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Elland takeaway fined £17,000 for food hygiene breaches

Posted: October 29th, 2013 by Dermot comment-icon Comments disabled

A Chinese takeaway in Southgate, Elland, has been fined more than £17,000 after it was found to be breaching food safety rules and putting its customers’ health at risk. The Welcome Chinese Takeaway was inspected by environmental health officers from Calderdale Council back in April 2013. A number of serious issues were uncovered, including: • A lack of up-to-date records of food safety checks • Equipment and fittings in a state of disrepair • Dirty and unhygienic kitchen surfaces and… Read more »

Red Cross urges young drivers to learn first aid

Posted: October 29th, 2013 by Craig comment-icon Comments disabled

The British Red Cross is encouraging young drivers to undergo first aid training so that if they are in a crash or come across a road accident, they will know what to do. The UK government is currently mulling over proposals to increase the age when a person can get a driving licence to 18, in an attempt to reduce the number of young people who end up in road accidents. However, the Red Cross believes that this isn’t the… Read more »

How the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order applies to your business

Posted: October 28th, 2013 by Eloise comment-icon Comments disabled

A number of years ago, the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005 came into effect, and it is this set of regulations that governs how businesses today manage fire safety risks and protect their staff from harm. If you are a business owner, the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order applies to you. It states that you, or another person within your company who you designate as being responsible for fire safety (known as “the responsible person”), has a duty to:… Read more »

Health and safety fine for UK coal over fatal mine collapse

Posted: October 25th, 2013 by Craig comment-icon Comments disabled

The energy firm UK Coal has been fined £200,000 by Leeds Crown Court after it was found to have breached health and safety regulations. The breaches related to a collapse at a Kellingley Colliery in North Yorkshire, in which a worker tragically lost his life. Father-of-two Gerry Gibson, 49, died of asphyxiation in September 2011 after a section of roof collapsed on him whilst he was working 800m underground. Following the incident, which occurred after another collapse just days before,… Read more »

Reports reveal poor food hygiene standards at UK hospitals

Posted: October 24th, 2013 by Dermot comment-icon Comments disabled

A new report has revealed that a large number of UK hospitals are breaking food hygiene regulations, potentially putting the health of patients at risk. The MailOnline website has analysed reports, obtained via a Freedom of Information request, from environmental health officers on a total of 769 hospitals. The publication’s researchers found that as many as 581 hospitals across the country were actually breaking food hygiene regulations. The figures showed that: • 62 hospitals were stocking food that was out-of-date… Read more »

UK businesses fined £5.5m for health and safety breaches

Posted: October 24th, 2013 by Eloise comment-icon Comments disabled

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has fined UK businesses a collective total of £5.5 million for breaches of health and safety rules. The staggering total of fines is from the HSE’s ‘Fees for Intervention’ scheme which it launched a year ago, and which makes companies which break health and safety rules liable to pay the organisations costs. These costs include enforcement action, as well as inspections and investigations. The types of incidents the HSE charged UK businesses more than… Read more »

First aid basics – what to do immediately after an incident

Posted: October 23rd, 2013 by Craig comment-icon Comments disabled

The first few moments after an accident takes place or someone falls suddenly ill can be very frightening and confusing. It is natural to panic in these kinds of situations, but it is important to stay as calm as you can. This is why regular first aid training is a good idea, because it drills the important information into your brain so that you start using it without even thinking, even if you start to panic. Following an accident or… Read more »

Consumers told to abandon businesses which fail food safety checks

Posted: October 22nd, 2013 by Eloise comment-icon Comments disabled

A borough council in County Antrim, Northern Ireland, has told residents in the area to steer clear of food businesses with low food hygiene standards and choose higher rating firms instead. Carrickfergus Borough Council runs a Food Hygiene Rating Scheme, which awards businesses with ratings from zero to five following food safety inspections. The ratings are displayed online, and businesses can also display a green and black food hygiene rating scheme sticker with their rating within their own premises. Whilst… Read more »

CQC issues warning over ‘at risk’ patients at Crumpsall care home

Posted: October 21st, 2013 by Dermot comment-icon Comments disabled

The Care Quality Commission (CQC) has issued a care home in Crumpsall, in Greater Manchester, with a formal warning to improve its standards or it could face further action. A CQC inspection report included that the residents of the Homeleigh facility are potentially being put “at risk” by lapses in the standards of care provided to them. Of particular concern to inspectors was the management of medicine, as multiple errors were uncovered in the way staff recorded the medicine administered… Read more »

Food hygiene fine for Ballymoney farmer

Posted: October 21st, 2013 by Craig comment-icon Comments disabled

A farmer from the Northern Irish town of Ballymoney, in County Antrim, has been issued a fine of over £1,000 for breaching food hygiene regulations. Thomas Taylor was prosecuted at Coleraine Court for breaching Food Hygiene Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2006. Inspectors carrying out a routine check at his farm found a number of structural issues with some parts of his premises, including the bulk tank storage area and milking parlour. The farmer was fined £1,500 for the breaches. Commenting on… Read more »

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