Hitting the Busy Christmas Period Safely

For those working in the food industry, the Christmas period can be truly manic. Although you might be twice as busy as usual, forgetting health and safety isn’t an option and you’ll probably have extra members of staff to take care of during the hectic holiday period.

We thought we would take this opportunity to outline some of the safety training necessary to make sure your staff members are safe at work.

One of the main problems when trying to cover health and safety in the food industry is that there is such a wide range of tasks to carry out – from picking the produce, to transporting it and actually packaging it for sale there are a number of different risks that can be seen – and it isn’t just health and safety you need to be concerned with, the food must be stored, transported and dealt with in a safe manner to ensure there is no contamination.

It is important to remember that anyone who handles food – even if they are transporting it across the warehouse on a palette needs to be aware of the food safety risks that may arise. If there is an issue, they need to be able to deal with it safely without causing any potential harm. Courses from Highfield HABC and CIEH are industry recognised, browse Britannia’s range of food safety courses to see what we have on offer.

There is also a large amount of transporting to be done in the food industry. Regardless of where this takes place it is important to remember that there are legal safety requirements that all staff members must adhere to. If using machinery to move goods about, the staff member must be appropriately trained to use the vehicle.

Having a dedicated and knowledgeable site manager is key to be able to ensure safety on-site and that tasks are carried out with minimal risk. Training from the top means that managers are more aware of the hazards on site for those other staff members working for them and having a good knowledge of potential issues means that they can be planned and risks reduced.

For more information either browse our selection of courses online or call Britannia today on 0800 0149016.