Food Hygiene Certificate, do I need one?
Food Hygiene Certificate awards are a key part of food safety training in the United Kingdom. There are a range of courses and training which food operators use to train their teams. Selecting the appropriate Food Hygiene Certificate depends on the nature of the Food Business and the type of food provision they carry out. It is also dependant on the level of risk of the food itself. For example food businesses working with raw meats and fresh ingredients are classified as working with high risk foods. Their staff require a higher level of training than of food delivery personnel transporting pre-made and wrapped food. The diagram opposite illustrates the risks and associated training required.
Food Hygiene Certificate Level 1
The Level 1 Food Hygiene Certificate is the first and basic level of training for food handlers working with low risk foods. Food business send staff on level 1 courses where only basic training is required. An example of a person who completes the Level 1 course is someone who handles pre-made and package food such as jams jars and pickles in jars. Low risk foods can have long shelf life. Staff working in supermarkets and food retail establishment are trained to the Level 1 Food Hygiene Certificate standard.
Food establishments working with higher risk foods will often skip the Level 1 Food Hygiene certificate and start their staff at level 2. The Level 1 course can be used for new staff as an introduction in preparation for the Level 2 Food Hygiene Certificate.
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Food Hygiene Certificate Level 2
The Level 2 Food Hygiene Certificate focuses on Safety in environments that handle high risk foods. Mismanagement of high risks foods can easily lead to the creation of Food Hazards and Contamination. This can lead to food poisoning outbreaks and poor hygiene conditions. These may result in the severe ill health of consumers which may lead to prosecution of Food operators. Prosecution would be instigated by your local Council’s Environmental Health department. In this event Environmental Health could find a Food Business negligent. Negligence includes insufficient training of staff to suitable level for the food risks of their business. A prudent food business operator woudl have eveidence of staff trained at Level 1, 2 and 3 Food Hygiene standard for varying roles of responsibility within the food business operation.
Environment Health Officers also inspect food businesses. They look carefully at the training of staff. A request to see the staff Food Hygiene Certificate folder is standard practice. Officers often ask to see the certificate of the staff working at the time of the inspection. Some food providers create their own equivalent Level 2 food hygiene training however, this can create more exposure to food business, therefore most use a recognised and accredited Level 2 Food Hygiene certificate provider. Environemtal Health Officer use the Food rating system to judge an inspection. This is a system of scoring devised by the Food Standards Agency to rate catering premises after inspection. Scores range from 0 which means urgent improvement is necessary and the venue must cease serving to 5 is which is very good. Officers have the power of business closure. Food Business will be concerned with a poor rating as this can lead to a diminished business reputation and loss of trade. It can also lead to low levels of staff retention and loss of conscientious staff.
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Food Hygiene Certificate for Food Manufacturers
Food Manufacturing establishments require their staff to have a Food Hygiene Certificate. Training for food manufacturers differs from the hospitality and catering sector. Differences in the courses are based on the need to satisfy food processing auditors and quality assurance standards. Two example of Food Manufacturing standards are audit schemes managed by: 1) Brand Recognition Compliance Global Standards (BRCGS) and 2) Safe and Local Supplier Approval scheme (SALSA). These audit schemes demonstrate a businesses commitment to meeting manufacturing standards. Both BRCGS and SALSA recognise and require Food Hygiene training for staff. Food Manufacturing business are also accountable to the Environmental Health and subject to their inspections and authority.
When Environment Health Officers inspect food manufacturing businesses, they look for staff training records. An inspector can require to see the certificates or training records of the staff working at the time of the inspection. Food producers can write and manage their own food hygiene training however, this can comes with more exposure to the business. Therefore, most food manufacturers use a recognised and accredited training provider. These providers delivers courses such as the Level 2 Food Hygiene certificate for Food Manufacturers which is specific food manufacturing course. A industry specific or bespoke sector Food Hygiene Certificate will go deeper into the risks and controls for particular food types and preparation processes. The types of companies which use Food Hygiene Level 2 for Food Manufacturers include Manufacturers of Meats, Fish, Dairies, Beverage producers and Ready meals makers.
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How is a Food Hygiene Certificate awarded?
A high quality Food Hygiene certificate course will have been written by a leading UK food safety specialist. A example of a Food safety specialist is Jerry Diplock who is an Environmental Health Practitioner. He has Environmental Health Degree and Nebosh assessing qualifications. He has City & Guilds teaching qualification and is a Fellow of the Institute of Food Technologists (FIFST). Food Hygiene certificate training should cover all the essential safety areas. Courses should also be easy use and highly engaging meeting the needs of all learners. Local Authority Environmental Health Officers will accept online and in person Food Hygiene training courses depending on the level and quality of the training. Accreditation will also be authorised by CPD and other quality assurance assessors.
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You will login to your own dashboard where you will complete your course, download and print your certificate at any time. We will print and post a card certificate for you to display. Business accounts will be given evidence of their team members training and qualifications. Save yourself time, travel and Covid-19 risk with this online course. Available at any time, log in and out of this self-paced course. Interactive lessons take around 1 to 2 hours to complete. They are easy to set up and use with telephone support on hand to assist you. You will have immediate course access on checkout completion.