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Due to essential maintenance, the following systems will be unavailable from 6.00pm on Monday 2 October until 8.00am on Tuesday 3 October: our online council tax, business rates and housing benefit services, and our welfare assistance form. You will also not be able to register to pay council tax online, make a change of address for council tax or cancel single person discount. You are still able to make a payment during this time. We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause.

Food safety training

Everyone who works with food, whether in catering, manufacturing or retail, is responsible for safeguarding the health of anyone who consumes food prepared, processed, stored or sold by their food business. Food handlers have a special responsibility for safeguarding the health of consumers and to ensure that the food they serve, or sell is safe to eat.

By law, food business operators must ensure that food handlers are adequately supervised and instructed or trained in food hygiene, to enable them to handle and prepare food in the safest way.

Food handlers don't necessarily have to hold a food hygiene certificate to prepare or sell food. The skills can also be learned by:

  • training on-the-job
  • self-study
  • prior experience in food hygiene

For food handlers who prepare open, high-risk foods or handle food and have a supervisory role, it is suggested that they are instructed or trained to a level equivalent to the Chartered Institute of Environmental Health (CIEH) Foundation Certificate in Food Safety (Level 2) within 3 months of starting work. See Chartered Institute of Environmental Health: training courses for further information.

To book a Council training course, you can do so at Courses, workshops and vocational qualifications .

Food Standards Agency free training

The Food Standards Agency also provide online training and video courses. These include:

Contact us
Better Business for All
03000 261 016