Suitable for – All staff who handle food, including PTA/Schools Association and staff who are involved in occasional catering activities e.g. Fetes and fairs
Refresher Training Required? – Yes, every three years
EU and UK regulations state that all food handlers must receive 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
New employees who do not already hold a current certificate and who are engaged in the preparation, handling, regeneration or cooking of food should attend a formal basic food hygiene training course to a recognised certificate issued by the Chartered Institute of Environmental Health (CIEH) or by the Royal Institute of Public Health and Hygiene (RIPHH) within eight weeks of starting work.
In larger establishments where a number of employees are engaged in food preparation, a member of the supervisory staff e.g. Catering Supervisor / Manager should be trained to intermediate level either CIEH or RIPHH.
Those who are preparing and handling open food should have food hygiene training appropriate to the amount of time they are engaged in those duties. Volunteers may be supported by employees who already have food hygiene training.
Any volunteer who takes on the sole responsibility for food hygiene should have a CIEH Level 2 Award in Food Safety and Catering.
This training is carried out by external companies. Our recommended contact is Food Teachers Centre. Please follow the link to their website below.