It’s Time for a Spring Clean
- 1 in 7 takeaways in the UK fails its food safety auditor inspection.
- Only 9% of customers ignore a low food hygiene score, although they are more careful about what they order.
- 42% of customers refuse to visit an establishment that has been implicated in a food safety issue.
If, thanks to winter weather and a desire not to get cold or wet cleaning tasks in and around your business premises have been postponed then you must act now to spring clean and complete your own food hygiene audit.
If you don’t take immediate action you may discover your errors courtesy of the Food Standards Agency/local authority food safety auditor or through a food hygiene incident.
There are approximately 15 million rats in the UK. Don’t let even one of them use a pile of crumbs or a stack of boxes as a convenient food supply or new home.
If you don’t ensure that all health and safety auditing points are addressed how can you, as a business owner or manager, be certain that your lack of effort hasn’t opened the door to furry and flying food hygiene issues?
If you are confident in your own knowledge base and practices are you as secure in the abilities and adherence to legislation from every employee at your firm?
From inductees to trainees to chefs and supervisors your team members all have a vital role in the maintenance of the premises cleanliness and hygiene levels.
If you have any reservations, please make a small investment that can make a vast difference to your business’ fortunes and food safety auditor visit results. Take advantage of health and safety training and food hygiene training for each member of your team.
Remember, legislation is constantly changing so a course taken three years ago, may not guarantee that a staff member is compliant today.
Are you happy to let the food safety auditor be the one to alert you to a flaw in procedures?
Do you want to them to instruct you to adopt one of the legislation meeting food safety management systems or would you prefer to be proactive?
Specialist firms like Food Alert in London offer accredited courses for all employee levels.
The CIEH level 2 food safety course examines food hygiene at a practical level. The qualification equates to GCSE grades A* to C.
- Food safety.
- Food premises.
- Food hygiene hazards.
- Food handling.
- Safe food storage.
- Temperature control.
- Refrigeration, chilling and cold holding.
- Cooking, hot holding and reheating.
The CIEH Level 3 food safety training is aimed at supervisors, team leaders and owners. This equates to AS/A level.
- Workplace and equipment design.
- Waste disposal, cleaning and disinfection.
- Pest control.
- Personal hygiene.
- Applying and monitoring good food hygiene practices.
- Temperature control.
- Contributions to staff training.
- Implementation of food safety management systems.
- The HACCP system.
- Food legislation and supervisory management.
Don’t take any risks. Spring clean, train staff and ensure that you pass health and safety auditing.