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Retail and licensing qualifications explained – Scotland

Posted: December 24th, 2012 by Dermot comment-icon Comments disabled

The legal requirements for licensed premises and personal licence holders are different in Scotland compared to England and Wales, which can make it difficult to know which training courses need to be taken and which qualifications need to be attained. To help you work out which training you need to take, alongside other vital courses such as health and safety training and first aid training, here is a quick guide to retail and licensing qualifications for people working in Scotland…. Read more »

Fine for Aldershot shop over fire safety and gas cylinder risks

Posted: December 23rd, 2012 by Eloise comment-icon Comments disabled

The owner of a shop in Aldershot in Hampshire has been handed a fine of £12,000 from the authorities after he failed to adhere to fire safety regulations at his premises. Tahir Ahmed, the owner of Imee’s Audio and Video shop, faced prosecution from Hampshire Fire and Rescue Service after a series of quite dangerous issues were uncovered within his business. Fire safety breaches included: • Failure to carry out a fire risk assessment • Failure to provide staff with… Read more »

Retail and licensing qualifications explained – England and Wales

Posted: December 22nd, 2012 by Craig comment-icon Comments disabled

When you run a premises which sells or serves alcohol, you are required by law to hold a personal licence of some sort, depending on the nature of the premises and your position in the business. This means that along with the usual health and safety training, you will also need to undergo training in order to get your licence. Many retail and licensing training courses are available, but it can be tricky to know which you should be undertaking…. Read more »

Jack Wills shop in York fined for fire safety breaches

Posted: December 21st, 2012 by Eloise comment-icon Comments disabled

A Yorkshire branch of the retail chain Jack Wills has reportedly been fined by the local fire service after breaching fire safety regulations. The Jack Wills shop in York was first inspected by officers from the North Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Authority (NYFRA) back in January 2011. At the time, store owners were informed that the premises was breaching fire safety rules and that improvements urgently needed to be made. Problems at the store included: • Damaged fire doors •… Read more »

Christmas food safety tips pt.2

Posted: December 20th, 2012 by Dermot comment-icon Comments disabled

In the first part of this guide, we discussed the importance of food safety in the home and of food safety training in food-providing businesses. We also looked at the first three Christmas food safety tips published by Edinburgh Council. Now let’s take a look at a few more things you need to know to stay safe and healthy during the festive period: 1. Follow defrosting guidelines carefully, and don’t cut corners 2. Keep raw meat separate from vegetables, cooked… Read more »

Christmas food safety tips pt.1

Posted: December 20th, 2012 by Dermot comment-icon Comments disabled

Christmas is a time of the year that is all about food and drink. Our holiday celebrations centre on Christmas dinner, as well as a Boxing Day buffet and a range of other festive meals. Due to the amount of food we buy, store, cook and prepare at Christmas, food safety is more important than ever. This is why the Food Standard Agency (FSA) has launched an advent calendar of food safety tips, one for each day in December leading… Read more »

Coldplay’s Chris Martin offered fire safety training after cooking blunders

Posted: December 19th, 2012 by Craig comment-icon Comments disabled

After his actress wife Gwyneth Paltrow revealed his cooking blunders on a national TV show, Coldplay singer Chris Martin has reportedly been offered fire safety lessons by fire officials in London. Paltrow recently appeared on an episode of the cooking show Jamie and Jimmy’s Food Fight Club, during which she said of her musician husband: “He has twice cooked a meal and this is not a joke, both times the fire brigade came. I swear on my life – both… Read more »

First aider wins award after saving pensioner’s life

Posted: December 18th, 2012 by Eloise comment-icon Comments disabled

A housing officer from Derby has been presented with an award from East Midlands Ambulance Service after she used her first aid training and skills to save the life of a local pensioner. Derby Homes officer Jenna Jeffrey had just arrived for work at the Sussex Circus housing office in Chaddesden when she witnessed the collapse of 77-year-old John Lambert, who suffered cardiac arrest and was in danger of losing his life. Thanks to her first aid training and quick… Read more »

Common AED questions answered

Posted: December 17th, 2012 by Craig comment-icon Comments disabled

Automated external defibrillators (AEDs) are devices designed to administer electric shocks to people who have had heart attacks, and they can save lives. AED training is now widely available to help people to use these devices. To help beginners understand the importance of AEDs, here are the answers to some of the most commonly asked AED questions. When should AEDs be used? AEDs are designed for use when a person has suffered cardiac arrest, which is when the heart stops… Read more »

Farmers given health and safety warning

Posted: December 16th, 2012 by Dermot comment-icon Comments disabled

Farm businesses have recently received a renewed warning from the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) about the importance of protecting themselves whilst using machinery, after a man was killed using a faulty bale wrapping machine. The man, who was working on a farm in Shropshire at the time of the accident, tragically lost his life whilst using a machine that was faulty despite the fact that it should have been inspected and maintained as part of standard risk assessments. A… Read more »

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