Today I am travelling to London, taking a whole day out, not due home till after midnight – and paying for train fares and car parking, just to go to a client’s Christmas dinner – it’s all about relationships in consultancy – and it is not even my client (one I subcontract for a very good colleague). I am genuinely happy to go, press the flesh, and no marketing angle – that’s probably why we are invited as part of the family. No need to heavy sell when your client likes you!!! (hopefully!)
A useful extract from NOIDs figures for week 47 – shows the extent and geographical spread: useful for training.
We advocate fridge plans in catering as a really simple visual reminder of the need to keep things organised. Even my fridge at home has this one on the door – it means a quick audit by the non-EHO in the house can catch me out real quick!!!!
Back in 2006 when the ‘new’ requirement for HACCP based food safety management was brought in, I was commissioned to deliver all of the introductory training for enforcement officers (for the FSA and CIEH). It was a testing time and a challenging training project!
One of the highlights was the development of a little idea that I named the HACCP continuum, which showed that the more complex or higher risk food businesses needed ‘full’ HACCP but that less complex or lower risk businesses could use soothing else. The diagram below explains it – and I was recently asked, 13 years later, for it to be recreated so here it is:
Some of my readers may know about “my little temperature probe” my comedy song about temperature control. I try to sing it on most of my food safety courses if I take my guitar along. It’s a bit daft, I can’t sing too well, matched by my guitar skills – but it’s my homage to George Formby!
This week when playing it I was impressed by one delegate who got it and laughed away at the little innuendos, but then also made technical notes in the middle of the song about time and temperature controls! I have often seen the song as just a throw away to remove tension before the exam. But this reminded me of the different ways in which people learn. Well done that student who passed the Foundation course with flying colours (as did they all)
This was one of my special community courses with low fees to improve accessibility. Despite colleagues saying that cheap or free training isn’t valued, these students certainly did appreciate it!
It’s a simple idea, and I have done it before, but running training courses in my home brings several benefits – cost saving, travel savings, cancellation has less impact, and I can have a good home cooked breakfast before we start! A few years ago I ran some PTC (remember those?) courses at my home in the summer. They were very relaxed courses, and several ‘students’ are still in contact today. The atmosphere is subtly different, and we had a great time.
Since then we have installed a modest summer house at home, and it seems a shame not to make use of it while still working, so next week the first course is a one to one Intermediate Food Safety course for a local chef, as part of my free training offer. We will have flipchart, and PowerPoint with personal screens, and the group exercises should be fun!!! I can’t wait!
A long, long time ago I can still remember…. a giant mindmap I created for an Advanced Food Hygiene Course in Manchester – for city council catering staff. This was before Tony Buzan had started the serious marketing of his version of mindmapping© and we probably called it something else then. Sadly, in those days we didn’t carry a camera everywhere and so I never captured it or kept the multiple taped sheets in my archive more than a couple of years.
This week I had occasion to bring it all back on the last day of an Intermediate Health and Safety Course, building up from a classic ‘spider’ diagram of hazards for any piece of equipment. Once we added some simple bullet points for controls, the map grew and started to cover more of the course. Fortunately this time I photographed it so here it is – PowerPoint© might have its uses, but flipchart paper still rules the day for some things!
It even includes a quick reference of a risk assessment (profiling) rating system (bottom- right) which is alphanumerical and is the ideal intuitive system to teach effectively and quickly. Note that much of this mindmap is in varied and multicoloured writing – all participants contributed directly to the build.
(This CIEH course was taught on behalf of Moonlight Environmental Ltd. – with kind permission to reproduce, and all participants passed the exam!! Well done to all)
So this week I finished the delivery of an intermediate food safety course, started an intermediate health and safety course, advised a lovely pub on how we can get it’s 5 hygiene rating, delivered one of my free allergens workshops in an ice cream parlour, attended a local business owners meeting and then responded to a request for advice on a small volunteer event serving tea biscuit and home made cakes, and then worked on allergens risk assessment formats, as well as a brief visit to a busy locality to consider potential terrorism emergency evacuation plans. Topped off with a delightful day with our granddaughter, and ending tonight with being taken to see Rocketman with my beautiful daughter, and tea at Nando’s – a slightly delayed Father’s Day treat. I’m a lucky lad! Hope you week was as exciting and exhilarating as that?
It’s a simple idea but I always make sure I have some material on the walls for my training events
Today’s wall has allergens, , cleaning, personal hygiene and cross contamination photos.
Over many years I have delivered this three day programme for supervisors, and it has developed and become fine tuned to a point where I am always excited and yet relaxed as I travel to the venue for day 1.
To be able to get to know these learners over a week or so is a real privilege, as I feel I can really help people to achieve the level their organisation has selected as most appropriate. And of course it’s the CIEH programme I use! Although I do use or refer to the vast PowerPoint slide set, I still find room to deliver my favourite activities, which test and challenge thinking in depth. So as I sit on my slow bus into town, I am finally contemplating my opening words. Being topical, current and local means I must refer to the awful listeria outbreak which appears to have emanated from a company just down the road in Salford, and has resulted in several fatalities. Sad though it is, its a way to start a course that I won’t shy from. Training has to have impact.