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Training Courses

Training Courses - The following are details of training available to assist food businesses to comply with the law with regard to food safety and health and safety.

Food Safety

It is required that food handlers are supervised, instructed and/or trained to do their job. Although the law doesn't specify the format of the training, it is generally recognised that high risk food handlers should be trained to at least Level 2 Certificate in Food Hygiene(or equivalent) within three months of starting work. It is good practice that Managers and Supervisors are trained to at least Level 3 in Food Hygiene.

In some larger organisations in-house training may be appropriate; alternatively, a range of appropriate courses are run by several organisations. These include:

Health and Safety

The training of employees is a legal requirement under health and safety legislation generally. Training needs of employees must be assessed individually and further guidance should be found within the risk assessment which has been carried out. Training can be provided at various stages of employment: at induction, the introduction of new work procedures/equipment and refresher training from time-to-time. If the company employs 5 or more people its policy on training should be written down within its health and safety policy.

Under Regulation 7 of the Management of Health and Safety at Work (Amendment) Regulations 2006 the employer must appoint one or more competent persons to assist him in complying with health and safety legislation. Persons appointed under this Regulation must be competent in that they have sufficient training and experience or knowledge and other qualities to enable them to be fulfil the role properly. This need not be a consultant, although that is one route to compliance, and can be the employer himself if he has the time and the competence available.

Although various training options are available,

  • Health and Safety Level 2 - NFDC run this course periodically; please contact us for more information.
  • NEBOSH General Certificate -The NEBOSH National General Certificate is a qualification designed to help those with health and safety responsibilities (e.g. managers, supervisors and employee representatives) to discharge more effectively their organisational duties and functions. The NEBOSH National General Certificate is not a qualification for health and safety specialists, who should seek to obtain a professional qualification such as the NEBOSH National Diploma. Details of the location of courses locally can be found at NEBOSH.
  • The Institute of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH) provides a range of training to suit managers or staff.
Updated: 24 Oct 2014
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