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Food Safety and Hygiene e-learning Training

This online training course on what you need to know about food safety is based on the food safety and hygiene guidelines. This course will explore facts about food hygiene, the roles and responsibilities of personal hygiene, and advice on safe handling and preparation of food.

This awareness-level course will provide employees with the knowledge necessary to protect themselves, customers, and the public from foodborne illness.

Training Courses Related to Food Safety and Hygiene Guidelines

Human Focus is currently offering the following e-learning courses under the food safety toolkit:

Why Food Safety Training is Vital

Food safety training is vital due to the number of people who are affected by food poisoning every day.

There are more than one million food poisoning cases reported in the UK each year, as per World Health Organisation (WHO). This results in an estimated 180 deaths per year across the country. Across Europe, this amounts to 23 million people falling ill due to food poisoning, resulting in almost 5,000 fatalities annually.

The WHO also states that more than 1 million people are affected by foodborne toxoplasmosis in the European Region each year. Foodborne toxoplasmosis is a serious parasitic disease caused by eating undercooked meat.

Legal Responsibilities

There are many regulations that businesses must apply when working with food in the UK. These include:

  • Food Safety Act 1990

The Food Safety Act 1990 provides a framework that creates legal responsibility around food safety, quality, and labelling.

  • Food Safety and Hygiene (England) Regulations 2013

The food safety and hygiene regulation 2013 sets out basic duties for all food that’s cooked for human consumption. Food retailers have the legal responsibility to follow hygiene principles while processing food items.

  • Food Hygiene Regulations 2006

The Food Hygiene Regulations 2006 sets out a legal requirement for all businesses to ensure that their food handling processes and activities are carried out safely. The safety rules under this regulation make it an offence to supply food that is harmful to human health or life.

Objectives of this Food Safety Online Course

This basic food safety training is designed to develop an understanding of:

  • Food hygiene principles
  • Key responsibilities regarding personal hygiene
  • Safe handling and preparation of food

Prerequisites

This is a fully online training course that requires no prior subject knowledge or certification to enrol. All that is required is an electronic device and a WiFi connection.

Course Content of Food Safety and Hygiene Online Training

This online training course covers:

  • Introduction to the course
  • Facts about food hygiene
  • Keeping clean
  • Handling food safely

Target Audience

This online course on food safety is designed for anyone who has food handling duties and responsibilities.

Learning Outcomes of the Training Course based on Food Safety and Sanitation

The trainees participating in this food safety course will learn the following:

  • Different types of food poisoning and the symptoms that occur as a result of poorly maintained food hygiene practice
  • Simple food safety tips at work to prevent the spread of toxins
  • Methods to prevent the build-up of germs
  • Reducing cross-contamination risk
  • Roles and duties
  • Good personal hygiene and food safety awareness

Benefits of Food Safety and Hygiene Online Course

The benefits to employers and employees from this course are as follows:

Employer Benefits

  • Compliant with food safety regulation
  • Ensures employees understand their role in food safety
  • Protects organisation from liability and reputational damage

Employee Benefits

  • Certificate earned upon completion
  • Awareness of safe practices
  • Protects health and safety of self and others

Why Choose Human Focus for Food Safety Sanitation and Hygiene Training?

Human Focus’s food safety training course has the following features:

  • RoSPA-approved
  • Easy-to-understand content
  • Accessible anytime
  • Interactive mini-quizzes at the end of each section

Course Format

Format: 100% online

Course duration:  20+ minutes

The Human Focus learning management system (LMS) provides trainees with the opportunity to take the course at their own pace. The trainees’ progress is saved which allows them to resume the course when they can.

End of course assessment test 

This food health and safety training course ends with a knowledge test. It is a fail/pass assessment. The trainees must achieve at least 80% to earn a RoSPA-approved certification.

Food Safety Certificate

Once trainees pass the end-of-the-course knowledge test, they will receive RoSPA-approved e-certificates via the registered email. This certificate is downloadable, anytime.

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Frequently Asked Questions

What is the main aim of food safety act?

The food safety act 1990 is a part of environmental law and all the food businesses in the UK must comply with it. This legislation is in place to protect consumers from consuming unhygienic food that could harm their health.

This means all food businesses, from preparation, storing, transporting, or selling food items must follow the guidelines of the act.

Why is food safety important?

Every year there is an enormous number of people who purchase food whilst eating out who are affected by food poisoning. Under the food safety act 1990, when handling food there is a responsibility to protect the health and safety of customers. This means it’s incredibly important to ensure food safety at each step involved.

How has health safety and hygiene legislation impact on food retailers?

The Food safety and hygiene England regulations 2013, and the food safety act 1990 affect all food businesses to safely prepare, store and handle food items. If they fail to obey these laws, they may have to pay heavy fines and even imprisonment.

Who is responsible for food safety?

Food handlers and businesses are primarily responsible for the food safety that they provide to their customers. They are responsible to ensure that food is safe for consumption, and meets high standards of quality.

Governmental oversight of food safety is managed by the Food Standards Agents (FSA) in England, Wales and Northern Ireland. In Scotland, Food Standards Scotland is the non-ministerial government department overseeing food safety. In the Republic of Ireland, this duty falls to the Department of Health.

What is food safety and food hygiene?

Food hygiene and food safety refer to the key steps food handlers must take for ensuring food is processed, stored, prepared, and transported without causing risks to consumer health.

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