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Managing food safety is an important part of the day-to-day operations of many businesses. Preventing food poisoning and protecting your business are often top of the list of reasons why people implement food safety. However, there are other useful outcomes of establishing a good standard of food hygiene including improved staff morale from working in a safe and hygienic workplace.
Your training should meet the needs of the role or task being carried out. This is described in legislation as being ‘commensurate with the role’. The first step is to look at the sector or area of interest, as training is usually categorised into Catering, Manufacturing or Retail. Not every food business will slot neatly into one of these categories so you may wish to discuss further with a member of our team.
At this level, learners are introduced to general information about food hygiene. The training may be suitable for those handling low risk wrapped or tinned foods and for anyone who has to enter a kitchen as part of their job, but is not preparing food. If you have no prior knowledge or experience, this course will also help to build confidence.
A very popular level of training as it meets the requirements of those preparing high risk food and is usually completed in one day. Learners are also introduced to the HACCP principles on this course. It is possible to start at this level, particularly if you have previous experience of training courses in general.
Those with responsibility for using and implementing food safety management systems (such as Safer Food, Better Business) can attend a dedicated HACCP course. The topic is covered on the food safety courses at levels 2 and 3 also.
Chefs, cooks and those in charge of supervising food premises can progress to the Level 3 Award in Food Safety qualification. This training course provides more in-depth knowledge of controlling food safety hazards and the role of the supervisor. If you are thinking of delivering food safety qualifications, this is the minimum level of subject knowledge required to apply for trainer status with several of the awarding bodies. Auditors and those requiring an advanced qualification may be interested in the Level 4 Award in Managing Food Safety. Training takes place over five days.Check our monthly course dates