Driver CPC Courses

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We will be running a limited number of Driver CPC courses in Edinburgh and Glasgow.

Our courses are all advanced level 2 and level 3 courses, where you will also received internationally recognised qualifications, but also receive your 7 hours driver cpc attendance, which will go towards your 35 periodic hours training.

Our courses are designed for those looking to advance their career, and written to challenge your skills, increasing your confidence levels, but most of important putting you well ahead of your competitors, with recognised advanced qualifications, in addition to drivers cpc.

Our classroom courses are taught around your needs and experiences, plus your instructor has over twenty years experience, not just working within your industry, but at a high management level, who has first hand experience of the weaknesses and threats to our industry, who uses unique teaching techniques that will challenge you learning, but allow you to get more out  of our courses, but you will need to work for it, but the awards will put you ahead of your competition, within a very complex industry.

Our teaching doesn’t end at the end of the course,  you will continue to be supported and promoted to further your important skills further that will advance you within your industry, putting your increase knowledge, and further qualifications to your advantaged.

Over the next few months we will be running adapted courses:

Emergency First Aid at Work to level for the Haulage, Bus & Coach Industry (Using latest training aids, practical scenarios, that you will be able to relate to and use within your own workplace.

Awareness in Health & Safety to a level 2, advanced knowledge and techniques will be taught, making compliance much easier, plus you will find tricky situations much easier to handle though your increased knowledge and confidence levels.

Manual Handling to a level 2. This course will allow you to overcome one of the most common industry injuries, which could lay you off work for months, often without pay for those contractors and self-employed drivers. We will show you techniques that will help you within you everyday job and increase you confidence levels to deal with tricky situations that may arise, without putting your own health at risk.

Fire Safety to a level 2. How many times have you witnessed vehicle fires on the road? This course not only teaches your the basic skills, but will also allow you to become a fire marshal within your own company, putting you away ahead of your competition. We have lots a fun and unusual teaching techniques, which make this course easier and more fun to learn.

All these courses are all 7-hour, and comply with Driver CPC rules and regulations. They are all audited and comply with the various legislation at an international level.

Please check out our website for more information, please remember they aren’t standard Driver CPC courses, you won’t be allowed to sit in front of a presentation for 7 hours, you will have to participate, and you will be challenged to an advanced level, which will raise your confidence, skill knowledge, and gain advanced qualifications.

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Candle Safety This Christmas

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Candles in the home are now getting a more and more popular way to add relaxation to our homes which has seen a large increase in the numbers of candle related incidents.

Typically each Christmas can see over 2,000 house fires due to candles, and as a result, 10 people will die, and over 900 people will be injured. Lets change this stat for next year, NOW!!

As the sale of candles has gone up by 50% this year, this trend is unfortunately going to continue unless people are educated as to the dangers of candles and the damage they can cause.

Candles mark special occasions and create a special atmosphere. They also bring fire into your home. So treat them carefully.

The Do’s and Dont’s

Always put candles on a heat resistant surface. Be especially careful with night lights and tea lights, which get hot enough to melt plastic. TVs are not fire-resistant objects.

Put them in proper holders. Candles need to be held firmly upright by the holder so they won’t fall over. The holder needs to be stable too, so it won’t fall over either.

Position them away from curtains. Don’t put candles near curtains or other fabrics or furniture. And keep them out of draughts.

Don’t put them under shelves. It’s easy to forget that there’s a lot of heat above a burning candle. If you put it under a shelf or other surface then it can burn the surface. Make sure there’s at least three feet (one metre) between a candle and any surface above it.

Keep clothes and hair away. If there’s any chance you could lean across a candle and forget it’s there, put it somewhere else. You don’t want to set fire to your clothes or your hair.

Keep children and pets away. Candles should be out of reach of children and pets.

Keep candles apart. Leave at least four inches (10cm) between two burning candles.

Take care with votive or scented candles. These kinds of candles turn to liquid to release their fragrance, so put them in a glass or metal holder.

Don’t move them when they’re burning. Extinguish candles before moving them. Also, don’t let anything fall into the hot wax like match sticks.

Don’t leave them burning. Extinguish candles before you leave a room. Never go to sleep with a candle still burning. And never leave a burning candle or oil burner in a child’s bedroom.

Use a snuffer or a spoon to put them out. It’s safer than blowing them, which can send sparks and hot wax flying.

Double-check they’re out. Candles that have been put out can go on smouldering and start a fire. Make sure they’re completely out.

From Everybody at Fitzcharles Training, we hope you have a lovely Christmas, but more importantly a safe Christmas.

Merry Christmas

Davidxx

Stay Safe at Christmas

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Christmas is a special time for celebration and should not end in tragedy because of the extra hazards that are present at this time of year.

Fairy Lights

1. Check the fuses are the right type (see the box for the maximum size of fuse you should use).

2. If bulbs blow, replace them.

3. Don’t leave fairy lights on when you go out or when you go to sleep.

4. Don’t let the bulbs touch anything that can burn easily, like paper.

5. Don’t overload sockets.

Decorations

1. Decorations made of light tissue paper or cardboard burn easily.

2. Don’t attach them to lights or heaters.

3. Don’t put them immediately above or around the fireplace.

4. Keep them away from candles.

Christmas Trees

Special fire safety precautions need to be taken when keeping a live tree in the house. A burning tree can rapidly fill a room with fire and deadly gases.

Selecting a Tree for Christmas

Needles on fresh trees should be green and hard to pull back from the branches, and the needle should not break if the tree has been freshly cut. The trunk should be sticky to the touch. Old trees can be identified by bouncing the tree trunk on the ground. If many needles fall off, the tree has been cut too long, has probably dried out, and is a fire hazard.

Caring for Your Tree

Do not place your tree close to a heat source, including a fireplace or heat vent. The heat will dry out the tree, causing it to be more easily ignited by heat, flame or sparks. Be careful not to drop or flick cigarette ashes near a tree. Do not put your live tree up too early or leave it up for longer than two weeks. Keep the tree stand filled with water at all times.

Disposing of Your Tree

Never put tree branches or needles in a fireplace or wood burning stove. When the tree becomes dry, discard it promptly. The best way to dispose of your tree is by taking it to a recycling centre or have it taken away by a community pickup service.

From everybody at Fitzcharles Training, we hope you will have an enjoyable Christmas, but most importantly, we want you to have a safe Christmas.

David xx

Saigon

Saigon introduction

This vivacious city was the original ‘Pearl of the Orient’. Along the old Rue Catinat, and in the surrounding boulevards, stand relics of empire and revolution: Notre Dame Cathedral, the Opera House, the Post Office and the Reunification Palace.

The city continues to undergo rapid change, with new skyscrapers, lively bars and a booming economy, all under the watchful gaze of Uncle Ho’, whose statue stands proud outside the old Hotel De Ville.

There is still plenty of local charm: soup sellers ring their chimes to signify a freshly made lunch, fortune tellers read palms and incense drifts from busy temples. The choice of restaurants is outstanding, and this is a great shopping city: classy boutiques sell lacquerware, silk and modern art. Nearby, are the infamous Cu Chi Tunnels, a network of over 250 kilometres of secret underground passages used by the Viet Cong during the conflict with America.

Saigon City Tour

Today we will explore the main sites of Saigon including Rue Catinat, Notre Dame Cathedral, the Reunification Palace and the Museum of War Remnants. We will also be taken into Cholon (Chinatown) to visit the Thien Hau Temple, with its spiral incense coils and Binh Tay Market, where we walk through the narrow aisles between the food stalls is always an experience. You will then visit a couple of the city’s main pagodas.

There is much to do in Saigon – a vibrant city, the largest in Vietnam and truly cosmopolitan. The juxtaposition of modern and old makes for a diversity of attractions.

Despite Vietnam’s Communist government Saigon has embraced capitalism and is a great place for shopping. You will find everything from local markets to sophisticated department stores and classy boutiques selling their version of traditional crafts. An afternoon could be quite happily spent wandering Saigon’s streets and browsing the goods on offer.

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Hoi An

Hoi An

Hoi An introduction

Prior to the arrival of the French, Hoi An was Vietnam’s ‘window on the world’. Tucked away amongst the back streets are the houses of merchants from Asia and Europe, lured from afar by the prospect of high-grade silk and porcelain. It is an ideal spot to stop for a few days, strolling along the wharf, shopping in the market, or having a silk dress or suit fitted, and is best explored on foot and at your leisure.

There are many restaurants, old houses, craft shops and art galleries, where local artists exhibit their works. Take some time to enjoy a bowl of Cao Lau, a special noodle soup which is a speciality in the area. Some of the nearby beaches offer a pleasant setting for afternoon walks and seafront restaurants provide you with lots of opportunities to sample the local cuisine.

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Candle Safety This Christmas

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Candles in the home are now getting a more and more popular way to add relaxation to our homes which has seen a large increase in the numbers of candle related incidents.

Typically each Christmas can see over 2,000 house fires due to candles, and as a result, 10 people will die, and over 900 people will be injured. Lets change this stat for next year, NOW!!

As the sale of candles has gone up by 50% this year, this trend is unfortunately going to continue unless people are educated as to the dangers of candles and the damage they can cause.

Candles mark special occasions and create a special atmosphere. They also bring fire into your home. So treat them carefully.

The Do’s and Dont’s

Always put candles on a heat resistant surface. Be especially careful with night lights and tea lights, which get hot enough to melt plastic. TVs are not fire-resistant objects.

Put them in proper holders. Candles need to be held firmly upright by the holder so they won’t fall over. The holder needs to be stable too, so it won’t fall over either.

Position them away from curtains. Don’t put candles near curtains or other fabrics or furniture. And keep them out of draughts.

Don’t put them under shelves. It’s easy to forget that there’s a lot of heat above a burning candle. If you put it under a shelf or other surface then it can burn the surface. Make sure there’s at least three feet (one metre) between a candle and any surface above it.

Keep clothes and hair away. If there’s any chance you could lean across a candle and forget it’s there, put it somewhere else. You don’t want to set fire to your clothes or your hair.

Keep children and pets away. Candles should be out of reach of children and pets.

Keep candles apart. Leave at least four inches (10cm) between two burning candles.

Take care with votive or scented candles. These kinds of candles turn to liquid to release their fragrance, so put them in a glass or metal holder.

Don’t move them when they’re burning. Extinguish candles before moving them. Also, don’t let anything fall into the hot wax like match sticks.

Don’t leave them burning. Extinguish candles before you leave a room. Never go to sleep with a candle still burning. And never leave a burning candle or oil burner in a child’s bedroom.

Use a snuffer or a spoon to put them out. It’s safer than blowing them, which can send sparks and hot wax flying.

Double-check they’re out. Candles that have been put out can go on smouldering and start a fire. Make sure they’re completely out.

From Everybody at Fitzcharles Training, we hope you have a lovely Christmas, but more importantly a safe Christmas.

Merry Christmas

Davidxx

Fleet compliance Checks

a104Latest DVSA figures show further improvements in the roadworthiness and traffic compliance of lorries on British roads.

Over 9 out of 10 GB lorries inspected in fleet compliance checks last year were given a clean bill of health; 9.3% of GB lorries were found to have mechanical faults, down from 10.2% in 2013/14.

Compliance for GB trailers has also improved, with more than 9 out of 10 trailers inspected meeting the required standards. Only 9.8% were found to have mechanical faults in 2014/15, down from 12.5% the previous year

Read the full report click here

Halong City – Jasmine Cruise

Introduction

Halong City, formerly the two towns of Bai Chay and Hon Gai, is the traditional starting point for cruises of Halong Bay. With Thousands of islets formed over millions of years, Halong Bay is one of Southeast Asia’s iconic landscapes, and was a designated a World Heritage Site in 1994. Cruising the calm waters, you will see a number of fishing villages, formed of floating houses and schools, set against the dramatic backdrop of towering limestone karsts.

Due to its aesthetic appeal, Halong Bay is on the most visited areas in Vietnam, and sadly, the effects of tourism are clearly evident. Over a hundred boats ply the waters of the bay, and in May 2012, the Department of Transport brought into effect a rule requiring all Halong Bay vessels to be painted white in an attempt to smarten up the appearance of the bay. Much character has been lost and a number of the boats now look very tired as the white paint has not weathered well.

Jasmine Cruise – Afternoon Cruise

This afternoon cruise will be served a welcome drink and a feast of seafood for lunch, whilst we set sail through the bay. The rest of the day is spent cruising the magical bay where thousands of sculpted limestone islands rise from the waves like dragons’ teeth. We will visit extensive limestone cave networks and a spectacular viewpoint before swimming, then heading back to a small cover for our evening’s mooring. Here we enjoy cocktails while watching the sunset and later unwind at Jasmine Restaurant.

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Vietnam Hanoi

Introduction

Street vendors and fruit sellers are tangled amongst the rabbit warren of streets; watch your step as you dodge scooters, bikes and uneven pavements and take a deep breath as you cross the road – this Hanoi with all the charm of an Asian city.

Beautiful tree lined boulvevards and grandiose lakes overlooked by faded French villas conjure up images of Hanoi’s colonial past. Close to Ho Chi Minh’s imposing mausoleum stands the grand former residence of French Governors. Today the residence entertains visiting foreign dignitaries; in its shadow sits the simple wooden stilted house where Ho Chi Minh lived until his death in 1969.

Old Quarter adjacent to the central Hoan Kiem Lake

Hoan Kiem Lake is a captivating lake right in the heart of Hanoi and a place that boasts a legend of a giant golden tortoise. The shores of the lake are now a perfect place to do nothing and just watch the world go by from a lakeside café.

For those with an interest in art, why not visit one of the foremost modern art galleries in Hanoi. Housing an exciting and regularly updated collection of modern Vietnamese art and photography, Art Vietnam was visited by Bill Clinton on his presidential tour in 2000 and has been mentioned in such publications as the New York Times and National Geographic. The Vietnamese Woman’s Museum is one of Hanoi’s best and includes exhibits, video and photos on Hanoi’s woman street vendors, marriage and family life and the role of women in the Vietnam War.

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Workplace First Aid Kits

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Did you know that compliance with Health Safety, requires you to have a standard first aid kit, which changed in 2011, and should be compliant under standard “BS-8599-1:2011”. Check your first aid kits, and make sure you have the right one in your workplace.

Why the changes?

The BS 8599-1 standard (published in June 2011) recommends the correct number of particular components for small, medium, large or travel-size kits and also recommends how many kits are needed depending on the size of the organisation. It sets the minimum level that first aid kits should conform to and should be followed by manufacturers of first aid kits and anyone who assembles first aid kits in the workplace. The new BS 8599-1 standard takes into account more modern and functional products encompassing a wider range of common workplace risks. Some changes include:

  • increased number of disposable gloves (ideally non-latex to eliminate possible latex allergies);
  • fewer triangular bandages as they are no longer used for the immobilisation of limb injuries;
  • introduction of smaller absorbent wound dressings for finger injuries, where a plaster will not be sufficient;
  • introduction of tearable non-woven, hypoallergenic adhesive tape to secure bandages without using safety pins;
  • introduction of water-based sterile gel burn dressings (which do not require any pre-cooling with water) and a conforming bandage to secure it;
  • introduction of a resuscitation face shield to provide a protective barrier for first aiders administering mouth-to-mouth resuscitation.

The BS 8599-1 standard gives recommendations on the amount and size of the first aid kits necessary for different workplace environments based on the category of risk (low risk: e.g. shops, offices; medium risk: e.g. warehousing, light engineering work; high risk: e.g. construction, work with chemicals) and the number of employees. Requirements are set concerning marking and information to be supplied by manufacturers.

Requirements are also given for the container holding the components. The container should be able to fit all of the relevant components inside and close securely, and should be clean, dustproof and provide protection for the contents in a workplace environment.

Workplace first aid kits can be complemented by other items that have been identified during a risk assessment, if necessary. Where there are unusual hazards that are specific to a particular workplace environment, workplace first aid kits should be supplemented with additional, appropriate components.