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Food hygiene training

Food business operators must ensure all food handlers are supervised, instructed and trained in food hygiene matters as necessary.

Staff who handle food should appreciate the essentials of food hygiene before starting work, this should include:

  • personal hygiene
  • fitness to work
  • temperature control
  • cross contamination
  • cleaning procedures
  • labelling and other safety instructions

Staff that handle food should then receive further instruction from a competent person on the following within four weeks of starting work about:

  • temperature
  • food poisoning
  • personal health and hygiene
  • cross contamination
  • food storage
  • waste disposal
  • foreign body contamination
  • awareness of pests
  • any control or monitoring points identified by your food safety management procedure

Food safety courses

Details can be found below of training providers  in your area.

Training Course Contacts (pdf, 132kb) (opens in a new window)

Environmental health contacts

Please see our Food hygiene and safety contacts.

Organisations offering food safety training

The most popular course in Food Safety is known as the 'Level 2 Award in Food Safety in Catering'. (This replaces the Foundation and Basic Food Hygiene certificates).

Level 2 Award in Food Safety in Catering

The Level 2 Award in Food Safety in Catering (formerly the Basic Food Hygiene Certificate) provides a one day course, which is aimed at developing some understanding in the basic principals of food hygiene, and the prevention of food poisoning.

Level 3 Award in Supervising Food Safety in Catering

The Level 3 Award in Supervising Food Safety in Catering is for a manager who needs to be able to undertake a comprehensive food hazard analysis of their business. This is a three day course designed for food handlers who also work as supervisors, or for owners/managers of small food businesses.

Building upon basic hygiene principals to provide more detailed understanding of food production, processing, storage, transport, catering and retailing.

Level 4 Food Safety Training

Beyond being accountable, it is important for everyone in a managing or supervising position to have mastered the principals of food practice in food safety, thus gaining the ability to guide and advise on the management of food hygiene in a food business.

The CIEH Level 4 Awards in Food Safety have been designed as a five day programme to provide an in-depth understanding of food safety with an emphasis on the importance of the management of systems and staff.

Learning Outcomes

  • identify areas for legal compliance
  • design an improvement plan
  • deliver the CIEH Level 3 Award in Food Safety (with appropriate training skills)


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