Food handlers must receive appropriate supervision, and be instructed and/or trained in food hygiene, to enable them to handle food safely. Those responsible for developing and maintaining the business's food safety procedures, based on HACCP principles, must have received adequate training. The requirements for training should be seen in the context of the nature and size of the business.
There is no legal requirement to attend a formal training course or get a qualification, although many businesses may want their staff to do so. The necessary skills may also be obtained in other ways, such as through on-the-job training, self-study or relevant prior experience. The operator of the food business is responsible for ensuring this happens.
It's still a good idea to have an idea of the principles of food hygiene. Take a look at our home catering web pages to see what things you might need to know.
The following information lists local providers of training or contact us for advice.
Dudley College of Technology
The Broadway, Dudley, West Midlands, DY1 4AS
Hagley Road Center, Hagley Road, Stourbridge. West Midlands, DY8 1QU
Whittingham Road, Halesowen, West Midlands, B63 3NA
(0121) 602 7777
Thorns Community College
Stockwell Avenue, Brierley Hill, DY5 2NU
(01384) 816 225
Chartered Institute of Environmental Health
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