The National Hygiene Partnership Trainer Seminar 2013

March 15th, 2013

Seminar Presentations
Seminar Presentations
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The NHP Seminar for Licensed Trainers 2013 was held on February 20th and was generously hosted by the Vintners Federation of Ireland at their Rathfarnham headquarters. The Seminar which was organised with the aim of professional development for NHP Licensed Trainers was also attended by invited guests from the hospitality and retail sectors.

Clodagh Fitzgerald, Chair of the National Hygiene Partnership opened The Seminar with a Welcome Address and introduction of the Invited Speakers for the Seminar.

Derek Carter, Learning and Development Manager, Aramark provided a very  interesting presentation “ From Training Provider to Trusted Business Partner” on Food Safety Training from the contractors viewpoint. From his insider experience Derek encouraged trainers to keep updated professionally, provide value plus for clients, ensure freshness and relevancy of training with good client communication on an regular basis.

Dr Bernard Hegarty, Director of Service Contracts, Food Safety Authority of Ireland addressed Seminar attendees on “Food Contact Packaging and Materials”. Materials in contact with food, such as food packaging, Bernard explained, can transfer some of their constituents into the food causing food contamination, health alerts, expensive food recalls, etc.  But its not just food packaging issues that can arise, food contact materials can be problematic also for utensils, plates and food processing equipment.  Seminar attendees will be watching out for the wineglass and fork symbol which denotes food contact material.

Dr Paul McKeown, Specialist in Public Health Medicine, Health Protection Surveillance Centre presented “Norovirus and the Leisure Industry” in a graphic and detailed approach to all aspects of Norovirus, from its discovery as “winter vomiting disease” in 1929 through background, causes, spread, surveillance, control and prevention. Paul advised those working in the hospitality sector on the practicalities of restricting the spread of the virus, a presumption of norovirus in the case of a vomiting episode and preparedness and training in case of an outbreak in staff or guests.

Stephen Murphy, Senior Environmental Health Officer, Health Service Executive, Cork In his presentation Stephen translated the complexities of “Regulation (EC) 2073/2005 on microbiological criteria for foodstuffs” into practical terms for the non-microbiologist trainer, consultant and food business operator. Food businesses must be able to provide a declaration of compliance with this Regulation.

The NHP Licensed Trainers Seminar 2013 concluded with an explanation, for trainers, of up and coming changes in the Assessment process of the NHP Management of Food Hygiene Programme – The Essential Guide to HACCP Compliance by Mary Gorby and the introduction of the NHP Management of Food Hygiene – The Essential Guide to HACCP Compliance Refresher Programme by Clodagh Fitzgerald. A sociable lunch in The Yellow House followed

The presentations in PDF format are available above at Seminar 2013 Presentations

The National Hygiene Partnership’s Management of Food Hygiene Course is well received in The Seychelles

June 29th, 2011

A group of 3rd and 4th year students from the Seychelles Tourism Academy (STA) completed the National Hygiene Partnership’s Management of Food Hygiene course in the Seychelles during May of this year. The course was delivered by Orla Cullinane on behalf of the Shannon College of Hotel Management and was funded by the Seychelles Tourism Academy.

MOFH group in Seychelles

Orla, who is a registered National Hygiene Partnership Licensed Trainer, teaches Food Science, Food Safety and Nutrition and is responsible for student welfare in the Shannon College of Hotel Management since September 1998. Orla has a B. Ed degree in Home Economics from Trinity and a Masters in Health Education and Promotion from the University of Limerick.

Students who successfully complete and achieve certain grades in the three year Level 7 Advanced Diploma in Hospitality Management at the STA will be granted direct entry into Year 4 of the Level 8 Bachelor of Business Studies in International Hotel Management (BBS) at Shannon College of Hotel Management. The first group of 15 STA Advanced Diploma graduates is due to enrol in Year 4 of the BBS programme at Shannon College in September 2011.

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Fourteen ARAMARK Ireland Employees Receive Certificate in the Management of Food Hygiene

May 4th, 2011

April 2011: Fourteen Leinster-based ARAMARK Ireland Food services managers have complete the Management of Food Hygiene course and examinations successfully and have been awarded certificates in Management of Food Hygiene.

ARAMARK presentation of certificates
Pictured with their certificates are (from left to right): Elizabeth Whelan, Joe Kenny, Niall Hooper, Joe Higgins, Nicola Paul, Tom Murphy, Larry McGrath
Front row seated, Barbara Griffiths with Denis Tucker, Chairman of the National Hygiene Partnership and Joan O’Shaughnessy, Chief Executive of ARAMARK Ireland.

The intensive course has been developed by the National Hygiene Partnership, and gives the ARAMARK managers the knowledge and skills to implement and manage a comprehensive food hygiene system and to organise ongoing hygiene training for staff.

Joan O’Shaughnessy Chief Executive of ARAMARK Ireland said, “We have always relied, and continue to rely on, the dedication and expertise of our people to set us apart from our competitors. The award of the Management of Food Hygiene certificates to our teams clearly demonstrates that we place the highest priority on the quality and safety of our food offering.”

Derek Carter, Learning & Development Manager, ARAMARK Ireland said, “It is so important to equip our management team with recognised and relevant qualifications like this. We have a team of dedicated and experienced professionals leading the business across the country and training such as this allows them to meet the high expectations of our company, our clients and our customers.”
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Hotel & Catering Review Gold Medal Awards 2010 – Institutional Catering

November 29th, 2010
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WINNER: ST BRIGID’S HOSPITAL So excited were the catering team at St Brigid’s with their win in The Shelbourne that they asked if they could bring the giant sized Gold Medal logos used on the stage back to Co Laois with them so they could celebrate with patients at the hospital.
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Hotel & Catering Review Gold Medal Award 2010 – In House Caterers

November 29th, 2010
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WINNER: SODEXO NORTHERN IRELAND When Sodexo Northern Ireland landed the contract to operate the catering facilities at all of the Police Service of Nothern Ireland’s facilities, it also scooped the largest single catering contact on the island of Ireland.

It was a major coup, but it represented a mighty job – with all 42 sites across the province to be mobilised on the same day, 1 December 2008. Add into the mix the Chief Constable’s gala Christmas Party for 200 VIP guests on day one and you get the feeling that it was a baptism of fire for
Sodexo’s NI operation.
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The National Hygiene Partnership is the trading name for a Partnership of Government Agencies and Industry Representatives Bodies which was established for the purpose of developing , promoting and coordinating a range of food safety training initiatives for the Irish Food Sectors. The NHP is registered for VAT in Ireland, Registration number 9535893H and the business address is Abbey Court, Block B. Lower Abbey Street, Dublin 1.