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Health and Safety in a Food Environment course
Health and Safety in a Food Environment
Health and Safety in a Food Environment

Overview - Health and Safety in a Food Environment

This Health and Safety in a Food Environment course has been created with food businesses in mind and will help ensure workers and customers alike are as safe as is practicably possible on your premises.

Learners will be taught about health and safety laws & obligations, best practice and how to carry out a risk assessment in a food business to eliminate or reduce the risk of harm from hazards.

This course is particularly relevant to food handlers, owner/managers and anybody involved in working in a food environment.

By completing this course you will be meeting your legal obligations and reducing the possibility of workplace accidents, improving your productivity and minimising the risk of bad publicity or legal action.

During 2014/15 611,000 injuries were reported at work and 142 workers were killed in the UK. That resulted in businesses losing 27 working days and over £14 million in compensation costs, not including any costs and bad publicity from injuries to customers.

The Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 places a legal obligation on all businesses to:

  1. Assess risks to employees, customers, partners and any other people who could be affected by their activities.
  2. Provide health and safety training and information to employee. This includes full and part time staff, permanent and temporary workers and even extends to agency staff, contractors and visitors.

The learning objectives for this module are:

  • Describe the development of health and safety.
  • Explain why health and safety is important.
  • Follow the health and safety requirements placed on employers and employees.
  • Define key terms, such as hazard, risk and control.
  • Outline the principles of risk assessment.
  • Apply the principles of health and safety and accident prevention.
  • Follow systems, procedures and rules.
  • Reduce risks to health and safety through individual action.
  • Appreciate how workplace equipment and task design affect health and safety.

Lesson Plan

The subjects covered in this module include:

  • Introduction
    • Welcome and learning objectives
  • Health and Safety in a food environment
    • Background of health and safety
    • Why is health and safety important?
    • Requirements placed on employers
    • Reasonably practicable
    • What is reasonably practicable?
    • Current relevant legislation
    • Hazard, risk and control
    • Examples of hazards found in the food industry
    • How do controls affect risk
    • Risk assessment
    • Identify the hazards
    • Decide who might be harmed and how
    • Evaluate the risks and decide on precautions
    • Record the significant findings
    • Review the risk assessment and update if necessary
  • Online test


On completion of this course you will be able to print a Virtual College certificate.


Approximately 1 hour. The length of time taken depends entirely on how quickly you can study and absorb the material. The course is self-paced with 31 interactive screens and multiple components, which can be completed at your convenience. Your progress will be recorded throughout.

Target Audience

This course is suitable for anyone who works in a food environment.

Entry Requirements

There are no specific entry requirements for this course.

How It Works

How it Works

This is an online course which is studied via the Virtual College Learning Management System, Enable. All of the training is taken online. The course is self-paced so you decide how fast or slow the training goes. You can also revisit the training material, even after you have completed the course.

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Once your purchase has gone through you will be able to continue to a login screen. Enter your name and create a password if prompted. This will log you into our Learning Management System (LMS) where you will be able to take the course or allocate it to other people.

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Step 3: Take the course

For the best possible internet browser experience we recommend you use Google Chrome, Microsoft Edge, Internet Explorer 11 or Firefox.

You will get a better learner experience if you have sound enabled. Most computers come with built-in speakers, but the narration will generally be written in text on the screen for you to read if you don't have sound turned on.

The course is interactive and you may need to click on parts of the screen before you can advance. This will be obvious as the narration and text will tell you what to do or the links will pulse and flash. The system will remember where you left off and take you back there, but you can go over any part of it as many times as you want to and take as long as you want.

You can write your own notes for the course and print them off or simply store them to access later any time you view your course.

When you get to the end, you will be presented with an assessment to check your understanding. Don't worry; in most cases you can take this assessment three times at no extra cost, and we have policies and procedures in place for adding further attempts.

Step 4: Your certificate

You will be able to print your own certificate at the end of the course.

Some courses also include the option of a high-quality posted certificate, for example our Level 2 Food Safety and Hygiene courses.


Bulk discounts

Bulk discounts are available on purchases of 10 or more courses.

If you wish to discuss a large individual order for this course, and/or would like to be invoiced in advance, please call our sales team on 01943 885 085 to make an enquiry.

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