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7
Apr

Risk Assessments and their Importance

It is important to ensure that risk assessments are completed to cover all potential hazards on site, this must be documented if you have five or more employees.  As an employer, you’re required by law to protect your employees, and others, from harm.  Do not just rely on the policy generic assessments; these need to …

30
Mar

Building Closure Checklist

As the Coronavirus lockdown continues many businesses are temporarily closing their premises for a period of time.  Closing a premises is not something many of you will have planned for and during this process there will be a number of things to consider. These checklists have been prepared to support your business with managing your …

30
Mar

Guidance around providing take-away and delivery food

As the Coronavirus lockdown continues, we are seeing a number of hotels, restaurants and catering establishments offering a take away and delivery food service. With this change in operation we provide our guidance on how to ensure you can operate safely and legally. The guidance also provides some business risk assessments that can be utilised. …

19
Mar

Working from Home

Coronavirus has affected everyone’s lives throughout the UK (and the world), some people more than others. One of the recent main points raised by Boris Johnson was that when you can, you should work from home. Following this guidance there has been a huge surge in people working from home. Some people are used to …

28
Feb

Coronavirus – Latest Advice and Guidance

As the Coronavirus situation continues to escalate, it is now becoming more and more likely that this has the potential to have a significant commercial impact on many businesses. With ongoing updates from Public Health England (PHE) and with more areas becoming affected, we have now updated our guidance. The below guidance should be reviewed …

24
Feb

Swimming Pool Safety

A leisure group is facing prosecution after a three-year-old boy drowned in one of its swimming pools. The tragic death of three year old Rocco Wright occurred in April of 2018 Rocco was due to have a swimming lesson along with his father and sister which had been cancelled. During the short time spent at …

13
Jan

Hero to Zero: The importance of managing documentation within a food business

The Food Standards Agency has issued guidance for local authorities on the implementation and operation of issuing food hygiene ratings to food businesses in order to maintain consistency when assessing ratings. There are six different food hygiene ratings (0-5) with zero being the lowest (Urgent improvement necessary) and 5 the highest (Very good). Food hygiene …

12
Nov

Caterers fined for Salmonella Hog Roast

A hog roast caterer has recently been ordered to pay £250,000 following a wedding event they catered for at a hotel venue. 58 guests became ill and 3 hospitalised after tucking into the hog roast and the newlyweds also had to cancel their dream honeymoon to the Dominican Republic. Following an investigation by Lichfield District …