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  • Date posted: March 9, 2015

    “Accredited-certification to the BRC Global standard demonstrates to our customers that we operate to a required standard. This gives us a point of difference over our rivals. Food safety is essential. We see product recalls and food scares in the press all the time. Accredited-certification to the BRC standard builds ...

     

  • Date posted: March 9, 2015

    The Food and Environmental Proficiency Testing Unit (FEPTU) is part of the Health Protection Agency (HPA).  Within the HPA, FEPTU has responsibility for providing microbiology proficiency testing schemes. This involves preparing simulated samples of known but undisclosed content that can be introduced into food and water microbiology laboratories to provide ...

     

  • Date posted: March 9, 2015

    Deriving its name from the American Legion convention in Philadelphia where it was first discovered in 1976, Legionnaires’ Disease has rarely been out of the headlines since.  Although Legionella bacteria are common in natural water courses such as rivers and ponds, they rarely pose a significant danger to the population ...

     

  • Date posted: March 9, 2015

    That variation of the 'Rime of Ancient Mariner' is a question that is often answered by water analysis companies such as STL.  Part of the Severn Trent group of companies, STL employs over 500 people across eight sites throughout England, Scotland, Wales, Ireland and Northern Ireland.  It offers leading solutions ...

     

  • Date posted: March 9, 2015

    Gully Howard Technical Limited is a chartered surveying company based in Portsmouth.  Established in 2004, it now employs 10 staff, the vast majority of which are highly qualified surveyors and lab technicians.  A main part of Gully Howard’s business relates to surveying, air testing and sample analysis of asbestos.  Surveying ...

     

  • Date posted: March 9, 2015

    Sales of toys and jewellery reach their peak at Christmas.  The sale of both these types of goods is heavily regulated, and is often an emotive purchase for the buyer.  It is therefore vital for public confidence that the services for measuring the content and properties of these goods provide ...

     

  • Date posted: March 9, 2015

    Gas and electricity are vital commodities for any business, whether that is an industrial production line or consulting services company.  In addition to being essential, both electricity and gas have the potential to cause catastrophic damage to property and life.  It is therefore vital that installations are maintained to the ...

     

  • Date posted: March 9, 2015

    With the growth in products for the domestic generation of renewable energy (eg micro-wind turbines, solar panels etc) there were demands for regulation to protect consumers from ineffective products and installation. Instead of regulating, the Government introduced the Microgeneration Certification Scheme (MCS). Under the MCS, manufacturers and installers of microgeneration ...

     

  • Date posted: March 9, 2015

    Farm Assurance Schemes (eg Red Tractor) are used by the FSA (Food Standards Agency) and DEFRA as an indication of compliance with EU legislation on animal feed, animal health and animal welfare. Whilst it is recognised that the assurance schemes are not targeted specifically on these aspects, a number of ...

     

  • Date posted: March 9, 2015

    The Department for Communities and Local Government and the Welsh Government have, for several years, approved a number of competent persons schemes (CPS) under the Building Regulations. Those businesses certified under an approved CPS are able to self-certify their work without recourse to a local authority building control officer thus ...