Many businesses working in hospitality and retail preparing and serving food, look to take on temporary staff during busy periods, such as the fast approaching festive season.
Whilst staff may only be with a business for a short period of time, businesses that take their corporate responsibilities seriously will ensure the newcomers to the business will have basic food safety and other essential skills in place, at the induction stage of their employment.
Whether employing as a group or as individuals the Health and Safety Executive insists that temporary and agency workers have the same level of health and safety protection as permanent staff.
EC Regulations on the hygiene of foodstuffs, details the legal requirement in respect of training of food handlers (A food handler is defined as any person involved in food business that handles or prepares food whether open or packaged. Food also includes ice and drink).
The employer is ultimately responsible for providing a safe environment and not the third party arranger. Employers must ensure individuals are included in risk assessments and know what measures are in place to protect them. If they do not have occupational qualifications or skills needed for the job but are still taken on then they will need training to industry standards before being allowed responsibility for their job role within the company.
Britannia Safety and Training offers an in-house induction course (6 hour session) for up to 12 members of staff to cover the following subjects:
- Health & Safety Awareness
- COSHH (Control of Substances Hazardous to Health)
- Manual Handling
- Food Safety
- Fire Safety
Ideal for ensuring new permanent and temporary staff and existing staff are aware of their duties under the Health and Safety at Work Act and understand why it is important to comply.
This will also help toward a business showing due diligence within the food sectors. Individuals and groups can also join one of Britannia’s open courses, subject to availability.
Britannia also provides a full range of HABC and CIEH standard courses for the food industry. Visit britanniaits.com for full information or telephone Emily on 0800 014 9016.