Food safety in the spotlight at Ferryspeed’s ‘Summer School’
This news release was published on: 14 August 2018
Employees from the Guernsey depot have completed two food safety training courses this summer as part of the Ferryspeed Academy.
The one-day courses, which took place last month, were the Principles of Food Safety for Manufacturing Level 2 and Highfield Level 2 Award in HACCP (Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Point) for Food Manufacturing.
Thom Baxter, Ferryspeed’s Quality & Safety Advisor, led the professional training for employees involved in the handling and transportation of food products. The same six employees attended both courses.
The aims of the Principles of Food Safety for Manufacturing Level 2 course include understanding how individuals can take personal responsibility for food safety; recognising the importance of personal hygiene in food safety including their role in reducing the risk of contamination; understanding the importance of keeping work areas clean and hygienic; and identifying the importance of keeping food products safe.
This training course taught a host of practical skills such as effective hand washing, common food pests and signs of pest, when to come to work and when to call in sick, and the main food risks from contamination and cross-contamination.
The Highfield Level 2 Award in HACCP for Food Manufacturing course had a range of learning outcomes including recognising the role of the food handler in implementing HACCP; outlining the need for prerequisite programmes; and identifying the purpose of hazard analysis.
Thom believes the training, which will be rolled out to other depots in time, delivers benefits to everyone involved. “The individuals who took part in the training gain further knowledge in a professional capacity and the benefit to Ferryspeed is that its employees are now equipped with newfound knowledge and understanding of the importance of both food safety and HACCP.
“By understanding the requirements of HACCP in particular, Ferryspeed can ensure it remains compliant with legislation and food safety, which is extremely important for the consumer,” added Thom.