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This year we’ve launched our own e-learning Training Academy responding to customer needs to have access to elearning so staff and colleagues can train beyond the traditional working hours.
The web-based service https://holchem.totrain.co.uk/ will allow our customers and support staff to train themselves through a number of relevant courses including ‘Safe Working with Chemicals’ and ‘Allergen Awareness’.
The web resource has been launched to provide companies with an ‘always on’ service. Conscious that much of the industry works within a shift culture, the Training Academy means that all employees can find time to be trained on the relevant legislation and guidelines that ensure best working practice.
With the new e-learning platform, learners can go at their own pace and time in a classroom is minimised.
Steve Bagshaw recently commented: We spend a lot of time with our customers ensuring they are up to speed with the latest in legislation changes, understanding how to handle new products and what it means for their business practice – but over time it became apparent that we couldn’t reach all employees in the classroom.
Research shows that students learn more using computer-based instruction than they do with conventional ways of teaching* so it was a natural evolution of our service that we also provided our hygiene training courses online so they can be accessible to all.”
The training resource – in partnership with totrain - has launched with a tailored eLearning course on “Listeria Awareness.” The course covers bacteria and their growth, sources of bacteria, Listeria facts, Listeriosis cases, Listeria control plan and case studies.
We also provide in-situ factory based training providing specific training courses in Listeria Management helping companies develop a pathogen control programme.
Five years ago saw Holchem revolutionise the technology for open plant food production with the product development and release of Perbac OPD disinfectant. Today the product, which has been specially formulated to be applied as a light foam to easily visualize the disinfectant’s surface coverage and reduce odours, is widely used within the food processing sector as part of a programme to control Listeria. Four years ago after extensive challenge testing at Campden BRI the disinfectant became an M&S approved disinfectant.
Perbac OPD is suitable for use in food, dairy, brewing and beverage production plants including high care/risk areas where disinfection is critical to control specific hazards including Listeria.
The Listeria course at the Training Academy takes the research and knowledge that helped develop Perbac OPD from the 10 strong research and development team at Holchem to provide best practice learning for employees and students.
The Training Academy allows the user to create an individual account which can then be used to purchase one of a number of courses. The course costs £50 per licence.
* American Psychological Society, published in 2000