Food Safety Inspection – How to prepare for a visit from the inspector

More and more councils are publishing the results of their inspections online and scoring restaurants on their food safety results through the ‘Scores on the Doors’ system, it is more important than ever for your business to be prepared when the Environmental Health Officer (EHO) pays you a visit.

Figures from the World Health Organisation reveal that food-borne diseases kill 2.2 million people globally each year – albeit only 500 in the UK – yet the problem is believed to be largely underestimated because of the difficulty of tracking food-borne disease outbreaks.

The success of a restaurant depends as much on its food hygiene as it does on its food quality. It takes a great deal of effort to build up a good reputation in a food business, but if food safety problems occur, then reputations and profits will undoubtedly suffer, and in some cases the business may not survive the loss of consumer and business confidence. There is also the potential for prosecution by the local environmental health department and civil action by individuals adversely effected.

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HSE publishes 2011/12 fatal injury statistics

The Health & Safety Executive (HSE) have published official statistics published which shows that the number of workers fatally injured in Britain last year remains largely unchanged.

The provisional data has been released for April 2011 to March 2012, which shows 173 workers were killed – down 2 from the previous year. The rate of fatal injury remains the same at 0.6 per 100,000 workers.

Judith Hackitt, the HSE Chair, commented:

“Britain continues to have one of the lowest levels of workplace fatal injuries in Europe, part of a long term downward trend.

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HSE confirms start date for cost recovery scheme

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has confirmed that its cost recovery scheme, called the “Fee for Intervention” (FFI), will start on 1 October 2012 subject to Parliamentary approval.

The HSE has published some new details guidance setting out how the scheme will work in practice on its website, you can view this here. Developed in consultation with representatives from industry, it explains how FFI works and includes examples illustrating how it would be applied.

FFI recovers costs from those who break health and safety laws for the time and effort the HSE spends helping to put matters right such as, investigating and taking enforcement action. Businesses who are law-abiding and require no investigation or enforcement action will be free from costs and will not pay a fee.

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