Allergens – What are the 14 main allergens?

Allergies can be life-threatening. Most people are aware of potential reactions to peanuts, but for a long time, the public was generally unaware of allergens within other foods.

In July 2016, a teenager suffered a fatal reaction to sesame in a baguette bought at a national chain. 

In the Uk, the Food Information Regulations act was introduced to ensure that the correct labelling of ingredients in Pre-Packaged foods included all 14 main allergens.

Unfortunately, freshly handmade, non pre-packaged food does not have to be individually labelled.

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Safety Management Programme – Essential Elements

It is important to understand the elements of a good process safety management programme to protect employees from harm when they are in their work environment.

Implementing such a programme is impossible without cooperation from every level of the company, managers and non-managers alike.

In this article we look at the core elements of a successful safety management programme:

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Healthcare assistant – what does an HCA do?

Deciding to become a healthcare assistant opens up a number of options for a career in care. Healthcare assistants (often referred to as care assistants, support workers or HCA) play a vital role in the National Health Service (NHS). They also work in patients homes or community settings such as GP surgeries.

This article offers some insight into healthcare assistants (HCAs) work and discusses possible options for training at entry level and beyond. It also looks at required skill sets for those wishing to undertake a role in the area of general patient care.

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