Q. Do staff have to be trained in food safety/hygiene?
It is a legal requirement that staff who are involved in a food environment are trained and/or supervised commensurate with their work activity. The responsibility for the supervision and training of staff lies with the proprietor of the food business.
From 1st January 2006 , staff responsible for the development and maintenance of the food business's Hazard Analysis Critical Control Point (HACCP) system must have received adequate training in the application of the HACCP principles. There is however, no legal requirement for individuals to undergo certified training programmes.
Q. Does the FSAI carry out food safety/hygiene training?
The FSAI does not provide general food safety/hygiene training courses however the FSAI runs two specific training courses:
- 'Train the Trainer workshops' for the FSAI's "Food Safety and You Induction Training Programme"
Completion of the 'Train the trainer' workshop will allow a member of staff to
deliver the FSAI's 3 hour induction programme on food safety.
Get more details on the 'Train the Trainer' programme
- 'Training for Management in the Chinese Food Sector'
Chinese nationals deliver this programme in Mandarin or Cantonese to Chinese
food premises on behalf of the FSAI.
Get more details on training for management in the Chinese food sector
Q. Does the FSAI register, approve or endorse any training consultants or their training programmes?
A. The FSAI does not register, approve or endorse any training consultants or their training programmes.
Q. Where can I find information on food safety/hygiene training courses?
A. For information on what to look for in a training course and how to get the most out of your training view our Food Safety Training leaflet.
To assist industry determine the information that should be included during training for employees and management in a food business the Food Safety Authority of Ireland has published a suite of Guides to Food Safety Training. These are the first national guidelines on food safety training in Ireland and detail the food safety skills that food handlers and non-food handlers should be able to demonstrate at various stages in the workplace:
1. Guide to Food Safety Training Level 1 and Level 2
- Level 1 provides information on basic food safety skills to be demonstrate within the first month of employment.
- Level 2 provides information on the additional food safety skills that staff should be able to demonstrate within 3-12 months of commencing employment in your food business.
(These guides were previously available as two separate publications however following the evaluation of the effectiveness of Level 1 in 2003 there have been some minor changes to Level 1 and 2 training guides. The changes make the guides more "user-friendly" however the food safety skills remain the same).
2. Guide to Food Safety Training Level 3
- Level 3 food safety skills for management are the food safety skills to be demonstrated by managers and supervisors in food operations.
If you would like a copy of these Guides sent to you, please contact our Advice-Line LoCall Number 1890 33 66 77 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Q. Are there any food safety training materials available in foreign languages?
The FSAI provides information training materials available in a variety of languages. This document is merely intended to provide information, and is not an endorsement or recommendation for any or all of training materials listed. View document on food safety training materials in foreign languages
Q. Is there a specific course/qualification that I need to become a trainer?
A. There are no specific qualifications required to become a food safety trainer, however the Food Safety Authority of Ireland recommends that the person delivering the training must have:
- a background in food safety. The FSAI Level 3 Training Guide (Food Safety Skills for Managers) provides information on the level of food safety knowledge that a food safety trainer requires
- relevant experience in the food industry
- knowledge of how people learn and
- training skills.
Q. How do I become a food safety trainer with FÁS or another organisation?
To become a food safety trainer with a specific organisation e.g. Teagasc, Environmental Health Officers Association (EHOA), National Hygiene Partnership, Excellence Ireland etc. please contact the organisation directly. They will advise on requirements or criteria to become registered as a trainer for their specific training programmes.
Last reviewed: 17/5/2013