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.
Poor hygiene practices (e.g. storing food at the wrong temperature) leads to food going out of date.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.
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.
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.
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.
Poor efficiency is often due to a lack of training—when staff know how to work hygienically, productivity increases and less errors occur.
If you’re keen on food hygiene training, you can train your team in-house or externally.
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.
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.
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.
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.