Food Safety Level 2 Award
This qualification is ideal for anyone working or beginning to work in the catering and hospitality industry.
Subjects covered include hazards and controls, food safety management and temperature controls, food poisoning control, personal hygiene, cleaning and disinfection, food pests, and the role of the food handler in keeping food safe.
The HABC Level 2 Award in Food Safety in Catering (QCF) is accredited and recognised internationally and has been developed to protect customers, brand reputation and profits.
How The Course Works
Group activities, discussion, workbooks and practical workshop.This course is assessed by a multiple choice exam. Participants will be able to understand the importance of:
– Personal responsibility for food safety
– Personal hygiene and cleanliness
– Keeping work areas clean and hygienic
– Keeping food safe
Benefits For The Individual
– Ensures staff are fully competent
– Nationally recognised qualification
– Improved knowledge of Food Safety
– Greater career prospects
Benefits For Employers
– Ensures staff are fully competent
– Staff provide a better quality service
– Provides a high quality workforce
– Enhances company reputation
Individuals achieving this qualification can then progress onto any of the HABC Level 3 Food Safety qualifications.
FOOD HYGIENE FOR BUSINESSES
This article originally appeared on the Governments’ Food Standards Agency website here – food.gov.uk
Good food hygiene is essential for you to make or sell food that is safe to eat. It is very important for you and your staff to understand what good food hygiene is. That’s why the type of professional food safety training Blackpool businesses require is very important. Please note: Even though there might not be a specific legal requirement behind each tip below, it is very important to follow the advice in this section.
Good Food Hygiene: the 4 Cs
Good food hygiene helps you to:
- obey the law
- reduce the risk of food poisoning among your customers
- protect your business’s reputation
Good food hygiene is all about controlling harmful bacteria, which can cause serious illness. The four main things to remember for good hygiene are:
These are known as the 4 Cs. They will help you prevent the most common food safety problems.
Cross-contamination is when bacteria are spread between food, surfaces or equipment. It is most likely to happen when raw food touches (or drips onto) ready-to-eat food, equipment or surfaces. Cross-contamination is one of the most common causes of food poisoning.
Therefore, the sort of food safety training Blackpool businesses need in this respect should cover Do the following things to avoid it:
- Clean and disinfect work surfaces, chopping boards and equipment thoroughly before you start preparing food and after you have used them to prepare raw food.
- Use different equipment (including chopping boards and knives) for raw meat/poultry and ready-to-eat food unless they can be heat disinfected in, for example, a commercial dishwasher.
- Wash your hands before preparing food.
- Wash your hands thoroughly after touching raw food.
- Keep raw and ready-to-eat food apart at all times, including packaging material for ready-to-eat food.
- Store raw food below ready-to-eat food in the fridge. If possible, use separate fridges for raw and ready-to-eat food.
- Provide separate working areas, storage facilities, clothing and staff for the handling of ready-to-eat food.
- Use separate machinery and equipment, such as vacuum packing machines, slicers and mincers, for raw and ready-to-eat food.
- Separate cleaning materials, including cloths, sponges and mops, should be used in areas where ready-to-eat foods are stored, handled and prepared.
- Make sure that your staff know how to avoid cross-contamination.
Effective cleaning gets rid of bacteria on hands, equipment and surfaces. So it helps to stop harmful bacteria from spreading onto food. Therefore, it is critical that the type of thorough food safety training Blackpool businesses need should cover following things:
- Make sure that all your staff wash and dry their hands thoroughly before handling food.
- Clean and disinfect food areas and equipment between different tasks, especially after handling raw food.
- Clear and clean as you go. Clear away used equipment, spilt food etc. as you work and clean work surfaces thoroughly.
- Use cleaning and disinfection products that are suitable for the job, and follow the manufacturer’s instructions.
- Disinfection products should meet BS EN standards. Check product labels for either of these codes: BS EN 1276 or BS EN 13697.
- Do not let food waste build up.
Chilling food properly helps to stop harmful bacteria from growing. Some food needs to be kept chilled to keep it safe, for example food with a ‘use by’ date, cooked dishes and other ready-to-eat food such as prepared salads and desserts. One very critical aspect of food safety training Blackpool organisations should not overlook is that it is very important not to leave these types of food standing around at room temperature. So, make sure you do the following things:
- Check chilled food on delivery to make sure it is cold enough.
- Put food that needs to be kept chilled in the fridge straight away.
- Cool cooked food as quickly as possible and then put it in the fridge.
- Keep chilled food out of the fridge for the shortest time possible during preparation.
- Check regularly that your fridge and display units are cold enough.
Thorough cooking kills harmful bacteria in food. So it is extremely important to make sure that food is cooked properly. When cooking or reheating food, always check that it is steaming hot all the way through.
It is especially important to make sure that you thoroughly cook poultry, pork, rolled joints and products made from minced meat, such as burgers and sausages. This is because there could be bacteria in the middle of these types of products. They should not be served pink or rare and should be steaming hot all the way through. Whole cuts of beef and lamb, such as steaks, cutlets and whole joints, can be served pink/rare as long as they are fully sealed on the outside.
Links to help ful guides covering the issues below can be found by following this links – food.gov.uk
Food Handlers: Fitness to Work
The kind of expert food safety training Blackpool businesses deserve will help managers and staff prevent the spread of infection by advising which illnesses and symptoms staff should report and what managers should do in response.
- Rules on keeping your water supply safe.
- Rules on food waste, including waste cooking oil.
- Shelf life of ready-to-eat food, temperature controls and vacuum packed chilled foods guidanceGuidance for food businesses to clarify the steps that they need to take to control the risk of food becoming contaminated by E.coli O157 and what food safety training Blackpool businesses should be undertaking to protect their customers.
Advice For Different Business Types
Information for butchers, and people working in butchers’ shops to help recognise food safety risks, develop procedures to manage food safety and keep food safe.
Childminders: Registration & Food
Food safety is very important for childcare because children are a vulnerable group. This means children can be more seriously affected by food poisoning and food allergy than some other groups of people.
Preventing Listeriosis in Hospitals & Nursing/Care Homes
Hospitals and settings such as nursing or residential care homes are legally responsible for the safety of food they provide to the people in their care.
Catering Advice for Charity & Community Groups providing Food
Advice on providing food in a village hall or other community setting for volunteers and charity groups.
Industry Guides (produced by the food industry
A series of national guides has been produced by the food industry and provides guidance to good hygiene practice and the application of HACCP principles within the legislative framework. The Food Standards Agency recognises these guides.
HACCP (Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Point) is a system that helps food business operators look at how they handle food and introduces procedures to make sure the food produced is safe to eat.
Training for Food Handlers
Food business operators are required by law, to ensure that food handlers receive appropriate supervision, instruction and the sort of food hygiene and food safety training Blackpool businesses require in line with their work activity in order to enable them to handle food safely.
Under EU law, any prepacked food or drink sold in the UK must clearly state on the label if it contains ingredients listed here.
More information for businesses about allergies and food intolerance are available through the following links