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Course contents

This training course is broken down into 4 sections

  1. 1 Introduction to Food Safety
  2. 2 Personal Hygiene
  3. 3 Cleaning
  4. 4 Storage, Temperature & Time
An image of a chef cutting peppers - Food Safety and Hygiene Level 1 Training
Food allergy animation

In this first section, we provide an introduction to food safety. This will include hazards and contamination, allergic reactions, good and poor safety standards, microorganism, bacteria and your responsibilities as a food handler including what you are legally required to do to keep food safe at all times.

Someone washing their hands

Having high standards of personal hygiene at all times is crucial for all food handlers. In the second section of this course we will cover personal hygiene looking at; handwashing, PPE, gloves, jewellery and cosmetics, and first aid, infection & illness at work. 

Person cleaning a pan with hot water for food safety and hygiene level 1

As a food handler, one of the best mottos you can live by is ‘clean as you go’. We will look at;  cleaning and disinfecting a surface and equipment, dos and don'ts, cleaning cloths, cleaning schedules, food pests and bins. 

Temperature probe

There are a few different things to consider when it comes to food temperatures, deliveries, storage, preservation, packaging, and labeling which we’ll take a look at in this section.

About this course

Our Food hygiene level 1 training course is ideal for beginners working in food handling and preparation. 1 in 10 people fall ill each year due to contaminated food. This number would be drastically reduced if everyone working with food completed an approved food safety & hygiene training course - It is essential that anyone who works where food is made, prepared or sold has a good understanding of food hygiene, even if they do not handle food.

Comprehensive health and safety training is a legal requirement for those working with consumables: Food Safety and Hygiene Level 1 provides a good understanding of food hazards and food poisoning; covering contamination, personal hygiene, cleanliness in the food preparation area, and the storage and temperature of food. It also looks at waste disposal and food pests.

Whether you operate in Catering, Hospitality, or Retail, our online food hygiene level 1 course explains the hazards associated with poor food hygiene, and what to do to keep food safe. Ensure best practice and work towards legal compliance in just 50 minutes. 

Our course is broken down into 4 easy-to-follow sections: an introduction to food safety, personal hygiene, cleanliness and cross-contamination, the storage of food and time and temperature controls.

Want to build on level 1 training or require level 2 training? We also provide IOSH Approved Food Safety and Hygiene Level 2 training

The importance of Food Hygiene Level 1 Training Course

It’s important that you comply with the law and understand the positive impact this training course can have on your organisation and employees.

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Food Safety & Hygiene Level 1 certificate

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Each of our courses ends with a multiple-choice test to measure your knowledge of the material.

This Food Safety and Hygiene Training - Level 1 course concludes with a 20 question multiple-choice test with a printable certificate. In addition, brief in-course questions guide the user through the sections of the training and are designed to reinforce learning and ensure maximum user engagement throughout.

As well as printable user certificates, training progress and results are all stored centrally in your LMS (Learning Management System) and can be accessed any time to reprint certificates, check and set pass marks and act as proof of a commitment to ongoing legal compliance.

What does my certificate include?

Your Food Hygiene Level 1 Training Course Certificate includes your name, company name (if applicable), name of course taken, pass percentage, date of completion, expiry date and stamps of approval or accreditations by recognised authorities.

Please note if you are using our course content via SCORM in a third party LMS then we are unable to provide certificates and you will need to generate these in your host LMS yourself.

Food Safety & Hygiene Level 1 Certificate

1,682 real user reviews

4.8 out of 5

This user gave this course a rating of 5/5 stars

Informative session on food hygiene

It was interesting to learn more about food hygiene and safety, and that it's so much more than just washing our hands.

I founded very interesting

The presenters are very inviting. All is clear and well explained. I will read more food regulations provided within the course, on Gov.uk. links. I would like to have a chance to retake the course. As I would like it to be 100% pass. I made a silly mistake and was unable to correct it immediately. Shame. Also, I would love to learn more and complete other levels of the same subject. Thank you very much for giving me this opportunity. Very kind regards, Sylwia B. Checinska

Good course

Some interesting things I did learn although a lot is common sense


This user gave this course a rating of 5/5 stars


This user gave this course a rating of 5/5 stars

easy to understand and engaging

This user gave this course a rating of 5/5 stars

really good

This user gave this course a rating of 5/5 stars

Why is this training important?


It's important that you comply with the law and know the ways in which it affects you and the way you work.

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:

Food business operators are to ensure that food handlers are supervised and instructed and/or trained in food hygiene matters commensurate with their work activity

Regulation (EC) No 852/2004, Chapter 12, Section 1

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Frequently asked questions

Our Level 1 Food Hygiene training course aims to educate you on the basics of food handling and preparation. Our course is split into four sections, which cover hazards and contamination, allergies, food safety standards, bacteria and microorganisms, legal requirements when handling and storing food, personal hygiene, cleaning surfaces and equipment, food temperatures and packaging, and labelling.
Yes, this course is IOSH approved and CPD Accredited for your total reassurance.
This course takes just 50 minutes to complete and can be completed on any device.
If you work with food, it’s important that you comply with the law and understand the ways it affects you and the way you work. Employers are responsible for staff hygiene training.
Level 1 Food Hygiene Training is for all staff who work in food production or retail businesses and who handle low-risk or wrapped foods. Employees who might need level 1 include workers in the following roles: front of house employees such as waiters, retail workers; check out assistants or stock replenishment staff, back of house employees; such as kitchen porters or warehouse/factory staff.
Yes, as with any iHASCO course, you can try it for free at any time without obligation.