The Health & Safety Executive launched a revised guidance on portable appliance testing (PAT) to put to rest a myth that every portable electrical appliance in the workplace must be tested once a year, every year. This is a costly myth which is estimated to cost office-based businesses more than £30 million a year. Misleading advice and advertising, frequently by companies offering the testing, contributes to low-risk businesses, such as offices, shops and hotels, paying for over the top maintenance regimes which are simply not appropriate to their business.
The law is quite simple; an employer must ensure that electrical equipment is maintened in order to prevent danger. It does not state that every electrical item must be tested, nor how often it needs to be carried out.
Today we have announced a new Food Safety Level 2 open training course which we will run on Friday June 1st 2012. This course normally operates on a closed basis for clients who wish to train a number of employees, however on this occasion we have taken the decision to hold an open training course to gather some market interest, and see whether there is a demand for open Food Safety courses.
As usual, our Training Consultant (Peter Phillips) will be hosting the course. Peter has a wealth of experience and specialises in Food Safety, so he is the obvious choice to take the lead in this case, to top that off, he is also a fantastic trainer! Having sat in on a number of training courses with Peter I can certainly say that he is entertaining and very informative.