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To Grit or Not to Grit?

In simple terms the answer is YES, as common sense should dictate. Under the Occupiers Liability Act and the Health & Safety at Work Act you have a duty to exercise “reasonable care”.

In assessing what is “reasonable” in all the circumstances; undoubtedly, we will all have different opinions. However, there is sufficient case law to conclude that doing nothing is unacceptable. So, when thinking about what is “reasonable”, that begins with giving the issue some thought (assessing the risks, considering the resources currently available, their adequacy, and identifying the steps that can be taken to address the hazard in a structured and proportionate way).

The practical answers to that process will have lead the occupier to:

UKATA Train Safe, Work Safe, Keep Safe Campaign

UKHSE support UKATA asbestos safety training campaign

 UKATA members are offering training to tradesmen at risk from asbestos related disease

DIY enthusiasts and tradesmen running small businesses are to be offered free asbestos safety training that could potentially save their lives, thanks to a new national campaign being launched by UKATA, the UK Asbestos Training Association and UKHSE has announced they are taking part.

Entitled ‘Train Safe, Work Safe, Keep Safe’, the campaign will see UKATA members including offer free asbestos training to those smaller traders and individuals (on selected dates in September and October this year) as means of highlighting the dangers of asbestos and the need for essential training for those who may encounter the substance.

Allergen Awareness

Changes to the information that food businesses must give their customers came into effect on the 13th December 2014. The EU food information for consumers Regulation (EU FIC) came into force and as a caterer, it is your legal responsibility to give accurate allergen information to customers.

List of allergens

 Are you aware of all 14 Allergens?

Do you know which of these are in your ingredients? 

Your supplier must provide you with this information, but make sure you get the full list of ingredients with every order, in case anything has changed.

 How do I give the information to my Customers?

You can put the information on the menu, but if you regularly change your ingredients, or if you make specials which don’t appear on the menu, this will be difficult. You could put the information in a loose-leaf binder for your customers to view or for your staff to refer to when asked. If you choose to provide the information only on request, you must have a prominent written statement or notice to let customers know they can ask a member of staff for allergen information. You should have prepared accurate written information, so make sure your staffs refer to this when customers ask about allergens. 

Is this Britain's Filthiest Takeaway?

Disgusting pictures reveal chicken left defrosting in a bucket, nowhere for staff to wash their hands and mouse droppings on the floor.

Defrosting Chicken

  • Tiger King in Portsmouth had the pleasure of a recent unannounced food safety inspection.
  • Filthy conditions uncovered and the takeaway was immediately closed.
  • Owner fined £5,000 and banned from running a food business.

  • Inspector said hygiene problems among 'worst he'd ever encountered'

A Chinese takeaway which had mouse droppings on the floor and no toilet seat has been shut after an inspector said it was the worst he’d seen.

Tiger King in Portsmouth, Hampshire, was so filthy it was branded a risk to public health and immediately closed.

The horrified inspector, who went to the takeaway after a tip-off from a disgruntled customer, found a chicken defrosting in a bucket on the kitchen floor, food stores on low dirty shelves and mouse droppings coating the floor

Staff were forced to use a toilet with no seat and were left with nowhere to wash their hands which is a basic sanitary requirement regardless of the legal contraventions.The contamination of food from poor personal hygiene practices was a real risk to customers of the establishment. The need for food safety training for the staff and the owner was clearly never contemplated.

Owner Daniel Fan has now been banned from running a food business for six months.

Richard Lee, Portsmouth City Council’s environmental health manager, said it was one of the worst hygiene breaches he had seen in 20 years.

Work at Height, alright?

The Work at Height Regulations have been with us in their current form since 2005 and before that there were more general regulations to deal with activities undertaken at height.

So, it is a matter of some concern that the activity below was caught on camera by one of the team at UKHSE Limited and despite advising the company of the lack of guard rails or measures to protect the public walking past the high street store; no action was taken by the Company.

 Olympic Signs at Cash Converters

Not only does the activity breach the regulations in that they have failed to take measures to prevent the fall  of the operatives, there are also issues relating to the requirements for planning the activity and for workers to be competent (trained and experienced). The list could go on but I am sure you get the idea. When will it stop? When will employees realise that this is just not worth the risk?

A Cut Above - Charity Glass Walk

Members of the team at UK Health, Safety & Environmental Training Limited (UKHSE), volunteers and Members of the Medway Sunlight Rotary Club have put "mind over matter" to walk over 20ft of broken glass to raise money for the  Children's Hospice Holidays.

UKHSE Wins at the KITA Awards

The Success continues.......


In July UKHSE were advised that they had been nominated for the KITA Awards; following this an full application was made by Steve Gerring.

We were informed in September that we had been successful in the three categories that we had entered.

  • Growth Award
  • Professional Business Owner of the Year
  • Customer Service Award

At the awards ceremony on the 25th September we were please to be nominated as "runner up" in the Professional Business Owner of the Year Category and went on to win the Business Growth Award.


Our growth is attributed to the fact that people like what we do and they spread the good news to their colleagues; bringing new business business on top of a tremendous amount of repeat business.


Why not give us a call on 0845 2695550 and drop in to discuss your requirements over a coffee?


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