Food Safety Level 1 Training.

Skills Team have developed this course to introduce employees or prospective employees to the basics of Food Safety. The course has been developed for anyone who is beginning as a food worker or is involved in a food environment including growing and distribution.

All food workers must be competent in food safety and food hygiene and understand the legislation of same and this course will give you the skills and knowledge to apply the principles of food safety and to work with confidence.

About Course

Irish legislation stipulates that if you are a business in the food industry or a staff member working in this sector you must undertake food safety training compatible with your level of involvement.

This course is designed to introduce participants to hygiene issues and food safety. It will provide information on how to handle and prepare food in a safe hygiene manner. The course is in line with the Food Safety Authority of Ireland’s Guide to Food Safety Training.

On completion of this food safety training course, participants will be able to understand their requirements under Irish food safety legislation as well as following best work practices.

This food safety and hygiene training course can be completed online or in a classroom setting and is an ideal course for food handlers, waiting/food service staff and those who wish to be informed in food safety, hygiene and HACCP.

Learning Outcomes

By the end of the course learners will:

  • Know the law regarding food hygiene, and how employers and employees can comply.
  • Understand the importance of food hygiene, and recognise the types of health issues poor food hygiene can cause.
  • Be competent in identifying the various types of food safety hazards, and how to avoid putting food at risk.
  • Be able to maintain good standards of personal hygiene in order to avoid contaminating food.
  • Understand the importance of thorough cleaning and proper waste management and know how to carry out effective cleaning activities.
  • Understand and respond to any signs of pest infestation
  • Learn the core principles of HACCP

Course Content

Unit 1. Introduction to food safety

  • Food Safety law
  • Duties of employers
  • Duties of employees

Unit 2. Food Hazards, Contamination and Controls

  • What contamination is and food safety hazards
  • The four categories of food contamination
  • Ways to deal with and prevent contamination
  • Learn about cross contamination and the ways in which cross-contamination can be controlled

Unit 3. Food Poisoning

  • How Food Poisoning occurs
  • Causes of Food Borne Illness
  • Symptoms of Food Poisoning
  • Controls to Prevent Food Poisoning
  • Legal Responsibilities for all Food Workers

Unit 4. Personal Hygiene

  • Personal Hygiene
  • Unhygienic Practices
  • Dangers of Poor Hygiene Practices
  • Handwashing
  • Protective Clothing (PPE)
  • Staff facilities
  • First aid & Accidents
  • Fitness to work regulations

Unit 5. Controls in Food Safety

  • Training
  • Safe Steps – why bother?
  • Food Safety Signage
  • Controls for Safe Food Preparation
  • Controls for Safe Food Deliveries
  • Controls for Safe Food Storage

Unit 6. Cleaning & Disinfecting

  • The Food Premises
  • Cleaning & Disinfecting
  • Good Cleaning Practice
  • Cleaning Chemicals
  • Safe Disposal of Waste

Unit 7. Pest Control

  • Pest  Control
  • Pest Hazards
  • Preventing food infestation
  • Pest Control Measures

Unit 8. HACCP Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Point

  • HACCP definition
  • The Seven Principles of HACCP
  • The HACCP Model
  • The Four Steps to Implementing Controls


Who is this course for?

We recommend this course is completed by food handlers within the first month of employment and should be refreshed every 2 years. This food handler safety training is ideal for those with no previous experience, who are tasked with low-risk duties or light food handling tasks.

Is it compulsory for staff to be trained in food safety?

The legislation required that all staff are trained and supervised in Food Safety and hygiene training equivalent to the level of risk associated with the food handling task being carried out.

How many people in my restaurant need to have food safety certificates?

All staff working at any level of food service or handling must be trained to comply with legislation and to ensure best practice within your business.

What is the difference in Food Safety Level 1 and level 2 Food Safety?

Level 2 is a comprehensive course that provides extensive information and training in relation to food handling and good hygiene practices. This course should be provided to staff who are working long-term in the food industry and should be refreshed every 2 years.


There will be an exam at the end of the course, you will need to reach a mark of 80% or more to receive a certificate of completion.


CPD certified and valid for 2 years.

Benefits of Food Safety Level 1 Training

Completing Level 1 in Food Safety Training Courses is a good way to start a career in the food industry. It provides the learner with will the skills, knowledge and training to utilise correct food hygiene practices and work in a confident and safe manner.

Having employees who hold a CDP certified Food Safety certificate will ensure employees are aware of their responsibilities and compliance with Irish and EU legislation.

This training is ideal for anyone working part-time, including teenagers and adults. Employees wishing to continue their professional development can continue on to a Level 2 Food Safety course.