This Week at theEHP: 27 February – 02 March

| 2 March, 2012 | 13:43

Welcome to This Week at theEHP, a summary of the articles that appeared on the site over the previous week.

This week at theEHP we report on how to find a good landlord, Schmallenberg virus in livestock, the Lofstedt Review and prosecutions.

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Matt Allwright and Chris Hollins are presenting Food Inspectors, a four part series following the work of food inspectors as they protect the nation from rogue restaurants and poisonous food. Episode 1, Bootleg Booze, aired on BBC1 on Wednesday 29th February and Episode 2 will air on 7th March. If you missed Episode 1 you can watch it again on BBC iPlayer. Full details through the link.

The National Landlords Association (NLA) has compiled a list of the top things a tenant should look for when they are searching for the ideal landlord. Can you add anything to the list? Use the ‘Leave a Reply’ section at the end of the article to add your tips.

As part of his dissertation, Building Surveying student Pete Mallinson is conduction a research project titled “The influence of on site mobile technology in the collection of stock condition survey data”. If you have any experience with stock condition surveys please take a few minutes to complete the short questionnaire here. This is a new service we are piloting and your support would be appreciated.

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Food Safety

Food Safety: Food Inspectors
Matt Allwright and Chris Hollins are presenting a four part series following the work of food inspectors as they protect the nation from rogue restaurants and poisonous food.

Food Safety: Schmallenberg virus (SBV) identified in UK livestock
Tests by the Animal Health and the Veterinary Laboratories Agency (AHVLA) have confirmed the presence of Schmallenberg virus (SBV) in livestock samples submitted since January 2012 from a number of farms in the south and east of England.

Food Safety: Fortune Cookie fined food hygiene offences
Mr Hoi Shan Leung, owner of the ‘Fortune Cookie’ takeaway at 52 Coombe Road, Kingston upon Thames, was prosecuted by Kingston Council’s Environmental Health & Trading Standards Department on the 14 February 2012 for 7 offences under food safety legislation, including failure to keep the premises clean and in good repair and failure to control pests including rodents.

Food Safety: Basildon business fined for food hygiene offences
A food catering business owner has been found guilty and fined £3,015 for nine separate food hygiene offences, at Basildon Magistrates Court on Wednesday 15 February 2012.

Health & Safety

Health & Safety: HSE prosecutions in brief 27 February – 02 March
Welcome to HSE prosecutions in brief. An overview of this weeks prosecutions by the HSE.

Encentre Audioboo: Lofstedt and Health and Safety Enforcement
The latest review of elf ‘n’ safety has resulted in a number of recommendations being made by Professor Ragnar Lofstedt. Encentre provide an overview of the recent Lofstedt Review in their latest training update. In this short clip Encentre makes reference to some of the issues that are relevant to local authorities.

Opinion: When is an Accident Reportable?
When is an ‘Accident’ Reportable; even the Health and Safety authorities can’t agree, so how can companies be expected to get it right? (By Abby Miller)

Health & Safety: HSE prosecutions in brief 20 February – 24 February (Updated 02-03-12)
Welcome to HSE prosecutions in brief. An overview of this weeks prosecutions by the HSE. (3 New Articles Added)

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Housing: How to find a good landlord
The National Landlords Association (NLA) has compiled a list of the top things a tenant should look for when they are searching for the ideal landlord.

Housing: Landlord fined for hell-hole home
Amar Shazad, from Walthamstow, admitted eight offences of failing to keep the flat he rented out, on Sprowston Mews, Forest Gate, ‘in good and clean decorative repair’. (Photos on Flickr)

Housing: Landlord fined for failing to manage HIMO
A landlord is to pay £2,125 in fines and £1,815 costs to Reading Borough Council after admitting he failed to keep a property in East Reading in a fit state for tenants.

Housing: Rogue landlord convicted for dangerous and dirty conditions
A rogue landlord who forced his tenant to live in dangerous and dirty conditions and without adequate hot water or heating has been convicted by Magistrates following a lengthy Reading Borough Council prosecution. (Photos on Flickr)

Public Health

Public Health: Takeaway owner fined for waste offences
THE owner of a Middlesbrough takeaway has been fined for failing to secure the waste produced by his business.

Public Health: Man fined for smoking in hackney carriage
Chesterfield Borough Council successfully concluded a prosecution at North East Derbyshire and Dales Magistrates’ Court on 8th February.

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Housing: Britons have cut back on food & fuel bills to help pay housing costs
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A YouGov survey of 4,014 British adults for housing charity Shelter has revealed that more than one in five people have spent less on gas and electricity to help pay their rent or mortgage in the last 12 months, and just over one in three have spent less on food.

Housing: LFB calls for action on ‘Super-Sheds’
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London Fire Brigade is calling for a spotlight to be shone on the growing problem of the capital’s fire trap “hidden housing.”

Housing: Landlord fined for unlicensed HIMO
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A landlord who flouted fire safety rules while renting out an unlicensed home to unsuspecting tenants has been fined by magistrates.

RPT Decision: Improvement Notice Appeal (LON/00BK/HIN/2011/0029)
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This case involves an Appeal against an Improvement Notice made by Westminster City Council. The Improvement Notice included a Category 1 hazard of ‘Excess Heat’. The London Panel confirmed the Improvement Notice and the appeal dismissed.



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I qualified as an Environmental Health Practitioner (EHP) 1999. Between 1999 and 2003 I worked in Local Authority Private Sector Housing Departments as an Environmental Health Practitioner where I specialised in housing. I started working as a Housing Consultant in 2001 and left Local Government in 2003. I have a BSc Hons in Environmental Health and a PG Dip in Housing. I am currently studying a PG Dip in Surveying. I am a member of the Chartered Institute of Environmental Health and a Student Member of the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors.

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