Food Handling Course

Food Handling Course – What to Expect

CHT Melbourne offers a detailed food handling course ideal for anyone in a food business. It is essential that workers understand the necessary obligations and expectations surrounding proper food care and storage, and this course provides comprehensive information regarding the essentials of food hygiene. In this course, you will learn:

  • Current food handling obligations

Australian Food Safety Standard 3.2.2 (Food Safety Practices and General Requirements) requires that people who handle food, and the people who supervise them, have the skills and knowledge in food safety and food hygiene for the work they do.

  • Hygiene risks

All food handlers should follow strict hygiene procedures including regularly washing hands and using gloves to ensure no cross contamination or spread of infection. This course covers best hygiene practices, and the risks associated with the failure to comply.

  • Food storage and handling

All food needs to be stored appropriately to prevent the harbouring of bacteria which can be harmful to health. In order to store food correctly, you should store food in airtight containers and in proper spaces. This can also involve creating specific spaces and using specific utensils for certain food types.

  • Cleaning and sanitising methods

When handling, preparing, and cooking food, surfaces should be sanitised and cleaned regularly, and care needs to be taken to ensure that foods do not cross-contaminate. The CHT food handling course discusses the cleaning and sanitising methods necessary to ensure kitchens run efficiently without sacrificing hygiene and safety.

  • Food poisoning and food borne illness

There are over 200 foodborne illnesses, and with the hospitality industry serving a variety of dishes and ingredients, itis critical that you understand how to reduce the risk of someone becoming ill. These illnesses come from eating contaminated or spoiled food, and can originate from:

  • Bacteria
  • Viruses
  • Parasites
  • Prions
  • Chemicals

Preventing contamination and the serving of spoiled food is not just a matter of proper health and safety, it is important for the reputation of a business. Poor reviews may be the least of a business’ concerns if contamination is not managed.

Food handling for Covid-19

With the current pandemic, correct food handling is critical to ensuring the spread of Covid-19 is managed. CHT offers infection control training for customer-facing staff to ensure best practices for the safety of customers and employees are maintained. In the current climate, it is more imperative than ever to ensure safety measures regarding infection control are undertaken when handling food. Our infection control training pairs well with the standard food handling course.

Enquire with CHT about our food handling course

CHT offers vocational education and training predominantly for the hospitality industry. If you are interested in enrolling in a course or enrolling your team members in a course, call the CHT team today on 03 9654 1554.