Archives - July 2017

26
Jul

RIDDOR – What, When, Who – A simple guide

Figures released for health and safety statistics for Great Britain (2015/16) show that accidents and workplace injury are a major issues for businesses which include: 1.3 million working people suffering from a work-related illness 2,542 mesothelioma deaths due to past asbestos exposures (2015) 137 workers killed at work (2016/17) 72,702 other injuries to employees reported …

26
Jul

Corporate manslaughter review – could this affect your business?

A consultation has started by the Sentencing Council on its proposals for how offenders convicted of manslaughter should be sentenced in England and Wales. It is the first time that comprehensive guidelines have been drawn up for these very serious and difficult cases, which could include an unintended death resulting from an assault or a …

26
Jul

Life changing injury: inadequate staff training results in £1m fine for Aldi

With the impact of the Sentencing Guidance being felt for health and safety related prosecutions, the need for adequate company policy, staff training regimes and suitable risk assessments has never been greater. A recent reported prosecution which resulted in Aldi Stores being fined £1m for a worker’s severe injuries demonstrates this point even further. A delivery …

26
Jul

New research shows that consumers with food allergies are more confident about eating out

In much welcomed news, The Food Standards Agency welcomes new research recently published which  shows that people with food allergies and intolerances are more confident about eating out since allergen information rules were introduced in 2014. The research found that, post legislation: 70% of food allergic and intolerant consumers feel more confident in asking staff …

20
Jul

HSE statistics 2015/2016 – Reduction in workplace fatalities

The health and safety statistics for Great Britain have been launched for 2015/16 period by the HSE with a reduction in the number of workplace fatalities: Key figures for Great Britain (2015/16) 1.3 million working people suffering from a work-related illness 2,542 mesothelioma deaths due to past asbestos exposures (2015) 137 workers killed at work (2016/17) 72,702 other injuries …

18
Jul

CSC News – July

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11
Jul

Managing risks of expectant and new mothers: HSE guidance updated

Following a survey in 2016 by Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) and the Department of Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS), it was found that thousands of expectant mothers have to leave their jobs due to risk factors at work not being addressed. As a direct result, The HSE has strengthened its guidance in INDG373  New and …

11
Jul

Balcony deaths: MD Jailed for 14 months

Since February 2016, the implementation of the Sentencing Guidelines has seen a marked increase in fines and prison terms with directors of companies facing significant penalties. In most cases the basic fundamentals of meeting minimum health and safety requirements are often not being met. This point has again been highlighted in the latest prosecution involving fatalities …

11
Jul

Pizza shop owner pleads guilty to 20 food hygiene offences

In recently reported food safety prosecution news, a Dover takeaway owner whose business was shut down after cockroaches were found in his dirty kitchen has been fined after he continued selling food to the public. Poor food safety standards including expired food items, cockroach infestation and dirty equipment resulted in Murduck Mohebbi, who runs Papa …

11
Jul

Focus on ice safety as study shows evidence of faecal contamination

In the recent hot weather, many of us will have opted for an iced cold drink at some point. Rather disturbingly, a recent investigation carried out by the BBC has uncovered that ice from three of the UK’s biggest coffee chains has been found to contain bacteria from faeces. Seven out of ten samples of Costa …

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