Food safety training

To book please call our admin team on 01524 582935 or email EHLtraining@lancaster.gov.uk

All courses include tuition, examination fees and a course handbook. The course costs £49 per delegate payable by card. Only payment secures a place on the course.

Unlike online training courses, our training will enable you to ask questions and is delivered by the Environmental Health Officers you will meet when a food hygiene occurs.


I own a food business - what must I do?

All food business proprietors will have to ensure the following:

  • Food handlers are supervised and instructed and/or trained in food hygiene matters commensurate with their work activities.
  • Those responsible for developing and maintaining procedures based on HACCP (Hazard Analysis Critical Control Points) principles or for the operation of relevant guides must have received adequate training in the application of the HACCP principles. This could be advice received from our Environmental Health Officers on the use of Safer Food, Better Business.

I own a business – do I need training?

It is advised that you and your managers receive an appropriate level of food hygiene training otherwise you will find it difficult to manage food safety within your business.

What responsibilities do I have?

If you run a food business you will be responsible for identifying any training and instruction needs of food handlers. You will have to determine how these are met.

The measures put in to place should ensure that all food handlers have sufficient knowledge and competence to enable them to handle foods safely. If you have a high turnover of staff effective supervision and instruction will be of particular importance.

What instruction and/or training is required?

The methods of instruction and/or training are a matter for the business to decide. A course of formal instruction is not stipulated in the regulations. However, we strongly recommend that formal training is given to all employees at a basic level to help them produce safe food and to give evidence of their competency.

Appropriate measures must be taken by the food business owners for food handlers who do not speak English as a first language, have learning difficulties, special educational needs, literacy needs, etc.


Highfield Level 2 Food Safety Award in Catering

This course is aimed at those people who have not had previous training or the last training was achieved three or more years ago. This course will be delivered in six hours and includes an examination.

Learning outcomes

  • Understand the importance of food safety procedures and reporting and how individuals can take personal responsibility for food safety
  • Understand how working areas are kept clean and hygienic
  • Identify the sources and risks to food safety and understand the importance of keeping food safe
  • Realise the importance of correct hand washing

CIEH Level 2 Food Safety in Catering - Refresher

This course is aimed at those people who have achieved the Level 2 food safety in catering within the last three years, this course will be delivered in three hours and include an examination similar to the full day course.

Should you have any queries over the correct level of training for you please call 01524 582935 and ask to speak to a member of the food team.

Why is this training important?

Food safety regulations and best practice are constantly changing and in order to guarantee safe food to consumers, food business operators must ensure their employees are kept up-to-date.

  • Refresh candidates’ knowledge of food safety;
  • Complete the Highfield Level 2 Food Safety qualification portfolio;
  • Encourage best practice within the workplace. 

Learning outcomes

  • Understand the importance of food safety procedures and reporting and how individuals can take personal responsibility for food safety;
  • Understand how working areas are kept clean and hygienic;
  • Identify the sources and risks to food safety and understand the importance of keeping food safe. 

Highfield Level 2 Award in Food Allergen Awareness

Under the Food Information Regulations 2014, food business operators have a legal responsibility to provide complete and correct food allergen information to customers. These regulations apply to all catering and retail businesses that serve or sell loose foods.

The Highfield Level 2 Award in Food Allergen Awareness has been designed to help food handlers to:

  • understand the impact of food allergy and intolerance
  • identify, manage and control the risks associated with food allergens
  • apply the principles of practical allergen management to develop good practice
  • provide allergen information, with confidence.

Who needs this qualification?

Everyone who prepares, serves or sells food in any type of food business needs to:

  • be fully aware of the foods that may trigger an allergic reaction and
  • know what precautions need to be taken to ensure that customers do not eat a food that they are trying to avoid.

Other bodies that offer food hygiene training

The Highfield publications course finder can help you find local course providers or you can try one of the following:

Last updated: 08 November 2017