uncovered numerous breaches of food hygiene laws, including equipment that was dirty and in a poor state of repair, and damage to other parts of the structure of… Read more »

What do you need to know about the COSHH principles? Pt.2

Posted: November 17th, 2011 by Eloise comment-icon Comments disabled

In the first part of this guide, we learned that COSHH (Control of Substances Hazardous to Health) principles relate to a law requiring employers to protect workers from exposure to hazardous substances and chemicals. We also discussed who needs COSHH training, but what will you actually learn on such a health and safety training course? The main purpose of a CIEH Level 2 Award in the Principles of COSHH is to introduce workers to the risks of hazardous substances and… Read more »

What do you need to know about the COSHH principles? Pt.1

Posted: November 16th, 2011 by Eloise comment-icon Comments disabled

If you work in certain industries, you will need to undergo particular health and safety training courses in order to protect yourself and the people you work with. One such training course is the CIEH Level 2 Award in the Principles of COSHH. What is COSHH? COSHH stands for the Control of Substances Hazardous to Health Regulations (2002). This is the law which requires employers to control hazardous substances and prevent worker exposure to them. Employers should therefore send employees… Read more »

Commercial buildings shut down over fire safety breaches

Posted: November 15th, 2011 by Craig comment-icon Comments disabled

A number of commercial buildings on an industrial estate in Brent have been closed by the local fire service after officers uncovered some of the worst fire safety risks they had ever encountered. Six prohibition notices were served on the six buildings, which were being used as living accommodation for around 150 people. The London Fire Brigade was alerted to problems at the buildings after a fire broke out in one. When firefighters burst in to rescue people from the… Read more »

Food safety fears over Loyd Grossman curry sauces

Posted: November 14th, 2011 by Eloise comment-icon Comments disabled

The TV presenter Loyd Grossman’s line of curry sauces is facing a food safety probe after one jar was contaminated with a toxin which causes botulism. After two people in Scotland fell ill after consuming one of Loyd Grossman’s curry sauces, there are fears that a further 47,000 jars may be affected. These have now been recalled by health officials, and an investigation has been launched into how the jars came to be contaminated. As part of the investigation, conditions… Read more »

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