The importance of Food safety and hygiene for businesses

Happy Pancake Day everyone!

Did you know that anyone handling food within their business must be trained in food safety and hygiene. Get it wrong and it could have fatal consequences especially amongst high risk or vulnerable groups such as the elderly, the very young, pregnant women and those with a reduced immune system as they may not be able to fight off food poisoning in the same ways that others can.

The Food Standards Agency and Local Authority Environmental Health Officers assist to maintain good standards that are regulated and controlled within many businesses across the UK however the home environment could be a real danger zone and something you should consider.

Food safety in the home environment is often not as good as in a business environment as generally it is not well controlled and a lot of opportunity for cross contamination and poor hygiene. We recommend that everyone has food safety training regardless if you are a food business or not.

Just last year one of our customers called us to inform that they were experiencing a large volume of sickness due to food poisoning and this was detrimental to business operations as the length of time off for each occurrence was on average 5 days. Their management team requested that we train the non food related business employees in food safety and hygiene which resulted in a zero sickness absence rate from food poisoning since the training has happened.

Food poisoning

Preventing food poisoning outbreaks is relatively simple if you have good hygiene standards, cook food thoroughly, protect from contamination and keep it hot or cold.

Unfortunately in the UK at least 1 person contracts food poisoning every 30 seconds.

Food poisoning is no laughing matter and illness caused by food poisoning usually appear anywhere from 1 to 36 hours after eating contaminated or poisonous food, but some could take much longer.

Acute symptoms include vomiting, diarrhoea, stomach pains, fever, nausea, dehydration.

Chronic symptoms could include kidney failure, seizures or even brain damage and death.

It is estimated that there are 180 deaths per year in the United Kingdom caused by foodborne diseases from 11 pathogens. The Food Standards Agency (FSA) estimates that about 2.4 million cases of foodborne illness occur every year in the UK. Now that’s alot!

Benefits of good food safety and hygiene

Having a well trained workforce not only ensures that you are meeting your legal obligations but it will also help your employees and your business to perform better

Employees free from poisoning and ill health which reduces absenteeism

Employees immediate family free from  being poisoned

Excellent reputation from customers

Increased business revenue

Reduced costs from legal actions or court fines

Job security

Sound in the knowledge that your business is meeting the legal requirements as required


Food Safety & Hygiene Training

Essential deliver the RQF Level 2 National Qualification Food Safety and Hygiene Training

The Course covers;

  1. Understand how individuals can take personal responsibility for food safety
  2. Understand the importance of food handlers keeping themselves clean and hygienic
  3. Understand the importance of keeping work areas clean and hygienic
  4. Identify the importance of keeping food products safe

Course Duration

1 Day

Qualification Assessment and Certification

This qualification is assessed by multiple-choice examination. This qualification sits on the Regulated Qualifications Framework (RQF). The RQF is a qualification framework regulated by Ofqual.

Book this course here

or alternatively contact us on 0845 272 3558 or and we can arrange a date to come and deliver food safety and hygiene training at your premises.

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