Changes to the Food Standards Code requires food handlers who handle high-risk foods complete a food safety training course in, or be able to show they understand, safe handling of food, food contamination, cleaning and sanitising equipment, and personal hygiene.
Food business must make sure their food handlers have adequate skills and knowledge before they start working with high-risk foods.
The Standard states that food safety training courses or a business’ who provide in-house training must teach the following food safety topics:
• Safe food handling including temperature control measures for potentially hazardous food and the temperature danger zone. • Food contamination including ways to keep food from becoming contaminated, and food allergen management.
• Cleaning and sanitising food contact surfaces and equipment including correct procedures, using food-grade chemicals, and sanitising using heat.
•Personal hygiene including obligations for sick employees, handwashing, uniforms and grooming of hair, nails, and skin.
All food handlers, including volunteers, who handle unpackaged potentially hazardous foods must complete a food safety training course, or be able to show appropriate food safety skills and knowledge. If food handlers can demonstrate to the food business and authorised officers that they understand and apply safe food handling practices, a training course may not be required.
DoFoodSafely is a free, online food handler training platform provided by the Department of Health Victoria and supported by Queensland, South Australia, Tasmania, Northern Territory and ACT Health Departments. It covers the Standard’s required course content and is available in eight community languages. Once the DoFoodSafely assessment test is successfully completed (with a score of 90 per cent or higher), food handlers receive a certificate that they can show to business owners and authorised officers.