Welcome to theEHP’s newsletter issue 112. View the online version here.
In this weeks newsletter you will find a webinar, Campylobacter survey report, prosecutions, RPT Decisions & much more.
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In an attempt to provide better information about fatal workplace hazards, Eurostat, the statistical office of the European Union, and the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) recently developed a study comparing fatal work injuries in the EU and the US.
Notable differences in the data include 19.3 percent of cases occurring in the manufacturing industry in the European Union, compared with 14.9 percent of cases in the United States, and 1.4 percent of cases occurring in the “accommodation and food service activities” industry in the European Union, compared with 4.4 percent of cases in the United States. Full details are available here.
Food Allergen Law & Your Food Business Workshop
Safe and Sound Food Solutions will be holding a Food Information Regulations (FIR) workshop on the 29th September. This workshop will give you an overview on food allergy information, what the FIR is all about and how it affects your specific food business sector. The workshop will be held in Orpington, Bromley, Greater London. Full details here.
Steve Pepper is organising a Hangout on air Webinar titled ‘E.coli 0157 Update’. This Webinar will take place on Tuesday the 2nd September at 7.30pm. The Webinar description is detailed below:
“Following the Pennington Report Local Authorities had to come up with a strategy for managing Food Safety based on the report. A couple of years on and the FSA have finally published the following guidance on E. coli O157:
Control of Cross-contamination Guidance for food business operators and local authorities”
You can sign up to the event here.
The previous webinar on Food Safety Culture is available here. This webinar starts with a presentation by Jude Hutchinson on Food Safety Culture and is followed by a discussion about the topic. Length 43:10.
Looking forward to seeing you at theEHP.
View the latest edition of Just Jobs on theEHP here.
Environmental Protection: Caerphilly resident fined for fly-tipping offence
A Caerphilly county borough resident has been taken to court and fined for allowing the illegal disposal of commercial waste in a public area.
Environmental Protection: Flytipping ‘duty of care’ costs Cambridge man £1,275
In a prosecution brought by Cambridge City Council, a Cambridge man has being ordered to pay a £1,000 fine for dumping household waste between 2013 and 2014.
Environmental Protection: Beeston Couple Guilty Of Fly Tipping
A Beeston couple were fined £1,144.50 earlier this month after pleading guilty to flytipping offences at Nottingham Magistrates Court. They were also ordered to pay £325.00 of costs to clear the waste.
Environmental Protection: Repeat noise offenders prosecuted by city council
Cambridge City Council has acted to protect residents from antisocial behaviour by prosecuting two people for breaching noise abatement notices.
Environmental Protection: Woman fined over dumped bin bags
A woman has been ordered to pay more than £700 following a landmark fly-tipping prosecution by Stoke-on-Trent City Council.
Environmental Protection: Council resorts to court action over rubbish
A woman who failed to clear mounds of rubbish from around her home has been ordered to pay more than £900 in fines and fees.
Food Safety: Mice infestation leads to prosecution for Bury Park food shop
Luton Council successfully prosecuted the owners of Haji & Sons in Bury Park on 12 August at Luton Magistrates Court for food safety offences (Photos on Flickr).
Food Safety: Chips are down for city take-away
A complaint about a deep fried cockroach found in the bottom of a bag of chips led to a discovery of shocking food hygiene conditions at a city take-away, including an infestation of rats.
Food Safety: Birmingham takeaway owner fined after mice infestation
A boss of a Birmingham takeaway forced to closed after a mice infestation was found guilty of five offences under the Food Hygiene (England) Regulations 2006 at Birmingham Magistrates Court.
Food Safety: PHE investigating national outbreak of Salmonella
Public Health England (PHE) is investigating a national outbreak of a type of Salmonella Enteritidis which has affected 247 people.
Food Safety: Bognor Regis restaurant fined for food hygiene offences
On 20th May 2014 three people were convicted of licencing offences at Chichester Magistrates Court. The trio had operated a premise called Whites Steakhouse situated by Bognor Regis Railway Station other than in accordance with the premises licence.
Food Safety: Mobile Butcher found guilty of food hygiene offences
On Wednesday 23 July 2014 at Worthing Magistrates Court, Mr Jeremy Ireland of I & J Meats, Littlehampton pleaded guilty to seven offences under the Food Hygiene (England) Regulations 2006, and was fined £2,100.00 and ordered to pay prosecution costs of £1,525.81 and victim surcharge of £30, giving a total of £3,665.81.
Food Safety: Campylobacter survey results published
The FSA have published the first set of quarterly results from a new survey of Campylobacter on fresh shop-bought chickens. The results show 59% of birds tested positive for the presence of Campylobacter. In 4% of samples Campylobacter was identified on the outside of the packaging.
Food Safety: The Vale successfully prosecute Cottage Bakery in Penarth
Mr Les Middleton, the operator of Cottage Bakery, Penarth, was found guilty of four offences under food hygiene regulations at a hearing at Cardiff Magistrates Court.
Food Safety: Northwich restaurant prosecuted
A fast food restaurant in Northwich has been prosecuted for selling undercooked food which was eaten by a three-year-old child.
The top new (and one interesting) environmental health books on amazon:
- ISO 22000 Standard Procedures for Food Safety Management Systems (Bizmanualz) – From £68.76 (13% off RRP)
- Food Safety Culture: Creating a Behavior-Based Food Safety Management System (Food Microbiology and Food Safety) – From £27.36 (up to 45% off RRP)
- Understanding Food Safety Management Systems: A Practical Approach to the Application of ISO-22000:2005 – From £20.77 (up to 21% off RRP)
- Housing Law and Practice 2014: LPC Guide (CLP Legal Practice Guides) – From £30.59 (up to 10% off RRP)
- Affordable and Social Housing: Policy and Practice – From £25.96 (up to 19% off RRP)
- Understanding Housing Defects – From £35.99 (up to 10% off RRP)
- The 1930s House Manual – From £8.85 (up to 60% off RRP)
View all Environmental Health Books here. theEHP’s Top 10 Environmental Health Books 2013 are available here.
Health & Safety: New report compares fatal work injuries in the EU and US
In an attempt to provide better information about fatal workplace hazards, Eurostat and the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics recently developed a study comparing fatal work injuries in the EU and the US.
Housing: Cardiff’s crackdown on rogue landlords gathers pace
Cardiff City Council has prosecuted a further rogue landlord for offences relating to breaches of the regulations for houses in multiple occupation, at a court hearing at Cardiff Magistrates Court.
Housing: Huge fine for landlords who rented out unsafe property
Two landlords have been prosecuted and ordered to pay a total of £65,970 after renting out an unsafe House in Multiple Occupation (HMO) (Photos on Flickr).
Housing: Wolverhmpton cracks down on dangerous housing
Irresponsible landlords in Wolverhampton who flout regulations and potentially put tenants’ lives at risk are being warned they will be prosecuted (Photos on Flickr).
Housing: Landlord ordered to pay £18,000 for renting out unsafe property
A landlord has been ordered to pay £18,914 after renting out an unsafe and unlicensed House in Multiple Occupation (HMO) in the latest prosecution by Redbridge Council (Photos on Flickr).
Housing: Over 1 in 3 homeless families in London in temporary housing
Thousands of families across the capital are stuck in housing limbo for years on end, a Shelter investigation has revealed.
Housing: Landlord fined £12,000 for not applying for a licence
A London-based landlord has been fined for renting out a flat without a selective licence.
Public Health: Birmingham furniture firm fined £11,250
A Birmingham business and its director were ordered to pay a total of £15,613 after pleading guilty to 15 offences each under the Consumer Protection Act 1987 and the Furniture and Furnishings (Fire) (Safety) Regulations 1988.
Food Allergen Law & Your Food Business Workshop
Safe and Sound Food Solutions will be holding a FIR workshop on the 29th September. This workshop will give you an overview on food allergy information, what the FIR is all about and how it affects your specific food business sector.
Webinar: Food Safety Culture
This webinar starts with a presentation by Jude Hutchinson on Food Safety Culture and is followed by a discussion about the topic. Length 43:10.
Webinar: The Food Hygiene Rating System
This webinar starts with a presentation by Steve Pepper on the Food Hygiene Rating System and is followed by a discussion of the about the scheme. Length 38:44.
Webinar: Food Information Regulations 2014
This webinar, hosted by Steve Pepper (Food Safety and Health & Safety Consultant), took place on 10th June. He was joined by guests David Newsum (an expert in Food Safety) and Mark Williams (Housing Consultant).
Review: Fire Risk Assessment Training Course
On 27th May 2014 I attended the Fire Risk Assessment training course organised by Oxford City Council, in association with the Fire Protection Association. This is a short review of that course.
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RPT Decision: Improvement Notice (MAN/30UG/HIN/2013/0002)
This case relates to an Appeal against an Improvement Notice issued by Hyndburn Borough Council. The appeal concerned Category 2 Hazards of Domestic Hygiene, Pest & Refuse.
The tribunal quashed the Improvement Notice and requested that it be replaced with a new Hazard Awareness Notice.
RPT Decision: Improvement Notice (BIR/00FK/HIN/2013/0013)
This case relates to an Appeal against an Improvement Notice issued by Derby City Council. The appeal concerned a Category 2 Hazard for Fire Hazard.
The tribunal confirmed the notice.
RPT Decision: Improvement Notice (LON/00AH/HIN/2013/0010)
This case relates to an Appeal against an Improvement Notice issued by London Borough of Crydon. The appeal concerned various Category 1 &2 Hazards.
The tribunal dismissed the appeal and varied the notice.