If you own or manage a cafe/restaurant/pub until a few months ago your place was probably buzzing with customers. Due to Covid 19 business closures the doors may now be shut and the car park empty until the magic re opening date is announced. You may have thought about doing takeaway or deliveries but not taken the plunge. Or you may be doing this but just need some advice to check you are doing things properly.
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What is your learning style?
Most people do not have one learning style but usually a combination of styles. But, knowing which style you might be leaning towards might help you to choose how you learn whether choosing an online or face to face food hygiene course or a particular trainer.
‘I just don’t know why they don’t like me?’
I did not get on very well with my teachers at school, particularly my French teacher. There always seemed to be a problem, they did not explain things properly, went too fast, it was boring etc. etc. In fact, my most used phrase when referring to school was simply ‘I just don’t know why they don’t like me?’.
You may think I was a paranoid teenager, but my French teacher simply had a vendetta against me as a person, or at least that is what I thought. I remember how I spent nearly all my free periods and break times during my senior years. Stood outside the teacher’s common room reciting French verbs in different tenses getting very frustrated.
Now please wash your hands
Most people practice basic food and personal hygiene many times a day without even thinking about it, whether at home or at work, including:
- putting milk in the fridge after making a coffee,
- using a separate chopping board for cutting up chicken for a stir fry,and
- washing our hands before starting to make lunch
But there is a reason why we do these things, and it is very simple, to stop making ourselves or others ill. So if it is basic common sense then why do we need a training course to tell us how to do it if we work in a food business?
Time to do some food hygiene training
Have you been furloughed or are you looking for a new job? This could be the case if you or your employer are in the hospitality business and can’t or don’t want to do take away or deliveries. This is the time to get ready for when the hospitality sector reopens. Food businesses don’t usually have the luxury, being in fast paced customer facing businesses, to be able to take time out to improve or update our skill set.
Take this opportunity to help you get to the next level in your organisation or career, secure you a promotion or even a new job.
OR in my swimming scenario – a place on the podium! Read on……..
Are you struggling with the amount of paperwork floating round your kitchen?
We are talking about important documents which are usually covered in food and spillages, unfortunately it comes with the territory! It’s always that piece of paper that you desperately need to get you out of a sticky situation that get’s mislaid, usually when the EHO is visiting or when you are following up a complaint.
Covid 19 restrictions
The majority of people are now working from home, self-isolating or practicing social distancing to keep themselves safe from catching coronavirus and to protect the NHS. This coupled with the new Coronavirus Legislation resulting in the closure of restaurants, coffee shops, bars and social venues with only limited takeaway or delivery options available, has resulted in a huge increase in eating at home.
I am frequently coming across food businesses who have inadequate or incorrect allergen information which can cause serious problems in terms of not keeping customers safe, poor FHRS ratings, fines and worse.
The most common reason food business owners give for not sorting out their allergen controls is that they haven’t got enough time to do it and this is the most worrying part.
Why do you need to train your staff?
Everyone who sells or serves food must make sure by law that it is safe to eat, and employers must make sure their staff are suitably trained or supervised. The majority of food business access training courses for their staff, provided in house or by an external training provider, and use the certificates to demonstrate what training their staff have done.
As well as the compliance side of things training can have many positive benefits including happier, more efficient and more productive workers, but what type of training is best?
What is a Food Safety Audit
Food safety audits/checks can help reduce risk and improve staff behaviours by collecting information on how a business is handling, storing, preparing, cooking and serving food and give advice and recommendations on how to improve. For example date labelling issues could result in the storage of out of date food and preparing food which is not safe and could make customers ill and result in enforcement action being taken. Corrective action and recommendations for improvement could be to put in place opening and closing checks and re training staff on the company food labelling procedure.
Food Safety is a constantly changing beast influenced and driven by new technologies, consumer awareness and trends, the media, emerging food safety risks and legislation.
I have put together my list of 12 food safety trends to watch out for in this coming year which could affect your food business: