Has your food safety training been effective?

The peace of mind that comes with safety training and certification is lovely, but only if the processes are adhered to outside of the training environment. Information absorbed during a training course a few months or a couple of years ago may not be current, could be forgotten, remembered incorrectly or ignored completely. Old habits may sneak back in to the kitchen.

Please don’t take it for granted that every staff member you employ in your food related business will be perfect as soon as they’ve attended a food safety training course. They’re human, not superhuman. Therefore, thinking like food safety auditors and using effective in-house auditing practices offers a true sense of strengths, weaknesses, where training gaps exist and who would benefit from a refresher.

It’s recommended that staff take a refresher course after three years to maintain knowledge and adherence to legislation but if a flaw is revealed earlier than this there is absolutely no reason why a manager or owner should wait to educate their team member.

Using an HACCP food safety management system is mandatory in the EU and this is a preventative tool that alerts management and staff to risks, allows for assessment and controls; it acts as a perfect food safety audit base.

HACCP has seven integral principles and these are used to develop a plan which is tailored to your business. When you choose to carry out an unannounced food safety audit any lapses will be revealed, although when HACCP is used correctly there is a noticeably positive impact. The Food Hygiene Ratings Scheme’s scores are often higher for establishments with HACCP plans and in-house audits than in eateries which don’t proactively tackle food safety and training.

 

Waiting for the official Food Standards Agency/local authority food safety auditors to reveal issues is effectively bad management and a high risk strategy. Moreover, training and ongoing processes management will always cost less than being sued or fined after a food hygiene incident.

Companies like Food Alert have online management tools which make every day trading easier and lessen the panic when the official food safety auditors grace your premises.

Food Alert’s unique software is called FACT.

It is:

  • Easy to use and innovative.
  • Ideal for any size of food related business.
  • Accessible 24/7 on various platforms.
  • Tailored to management and chefs.
  • Customisable.
  • A live food safety management system.
  • Cost effective.
  • Efficient, it reduces time spent on tasks and automates manual tasks.
  • Diminishes paperwork.
  • Increases transparency.
  • Delivers food safety tools and data specific to your operations.
  • Features pre-generated action plans to address issues.
  • Answers compliance needs – policy and training data.
  • Easy access to current information – managed and stored electronically.  

 

Manage:

  • Accidents.
  • Allergens.
  • Alleged food poisoning cases.
  • Training requirements – food safety, HACCP, HSE.
  • Certification.
  • Supplier documentation.
  • EHO activity. 
  • Personalised safety manuals.
  • Risk assessments and forms.

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