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The new proposals will see first aid and CPR being added to the curriculum as part of the Department for Education's (DfE) plan to strengthen teaching of health, sex and relationships education in England from 2020.

Paramedic and leading author of the UK's No.1 range of first aid training books, Nigel Barraclough, had the following to say:

"It is great to see that this landmark decision is now becoming a reality and thousands of secondary school pupils across the country will be trained in valuable life-saving CPR and first aid. Norway has been teaching CPR in schools for many years and the increase in bystander CPR is the main reason that they have survival rates as high as 25% compared to the UK's 10%. By providing school children with the opportunity to learn these valuable skills, this is a significant step towards improving cardiac survival rates in the UK."

Premier Training Services would be happy to deliver this training within the school curriculum timetable and would be happy to provide further details in this respect.

As a registered Qualsafe training centre – Premier Training Services congratulates Qualsafe Awards on their success!  Please read the full article below:

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We are delighted to announce that Qualsafe has been voted the UK's Best Business (SME) 2018 by the Best Business Awards!

The Best Business Awards attracts a wide range of organisations from across all sectors, from large international companies and public sector organisations to dynamic and innovative SMEs. As one of the UK's highest profile awards, we are incredibly proud to have won this prestigious accolade as it speaks volumes about the quality and integrity of our organisation.

“Qualsafe is an agile, innovative publishing and qualifications company that has raised standards of training in first aid, health and safety and pre-hospital treatment to platinum level.”

As an innovative organisation, we pride ourselves on providing our customers with the highest quality publications and qualifications, as well as being dedicated to improving the standards of training in the UK. Our customers' needs are at the heart of everything we do, and our commitment to continually push boundaries has seen us develop new and innovative products, as well as qualifications in order to ensure our customers have everything they need to deliver platinum standard training.

An independent panel of judges had the following to say:

"By bringing out award-winning and market-leading new training products and qualifications, Qualsafe has seen strong, steady growth. Its e-learning for first aid trainers is exceptional and ensures that they are kept up-to-date with new practices. Well done to Qualsafe for raising standards in first response training and helping to save more lives."

From all the team here at Qualsafe, we would like to extend a special thank you to all of our customers, whose continued support has been a key factor in us winning this prestigious award.

Kind regards,

Qualsafe Awards

Premier Training Services are pleased to announce a new addition to our training course portfolio entitled Highfield Level 3 Award in Effective Auditing and Inspection (RQF).

A day long qualification, and assessed by a multiple choice examination paper, this qualification is aimed at supervisors, team leaders, chefs, QA staff and managers working in a variety of industries where verification, auditing (including internal auditing and supplier auditing) or inspection is undertaken. Industries may include all sectors of the food industry, consumer products, hospitals, laboratories, pharmaceuticals, warehousing and retail. The qualification is also suitable for student environmental health officers.

Topics covered

This qualification will provide learners with theoretical knowledge on how to effectively carry out audits/inspections, including: the purpose of audits/inspections and the role of the auditor/inspector, how to methodically approach the planning of audits/inspections, how to collect and analyse data and the purpose and content of an audit/inspection report.

Should anyone be interested in speaking to us about this, or receiving any further information - Please contact us.

Mandatory display of food hygiene ratings is being called for by the Local Government Association. The association argues that evidence shows that FHRS has hugely improved hygiene standards in food outlets in Wales and Northern Ireland and that England needs to catch up.

Also on a food theme, the tragic death of a 15-year-old in North West London following a severe allergic reaction to sesame seeds in a Pret a Manger baguette has highlighted a glaring deficiency in EU allergen labelling regulations. The loophole must be closed, argues CIEH, joining calls from the girl’s family.

European legislation, too, is behind a ‘noise health check’ that has been asked for in England under the EU Environmental Noise Directive. Defra is seeking views in a consultation.

Meanwhile, the US has experienced a large-scale egg recall due to a salmonella outbreak that has made 38 people ill and put ten in hospital. The eggs involved were sold as ‘free range’.

CIEH has long campaigned for cleaner air and is delighted that Oxford City Council’s clean air charter campaign, run with Greenpeace UK and Friends of the Earth, has attracted the support of Southampton City Council. It has agreed to sign the charter, and is asking more councils to join them.

CIEH will also welcome the news that changes to housing rules introduced this month will lead to further protection for to the public, thanks to the extension of mandatory HMO licencing to include 170,000 more properties and new minimum spaced standards, designed to reduce overcrowding.

A review into changes to RIDDOR brought in five years ago has highlighted that a number of rarer occupational health conditions are now being missed. The review proposes that this be rectified and calls for the number of non-workers involved in accidents reported under RIDDOR to be reduced.

EHPs are only too aware of the dangers from members of the public that can be attached to their job. A farmer who assaulted an EA officer and threatened to kill his family and burn his house down has been ordered to pay almost £4,000 and given a 12-month conditional discharge.

Article reference: http://www.ehn-online.com/news/article.aspx?id=17375

The Food Standards Agency launched National Food Safety Week on Monday and this year’s theme is the work of its staff making sure our food is safe.

The idea is for the awareness week to shine a light on the people who protect the food supply chain and ensure food safety and those tackling food crime. The slogan being used this year is 'the people who protect your plate'.

Lots of this work is carried out in partnerships with local authorities and many have jumped on-board the campaign, particularly on social media. On Twitter #FoodSafetyWeek has its own hashtag.

East Hampshire District Council, for example, celebrated its environmental health team on Twitter with a dancing food gif while Wigan Council put out a video trailing one of its EHOs explaining how it has improved food hygiene ratings in its area.

Lots of councils tweeted pictures of premises with poor hygiene that they had inspected and improved, as well as helpful tips for the public about the difference between ‘use-by’ and ‘best-before’.

The awareness week even picked up some attention on Facebook and Instagram with pictures of fresh food, the food hygiene rating card, and more tips of food safe storage. But Twitter was the place to be.

Food Standards Agency CEO Jason Feeney said: ‘The UK has globally respected food standards, and our food and drink is rightly regarded as some of the safest in the world. More than one billion food products are sold every week.

‘It’s the responsibility of every food business – from abattoirs to corner shops, Michelin-starred restaurants to your favourite take-away – to comply with food regulations.

‘This week we want to recognise the behind-the-scenes people throughout the food chain who work hard every day of the year to make sure businesses follow the rules and our food standards remain high.’

Article reference: https://cieh-mail.org/1RSV-5OHEY-B873YT-35TUBD-1/c.aspx

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