Pret a Manger


With the high profile coroners verdict last week criticising the company’s labelling procedure leading to the death of a customer.
It is probably a sensible idea to take the opportunity to:
a) check your procedures
b) remind the staff of the implications of giving the wrong information.


New Regulations on Food Labelling


Changes to food labelling come into force on 13th December 2014. They will help provide allergen information in a clearer and more consistent way. For example, any of the 14 allergens that are on the regulatory list will be emphasised on the label of a pre-packaged food if they are used as ingredients as well as the need to label non-pre-packaged food

To help businesses prepare we are holding a course on 19th November for more information

Acetylene Safety (England and Wales and Scotland) Regulation changes


The Acetylene Safety (England and Wales and Scotland) Regulations 2014 (‘ASR 2014’)

Acetylene gas poses an additional hazard to other flammable gases as it is also reactive. Under certain conditions, even in the absence of any air or oxygen, it can decompose explosively into its constituent elements, carbon and hydrogen. This hazard is not fully addressed by DSEAR and so additional legal requirements for the safe use of compressed acetylene gas and the equipment used with this are provided by the ASR 2014 which came into force on 1 October 2014 to consolidate and modernise existing legislation..

HSE guidance “Working Safely with Acetylene” INDG327 has been updated

Health and Safety Legislation Update: November 2013


After a period of inactivity, there have been several changes to Health and Safety legislation, particularly First Aid, Reporting of Accidents and Codes of Practice with more to follow. This newsletter is to keep you up to date.
First Aid
As of 1 October 2013, the Health and Safety (First Aid) Regulations 1981 have been amended, removing the requirement for HSE to approve first aid training and qualifications. This will allow you more flexibility in managing your first aid in the workplace provision.

As of midnight on 30th September 2013, HSE approval of first aid training and qualifications ceased. Therefore, HSE approved training provider’s approval to undertake first training expired and will no longer be valid, regardless of the date of expiry that appears on their approval certificate.

You will still need to make an assessment of your first-aid needs to establish what provision for first aid is required. This will depend upon your workplace, taking into account, among other things, the number of employees, size, location and work activity.

The guidance makes it clear that first aid training is available from a wide range of providers including:

  • first aid qualifications regulated by Ofqual, SQA and the Welsh Government
  • voluntary approval schemes for example, a trade or industry body having quality assurance schemes accredited by a third party (e.g. UKAS)
  • a training provider who chooses to demonstrate their competence to an employer by providing evidence that they meet the criteria set by HSE, or
  • St John Ambulance, British Red Cross and St Andrew’s First Aid

The Health and Safety at Work Act clearly places a duty on the employer to select a competent training provider

The Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations
These are now “The Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations 2013” (RIDDOR) 2013
The main changes made by these Regulations are:

  • A simplified and shortened list of specified reportable injuries (“major injuries”) to workers sustained as a result of a work-related accident
  • A clarified and shortened list of reportable dangerous occurrences (near-miss events)
  • A simplified and significantly shortened list of reportable ill-health conditions in workers (replacing 47 specified ill-health conditions with 8 categories of work related diseases)
  • A simplified list of dangerous occurrences within the rail-sector, and removal of the requirement to report suicides on railways

No changes are being made to:

  • Recording requirements
  • Reports of fatal accidents
  • Reports of accidents involving non-workers including members of the public
  • Reports of accidents which incapacitate workers for more than seven days
  • Requirements to preserve certain incident sites at mines, quarries and offshore workplaces pending investigation and subject to overriding safety needs

It remains a defence in proceedings to prove that the organisation was unaware of the circumstances which gave rise to a reporting requirement, provided they have taken reasonable steps to be made aware.

A new Regulation 15 restricts the need to report the same incident twice, provided that all the information required in respect of the multiple reporting requirements has been given and timescales are met.

Minor changes in wording have been made to the requirements for reporting gas hazards and injuries.

New Categories of Reportable Injury to Employees:
The list of major injuries is now contained within Regulation 4 rather than within a schedule. Fractures other than to fingers, thumbs and toes are still reportable though with the caveat ‘as diagnosed by a medical practitioner. ‘Any amputation’ as a category has been replaced with ‘amputation of an arm, hand, finger, thumb, leg, foot or toe’.

There are four new categories:

  • any crush injury to the head or torso causing damage to the brain or internal organs in the chest or abdomen
  • any burn injury (including scalding) which covers more than 10% of the whole body’s total surface area or causes significant damage to the eyes, respiratory system or other vital organs
  • any degree of scalping requiring hospital treatment
  • any other injury arising from working in an enclosed space which leads to hypothermia or heat-induced illness; or requires resuscitation or admittance to hospital for more than 24 hours

Note. The meaning of ‘enclosed space’ is not defined

Loss of consciousness caused by head injury or asphyxia is an altered category (previously loss of consciousness caused by asphyxia or exposure to substances was reportable)
The Sight Loss category has become, ‘any injury diagnosed by a registered medical practitioner as being likely to cause permanent blinding or reduction in sight in one or both eyes’.

The following are no longer reportable as major injuries:

    chemical/ hot metal injuries to the eye

  • dislocations
  • electric shock related injury
  • heat induced illness
  • hypothermia
  • injuries requiring resuscitation in general
  • those requiring admittance to hospital for more than 24 hours
  • unconsciousness (in general)

Changes to Reportable Disease Categories:
Reportable occupational diseases are now summarised in Regulation 8 as follows:

  • Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, where the person’s work involves regular use of percussive or vibrating tools
  • cramp in the hand or forearm, where the person’s work involves prolonged periods of repetitive movement of the fingers, hand or arm
  • occupational dermatitis, where the person’s work involves significant or regular exposure to a known skin sensitizer or irritant
  • Hand Arm Vibration Syndrome, where the person’s work involves regular use of percussive or vibrating tools, or the holding of materials, which are subject to percussive processes, or processes causing vibration
  • occupational asthma, where the person’s work involves significant or regular exposure to a known respiratory sensitizer
  • tendonitis or tenosynovitis in the hand or forearm, where the person’s work is physically demanding and involves frequent, repetitive movements

And Regulation 9 adds two further categories:

  • any cancer attributed to an occupational exposure to a known human carcinogen or mutagen (including ionising radiation)
  • any disease attributed to an occupational exposure to a biological agent

When do I need to report an incident?
For most types of incident, including:

  • accidents resulting in the death of any person
  • accidents resulting in specified injuries to workers
  • non-fatal accidents requiring hospital treatment to non-workers
  • dangerous occurrences

The responsible person must notify the enforcing authority without delay, in accordance with the reporting procedure (Schedule 1). This is most easily done by reporting online. Alternatively, for fatal accidents or accidents resulting in specified injuries to workers only, you can phone 0845 300 9923.
NB: A report must be received within 10 days of the incident.

For accidents resulting in the over-seven-day incapacitation of a worker, you must notify the enforcing authority within 15 days of the incident, using the appropriate online form.

Cases of occupational disease, including those associated with exposure to carcinogens, mutagens or biological agents, as soon as the responsible person receives a diagnosis, using the appropriate online form.

Level 2 Award in HACCP based Food Safety Systems


We are pleased to announce that Norman Gentry Consulting has gained approval to offer the new CIEH Level 2 award in HACCP-based Food Safety systems in Manufacturing.  This 2 unit qualification compliments our other HACCP training provision

HSE Accident Reporting Procedures change


The HSE (Health and Safety Executive) has recently made some important changes to their operations.

Telephone Information Service (“Infoline”)

From 30th September 2011 the HSE ceased operation of the Health and Safety “Infoline”.  Advice is now only through the HSE website or ActSafe – Safety Advice and Systems.

The telephone number to the “Infoline” service should be blanked out on your Health and Safety poster.  A new poster does not have to be purchased as a result of these changes.

Accident Reporting

The Incident Contact Centre will now only be available for reporting major injuries and fatalities. Reporting of other statutory notifications will be through the use of the online forms ( listed below:

  • Report of an injury
  • Report of a dangerous occurrence
  • Report of an injury offshore
  • Report of a dangerous occurrence offshore
  • Report of a case of disease
  • Report of flammable gas incident
  • Report of a dangerous gas fitting

On completion of the appropriate online report it will then be submitted directly to the RIDDOR database.  You will receive a copy for your records.

For reporting fatal and major injuries only – call the Incident Contact Centre on 0845 300 9923 (opening hours Monday to Friday 8.30 am to 5 pm).

Your Health and Safety manual will be amended at the next audit

Sailing through the Food Safety Exam


10 Ullswater Steamers staff successfully completed their food safety training whilst on board their boat “Raven”.  An unusual venue for training, actually being on the water in the Lake District, but very scenic

New Butcher’s Shop Opens in Goole


B and R Butchers,  57 Pasture Road, Goole, is a brand new butcher’s shop which after extensive conversion has recently opened, and Norman Gentry Consulting helped with preparation of the HACCP plan and in enabling Bart and Robert to pass the level 3 HACCP exam (Robert gained a merit).

Good luck for the new venture

Level 2 Award in Practical Food Safety


The Chartered Institute of Environmental Health (C.I.E.H.), have just launched a new qualification, and we have been given approval to run it.

This new Level award in Food Safety is different from the traditional course taken by many people in that as well testing a person’s knowledge, part of the assessment is undertaken in the workplace where the candidates is actually assessed carrying out their work in a hygienic manner.

This is a useful addition to food safety qualifications as it helps the employer show that not only has an employee the theoretical knowledge but has the understanding in being able to carry it out as well.

Vendor Assessment Success


Today we helped DSH Solutions of Carlisle achieve approved vendor status with Altius Ltd, the company that looks after the needs of such companies as Punch Taverns, B & Q,  Arcadia and other major retail companies. This the second client we have achieved this accreditation for.

Well done DSH Solutions as it’s not an easy to gain certification