When you think about health and safety in the food industry it is easy to think of some of the more ridiculous warnings which appear on food and beverage packaging, such as a bag of nuts with ‘make contain nuts’ emblazoned across the side, or the disposable coffee cup which warns you that the contents are hot. Whilst they are momentarily amusing, their reason for being often stems from a serious incident where a consumer has been harmed and the law has ruled these warnings necessary.
In the restaurant business there are several levels of health and safety requirements to be aware of. Clearly, food handling is a big part of the job so all the applicable qualifications will be required. There are then rules relating to staff welfare to consider and then of course the safety of the customers themselves. Knowledge gained at fire safety courses is just as valuable as that gleaned from customer care workshops so make sure that you pay attention and even if the subject matter is dry you stay alert and concentrate.
For kitchen workers in restaurants their ambition might be to train for a Level 2 Food Hygiene certificate once the basis course has been completed. Make sure you select a reputable training supplier and that the course is properly accredited before you part with any course fees. Request recommendations from trusted sources or look online for a reputable training facility to trust to look after your employees.
With any training, revising the course content is helpful on a regular basis to ensure best practice is being adhered to, and don’t be afraid to have reminders on display in the workplace. Reference aids for things like food storage temperatures are available in poster form and are a useful aide memoir for many people. A healthy kitchen is a happy kitchen after all!