A new report from the DPWP (Department for Work and Pensions) shows that changes introduced under the Health and Safety Act (Offences) 2008 have led to higher fines and more prison sentences for employers who flout these laws and show little concern for the safety of their staff and the public. The maximum fine that can be imposed from the lower courts has increased from £5,000 to £20,000 and the courts have been given greater powers to send offenders to prison.
The changes to fines and sentences were introduced under pretence that the tougher penalties would deter bosses from ignoring the welfare of those whom they are responsible for. Read more online HERE.
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An investigation has been launched into one of the UK’s largest food retailers after a customer found mouldy food, stagnant water and congealed fat on the shelves next to fresh food items in their store in Slough.
The customer pointed out the dirt to the store managers who explained ‘the area is difficult to clean’, and after returning to the store two weeks later she found nothing had been done to clean the area.
The superstore chain has previously been fined thousands of pounds for breaches of the Food Safety act at a separate store in 2004, including £5,000 for a mouldy apple turnover, and £2,000 for coffee with rodent chew marks in the packaging.
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We’d like to say a massive ‘Congratulations’ to Sandy who became a Nan for the first time yesterday, and she joins the other lovely Grans in our team, Karen, Kaz, Viv, and Jackie!
All our warmest wishes go to Sandy and husband Albert, their son and his partner, and of course their beautiful new son.
The HSE has released a new set of outrageous cases where the good name of Health and Safety has been dragged through the mud and generally used as an excuse for rudeness and poor customer service.
These new myths and some good old classics - like goggles being worn to play conkers in British schools, are available to enjoy on the HSE website.
Coming soon - Lone Working and Risk Assessment courses!
As ever we have put a lot of work and time into bringing these two latest courses to you and we have now filmed our brilliant presenters and voice overs for both our Lone Working and Risk Assessment - Keith was in fine form as usual and our new female presenter Zoe was superb for Lone Working.
So now the hard work begins…graphics, animations, and activities, and we aim to have them ready very soon!