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Newcastle takeaway blaze highlights need for fire safety training

Posted: August 4th, 2011 by Dermot comment-icon Comments disabled

The owner of a fish and chip shop in Tyne and Wear that was severely damaged by fire has urged other business owners to make sure all of their staff undergo extensive fire safety training. Sid Appleby was forced to close his business, the South Gosforth Fisheries fish and chip shop in West Moor, after a fire broke out on the premises. The blaze caused so much damage to the building that the business could not reopen for three months…. Read more »

Staff suspended at Gwynnedd adult home over care failings

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

According to BBC News, six staff have been suspended from a care home for adults with learning difficulties after authorities uncovered a number of failings and slipping standards. Inspectors visiting the Cerrig Camu facility in Dolgellau, which cares for 24 adults in four buildings, found a number of worrying issues. One of the main problems was the bathrooms and toilets at the home, which were in a poor state of repair and were institutional in their appearance. In addition, all… Read more »

More about the COSHH principles in health and safety training

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

As part of most health and safety training courses, you are likely to touch upon the subject of control of substances that are hazardous to health (COSHH). This is a set of principles designed to help people who work with hazardous substances to do so safely, protecting both themselves and the people they work with. A COSHH Level 2 CIEH qualification training course gives trainees a detailed overview of the subject. At the end of the half-day session, you will… Read more »

279 Trafford food businesses fail food hygiene tests

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

A worrying number of food safety businesses in the Greater Manchester borough of Trafford have fallen below the standards set out by the newly-introduced Food Hygiene Rating Scheme (FHRS). The food rating scheme was launched by Trafford metropolitan borough council just a few days ago after it was introduced in other areas, but it is already clear that a significant number of local businesses are not living up to their food hygiene responsibilities. Whilst 241 food outlets passed the scheme… Read more »

Companies fined for safety breaches which caused Cheshire chemical fire

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

Two firms have been prosecuted and fined by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) after a major chemical fire broke out at a site in Cheshire. The fire at the Gateway industrial estate broke out in June 2007, and required more than 100 firefighters to put it out. The blaze also caused aerosols in drums and cylinders to violently explode, prompting police to set up a 200m exclusion zone around the factory. Investigating the cause of the fire, the HSE… Read more »

New dementia wing opens at Hucknall care home

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

A nursing home in the Nottinghamshire town of Hucknall has proudly unveiled a new dementia wing capable of caring for at least 10 new residents. The manager of the Hallcroft nursing home, Emmeline Bingham, said the decision to cater for people with dementia came from having to turn people away. She said: “We realised that we provided a nice environment and we were missing out on a niche market where we could really help some residents. “The idea of all… Read more »

How to take your fire safety knowledge to the next level

Posted: July 28th, 2011 by Craig comment-icon Comments disabled

It is very important in any working environment for at least one person to hold responsibility for fire safety. This ‘responsible person’ should have undergone at least basic fire safety training, in which they learnt how to implement fire safety practices, spot hazards and reduce risks. There are, however, more advanced fire safety training courses you can take to help you to expand on your existing knowledge. The more training you get, the closer you are to becoming an expert… Read more »

Eight Northern hospitals breaching food safety rules

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

Following an investigation by health watchdogs, it was found that 8 of the 19 main hospitals in the North of the country had breached food safety regulations. During visits to the hospitals between July 2010 and March 2011, inspectors found a total of 66 breaches of the Food Safety Act. These breaches were unearthed at 8 hospitals, some of which continued to rate highly on the Scores on the Doors food safety scheme. The main problems included: • Dirty floors… Read more »

Cumbrian firm fined for health and safety breaches after fireball incident

Posted: July 26th, 2011 by Dermot comment-icon Comments disabled

A firm from Cumbria has been fined more than £100,000 after workers were injured in a huge ‘fireball’ incident at its Wigton factory. The international packaging film manufacturer, Innovia Films Ltd, was investigated and then prosecuted by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) over the incident, which endangered the lives of two workers. There was a small fire in an electrical distribution box the day before the incident, but this was extinguished by employees using a CO2 extinguisher. The power… Read more »

Haverhill hotel excels in food, fire and health and safety audits

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

A hotel in the Suffolk town of Haverhill has proved the importance of proper health and safety training as it scored top marks in a total of three food, fire and health and safety audits. All three audits, along with a fourth relating to brand engagement and development, were carried out within just one week at the Days Inn Hotel at Haverhill. Common Sense Compliance carried out the Fire Safety Audit and the Health and Safety Audit, whilst Wyndham Worldwide… Read more »

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