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Local authorities falling behind on food hygiene inspections

In a recent edition of Environmental Health News (EHN) a story was published about an infestation of mice found in a convenience store in the West Midlands following a routine...

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Asbestos in schools prompts air testing

Throughout 2019, the spectre of asbestos in schools has again been rearing its head.

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An ‘insight’ into fire evacuations for high-rise construction sites

The Institution of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH) has recently published the findings of a study, funded by themselves, and carried out by the University of Greenwich focusing on fire...

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Budget time for health and safety!

In the last few weeks ‘health and safety budgets’ have been a recurring conversation whilst I’ve been out and about.

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Another fine MEES (Minimum Energy Efficiency Standards) you’ve got me into…

Introduced to support energy efficiency and our carbon reduction targets, the Minimum Energy Efficiency Standards (MEES) - through the Energy Efficiency (Private Rented Property) (England and Wales) Regulations 2015 – targeted our existing commercial building stock.

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Still more to learn for asbestos management in schools

As reported in Health and Safety at Work (September 2019) many of our schools are still struggling with managing asbestos.

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The importance of cleaning kitchen extract ductwork to prevent fires

As a food safety auditor and fire risk assessor, I am always reading cleaning reports for extract systems and opening ductwork hatches to inspect inside. Neglecting the cleaning of the ductwork systems puts your property at serious risk of a fire.

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Legionella in the news - It’s that time of year again

In the UK, cases of Legionnaires’ disease tend to be a thing of the Summer with approximately 60% of the annual number of reported incidents of the disease occurring between July and October according to Public Health England (PHE) figures.

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Food business banned from offering allergy-free food

A restaurant in Birmingham has been prohibited from offering allergy-free food to customers after Birmingham City Council issued a hygiene emergency prohibition notice (HEPN) after receiving a complaint from a customer.

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Food hygiene - Oysters – aphrodisiac or source of illness?

Oysters are claimed to boost your sex drive. However they also have a sinister side, as a recent survey of European oyster production areas has highlighted.

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Occupancy Comfort: Cliché or Contextual?

A report published by the University of Southern California documents the significant effects that indoor temperature has on cognitive performance by gender. 

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Who owns whom in the workplace compliance marketplace?

2019 has seen a significant move in consolidation in the workplace compliance market.

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