Choosing a Food Safety Hygiene Course - What do I need to cover?
Everyone involved in food handling or preparation must be appropriately trained or supervised according to the type of job that they do. It is essential that new employees are given first day food hygiene training as they start and then you may wish to consider more formal food hygiene training at a later date.
In choosing a Food hygiene course the purchaser should be satisfied that those attending or studying should at the end; understand and be able to explain:
The risks associated with handling food and be able to:
i State the consequences of poor standards of food hygiene and the benefits of good standards.
ii Identify common food hazards.
iii Understand the individual’s responsibility towards food safety.
iv Describe common symptoms of food poisoning and give examples of those people most at risk.
Food handlers should understand how to keep themselves clean and hygienic and be able to:
i State the risks to food from working with unclean hands, clothing and equipment.
ii Describe the washing facilities required for good hand washing.
iii Detail the method of thorough hand washing.
iii Describe the hazards associated with skin infections and the need to report them.
iv Understand the importance of suitable wound dressings.
v Identify the hazards of wearing nail varnish, jewellery and perfume in a food premise.
vi Describe the requirements of food handlers in reporting illnesses.
vii Understand the importance of protective clothing and equipment.
viii Describe how protective clothing should be cared for
Candidates should understand the importance of cleaning in catering premises and should be able to:
i Understand the role of cleaning in keeping food safe.
ii Describe the washing facilities that should be used for food and equipment.
iii Understand the importance of following instructions when using cleaning agents.
iv Describe how clean and suitable cloths should be used for different tasks.
v Understand the significance of cleaning schedules.
vi Describe how waste should be stored and disposed of.
vii Explain the importance of reporting signs of pest infestation. And understand what those signs are.
Candidates should understand how to keep the product safe and be able to:
i Explain how food can become contaminated by physical, chemical and biological contaminants.
ii Understand the concept of cross-contamination.
iii Understand how food should be handled to prevent contamination.
iv Describe the importance of time and temperature in the storage and cooking of food.
v Understand the importance of stock rotation.
vi Understand the importance of following instructions and reporting any incidents that may put the safety of food at risk.
Remember the purpose of training is to enhance the knowledge of management and staff and for them to be able to apply that knowledge to improve your business. You only get what you pay for!
Training is a key factor in the achievement of high hygiene standards and the reduction of food poisoning.
These courses, the Chartered Institute of Environmental Health (CIEH), Foundation and Intermediate Hygiene Certificates, have recognition by national and local employers. For further details or Course information please contact:
City of Bristol College
Telephone: 0117 904 5050
Fax: 0117 904 5050
Minicom: 0117 904 5283
Norton Radstock College
The training is held in two different locations:
Centurion Vocational Centre, Charlton Lane, Midsomer Norton BA3 4BD
Bath College City Campus, Avon Street, Bath BA1 1UP
Tel No: 01225 328 716
City of Bath College
Student Advice Centre
Telephone: 01225 328716
Lackham House & Countryside Centre
Telephhone: 01249 466830
Fax: 01249 466836
5-7 Stroud Road
Telephone: 01452 502113
Domino Risk Management
Mr Ken Rock
48 Sunnymede Road
Telephone: 01275 792328
Health and Social Care Training
St Martins Hospital
Telephone: 01225 831488
(only for people who work in hospitals or care homes)
Royal United Hospital Catering Dept
Bath and Wessex House
Telephone: 01225 824043
Mr Darren Carmichael
PO Box 3993
Telephone: 08000 431127
(specialises in Polish Language)
25 Chalfont Close
Telephone: 01225 354857
Similar courses are available at other colleges, Commercial hygiene advisory companies, trade associations or large organisations may also be able to offer suitable training.
A useful web site for further information is: www.foodsafetytrainers.co.uk.
Inclusion in this list does not imply recommendation by Bath and North East Somerset.