Food Safety Training – Why Is it Important

Why is Food Safety Training important for me?

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There may be a number of reasons why suitable Food Safety Training is important to you.  Wishing to avoid mistakes which may cause food poisoning and result in severe illness or in extreme cases the death of a person who has eaten infected food, is probably at the top of your list!

Reputations make or break business’s.  Having confidence in your food safety training programme gives you peace of mind, imagine how you would feel knowing you and your staff are highly qualified food handlers who understand the necessity of having excellent food safety knowledge which is put into practice. 

High standards of food safety and handling practice, opens up opportunities for you, and allows you to be recognised by your customers. Consumers have the right to know the food hygiene standards of food businesses and your local authority will provide detailed results of food safety inspections and make them publicly available, for example the Food standards Agency has their  Score’s on the Doors which acknowledges a well managed, efficient and hygienic business by awarding them a rating, the higher your rating the higher the standard of compliance with food safety legislation and how the business practices to achieve this rating.

Who carries out the food safety training?

Ask yourself, do I have the time to train staff and run the business? The answer is, you have to comply with the law and train staff.  Therefore, Induction training would normally be carried out “in-house” by you the owner of the business or a nominated senior member of staff, such as a supervisor, and would include essential hygiene information and awareness. 

Once the basics have been achieved, then, within a given period of time, more formal training would be carried out by you or a senior member of staff or an accredited training provider, like Pennine Training Services, although in-house courses of an appropriate standard will satisfy the legal requirements, even if they are not formally accredited.

Pennine Training Services offers an Online Level 1 Food Safety Training Course and an Online Level 2 Food Safety Training Course.  Most businesses that prepare, manufacture or retail food require a Level 2 Food Safety Qualification to comply with the law.  

We also offer onsite Level 1, 2, 3, and 4 Food Safety courses and level 2 and 3 HACCP courses. Onsite requires us to come onto a site of your choosing and deliver the course.  All we ask is that you provide a room large enough to accommodate the learners.  We provide all of the equipment and course materials.  Please click HERE to make an enquiry or book a course.

Why do I need to record food safety training details? Food Safety Training Meat Question Mark

Imagine how you would feel, your proud of yourself, you’ve established a successful and rewarding catering business you’ve giving the business a huge commitment in time and energy, and then, you or someone who is employed by you, is accused of committing an offence under safe food legislation, what do you do? The principal defense available to you would be “Due Diligence.”   This means that you have to prove that you “took all reasonable precautions and exercised all due diligence to avoid committing an offence.”  Written records would be considered extremely important when trying to establish a defense in cases where the training was an issue.

 Do I need a food safety training system?

The UK has food safety laws which require food businesses to put in place, a documented food safety management system based on the principle of HACCP (Hazard Analysis Critical Control Point) which is proportional to the business. The system you use must be able to identify potential food hazards and help you to decide which of the hazards need to be controlled to ensure food is safe.  Once the hazards have been identified, effective controls have to be put into place to prevent the hazards from causing harm to consumers. A well thought out food safety system, which must incorporate training, will serve to satisfy you that the food you produce is free of hazards, and therefore, a safe product for your customers to consume.

What is the best food safety system for me?    

Environmental Health Officers (EHO), Environment Health Practitioners (EHP) and Trading Standards Officers (TSO) make routine inspections of food premises.  They will be very keen to ensure you comply with the food safety  laws.  You could use Safer Food Better Business (SFBB) a system developed by the Food Standards Agency to help you comply with the food safety regulations that have applied since 1st  January 2006.  You may decide to design your own system. Whatever you decide, you must demonstrate that you have identified the hazards and put in the control measures necessary to remove or reduce the hazards. 

What are the benefits of a food safety training system?

Food Safety Training Restaurant InteriorLooking after and caring for your customers is pivotal to the success of any food business.  People love to spend time together with children, family members and friends.  For many people dining out is a treat and the highlight of their week.  Place yourself in their position, how would you feel if you took your family out for a meal and within hours they fall ill. Would you feel guilty that you had taken them to eat out at that particular restaurant, overwhelmed at their distress and angry at the restaurant for causing the distress?  

The benefits are simple, staff who receive food safety training are fully conversant with food safety hygiene practice, is good for business!

Other benefits include:
  • you comply with the regulations
  • your demonstrating what you do to make food safe for consumption
  • trained staff
  • protects your business’s reputation
  • improves the business’s profitability e.g. by wasting less food.
Can Pennine Training Services Help Me?

We would be delighted to help you with your food safety training requirements , simply contact Bob Elsey on: (07932) 746761, email us at: or click HERE go to the contact page, fill out your details and what your requirements are and we will get back to you within a couple of days. Or if you wish to complete a course online, simply click on the links above and you will be taken to the page to start your training.

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