It's been a busy month for our health and safety team, and they have compiled several areas of interest for our readers.
Prosecutions of interest this month
- Gaskells Ltd fined £700k for having a bailing machine still in use five years after the same machine had caused the fatality of an employee.
- London Zoo fined £80k when an employee fell of a faulty ladders suffering neck injuries.
- W. H. Smith fined £337,500 + £135,492 costs when a customer fell down and open and unguarded hatch door leading to a basement storage area.
- Forterra Building Products Ltd. fined £775k when employee was left paralysed from the chest down after being drawn into an industrial conveyor.
- Woodland Homecare Ltd. fines £233k when an employee was killed by a reversing fork lift truck.
During this month we have had three safety support visits where discussions were completed with clients relating to the safety of oxy/acetylene gas welding and similar processes. We have ensured compliance with safety expectations and knowledge using this guide http://www.hse.gov.uk/pubns/indg327.pdf. Other clients may find this useful to consider.
Salmonella Poisoning Outbreaks
Advice on cooking raw meat following rise in Salmonella Typhimurium. From June 2018 to mid-October, 165 cases have been reported, linked to lamb and mutton. Advice being given is for food preparation staff to wash their hands after touching raw meat, avoid contaminating other food in the kitchen by storing it separately in the fridge and using different chopping boards and knives, and ensure that meat, particularly diced and minced lamb, is cooked properly.
Fire Laws Explained
The Fire Industry Association have produced an excellent leaflet explaining current fire law requirements in the UK https://www.fia.uk.com/resourceLibrary/fire-safety-law-leaflet-pdf.html. Those client team members with fire safety responsibilities will find this leaflet a useful read.
HSE updates EH40 Workplace Exposure Limits
The latest version includes 31 new and revised Workplace Exposure Limits (WELs). EH40 is the official reference document on WELs to be used alongside The Control of Substances Hazardous to Health (COSHH) Regulations 2002. The document guides those responsible for controlling exposure to hazardous substances at work.
Why not try the on line quiz available from the Food Standards Agency to improve your knowledge relating to possible allergens contained in common foods served in restaurants? http://allergytraining.food.gov.uk/english/in-the-restaurant/ . An excellent support tool to raise awareness for employees involved in any type of food preparation.