Food Hygiene Training

The law requires that food handlers are supervised, instructed and/or trained according to the needs of their duties. Therefore someone serving teas and coffees does not need to have the same level of food hygiene knowledge as someone preparing sandwiches or meals.

Before starting work, anyone working with food should be made aware of:

They then should receive basic hygiene awareness instruction appropriate to their job. This type of training is often referred to as Level 1 or Awareness training and is appropriate for anyone who only handles wrapped foods or low risk foods.

It is particularly important that food handlers are trained in monitoring and corrective actions for any specific critical controls identified by the food safety management system, such as temperature checks on fridges.

Anyone handling open high risk foods such as cooked meats, fish or dairy foods should have formal food hygiene training equivalent to Level 2 training (formerly Foundation or Basic courses). Usually this course will be about six hours in duration and must cover the following in order to develop an understanding of the basic principles of food hygiene:

We are a registered training centre with The Chartered Institute of Environmental Health and are accredited to offer their Level 2 Award in Food Safety in Catering and their Level 2 Award in Healthier Food and Special Diets courses. For more information about our training courses please go to our Training Courses page.

Please remember that just providing a hygiene certificate is not necessarily compliance with the law - food handlers must be able to demonstrate an understanding and knowledge of food hygiene.

If you would like more information, please contact the health protection team on 01327 322323 or email

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