James McConville, Senior Consultant and Service Leader

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Holds NEBOSH General Certificate in Occupation Health and Safety

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Full member of the Chartered Institute of Environmental Health (CIEH)

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Holds level 4 award in Managing Food Safety in Catering

James joined Assurity Consulting in 2007 after completing a Master’s Degree at University College London. After serving many years at the company he is an experienced auditor in health & safety, food safety and workplace compliance providing customer support in a wide range of services including Legionella management, water hygiene, air quality, health & safety, fire safety, risk assessment, pest control and food safety. Picture of James McConville

During his time at Assurity Consulting he has been given the opportunity to further his professional development by completing the NEBOSH General Certificate in Occupation Health and Safety (distinction), the level 4 award in Managing Food Safety in Catering, the level 3 Award in Training Skills and Practice, the NEBOSH National Certificate in Fire Safety and Risk management (distinction) and BPCA Foundation Certificate in Pest Management.

He is a full member of the Chartered Institute of Environmental Health (CIEH) and works closely with them completing ongoing continued professional development (CPD). James is also the service leader for our Food Safety Management services, by supporting his colleagues with knowledge on any new legislation, updates and with customer queries. 

Specialities include: Food Safety Audits, Food Safety Management Systems, Catering Management Review, Legionella Management, Client Support, Fire Safety, Pest Control Support, Presentations, Training, Report Writing.

Prior to working at Assurity Consulting he has worked for the Museum of London as well as the food industries. 

 

Insights by James

The importance of cleaning kitchen extract ductwork to prevent fires

As a food safety auditor and fire risk assessor, I am always reading cleaning reports for extract systems and opening ductwork hatches to inspect inside. Neglecting the cleaning of the ductwork systems puts your property at serious risk of a fire.

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Managing acrylamide in food – a new regulation

In April this year a new regulation comes in to force, which will require food businesses to put in place practical steps to manage acrylamide within their food safety management systems. Commission Regulation (EU) 2017/2158 will take effect from 11th April 2018.

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Why are food premises being prosecuted for pest infestations?

Once again I read an article about pest control failures in a food premises. This time it is a rat infestation at the Royal Wells Hotel in Tunbridge Wells whose owners Shepherd Neame were fined £160,000.

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The consequence of poor pest control

It was recently reported that the Park Royal branch of Asda was fined £664,000 and their in store bakery closed for 10 days due to a significant mouse infestation.

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