Food Safety Training

The purpose of the Food Safety qualifications is as follows:

Level 1 – ensures that employees from all food sectors are equipped with a basic knowledge of food safety to enable them to produce safe food.

These qualifications include:

  • Level 1 Award in Food Safety for Catering
  • Level 1 Award in Food Safety for Retail
  • Level 1 Award in Food Safety for Manufacturing
  • Level 1 National Award in Food Safety

Level 2 – ensures that food handlers are aware of the hazards and controls associated with the types of food they produce.

These qualifications include:

  • HABC Level 2 Award in Food Safety for Catering (QCF)
  • HABC Level 2 Award in Food Safety for Manufacturing (QCF)
  • HABC Level 2 Award in Food Safety for Retail (QCF)
  • HABC Level 2 Award in Food Safety for Catering (Refresher)
  • HABC Level 2 Award in Food Safety for Manufacturing (Refresher)
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Level 1 Awards in Food Safety

These food safety qualifications have been developed to ensure that employees from all food sectors are equipped with a basic knowledge of food safety to enable them to produce safe food.

Entry for these qualifications needs no former knowledge of food safety and they are therefore ideal for use as part of a company induction programme. They could also be used as refresher training to maintain and improve food safety standards within an organisation.

  • Level 1 Award in Food Safety in Catering
  • Level 1 Award in Food Safety for Retail
  • Level 1 Award in Food Safety for Manufacturing

HABC Level 2 Awards in Food Safety

It is essential for food safety that all food handlers are aware of the hazards and controls associated with the types of food they produce. Every year, many people are made ill and some even die as a result of eating contaminated food. Food businesses have a legal and moral obligation to ensure they are not contributing to these statistics.

Whatever the type of food being produced, controls must be put in place to ensure all types of contamination and temperature abuse are either eliminated completely or controlled to ensure safety.

The food business operator in any type of food business has a legal obligation to ensure that staff are supervised and instructed and/or trained in food hygiene matters to a level necessary for the type of activity they are carrying out. The most effective way of complying with this legal requirement is to obtain an appropriate, accredited qualification in food safety and ensure the knowledge gained is implemented in the workplace. HABC’s Level 2 Qualifications in Food Safety help organisations to comply with this requirement.

The current Level 2 Food Safety qualifications available from HABC include the following:

  • HABC Level 2 Award in Food Safety in Catering (QCF)
  • HABC Level 2 Award in Food Safety for Manufacturing (QCF)
  • HABC Level 2 Award in Food Safety for Retail (QCF)
  • HABC Level 2 Award in Food Safety in Catering (Refresher)
  • HABC Level 2 Award in Food Safety for Manufacturing (Refresher)

HABC appreciates that training is an expense to business. However, we are confident that you will find us the most cost-effective qualification providers in the UK, and that our qualifications will equip your candidates with practical knowledge wholly relevant and practical to their work activities. This will contribute to producing safe food, protecting your profits and your business.

HABC qualifications are recognised by enforcement officers, food safety consultants and auditors, and enable any business to demonstrate their commitment to providing safe food and being legally compliant. The level of qualification chosen will depend on the type of food production and the level of responsibility of the food handler. Whatever the needs are, HABC will provide the necessary qualification.

HABC Level 2 Award in Food Safety in Catering (QCF)

The aim of this accredited qualification is to provide individuals with knowledge of the basic food safety practices that are essential in the catering industry. This includes the hazards and risks to food safety presented by food operations and personnel, together with cost-effective, practical control measures.

The qualification is designed principally for those who are, or intend to be, food handlers working in catering. It is also appropriate for those providing services to catering premises including pest control operators, maintenance engineers, cleaners, and laundry and delivery personnel.

Achievement of this qualification will enable learners to identify how to make changes to catering practices in order to improve the safety of catering services.

This Ofqual approved qualification has been developed specifically for insertion onto the Qualifications and Credit Framework with full support from People 1st, the Sector Skills Council for Hospitality, Leisure, Travel and Tourism. It is therefore fully compliant with industry and regulatory standards as well as
being recognized by environmental health practitioners, auditors and other enforcement officers.

This qualification is available in English, Modern Chinese, Hindi, Polish, Arabic, Malayalam and Thai.


HABC Level 2 Award in Food Safety for Manufacturing (QCF)

Food handlers achieving this accredited qualification will have the necessary information to ensure food safety in any size or type of food manufacturing environment.

The qualification is designed for people who work, or intend to work in food or drink production. In addition to the fundamentals of food safety, candidates will gain an appreciation of the specific types of hazards, controls and monitoring associated with food manufacture.

This qualification has been designed to address the differences between catering and manufacturing environments, and will ensure staff are compliant with the requirement for businesses to train food handlers to levels commensurate with their work activities.

This Ofqual-approved qualification has been developed specifically for insertion onto the Qualifications and Credit Framework, with full support from Improve, the Sector Skills Council for the food and drink manufacturing industry in the UK. It is therefore fully compliant with industry and regulatory standards, as well as being recognised by environmental health practitioners, auditors and third party customers who require the manufacturer to demonstrate that they have trained staff to a recognised level.

This qualification is available in English, Polish, Portuguese, Lithuanian and Slovakian.


HABC Level 2 Award in Food Safety for Retail (QCF)

The aim of this accredited qualification is to provide individuals with knowledge of the basic food safety practices which are essential in a retail environment. The hazards and controls in this type of environment differ from those found in catering, but are no less important.

The qualification is designed principally for those who work in, or intend to work in, a retail environment where both packaged and/or open foods are available. It is also appropriate for people providing a service, for example delivery drivers and home delivery employees.

Achievement of this qualification will enable learners to identify how to make changes to practices, in order to maintain and improve the safety of
food for the final consumer.

This Ofqual-approved qualification has been developed specifically for insertion into the Qualifications and Credit Framework, with full support from Skillsmart Retail, the Sector Skills Council for Retail. It is therefore fully compliant with industry and regulatory standards, as well as being recognised by environmental health practitioners, auditors and other enforcement officers.


HABC Level 2 Award in Food Safety in Catering (Refresher)

The aim of this refresher qualification is to provide individuals with knowledge of the basic food safety practices that are essential in the catering industry.
These include the hazards and risks to food safety presented by food operations and personnel together with cost-effective, practical control measures.

The qualification is designed principally for those who are food handlers working in catering and are due to receive refresher training. HABC recommends
that competency testing takes place at least annually, followed by short refresher sessions, to demonstrate the importance of continuously working safely.

Achievement of this qualification will enable learners to identify how to make changes to catering practices in order to improve the safety of catering services.


For further advice or to book on this or any other course please contact us on 0151 548 2996 or email info@samsonsecurity.co.uk