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Workplace Compliance News - December 2018

Justice
Director jailed and Liverpool company fined £700,000 after worker killed
A Liverpool-based waste and recycling company has been fined £700,000 and its director has been jailed after the death of a 39-year-old worker.
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Plastics
EU ban on single-use plastic items planned to start as early as 2021
Single-use plastic items such as plates, cutlery, straws, balloon sticks or cotton buds, products that make up over 70% of marine litter, will be banned from the EU market from 2021, under draft plans approved by Parliament.
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Chef
Rise in salmonella prompts warning
A rise in Salmonella typhimurium has prompted a number of food safety organisations to issue guidance to the public on the safe handling and storage of raw meat, particularly lamb and mutton.
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Health and Safety
Yorkshire company fined over £200,000 after worker killed
A garden shed manufacturing company based in Leeds, Woodlands Homecare Ltd, has been sentenced for safety breaches after a worker was killed.
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Fire Exit
London firefighters to carry fire escape hoods
Firefighters from London Fire Brigade are among the first in the UK to carry fire escape hoods to protect victims from toxic smoke at fires. The Brigade has worked closely in collaboration with Kent Fire and Rescue Service who will also be launching fire escape hoods to their crews.
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