Key Features & Benefits of this Course
- Can be completed in as little as 60 minutes
- CPD approved and CIEH assured
- Builds on Food Safety and Hygiene Level 1
- Suitable for all staff working around food
- End of course test and printable certificate
- Free trial, online demo and bulk discounts available
- Contact us to find out more about condensed versions and different languages
Food Safety and Hygiene Training - Level 2 Course Contents
1. Food Hazards and Food Poisoning
As one of the major concerns in modern food processing, the first section is all about food poisoning. To achieve your Level 2 Food Hygiene Certificate, you need to understand the four major ways in which food can become contaminated, what the symptoms of contaminated food are, and how to avoid the dangers.
Firstly, we will look at the risks of microbiological contamination, including bacteria, viruses, moulds and parasites. We take an in-depth look at what bacteria actually needs to grow and multiple, and use it to explain how easy it is to reduce risks. We also explain the importance of food labelling and stock rotation.
We then move on to chemical contamination, including the risks of cleaning products and pesticides in your food. You will be able to learn the importance of storing and using chemical products well away from food products.
This is followed by a detailed look at physical contamination. This is all about protecting food from visible objects which might contaminate it, including animal hair, jewellery, packaging, fingernails and more!
Finally, we take a look at allergenic hazards in foods – these are foods which can cause an allergic reaction. These can include peanuts and food colourings, and how important it is to ensure that honest allergy information is displayed on all labels, packaging and menus.
2. Personal Hygiene
One of the most serious hazards in the entire food industry is people themselves – people carry bacteria of all kinds, which can really be a problem if they contaminate food. This section is all about adhering to standards of good personal hygiene, including washing hands and being careful about what you wear.
The section even contains a step-by-step guide to help you understand how you should wash your hands!
3. The 4 C's of Food Safety
This section covers the 4 main C’s of food safety – cleanliness, cross-contamination, cooking and chilling.
Cleanliness in food-prep areas covers simple things, like tidying up as you go, how to keep your work surfaces clean and how to wash-up properly.
Cross-contamination is where harmful bacteria are spread from one thing to another. This could be anything for food, surfaces, hands or shared equipment. Mostly, this contamination occurs simply by touching the item without washing your hands correctly. This can happen at any point during the food-production process, so we also information on the correct storage of food and disposal of waste.
Cooking and reheating foods safely includes the use of reliable probe thermometers.
Chilling and defrosting foods in the correct manner is hugely important, and this course contains step-by-step guides on how to check the temperature in fridges and freezers.
4. Procedures and Premises
In this final section we cover aspects of food safety which are required at Level 2, including Food Safety Management Systems which are planned sets of procedures designed to manage food safety hazards and based on HACCP principles (Hazard Analysis Critical Control Point).
The importance of record-keeping is also included - things like oven, fridge and freezer temperatures, training records, cleaning records and records about where food came from and where it's going to (where appropriate).
We talk about inspections and finally we use an interactive screen with clickable areas to show the legal requirements for food premises.
Level 2 Food Hygiene Certificate
This Food Safety and Hygiene Level 2 training programme ends with a multiple-choice questionnaire. In addition, we provide several, quick-to-complete, questionnaires to guide the user through the various sections of the training. Our courses are designed to present the right information in an engaging way, and to ensure that the user absorbs the information in an effective manner.
Along with printable user certificates, users can also access training progress and results through the Learning Management System.
What does my certificate include?
Your Food Hygiene Level 2 Certificate includes your name, company name (if applicable), name of course taken, pass percentage, date of completion, expiry date and all relevant approvals.
Legislations relating to Food Safety & Hygiene
Food Hygiene Regulations 2006
What are the requirements of The Food Hygiene Regulations 2006?
These regulations set out the basic hygiene requirements for all food businesses, from premises and equipment to staff training and hygiene. Critically, proof of appropriate practice and staff training are required by law.
Based on Regulation (EC) No 852/2004 of the European Parliament, the following legislation applies to all organisations handling foodstuffs for human consumption:
An integrated approach is necessary to ensure food safety from the place of primary production up to and including placing on the market or export. Every food business operator along the food chain should ensure that food safety is not compromised.
As far as training is concerned, regulations state that, "food handlers are supervised and instructed and/or trained in food hygiene matters commensurate with their work activity".
They stipulate an onus on premises operators or business owners to, "identify any hazards [present] that must be prevented, eliminated or reduced to acceptable levels".
Staff health: "to ensure staff handling foodstuffs are in good health and undergo training on health risks".
Animals and pests: "as far as possible to prevent animals and pests from causing contamination".
Food waste: "to store and handle waste and hazardous substances so as to prevent contamination".
Food temperature: "compliance with temperature control requirements for foodstuffs".
Food premises: "Food premises are to be kept clean and maintained in good repair and condition".
Personal hygiene: "Every person working in a food handling area is to maintain a high degree of personal cleanliness and is to wear suitable, clean and, where necessary, protective clothing".
To earn your own Level 2 Food Hygiene Certificate, click on the button below. You can try this course for free before you commit, and bulk discounts are available if you’re educating your workforce.