Archives - January 2018

16
Jan

The impact of the Sentencing Guidance is felt across sectors

Over the last 6 weeks or so we have witnessed the full effect of the Sentencing Guidance across numerous sectors. Accidents and breaches in health and safety regulations have seen fines ranging from 100K to 2 million pounds being issued. These cases include slip, trip and fall hazards, manual handling and working at heights. If …

11
Jan

Wooden Chopping Board Safety

Wooden boards have increasingly been used in a variety of catering units for both serving and displaying ready-to-eat products.  However, they are regularly identified by Environmental Health professionals as a real food safety issue due to many being very worn, hard to clean and therefore increasing the risk of contamination. In October 2016 a restaurant …

11
Jan

Allergen Awareness

Allergens, allergens, allergens. This is really a key focus in food safety law and rightly so with an increasing number of deaths over the past year resulting from poor food allergen procedures and information. Poor understanding and practices in this area has led to a number of large fines and even prison sentencing for business …

11
Jan

Focus on Fire Safety: Recent increase in fire related incidents in last few weeks

With the Grenfell tragedy still fresh in our minds 6 months on, fire safety is back in the headlines as a notable upsurge of fires were reported across the country in the last two months. Buildings implicated in these fires included hotels, multi story car park and a campus in Bristol. We look at two …

6
Jan

Ladder safety under the spotlight: £1m fine issued after death

For many of us the use of ladders is something that cannot be avoided. Whether it be changing of light bulbs or decorating involving overhead fixtures and fittings, ladder safety must be considered within the workplace. We look at a recent prosecution and guidance for the safe use of ladders. A Hull-based bakery has been ordered …