Whether you are a school canteen volunteer, pack your child’s lunch or take part in school fundraisers preventing food poisoning is essential for the safety of our children. We would like parents, other family members and school canteen volunteers to do our affordable, online Food Safety Essentials course that explains the food safety basics simply and easily.
Every school that registers with our member Highfield e-learning gets access to a series of free materials for schools to download as well as low cost training courses (essential, top-up and level 1), which allow teachers to effortlessly include food safety into lesson plans. Once registered, everyone involved in food safety in schools can access the free materials and reduced cost training including canteen volunteers, parents, school staff and students.
As an essential life skill, we would also like high school students to take this course especially as our consumer research consistently shows poorer food safety among younger people. For example, our recent Omnipoll national handwashing survey found only 75% of respondents between 18 and 34 years said they always washed their hands after going to the toilet (compared with 89% of over 50s) and only 55% of respondents between 18 and 34 years said they always washed their hands before handling food (compared with 61% of over 50s). This is a concern as young people often go on to work as food handlers either as a full time or part time job or have jobs caring for vulnerable groups in the child, aged care and disability sectors.
Food safety essentials course
Food business owners by law, are responsible for making sure that people who handle food or food contact surfaces in their business, and the people who supervise this work, have the skills and knowledge they need to handle food safely. It is recognised that knowledge comes from training and skills from practice, instruction and supervision. This essential food safety course has been designed and reviewed by world food safety and teaching experts.
Who should complete this course?
Everyone in a food business, school canteen, students, or anyone cooking food at home or for other people. This ‘essentials’ course provides enough knowledge to help prevent the most common errors and is a start on your food safety training journey.
It should be used as part of an induction program for those undertaking work-experience in a food business, and for anyone with a keen interest in learning more about the basic principles of food safety and hygiene.
This online course is suitable for everyone working in a catering environment. Further top-up to Level 1 training is available for those who are directly involved in the preparation or handling of high-risk foods, please complete the food safety essential course then the top-up to be equivalent to level 1 certification.
Want to buy a course for someone else?
Easy – just register and pay under your name and send the user name and password details to the person you are giving it to. The course makes a great present.
Highfield e-learning’s Food Safety courses have been written by one of the world’s leading food safety experts, Richard Sprenger, and edited for Australia by Dr Andrew Mathieson. These food safety courses are endorsed by Environmental Health Australia, the premier professional body for Environmental Health Officers or Environmental Health Practitioners in Australia. Find out more
Senior schools materials
Food safety is everyone’s responsibility. Highfield elearning have designed a series of free posters for schools to download as well as low cost training courses (essential, top-up and level 1), which allow you to effortlessly include food safety into your lesson plans. Everyone involved in food safety in schools can access the free materials and reduced cost training (volunteers, parents, school staff and pupils).
Highfield makes a teacher’s life easy. As a school or educational institution you will have access to downloadable courses, free materials, downloadable handbooks/manuals, cards and more.
These allow you to create an in-class lesson to prepare students for the online exam. Once they have completed the online exam they will be provided with a downloadable certificate. To allow students to take the online exam, you will receive a code which allows students to get up to 30% off the cost of the essential, top up or level 1 course. Find out more
Essential food safety handbook
The ‘essential’ handbook is a 20 page full colour, A5 booklet. Originally designed and written by world renowned food safety expert Richard Sprenger and edited for Australia by Dr Andrew Mathieson. The handbook is endorsed by Environmental Health Australia, the premier professional body for Environmental Health Officers or Environmental Health Practitioners in Australia. The handbook is available to purchase (discounts apply for bulk purchases). Find out more
Food Safety Top Up to Level 1
Want to learn more? Try the Food Safety Top Up to Level 1 course, please complete the food safety essential course then the top-up to be equivalent to level 1 certification more info here
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If you need specific information about local food safety requirements contact the environmental health officer at your local council or state or territory food or health department through this contact list