Food handler training

The operation of a food business requires that all staff carry out their work in ways that ensure that the business produces safe food. All staff must have a good understanding of the risks to food safety and the appropriate knowledge of safe food handling practices.

The Australia New Zealand Food Standards Code contains requirements for the skills and knowledge of all food handlers.

To assist food businesses in the training of their staff, the City offers a free online training course called I’m Alert. I’m Alert is presented in an interactive, easy to follow format and allows the user to print off a certificate upon completion of the program, that can be kept as staff records. It is recommended that the training be repeated at least annually.

For a more detailed training package, Environmental Health Australia offer the FoodSafe training pack. This helps businesses meet its food safety requirements by documenting cleaning and pest control, monitoring temperatures of food, and recording and monitoring deliveries. The training package contains a video, workbook with questionnaires, and an ongoing proprietor workbook.