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Hygiene and safety training

People operating a food business have a responsibility to ensure that food handlers have a suitable level of training and instruction in food hygiene.

A food handler is any person who handles or prepares food whether open (unwrapped) or packaged. Food includes drink and ice.

There are a wide range of courses available to improve food safety. Training courses typically covers the following:

  • food policy
  • food poisoning bacteria and their potential to cause illness
  • temperature control 
  • personal hygiene
  • common food hazards 
  • food storage
  • waste disposal
  • foreign body contamination
  • awareness of pests
  • cleaning and disinfection 
  • legal obligations
  • premises and equipment

Food hygiene legislation changed on the 1st January 2006 and in line with this new food hygiene qualifications were launched. The qualifications are set at four levels.

  • Level 1 aimed at those who handle low risk or wrapped food only
  • Level 2 aimed at those who handle open high risk foods (equal to the current 'foundation' qualification)
  • Level 3 aimed at food handlers who also have a supervisory role (equal to the current 'intermediate' qualification)
  • Level 4 aimed at food handlers who have a management role (equal to the current 'advanced' qualification)

In addition the following brands of training were also launched.

Nutrition Awareness - This course will provide a basic understanding of nutrition to assist in supplying food that meets the requirements of a balanced diet.

Food Safety Management Systems - This course will assist in implementing a food safety management system based on the principles of Hazard Analysis Critical Control Points (HACCP).

Training providers

The Environmental Health (Commercial) service is a registered training centre and periodically runs food hygiene training courses as well as providing advice on meeting the legal requirements on food hygiene training.

A number of organisations in the local area also run training courses details of which can be downloaded from the attached list.

pdf icon Organisations Providing Food Hygiene Training [51kb]