Pest control for hospitalsIn the news this week:

Rats and cockroaches have been identified inside English hospitals.

Do you have pests in your hospital setting? There are many potential hygiene issues.  What happens if these pests enter kitchen or food preparation areas of the hospital?

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HSQC can help to prevent pests entering your buildings and assist you in developing a pest management strategy for the hospital trust.

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Full article from The Guardian here (09.04.24)

A recent hotel stay for one of our consultants!

What are the potential health and safety hazards which come to mind? Which controls could be in place to negate the hazard? Has your hotel business got the correct documentation in place regarding windows?

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HSQC have over 40 years of experience as a leading international safety and quality management consultancy. Our team provide technical advice and laboratory and scientific support to businesses in the hospitality, food, leisure, tourism, and catering industries.

 

  • Possible hazards include:
  • Staff and customers falling out of the window
  • Fall from height
  • Contractor safety
  • Lack of training or risk assessment
  • Controls include:
  • Fitting adequate window restrictors
  • Staff and management checks on a regular basis to ensure restrictors are in place, in good repair and working correctly

The UK Health & Safety Executive says:
“Windows that are large enough to allow people to fall out should be restrained sufficiently to prevent such falls. The opening should be restricted to 100mm or less. Window restrictors should only be able to be disengaged using a special tool or key.”

Did you spot them all?

killer spudsIn the news this week:

Which food stuffs should not be refrigerated? The presence of acrylamide in certain food such as potatoes kept in the fridge and then cooked has been known about for some years. However, there is a growing trend amongst food inspectors to see whether food businesses know as much about its potential risks as they should.

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HSQC have over 40 years of experience as a leading international safety and quality management consultancy. Our team provide technical advice and laboratory and scientific support to businesses in the hospitality, food, leisure, tourism, and catering industries.

Full article from Food Standards Agency here (26.04.22)

Full article from MSN.com here (16.02.24)

Can you spot the hazards in this seemingly harmless scenario?

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  • The hand-wash basin is blocked by food so cannot be used to wash hands!
  • Some of the milk defrosting in the sink is alongside unfrozen milk
  • The defrosted and frozen products were not dated once frozen, making order of usage unclear

Did you spot them all?

probe thermometer in working kitchen
A recent real world example of a food handler in a takeaway restaurant kitchen. There are at least 3 potential hazards on show here (see the end of this article)!

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HSQC have over 40 years of experience as a leading international safety and quality management consultancy. Our team provide technical advice and laboratory and scientific support to businesses in the hospitality, food, leisure, tourism, and catering industries.

 

  • The probe thermometer is broken, so this kitchen cannot guarantee that their food is safe
  • It has not been cleaned recently
  • The food handler has decorated nail extensions and varnish which could potentially contaminate food being prepared