Understanding how to safely and professionally handle food is essential across a range of industries. It ensures not only safe food handling and service, but also ensures proper food preparation, storage, transportation, disposal and more.
A quality food handling course will ensure that all food service is carried out safely. It will protect your business and your reputation from the risks associated with food poisoning and will save you money on unnecessary food spoilage and wastage.
Who benefits from food handling courses?
The most common professionals who would be expected to have strong food handling knowledge would include anyone who works within the hospitality industry. However, it goes beyond just the hospitality industry.
Anyone who works with food should have a thorough working knowledge of food handling and food safety. This includes people working in hotels/motels, aged care or child care facilities, hospitals, food manufacturing and processing, food retail (e.g. supermarkets), food transport, fast food service, commercial kitchens and more.
What will I learn on a food handling course?
Depending on whether you’re looking at a food handlers course online or on-site, the methods of teaching may differ somewhat. However, the content of the courses should remain largely consistent.
These are the main areas that you can expect a food handling course to cover:
- Personal hygiene and cleanliness
- Safely receiving, storing, preparing, displaying and disposing of food
- Food allergen awareness, including avoiding cross contamination
- Food storage, including during transport, stocking and preparation
- Maintaining food work areas and equipment
- Food preparation standards, from storage times to preparation times
- Safe food service
- Food safety legal and legislative requirements
- Hazard analysis and critical control points (HACCP)
As you will have no doubt noticed, food handling is something that can take a huge amount of time and effort to get right. It would mean that you need to spend a fair amount of effort getting used to the rules of the culinary world. However, the benefits of taking the time to learn about this essential part of food handling far outweigh any investment needed.
Often, you will find that the skills you learn on a food handling course will serve you well in day-to-day life as well as anything else that you do regarding the handling of food.
A range of on-site courses and online food handling courses are available from a range of providers. On-site course generally take place on the course-provider’s premises. However, some providers will carry out courses at your place of business. Some face to face courses can include practical components, which can be valuable for helping people properly understand the safety process and requirements.
Online courses don’t include practical components. However, they are generally cheaper and quicker to complete and so appeal to many businesses for these reasons.
Regardless of the course format, food safety and food handling courses are a valuable investment for your business.