Food Safety / Hygiene FAQs
At work I sometimes help out in the kitchen when we are short of staff. Do I need Food Hygiene training?
Yes, even though you only work in the kitchen occasionally this is still a requirement under the Food Hygiene Regulations. Consider going on the Fundamentals of Food Hygiene (one-day) course.
How long does a Food Hygiene certificate last?
There is no expiry date on the certificates issued, but good practice is to renew every three years.
I want to start a catering business, do I need a go on a Food Hygiene course?
Yes, the law requires you to have suitable training.
How long does Food Hygiene or Food Safety training take?
Food Hygiene training usually takes one day.
For how long does the Food Hygiene or Food Safety training certificate last?
Three years is current recommendation for renewing Food Hygiene or Food Safety training.
Is there an exam at the end of the Food Hygiene or Food Safety training?
Yes, it is a multiple choice exam and all the information needed to pass the exam is explained during the Food Hygiene or Food Safety training course.
Do I need Food Hygiene or Food Safety training if I want to open a small business just selling sandwiches and snacks?
Yes, you do need Food Hygiene or Food Safety training if you are involved in the food trade however small your food business is when you start. Remember that with good food hygiene or food safety training and hard work it may become a big food business.
Do I need to register my party catering business with the local authority Environmental Health Office?
Yes, you must register. Registration is free and you will find the Environmental Health Officers will be expecting to find that you have up to date Food Hygiene or Food Safety training.
My English is not very good. Can the questions be read for me in the Food Hygiene or Food Safety exam?
Yes, they can. Extra time, 25%, can also be allowed.
Do I have to send my staff to your training centres or can you send a teacher to my hotel and have the Food Hygiene or Food Safety training in our workplace?
Yes, we can provide a Food Hygiene or Food Safety training course on your own premises. This means the Food Hygiene or Food Safety training can take place on a day of your choice and the timings can be adjusted to meet your requirements.
Call us on 0845 299 4049 to find out more.