Corby Borough Council’s Health Protection Team runs the new Level 2 Award in Food Safety in Catering and Food Safety in Manufacturing courses (formerly known as the “Basic Food Hygiene”). To help ensure that food is safe to eat, there is a legal requirement to ensure that all food handlers receive sufficient training in food hygiene matters. Attending this course and receiving a certificate is a step in the right direction in demonstrating that you have sufficient training. The course will be run four times over the coming year and there will be approximately 10-12 places available at each event.
The advantage our courses over some of the other providers in the area is that it is run by qualified Environmental Health Officers and there will be opportunities to ask about how food law is applied at a practical level by the people who carry out inspections in food businesses, and also if candidates have any questions regarding issues they have experienced, the Environmental Health Officers will discuss possibilities in overcoming problems at a practical level to ensure standards are maintained whilst working for the business.
- The Food Safety and Hygiene (England) Regulations 2013 requires all food handlers to be trained in accordance with their food work activity. All food business operators must therefore ensure their staff are trained, supervised or instructed appropriate to their food work.
- Mistakes made when handling food can cause food poisoning. This may result in severe illness or, in extreme cases, the death of the person who has eaten contaminated food.
- Ignorance of hygiene rules can cost money. Untrained food handlers can lead to hygiene laws being broken, sub-standard food being produced and unnecessary food wastage due to spoilage. Civil claims for compensation may be made by any dissatisfied customers and, where the Council takes legal action, the courts may impose fines on the food business for their failures. In some cases it can even lead to the closure of the food business.
If candidates require a non- English examination then the examination paper can be obtained in a number of languages (where requested in advance). These languages are as follows:
- Bangladeshi Bengali
- Chinese traditional (Cantonese)
- Chinese simplified (Mandarin)
- Japanese (Kanji)
- Tamil (Indian)
- Tamil (Sri Lankan)
Successful candidates will receive a certificate of their achievement from the Chartered Institute of Environmental Health.
The following topics are covered in the Level 2 Award in Food Safety in Catering:
- Food poisoning/bacteriology
- Pest identification and control
- Personal hygiene
- Contamination of food
- Storage of food
- Food law
- Cleaning and disinfecting
- Temperature control
- Hazard analysis
- A small run through of the new Food Information Regulations which deal with allergens.