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Animal sanctuary owner faces jail over fire safety breaches

Posted: October 5th, 2011 by Dermot comment-icon Comments disabled

The owner of an animal sanctuary in Wootton Bassett, Wiltshire, could be facing a jail sentence after he admitted breaching a number of fire safety regulations. John Warwick-Huckvale, 53, is being prosecuted over fire safety offences at the Swindon and District Animal Haven, which is based at Warwick Farm in Ballards Ash. Inspectors visited the animal haven back in March 2010 and uncovered a series of problems, which could have put the lives of visitors and staff in danger. Amongst… Read more »

Food safety advice for new food businesses pt.2

Posted: October 4th, 2011 by Eloise comment-icon Comments disabled

In the first part of this guide for new food business owners, we looked at why food hygiene training is so important. It is not only crucial for the health of your customers; it can also help you to avoid prosecution and fines which could prove devastating for the future of your business. If you are planning to go on a food safety training course to learn about your responsibilities as a business owner, you need to know what courses… Read more »

Food safety advice for new food businesses pt.1

Posted: October 3rd, 2011 by Eloise comment-icon Comments disabled

There are a huge number of things to do when starting a new business, but you should make certain items on your list more of a priority than others. One of the most important things to do when setting up a food business is to ensure that you and all those who work for you undergo food hygiene training. As a company which processes, manufactures or serves food to the general public, you have more responsibilities when it comes to… Read more »

Engineering firm fined over fatal employee accident

Posted: October 2nd, 2011 by Craig comment-icon Comments disabled

An engineering company from Newton Aycliffe in County Durham has been fined a total of £100,000 after health and safety breaches led to the death of an employee. The firm, Thyssenkrup Tallent, was prosecuted after 52-year-old lead maintenance engineer Paul Clark died after being crushed by a machine. Although no one saw what happened, it is understood that Mr Clark was trying to clear a jam on a production line when the carriage moved suddenly and trapped him, causing him… Read more »

Arts centre worker uses first aid training to save man’s life

Posted: September 30th, 2011 by Dermot comment-icon Comments disabled

A woman who works at Haverhill Arts Centre in Suffolk has been praised for her life-saving actions when a man collapsed on stage. Mary Argent, who had undertaken a first aid training refresher course just the week before the incident, rushed to the aid of Charles Shipp, who was leading a singing group when he collapsed. With the help of retired police officer Jim Begg, who is also likely to have taken a first aid training course or two in… Read more »

Health and social care workers urged to get flu jab

Posted: September 30th, 2011 by Eloise comment-icon Comments disabled

Anyone who works within the health and social care sector is being advised to take up the offer of a flu jab if it is made, in order to protect themselves and the often vulnerable people under their care. The recommendation was made by Professor Qutub Syed, the Director of the Health Protection Agency in the North West of England, who said: “The smooth running of NHS hospital and community services and residential care homes can be seriously disrupted by… Read more »

How to get the skills you need to carry out a fire risk assessment

Posted: September 29th, 2011 by Craig comment-icon Comments disabled

It is mandatory in this country for every business which has employees to carry out a fire risk assessment. This is a huge step in preventing fire and protecting your employees, and no other fire safety measures can be taken until this is done. The fire risk assessment is usually undertaken by a person who has been named the ‘responsible person’ for fire safety within the business. In other cases, an external fire safety consultant is called in to carry… Read more »

Sawbridgeworth hospital wins food safety award

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

A hospital in the Hertfordshire town of Sawbridgeworth has been honoured with a top level food hygiene award for the excellent standards of its kitchens. The Rivers Hospital and Neurological Centres, a private establishment, was awarded a five-star food hygiene certificate from East Hertfordshire District Council after its environmental health inspectors visited its on-site kitchens. After a thorough inspection, they found excellent standards in cleanliness, structural conditions, confidence in management, and food safety training for staff. As five stars is… Read more »

Training options for health and social care workers

Posted: September 28th, 2011 by Dermot comment-icon Comments disabled

There are many steps to becoming a professional in the health and social care sector, but you won’t get anywhere without the right training. Working with children, elderly people or those with illnesses or disabilities is a huge responsibility, which is why you will need to meet certain standards of training before you can take on such a role. This is why the Common Induction Standards (CIS), developed by the Care Quality Commission and Skills for Care, exist as a… Read more »

Newly qualified first aider saves choking toddlers life

Posted: September 27th, 2011 by Craig comment-icon Comments disabled

A woman from Derbyshire who had only just completed a first aid training course was able to use her new skills to save her son’s life after he started choking on some crisps. Claire Gascoyne, a 37-year-old mum from Coal Aston in Derbyshire, knew immediately what she had to do when her terrified son Thomas, 3, started choking on a Doritos crisp. She placed the toddler over her knee and delivered two blows to the back to dislodge the snack… Read more »

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