Importance of Training

Trained staff are an important asset to your business. Training can be on site, under supervision of a suitable person, online, a certificated course - there are many options and a certificated course is not required by law. All that is required is that training is adequate for the job.

Although in the UK there is no legal requirement for a formal qualification to work with food, that does not mean that training is unnecessary nor that sending staff on a certificated training course will be sufficient.

In house training with a skilled person may well be all that is needed for some staff, but a common complaint made by Food Safety Officers (FSOs) is that records of staff training are lacking or absent.

Properly trained staff are essential (you are only as good as the weakest person working within your organisation).

How much training?

Food must be produced, sold and handled safely and hygienically. Nothing is without risk, you must demonstrate you are taking all reasonable precautions.

Ask yourself, "Do my staff appreciate the risks their actions may involve?"

If you are not sure, some training may be necessary to control risks of cross contamination, inadequate cleaning and other hazards. This could involve:

  • appropriate supervision and advice from a skilled person
  • a formal qualification in food hygiene and safety

Whichever you choose, you should be able to demonstrate somehow that training has taken place - this means having some form of written record.

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Due Diligence

If your business suffered a food safety incident, inspectors could be shown your records of training. This demonstrates due diligence - you have taken steps to ensure (and can demonstrate) that training is in place. You can also show the records to FSOs at your inspection.

Food Solutions Training templates make record keeping easier

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Skilled Food Handlers

A skilled person is one who has relevant training, education and experience to enable him or her to perceive the risks and to avoid the hazards associated with the job.

The food business operator (FBO) is responsible for proving staff are adequately trained to recognise and control the risks associated with the business.

Training Record Templates

Our FHRS pack contains a range of training templates that can be downloaded, and used for training.

To enable food businesses to prove to inspectors their staff are trained, we have developed specific training materials that are easy to understand and use.

  • Make sure you have any further information recommended in the trainers notes available to your staff.
  • Take time to ensure your staff thoroughly understand the subject as you follow the sheet through.
  • Answer any questions your staff may have on your specific procedures (if applicable), then ask them to sign one copy of the document.

You can file the signed copy in your records, to show Inspectors.

We add more Training Record templates regularly, this may not be a complete list!

Training Records in the FHRS Pack

List of Training Record Templates

202 - Allergen Awareness

Symptoms of food allergies, the recognised allergens, food handling and allergens rules - cross contamination, allergen labelling

206 - Personal Hygiene

Training for food handlers on personal hygiene. Handwashing, hats, hair and illness.

208 - General cleaning procedures

Training helps staff to use the correct cleaning procedures and products to ensure food safety

209 – Separation of raw and ready to eat food

Helps food handlers understand the need to separate raw and ready to eat foods so risks of cross contamination can be reduced or where possible eliminated.

217 - Using Cloths

Using cloths safely. Disposable cloths, preventing cross contamination, sanitising re-usable cloths.

224 - Durability Dates

Durability dates are important. Do your staff understand the dates on products? Best before and Use by - which is critical? Stock rotation and checking dates are vital.

230 - Refrigerator cleaning and temperature control

Training on cleaning and ensuring fridges are working correctly. (For fridges with a temperature gauge). Avoiding cross contamination from dirty equipment to food. Training ensures cleaning is done properly.

230a - Refrigerator cleaning and temperature control

Training for cleaning and ensuring fridges without a temperature gauge are working correctly.

233 - Microwave oven cleaning & maintenance

Considerations when cleaning and checking microwaves. What chemicals and equipment should you use for cleaning? Abrasive cleaning could damage the microwave. Trained staff will know your procedures.

237 - Chopping boards

Training on the correct use and storage of chopping boards could prevent cross contamination and a food safety incident in your business.

260 - Handbook: Food Hygiene and Safety Regulations made easy for Food Handlers

Suggestions on use of the handbook as a basis for your food safety hygiene training programme. Signed as read and understood, this document gives you proof training is in place.