Food hygiene training for independent restaurants - is it worth it?

Discover the importance of food hygiene training for independent restaurants and whether it's worth the investment. Learn about the benefits it can bring to your business and how to get started. Read now to ensure your restaurant meets the highest standards of food safety
Michael Radley
Dec 2023
4 min read

In the UK, food hygiene training is not a legal requirement, and businesses can operate without a food hygiene certificate.

However, every food business must take responsibility for staff training and supervision when it comes to food safety.

And, you will lose marks in your EHO inspection if you can’t provide evidence of training. So is food hygiene training necessary? Let’s take a closer look.

What are the benefits of food hygiene training?

Reduce food waste

Poor hygiene practices (e.g. storing food at the wrong temperature) leads to food going out of date. Food hygiene training teaches team members how to store food properly, therefore, minimising waste.

Prevent cross contamination

Cross contamination can lead to food poisoning and allergic reactions. Effective training ensures staff know how to prevent contamination, therefore protecting your business from potential incidents or lawsuits.

Build a positive reputation

Food hygiene training provides teams with the knowledge and skills they need to carry out the best practices—which won’t go unnoticed by customers.

Receive a good hygiene rating

If teams are trained, they will carry out tasks more effectively, and so your business will be more likely to receive top scores on the doors.

Improve efficiency

Poor efficiency is often due to a lack of training—when staff know how to work hygienically, productivity increases and less errors occur.

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Food hygiene training options

If you’re keen on food hygiene training, you can train your team in-house or externally.

In-house training:

Materials are developed by the business and can be adapted to reflect company practices. Qualified team members or external trainers deliver the training.

This type of training is low cost. But it’s a large time investment as you have to develop and deliver the training.

External training:

Organisations and consultants run off-site training courses or offer e-learning courses for hospitality staff. External trainers deliver training.

While there is an upfront fee, there’s minimal time investment. And in many cases, you receive certification to prove to an EHO your staff are trained.

Food hygiene training courses

If external training is right for your business, you can choose from several different courses:

UK government – offers the following free online food hygiene training courses:

NCASS – triple-accredited food hygiene and catering courses:

CIEH – chartered body for environmental health training courses:

CIEH also offers a range of e-learning courses—over 20 courses in environmental health.

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How Trail can help

While Trail can’t deliver your food hygiene training course, you can use the app to train your teams on their everyday tasks.

Best practice videos and photos can be added to tasks to make sure everyone is clear on safe food handling.‍

So team members know exactly what to do, even when you're not there.

Plus you can store all your staff training records on the app, so an EHO can locate everything quickly and easily. And you can get that 5 hygiene rating.

Food hygiene app

What customers are saying

"I f****** love Trail, it's taking my businesses to the next level."
Josh Paterson
"We rarely provide training to our guys, they just bought into the idea straight away. I love that I have a full visual of everyone's activity in front of me."
Katrin Toots
Compliance Manager
“It’s not a paper diary that’s covered in barbecue sauce. We have clarity over what’s done in our sites and are confident going into our audits.”
Jay Brown
“The EHO visited almost every site last year and every store was given a five star rating."
Jay Brown
Operations Chef
"We turned our Costa Checks and various compliance forms into regular tasks on Trail, which has contributed to some of the best scores we have had."
Delroy Daniels
Operations Director
"Our teams love it, it gives our managers of all levels absolute clarity on what they need to achieve every day."
James Brown
Operations Director

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