You may know from my previous blog. “You learn something new every day.”
Training is key in all industries.
If you are responsible for developing and maintaining a business’s food safety management procedures, you must have had suitable training on food safety and hygiene to do this. Skills can be learned by:
You must make sure that any member of staff who handles food is trained in food hygiene and safety, including allergens, before they start work.
All food businesses must put in place food safety management procedures based on the principles of Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Point (HACCP).
HACCP is a system that helps you identify potential food hazards and introduce procedures to make sure those hazards are removed or reduced to an acceptable level.
These procedures will help you produce and sell food that is safe to eat, providing you:
All business owners have a legal requirement to provide training that is fit for purpose and relevant for the job being undertaken.
Regulations state that all food handlers must receive the appropriate training in food safety practices relevant to their duties. However, having a good understanding of food safety practices is not only a legal requirement, it is also essential in protecting the health of both consumers and food handlers.
Food safety, in fact, most training can be sourced either online or via a training centre providing classroom training. Everyone learners in different ways.
Online, individual training will suit some people however, for those practical and visual leaners who like discussions and like to ask questions a classroom-based training course will be of more benefit.
You will gain far more from learning with colleagues and other professionals from outside your business and sharing good practice ideas in a classroom setting that can be implemented within your food business.
Some free online short courses can be beneficial, especially if it’s a refresh of certain areas and does not involve practical assessment.
The Food Standards Agency offer some excellent online training courses around allergens with some useful information on how to implement these guidelines.
However, caution should be applied when choosing online free training instead of face-face training to ensure you and your colleagues get the training and skills that they can remember and use way after the course has finished. It is vital that any course you are investing your time into is legally accredited and complies to food safety guidelines for training or you will have wasted you precious time.
Business owners MUST ensure continual refresher training to ensure all food handlers keep refreshed with current guidelines and skills.
It is also vital that those new to a job or industry have training in line with their job role.
We have been working with the Birmingham NHS community trust to provide all food handlers with a legally accredited qualification at level 2 in food safety.
It is vital that everyone is trained to an adequate level to ensure the public & everyone in the workplace is kept safe.