10 basic food safety rules to follow


10 basic food safety rules to follow

10 basic food safety rules to follow

Food safety is a vital part of owning a business in the restaurant industry. Not only can improper food safety habits potentially harm your customers, it could be the end of your business. There are extensive rules that must be adhered to in order to comply with food safety regulations in the U.K., and to pass inspections – but, for now, here are some basics.

  1. Store your food at the right temperature

Storing food at the right temperature will prevent the growth of bacteria. Keep your fridges and freezers and the appropriate temperatures by purchasing a fridge/freezer thermometer and using it regularly.

  1. Never defrost at room temperature

When defrosting food, ensure that you use the fridge, microwave or cold water. Defrosting at room temperature can mean that the inside of your food thaws too fast, creating an environment that bacteria can multiply in.

  1. Don’t cross-contaminate

Bacteria from uncooked foods can easily spread to fresh produce, especially if you use the same chopping board for both. Maintain your food safety by having separate chopping boards for different types of food.

  1. Cook meat to the right temperature

Meat is one of the easiest foods to get wrong, as some meats can not be eaten raw. Testing the temperature is a good way to ensure they’re ready to eat – check online for the safe minimum temperatures for each type.

  1. Avoid ‘young’unpasteurized products

What we mean by young is aged less than 60 days. If products are unpasteurised, they haven’t been heated to kill bacteria – after 60 days, acidity and salt levels should be high enough to kill of unwanted pathogens.

  1. Don’t serve raw eggs

Raw eggs carry the risk of salmonella – so serving them or eating them yourself could cause potential harm. Make sure eggs are cooked all the way through to maintain food safety.

  1. Wash your hands

The most obvious of food safety rules – always wash your hands with warm soapy water before and after handling any kind of food.

  1. Heat leftovers

When heating leftovers, there is a specific temperature they have to be heated to in order to kill off any bacteria that could have accumulated – this is around 75 degrees Celsius.

  1. Don’t leave food out of the fridge

Leaving perishable food out of the fridge for too long gives bacteria an opportunity to multiply and thrive as the food warms up at room temperature. Don’t eat or serve anything that has been out of the fridge for longer than 2 hours.

  1. Food recalls

If you come across a food recall, check your food at home. Contamination is a serious issue that can be avoided with a quick check.

The Basics of lifeguard training

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The basics of lifeguard training

Lifeguard training can be a rewarding and fulfilling qualification to have, which will enable you to seek employment at some of the best leisure centres in the UK. Not only do lifeguards ensure that the rules of a swimming pool are being obeyed, but they can jump to action should someone injure themselves or be at risk of drowning. You can also train to be a beach lifeguard, but this is a different qualification. Lifeguard jobs are nearly always flexible, part-time and therefore perfect for college and university students.


There are a few qualifications that you need to embark on lifeguard training. The easiest way to gain these is the National Pool Lifeguard Qualification (NPLQ), which is the most widely recognised lifeguard qualification in the UK and Ireland. The general course duration to become a qualified lifeguard is around 36 hours. You must be over 16, be comfortable with diving in deep water, be able to swim 50m in less than 60 seconds, swim 100m continuously on front and back, tread water for 30 seconds, and climb out of a pool unaided.

What will you learn?

During the course of your lifeguard training, you will learn basic first aid skills in case of injury, the risk of drowning or other issues you may come across during your employment. Some courses may also offer an additional defibrillation certificate. You’ll learn life-saving techniques, including the proper procedure to rescue an at-risk individual in both deep water and shallow water. Lifeguard training will prepare you for every eventuality and will teach you exactly what to do, with simulated scenarios and dummies. You will be taught different aspects of the law where being a lifeguard is concerned, potential hazards of the pool area and how to avoid/control them, and how to rescue someone with a suspected spinal injury to avoid further damage.

The benefits of being a lifeguard

Not only Is being a lifeguard hugely rewarding, it could save someone’s life. It is an excellent gateway to other jobs in the leisure industry – in fact, many pool managers started their careers as lifeguards. There is also the option of varied working hours and flexibility, and learning team working skills. Lifeguard training not only prepares you for a job as a lifeguard, but it gives you skills beneficial for life, such as first aid and CPR. It will set you up for life.

Health and Safety Consultancy


Health and Safety Consultancy

Here at Action training, we are able to provide a health and safety consultancy service. This enables businesses to ensure that they are fully compliant with all aspects of health and safety.

Why is it important to be compliant?

It is paramount that businesses are compliant with health and safety legislations. If you are found not to be there can be drastic consequences not only for the business as a whole but for individuals involved in a breach. The consequences could include fines, compensation claims and even imprisonment.

What is health and safety consultancy?

This is the service provided by us in which our specialist consultants will come to your business and complete a full health and safety audit and inspection. We will then product documentation to the business owner with information on any downfalls or improvement areas relating to health and safety. We don’t just leave it there though will provide help and advice on improvements and initiate the implementation of these improvements. This allows you as a business owner to concentrate on running your business and leaves the health and safety constraints to us the experts.

Visit our contact page on our website to find out more about the services we can provide for you. You might find out that we provide a course that you’ve always wanted to take! Click here to find us!

Basic principles of food safety

Do you need training in food safety? Discover the basic principles of food safety.

Here at Action Training, we provide quality, food safety courses to help you and your company stay clean and healthy. We offer three different food safety courses at Action Training, from Food Safety in Catering to Food Safety in Retail. Learn about some basic principles of food safety today.

The basic principles of food safety start with the preparation and handling. When preparing you should always ensure everywhere is sanitary and sterile. Meaning it is clean and does not hold bacteria or dirt. When preparing food you should always use clean cutlery as well because cross contamination is a very common error when working with raw meats. Chicken - basic principles of food safety

Taking a food safety course will not only increase your knowledge in the kitchen but also show you many skills to ensure food is safe to eat, including thermometers.

Food Safety mainly revolves around the 4 C’s. These being:

  • Clean – Hands, surfaces, utensils and ensuring they are clean
  • Cook – Ensure food is cooked properly and not still raw/uncooked
  • Chill – Keep food refrigerated to ensure bacteria cannot multiply
  • Cross contamination – Do not reuse utensils which have been used for raw meats and always wash your hands when handling anything which contains any bacteria

If you stick to these 4 C’s then you already half way there to completing a food safety course and understanding the basic principles of food safety. During these food safety courses, you will also learn about the hazards and risks, which come with each food group including raw meats and hot food.

Raw Beef - basic principles of food safety

Food Safety Course Information

Food safety courses normally last around 3 hours depending on what level course you are taking. If you are thinking of taking a course in food, safety or you know you need training because you are planning to be a chef or start your own food company, then you will need food safety training.

Food Safety Course

Courses we offer:

  • Food Safety in Catering
  • Food Safety in Manufacturing
  • Food Safety in RetailFruit - basic principles of food safety


Food Standards Agency

Food safety in the UK is regulated by the Food Standards Agency and requires any food business’ to have a food safety management system in place. This ensures you have the right protocol available to revise from, so if an agency member were to come in and evaluate your business it would abide by the standards and regulations they set. They would ask to look at your food safety management system and want to see your workers follow the steps on the management system. From where to store food all the way to serving the food.

Hygiene Rating

Food companies are often rated on their cleanliness and hygiene, this is called a hygiene rating and covers the whole of the store and procedures the chefs follow, from preparation to final serving, to how clean your shop/business is.

For more information on basic principles of food safety or if you wish to enquire about one of our courses at Action Training please follow this link and give us a call.

Website: http://www.actiontraining.co.uk/

Telephone: 01942 270070

Common causes of fires in the workplace

Brush up on your fire safety, discover the common causes of fires in the workplace?

If you are a business owner, or just somebody that works in a business and would like to get some more information about fire safety then this blog may help you. Learn some of the common causes of fires in the workplace.

If a fire were to break out in your workplace you must immediately alert people and press the fire button to evacuate the whole building, the main priority is the safety of you and the others in the building.

Here are some common risks and prevention techniques to help prevent fires in the workplace.

1.)  Electrical Fires

Risk: Electricity can start fires! It can create sparks and light paper, wood, and other flammable materials.

Action: You must act quickly to maintain the fire if spotted early. The safety of you and your colleagues is a first, find the closest fire alarm. If you believe the fire is small enough you may be able to tackle it with a fire retardant blanket or fire extinguisher.

Fire - Common causes of fires in the workplace


2.)  Overpopulated extension leads

Risk:  If you have an extension cable, which does not have an appropriate trip switch or fuse then nothing is stopping the extension cable from overheating and starting a fire.

This is one of the most common causes of fires in the workplace

Action: You should ensure products like extension cables and chargers are checked so that they are safe and reliable.

3.)  Leaving your appliances on

Risk: Leaving appliances on for long periods is next on the list. Old televisions do not have an auto standby mode, meaning if left on, it would stay on until otherwise turned off. Thus potentially causing a fire.

Action: Always remember to go and check each appliance after use. Make sure they are either on standby or off by the wall.

Telly - Common causes of fires in the workplace

4.)  Leaving the hob on

Risk: Forgetting to turn the hob off after cooking, especially if it is a gas hob. Anything which comes into contact with the flame will most likely ignite and start a large, oxygen-fueled fire.

Action: If a fire does start in the kitchen you should have a fire retardant blanket near to the hob/oven, use this to place over the fire, taking extra care not to burn your hands when doing so.

Hob - Common causes of fires in the workplaceIf the fire does go out you should still ring the fire services so that they can speak to you about the incident and check for any additional fires.

If you cannot tame the fire, you should evacuate immediately and warn others of the fire so they can also evacuate as well as ringing the fire services.




So if you believe this blog was helpful and you would like to extend your knowledge about the common causes of fires in the workplace, visit our fire safety course page and get in touch to learn more about fire safety and become a trained fire marshall for your company or business.

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Phone: 01942 270070


Obtain professional Food Hygiene Courses from Action Training & Consultancy Ltd


Obtain professional Food Hygiene Courses from Action Training & Consultancy Ltd

If you have a business that handles food products, Food Hygiene Courses are crucial for your staff. It is important to get informed on the systems and procedures that are necessary to sustain a top- quality food business. The Food Hygiene Courses will ensure that you can maintain a stringent pest preservation system and stern staff hygiene practices. The basic lessons in Food Hygiene Courses include topics such as food service accidents, pest control measures, incident management and water quality.

About our proficient Food Hygiene Courses

Action Training & Consultancy offers a wide variety of Food Hygiene Courses which include: Level 1 Awards in Food Safety consisting of Level 1 Award in Food Safety in Catering, Level 1 Award in Food Safety for Manufacturing and Level 1 Award in Food Safety for retail. The HABC Level 2 Awards in Food Safety consists of HABC Level 2 Award in Food Safety in Catering, HABC Level 2 Award in Food Safety for Manufacturing and HABC Level 2 Award in Food Safety for Retail.

Our Level 1 Awards in Food Hygiene Courses are suitable for candidates such as new employees who have minimal food safety knowledge and employees who handle low-risk or wrapped food. The Food Hygiene Courses concentrate on the principles of good food practice as well as things one needs to know to ensure the food they prepare and sell is safe to eat. The duration taken to undertake this course is 3 hours. The certificate that is validated for three years. The course content includes food safety, personal hygiene, contamination and cleaning.

The aim of offering the Level 1 Awards in Food Hygiene Courses is to equip individuals with knowledge of the principles that govern Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Points (HACCP). Our HABC Level 2 Awards in Food Safety is designed to enable employees to appreciate the fundamentals of good food safety practices. It covers the things one needs to do to make sure that the food they make and serve is safe to eat. The course duration is 6 hours, and the validity of the certificate takes three years. The content learned in this course include: Introduction to food safety, The Law, Food safety hazards, taking temperatures, refrigeration, cooling, cold holding of foods, Food Handlers, Food premises and equipment among others.

With the completion of Food Hygiene Courses One can: Control food allergens and food hazards within the business, Maintain an effective incident management system, Design a system that will minimize the risk of pest infection, Comprehend the role the manager has about food safety operation. To enquire about our Food Hygiene Courses, you can contact us through our telephone number: 01942 270070.

Our courses are approved by HSE, CIEH, STA, IOSH and Highfield, and we can deliver our training courses to your premises for residents of Wigan, St Helens, Manchester, Halton, Warrington and Liverpool. Log into our website at www.actiontraining.co.uk and learn more about our Food Hygiene Courses.


Heath and safety training from Action Training &Consultancy


Obtain the best Heath and safety training from Action Training & Consultancy

Health and safety are one of the major life aspects that we just can’t ignore. They play a big role in our day to day routine. For you to conduct your work properly, you need to be healthy. Otherwise, there will be no positive outcome. As you are undertaking your activities, you are also prone to accidents. It is, therefore, important to equip yourself with knowledge on how to keep your health in check and also on the safety measure to apply in the case of an accident. Action Training & Consultancy offers the most qualified First Aid courses Warrington companies can offer.

About our Professional First Aid courses

We at Action Training Consultancy provide a comprehensive and professional health and safety management and training service to business organizations that want to maintain and implement good health and safety procedures and standards. This helps the company meet their legal obligations. At Action Training & Consultancy, we’re passionate about our services to our clients. Our most important aim is to help your business fulfill the Health and Safety obligation in the best and most professional way possible.

When you provide a good Health and Safety management, your business can make positive improvements and maintain a good reputation. According to the law, every business that has five or more employees should obtain a documented Health & Safety Policy. It should also have risk assessments that are in relation to any significant hazards. The staff should have access to Health and Safety advice alongside a Health and Safety Manual. They should also have obtained sufficient Health and Safety training.

When employees acquire good Health and Safety training, it reduces risk levels within the organization. It also reduces the costs that could have been incurred. Our training supports a healthy and motivated workforce in a safe environment. We also provide our clients with tailoring bespoke packages that suit their requirements. If you are looking for an organization that has the best First Aid courses Warrington has in the market, then Action Training & Consultancy is the place to be.

Our services include an External and safety service. This is a requirement by Regulation7, in Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulation 1999. Here, businesses are required to appoint a person to advise them regarding health and safety. Health and Safety Review is another service that we offer. Here, we assess the effectiveness of an organization’s safety management. We also provide Health and Safety Audit. The aim of the audit is to ensure that your business’s safety management system is effectively put into service.

With Stress Risk Management we cover six areas of work design which when not managed may lead to increased sickness absence, low productivity, poor health, and well-being. Other courses include Professional First Aid courses Warrington needs. Life Guard Courses, Fire Safety Courses, Paediatric First Aid Courses and Food Hygiene Courses are among the many First Aid courses Warrington gets from Action Training & Consultancy. To get this and more information regarding our courses log to our website at www.actiontraining.co.uk.

First Aid At Work Courses Warrington in June


Action Training Services

Are you First Aid Trained and looking for a refresher course then here at Action Training we have course available in June based from our Warrington Training Centre. The courses is running on 20th June for 9.30am to 4.3o for two days.

You can book online here and find out more about the course and the other available dates for these courses.

The participants on this course are required to hold a first aid certificate and are the nominated first aider in the workplace. There are 12 places on this course and these do get booked up fast so if you are wanting to take part in the First Aid at Work Courses Warrington it is advisable to book sooner rather than later which you can do so on our website.

The Course lasts three years and ensures that your First Aid skills are up to date and you are compliant with current legislations.

Our courses cover all of the following;

  • Provide emergency first aid at work
  • Administer First Aid to bone injuries, muscle injuries, spinal injuries
  • Chest Injuries
  • Scalds and Burns
  • Eye Injuries
  • Poisoning
  • Anaphylactic Shocl
  • Recognise the symptoms of heart attack, stroke, epilepsy, asthma ans diabetes.
  • Preventing Cross infection
  • The importance of recording accidents, injuries and incidents.
  • Use of equipment
  • Situation Assessment
  • First Aid to the unconscious
  • Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation
  • Choking
  • Wounds and Bleeding
  • Shock
  • Small injury First aid including splinters, grazes, superficial cuts.

Action Training offer alternative First Aid At Work Courses Warrington just take a look at our website for information on the best training courses to suit you and your business.





The Importance of First Aid at Work

By law first aid at work should be part of every business no matter what it is. The law requires that every business has at least one appointed first aider who takes responsibility for dialing 999 in an emergency and ensures the first aid box is always stocked up. This sometimes is not enough as the training provided will not have given the learner the correct knowledge on how to deal with an emergency whether that be major or life threatening, its no good having a first aid box that is stocked up without having the knowledge on how to use the tools in there.


Some businesses may require a first aider to have a HSE approved course, which we can provide with our wide range of first aid training courses. Not all businesses will say this is mandatory but it is certainly something that all businesses should consider investing their employees in. Here is why:

An ambulance can take on average 8 minutes to arrive, not every casualty will necessary have that time, your first aider may be the only person that can save them.

A blocked air way can cause a person to become unconscious or die within 3-4 minutes, a first aider who has a HSE approved first aid course will know how to unblock a casualties air way and they will know that this is first protocol and crucial to saving their life.  

Did you know that on average 200,000 people in the UK are injured every year in the workplace. Not all may be life threatening but most are minor and major injuries that could have been prevented if employees had the correct first aid training. The more people you invest first aid training in the less likely any incidents will occur saving you time and money as your first aider will be able to deal with the emergency there and then without having to call 999.

Make your working environment a safe place for you and your employees through effective and high quality first aid training, you never know when it will be needed!

We offer high quality and cost effective first aid training courses in Warrington, Wigan, Manchester, Liverpool, St Helens and Merseyside.



Prepare and train yourself for 2015!

Were now in Autumn which we can all agree has come pretty quickly, before we know it it will soon be 2015. So why not start thinking about your ambitions and goals for next year? Where do you want to be? What do you want to be? Do you want to help people? Do you want to help your organisation grow? These are all relevant questions we can start to ask ourselves that will prepare us for next year.

If you are thinking about developing your skills or learning a new skill then why not try one of our courses? We offer a range of cost effective and high quality courses that include first aid training, food hygiene training, fire safety training, health and safety training, life guard training and paediatric first aid training.

If you decide to progress your learning this year you will be more then ready to tackle a new role next year! Why not give us a call for some advice on 01942270070 or email training@actiontraining.co.uk.