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Southend tower block benefits from £3m fire safety improvements

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

The residents of a tower block in Southend-on-Sea in Essex are to benefit from a total of £3 million in fire safety improvements at the building. The ten-storey Bewley Court building, which is occupied by council tenants, has been fitted with state of the art fire prevention systems. The aim of the project, which was carried out on behalf of Southend Council, is to protect residents from vandals, arsonists and other yobs who have lit rubbish fires in communal areas… Read more »

North Yorkshire employers face prosecution over lack of first aiders

Posted: September 1st, 2011 by Dermot comment-icon Comments disabled

Employers in the Selby area of North Yorkshire have been warned that they could face prosecution for not having proper first aid cover should a serious injury or even a fatality occur in their workplaces. Most organisations are obliged by law to have enough first aiders, who have been on the necessary first aid training courses and who have the relevant qualifications, to cover the whole business. This often means having a few first aiders to cover illness, annual leave… Read more »

The benefits of involving employees in health and safety

Posted: August 31st, 2011 by Eloise comment-icon Comments disabled

As the owner of a business, you have a legal and moral responsibility to protect your workers from illness or injury whilst they are at work. This means implementing a watertight health and safety policy, conducting a full risk assessment on the premises and ensuring all employees undergo health and safety training. This sounds like a lot of work, but it is very important that you do everything you can to comply with government regulations. There is a way, however,… Read more »

Bolton care home not meeting essential quality and safety standards

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

A care home in the Bolton town of Horwich, in Greater Manchester, has been found to not be meeting certain essential quality and safety standards. St Catherine’s Care Home was inspected by officers from the Care Quality Commission (CQC) in July 2011. Following the visit, concerns were raised that the home was not meeting nine of the essential standards. Problems included – but were not limited to – the following: • There were gaps in promoting the dignity and privacy… Read more »

Shocking food safety problems uncovered at Suffolk pub

Posted: August 29th, 2011 by Dermot comment-icon Comments disabled

The former landlord of a pub in Suffolk has been fined nearly £2,000 and banned from working in food outlets after a number of shocking food safety breaches were uncovered at the premises. Officer from Environmental Health visited the Huntsman and Hounds pub in Spexhall, near Halesworth, back in December 2009. They found one of the worst cases of food hygiene breaches they had ever encountered, including: • Food that was covered with mould or in a substantial state of… Read more »

The 8 key principles of food safety training

Posted: August 28th, 2011 by Eloise comment-icon Comments disabled

If you are planning a career in the food industry or you are looking to progress in your current food-related job, it is important that you get exactly the right food safety training. Without knowledge of food hygiene standards and the experience of complying with them, it is virtually impossible to progress in any food-related career. There are varying levels of food safety training, from basic courses to advanced training for supervisors and managers. All have the same key principles… Read more »

Hotel manager fined £5,000 for fire safety breaches

Posted: August 28th, 2011 by TutorCare comment-icon Comments disabled

The manager of a hotel near Derby has been ordered to improve fire safety training and pay £5,000 in fines and costs after he failed to comply with an enforcement notice from Derbyshire Fire and Rescue Service. James Knappette, who formerly managed the Kedleston Country Hotel, was brought before Derbyshire Magistrates Court last month to explain why he had failed to make improvements to fire safety at the hotel. The enforcement notice was issued back in August 2009 after inspectors… Read more »

Peterborough hospital handed health and safety improvement notice

Posted: August 27th, 2011 by TutorCare comment-icon Comments disabled

A private city hospital in Peterborough has been ordered to improve standards of health and safety after an inspector uncovered a few problems on a recent visit. The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) confirmed to local newspaper the Evening Telegraph that is had issued an improvement notice to bosses of Fitzwilliam Hospital in Bretton, mainly in relation to the permits it grants to contractors working in hazardous situations on the hospital premises. The HSE expressed concern over the risk assessment… Read more »

Cornish chef honoured with top food safety award

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

The head chef of a popular pub and guesthouse near St Ives in Cornwall has been honoured with a prestigious food safety and healthy eating award from Cornwall Council. Bruce Rennie, who heads up the kitchen of The Gurnard’s Head pub and guest house, was presented with the Cornwall gold level healthier eating and food safety CHEFS award. The CHEFS awards were introduced by the council, in collaboration with trading standards, change4life and the NHS Health Promotion Service, back in… Read more »

Do you know what to do when the fire alarm sounds?

Posted: August 26th, 2011 by TutorCare comment-icon Comments disabled

If you have ever frozen when the office fire alarm sounds, or worse still, ignored it, it may be time that you went on a fire safety awareness training course. Every workplace has a designated ‘responsible person’ for fire safety. After undergoing a fire marshalling training course, this person’s duties will include checking all fire fighting and fire detection equipment, keeping emergency exits clear, testing fire alarms, running fire drills, and implementing a safe and efficient evacuation procedure. Even with… Read more »

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