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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 …

5
Dec

Safety while driving in the dark

Driving conditions are remarkably different in the night time, and at this time of year the darkness draws in much earlier in the evening. Your vision is reduced and it can be more difficult to spot hazards such as bends and junctions and to see vulnerable road users such as pedestrians, cyclists, and motorcyclists. It …

5
Dec

Winter Safety

The winter months bring dark evenings and often cold temperatures. These factors can pose added risk to many organisations and should be carefully considered when conducting risk assessments for both staff and customers. We look at a few of the high risk areas and ways to reduce the likelihood of an accident. Ice on pavements Snow …

5
Dec

Reviewing your risk assesments

How often should you be reviewing your risk assessments? The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) says risk should be assessed “every time there are new machines, substances and procedures, which could lead to new hazards.” An employer should carry out a risk assessment: whenever a new job brings in significant new hazards. Few workplaces stay the same and companies should …

5
Dec

Food Hygiene Rating Scheme having a positive effect

The FSA have published a new Science Report by its Chief Scientific Adviser, Professor Guy Poppy. Professor Poppy looks at the Food Hygiene Rating Scheme (FHRS), and its impact on food safety especially where the scheme is mandatory. Professor Poppy said: ‘The Food Hygiene Rating Scheme has been a significant development for food safety and …

16
Nov

Norovirus – A reminder

Winter often sees an increase in the winter vomiting bug (Norovirus). Managing the spread of the bug can be difficult, our guidance below will help you to minimise the spread should your organisation have an outbreak. The main symptoms of the Norovirus illness usually include nausea, vomiting, diarrhea and some stomach cramping and last about …