Health and Safety in the workplace
Health and safety activity has greatly reduced, due to changes in central Government approaches. The profile within the Borough would suggest that the vast majority of Wokingham based businesses have in place adequate health and safety arrangements. However, 70 RIDDOR (Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulation 2013) reports were received in 2014/15 of those there was 1 fatality due to a fall from height and 4 major accidents;116 health and safety specific Service Request were handled.
There are around 1600 businesses that operate within the area that are subject to LA enforcement in this regard.
For 2014/15, officers were involved in a number of health and safety specific projects. These ranged from violence in the workplace, management of slip and trips in food businesses to vehicle/pedestrian safety and the planned introduction of the Workplace Wellbeing Charter.
For 2015/16 we are continuing the struck by vehicle project and the violence at work and in addition lasers, skin piercing, falls from height and falls from childrens play equipment.
Currently the Borough is not tasked with any national projects coordinated by the HSE; however Berkshire wide projects of microbiology in swimming pools and hot and cold water systems in care homes are being undertaken.
Food Hygiene and Notifiable Infectious Disease Control
The team are responsible for the enforcement of food legislation in around 970 food businesses. Of these there are around 850 premises that fall within the scope of the Food Hygiene Rating Scheme; around 3% fall below a rating of 2 (improvement necessary) and we have 96% businesses classified as broadly compliant with food legislation.
Accredited training opportunities in food hygiene are also offered at Wokingham.
Currently we are running a project of education aimed at the zero and one score food premises to assist them in raising their standards prior to their next formal assessment.
During 2014/15, there were 274 formal notifications received that related to food poisoning/food borne illness. This was slightly up on the previous year.
To complement good standards of food hygiene, food businesses were offered the opportunity to participate in a scheme designed to raise nutritional awareness. This was introduced in 2012 and is supported by the service in terms of carrying out menu assessments and providing accredited CIEH training in nutrition and healthy eating. The scheme, Eat Out Eat Well has 27 outlets signed up in the Wokingham area.