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Reading food businesses falling short of food hygiene standards

Posted: June 12th, 2011 by Craig comment-icon Comments disabled

Following a recent inspection, more than half of the food-serving businesses in Reading have been found to be falling short of food hygiene standards. Reading Council’s food safety team visited a total of twenty-one premises over the last twelve months, checking for things like cleanliness of premises, safe food storage and preparation and food hygiene training for staff. What they found was quite shocking; of the 66 test samples that were taken from the knives, chopping boards and other kitchen… Read more »

Welsh firms fined for fatal health and safety breach

Posted: June 11th, 2011 by Eloise comment-icon Comments disabled

Two firms have been ordered to pay more than £500,000 in compensation and court costs after a judge ruled that they were at least partly liable for the death of employee Christopher Booker, 49, at Aberthaw Power Station in June 2007. Mr Booker, 49, was killed after he fell 12 feet from a platform to the ground. He fell through an unprotected opening, in an area that was inadequately lit. Prior to the tragic incident, the company running the power… Read more »

CQC still concerned over standards at Barwell care home

Posted: June 10th, 2011 by Dermot comment-icon Comments disabled

The Care Quality Commission (CQC) has revealed that it still has concerns about the standards of care at the Saffron House care home in Barwell, Leicestershire. Inspectors from the health and social care watchdog visited the High Street care home last March after a previous report expressed concern that Saffron House was not meeting all of the CQC’s 12 essential standards of care. In the original report, the following issues were raised: • Staff were not receiving the correct care… Read more »

Moving on from basic fire safety awareness training

Posted: June 9th, 2011 by Craig comment-icon Comments disabled

Ideally, every employee in your business should undergo at least a basic level of fire safety awareness training. This will help the workplace to become a safer place, one that is fully prepared for an emergency situation such as an outbreak of fire. However, it is also very important for businesses to have a fully trained and competent ‘responsible person’ in charge of fire safety. This person, or persons, will need to have in-depth knowledge of fire safety rules and… Read more »

First aid training put to good use in Yorkshire as woman saves little girl

Posted: June 9th, 2011 by Eloise comment-icon 1

A woman from North Yorkshire who had recently completed a first aid training course found herself having to use her new skills to save a little girl who had a horse riding accident. The Northern Echo reported that Wendy Scott, 49, was at Richmond Equestrian Centre in North Yorkshire when the accident happened. A ten-year-old rider, Katie Benbow was nearly crushed by her pony when it tripped and fell on top of her. Wendy, who had completed her first aid… Read more »

Potato firm fined by HSE after employee loses fingers

Posted: June 8th, 2011 by Dermot comment-icon Comments disabled

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has prosecuted a cooked potato company in Telford for health and safety breaches after a worker lost two fingers in a machine. Swancotes Foods was fined £10,000 over the incident, in which a 38-year-old cleaner working at the plant last February lost two of his fingers whilst reaching into a machine to remove some raw potato. Telford Magistrates Court heard that the guards on the potato processing machine had not been properly maintained, and… Read more »

Why is nutrition training so important for care workers?

Posted: June 7th, 2011 by Craig comment-icon Comments disabled

As a carer, you have responsibilities to provide committed and consistent care, to show a dedication to improving the everyday lives of vulnerable, elderly and ill people. The foundation of quality care is meeting the essential daily requirements of the people receiving care, starting of course with proper nutrition. Nutrition is not as simple as providing patients with enough to eat and ensuring they stick to a reasonably healthy diet. Every patient has different needs when it comes to nutrition,… Read more »

Smethwick bar shut down for fire safety violations

Posted: June 6th, 2011 by Eloise comment-icon Comments disabled

A bar in the West Midlands town of Smethwick has been shut down by the fire service after a string of fire safety violations were uncovered. Fire safety officers found that the fire alarms at Gill’s Bar and Restaurant appeared to have been disabled, and that emergency signs, smoke detectors and fire doors were not installed in the Rolfe Street venue. The escape routes in the restaurant weren’t properly marked, and the owners had seemingly ignored official fire safety advice… Read more »

Develop staff skills and learning with extra training

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

It is a given that all employees who undertake certain tasks are either trained or experienced enough to do it competently and safely. Two key examples of this are people working within the health and social care sector, people who need specialist training to care for vulnerable individuals, and those who have any responsibility for preparing, handling or serving food. There is also a legal requirement to ensure that people doing certain jobs are given the right health and safety… Read more »

FSA orders 13 Flintshire businesses to improve food hygiene

Posted: June 4th, 2011 by Craig comment-icon Comments disabled

Following the launch of a new food hygiene scheme launched by the Food Standards Agency (FSA), a total of 13 businesses in Flintshire have been ordered to improve their standards. The FSA food hygiene scheme involves rating businesses such as hotels, restaurants, pubs, cafes and food shops on a number of requirements. Inspectors check how food is handled, prepared, cooked and stored, as well as how it is cooled and reheated. The condition of the premises is also taken into… Read more »

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