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Environmental Health Association or Ireland Primary Course in Food Safety.


The Objective of the Primary Course in Food Safety is to create an awareness and knowledge in food workers of the reasons for the importance of good food safety practices.

With the emergence of new food safety legislation the need for formal training/education of food workers in good hygiene practices has been encapsulated in law.

The course covers a broad range of subjects, including an overview of basic microbiology, food contamination, food safety law, personal hygiene, cleaning procedures and Hazard Analysis Critical Control Points. These subjects are geared towards enabling food workers to see and understand where problems could arise in the preparation, handling, storage or service of food. These problems could if uncontrolled create a risk of food poisoning to the consumer and the subsequent damage to the food business.

The course consists of 8 sessions, each of one hour duration, comprising of text and DVD presentations.

On completion of the course, the student undertakes a written exam of 1 hour duration. An oral exam can be taken by special arrangement with the tutor. Successful students are awarded a Certificate in the Primary Course in Food Safety from the EHOA.

The Primary Course in Food Safety has been designed by a team of Environmental Health Officers’, each of whom have many years experiences in food hygiene inspections and food safety training.

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