New HSE Food Manufacturing Inspections

Attention was drawn to the food manufacturing sector at the start of this year by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) announcing the implementation of inspections to target the cause of workplace ill-health. The HSE felt that companies and people working in this sector needed to pay closer attention to how they manage workplace health risks or they will face serious penalties.

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Payment Surcharges Banned in the UK

On 13th January 2018 charging extra for anyone using a credit or debit card, or electronic payment services, was banned in the UK.

This will mean an end to the extra cost added on at the end of the process of buying something online or in a shop. Examples of these transactions include buying flights or concert tickets or being hit with a surcharge when using a card in a small shop.

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Do you serve food to the public?

It is important to know what your food contains as some ingredients can cause adverse reactions. This may be because a customer is allergic or be due to a food intolerance. Allergens in food can cause severe reactions including death to those with acute allergies, food intolerances on the other hand generally have minor symptoms.

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New Acrylamide Regulation

The EU Commission has recently published a new regulation establishing measures to reduce acrylamide in food. These regulations came into force on the 11 December 2017, and from the 11 April 2018, businesses will need to be able to demonstrate that they have identified potential sources of acrylamide in their business. Businesses will also need to have put in place measures to ensure levels of acrylamide are kept as low as possible.

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European Safety and Health Week, 23rd – 27th October 2017

Monday, 23rd October 2017

European Safety and Health Week is an ideal opportunity for public authorities, private companies and citizens to get involved in promoting safer and healthier workplaces. The European Safety and Health Week is coordinated by the European Agency for Safety and Health at Work (EU-OSHA) and is organised in more than 30 countries across Europe.

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Farmers are you ready for the Health and Safety Executive’s “Potato Harvest” inspections?

Tuesday, 19th September 2017

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) will be undertaking work within the agriculture sector this autumn to raise awareness of the risks during “potato harvest” season. Potato growers have been urged to step up their accident prevention measures this harvest season – and to expect visits from health and safety inspectors.

The HSE is trying to improve standards within this sector and challenge the perception that risk is an acceptable part of the job. The latest initiative will see inspectors making unannounced visits to farms that grow, pick and process potatoes during the autumn season. The visits will ensure that risks posed during harvesting are being controlled and that measures are in place to protect farmers and their workers.

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