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Training for food businesses

If you run a food business you have a legal duty to ensure that anyone working with food or in a food environment is suitably trained in food safety.

Everyone has to be supervised, instructed or trained in food safety controls relevant to the job they are carrying out. Therefore the level of instruction / training required will vary between different members of staff. For example, those involved in the service of food will not require the same level of knowledge or instruction as those involved in actually handling and preparing the food.

We have produced a  Food Hygiene Training Information Sheet FH16 [62KB]  which will hopefully give a better understanding of the different levels of training required within a business.

Food safety training for staff will involve a mixture of formal and in-house instruction. It is important to ensure that you keep records of any training or instruction provided. Any record of in-house training or instruction should be signed by the member of staff as evidence of completion.

To help food businesses we developed training materials called "Food Safety is Everybody's Business". These are intended to help provide basic knowledge to new staff before they start work in the kitchen or food production area. They are also useful for refresher training. These are free to all food business operators.

Food Safety Training Videos

Food safety training video presentations are available below in various languages.


Food Safety Supporting Document (English)  FSIEB Supporting Document English [4MB]

English / Cantonese

Food Safety Supporting Document (Chinese)  FSIEB Supporting Document Chinese [4MB]

Urdu / Punjab

Food Safety Supporting Document (Urdu)  FSIEB Supporting Document Urdu [4MB]

Included in the documents above is a guide for managers, points to remember, staff assessment and training record template.

These materials will prepare food workers for the next level of training which they should complete.

To find suitable training centres and course presenters you can contact the Royal Environmental Health Institute of Scotland (REHIS) (opens new window), telephone 0131 229 2968 or email

You may also find the training information on the Food Standards Agency website (opens new window) helpful. It includes further links to training materials on food allergens which all food business operators and staff should be aware of.