This is the ‘flagship’ course for this website.
It is based on my original on-line course which I developed in the 1990’s .
Back then it was one of the first on-line courses available.
Since its introduction SafeFoodHandler has successfully trained several thousand being mostly Kiwi’s but also reaching around the world too.
It has now been thoroughly overhauled to make, what is in my opinion, the most comprehensive yet achievable and affordable on-line food safety course ever!
The course reflects and supports the risk management focus on food safety as legally required in the Food Act 2014 and Food Regulations 2015.
My accountant says it’s way too under-priced and I should be marketing it at over $100 per student but I have kept the price low so that everyone involved in food businesses can afford it. But …
you cannot afford not to do it!
My ethic is:
“to provide food safety resources and training on a not-for-profit basis and whenever possible, free”
Everyone can be a Safe Food Handler!
The original version consisted of a set of ‘Easy Learn Notes’ which the student downloaded and read then proceeded to answer a list of 50 true/false statements called a checksheet and when completed sent this for marking. The process involved a lot of input both by the student and myself so turn-around times could be an issue for those in a ‘real hurry’.
What I have done here is utilise all the great content of the programme but have broken it down into sections each with a number of lessons in each section.
Lessons are short enough to do in small ‘bites’ and there are just five questions per lesson so a much more ‘user-friendly’ set-up with even better outcomes in regards to knowledge and commitment to food safety.
Everything is now in the hands of the student so the time it takes to go from initial enrollment to passing is only limited by their own time availability and motivation.
Bob Askew has had over 50 years experience as an Environmental Health Officer and Food Safety Verifier.
He is an Honorary Member of the New Zealand Institute of Environmental Health
His experience includes contract work with the Department of Health right at the start of the development of the “Domestic Food Review” which led to the development of New Zealand’s new food laws.
Bob also developed an on-line version of the original VIP FCP prototype for the the New Zealand Food Safety Authority (now Ministry for Primary Industries – New Zealand Food Safety).
He has also worked under contract with MPI in the development of training (Food Verifiers Academy).
In addition he was involved for 4 years as an emergency aid worker in central Africa following the Rwandan genocide and has been on various governance boards with the New Zealand Red Cross.
Safe Food Handler
If you would like multiple enrollments please send me your requirements and I will set you up
Purpose 1 – Meanings of Food Poisoning/Illnesses and Food Safety/Suitability
In this lesson you will learn some of the terms used in food safety and food illnesses and how they can occur plus also understand the differences between food safety and food suitability.
Purpose 2 – Food Safety Aims and Cost/Benefits
In this lesson we will focus on the aim of food safety and look at the benefits of good food safety as opposed to the costs of poor food safety.
Principles 1 – Bugs and Food Illnesses
In this lesson you will learn about the different types of bugs and how they can grow in food to cause illness and food poisoning.
Principles 2 – Stopping Food Illnesses
In this lesson you will learn about the food illness chain that creates food safety risks and how you can break that chain
Programmes – Risk Based Measures
In this lesson you will learn what risk based measures are and how this system evolved thanks to NASA during their race to the moon!
Risk Management Practices
People – Health and Hygiene
In this lesson you will learn all about hygiene and how we can reduce the risk of us carrying dangerous bugs onto food and when we should not be handling food when we are sick ourselves.
Places 1 – Being “Fit for Purpose”
In this lesson you will learn how to ensure that the places we use to make food are suitable for the job and includes food equipment and water supply.
Places 2 – Cleaning and Sanitising
In this lesson you will learn how to clean premises and equipment effectively and efficiently.
Places 3- Vermin, Pests and Pets.
In this lesson you will learn about the different types of pests and vermin that put your food at risk and also some information on things like ‘Cat Cafes’.
Products 1 – Sourcing and Receiving Food
In this lesson you will learn how and why you need to make sure that you control food supplies coming in and we will look at some different food types and their risks.
Products 2 – Product Risks
In this lesson we will go more fully into the different food risk types and include allergens and foods some people are intolerant to.
Products 3 – Packaging, Labelling and Wholesaling
In this lesson you will learn about packaging and labelling your food, how to determine shelf life (use by and best before dates) and also about wholesaling.
Processes 1 – Safe Food Storage
In this lesson you will learn about the different types of storage from dry goods to frozen and the importance of temperature control for potentially hazardous foods.
Processes 2 – Hazards and Cooking
In this lesson you will learn about avoiding food hazards when cooking, cooling and reheating food. Also find links to other specialist topics in the Simply Safe and Suitable template Food Control Plan.
Processes 3 – Transporting, Catering and Customer Self-Service
In this lesson you will learn all about managing food safety risks when transporting food and off-site catering and markets. Also how to display food safely including where customers select the food themselves.
Paperwork 1 – Why Records are Essential
In this lesson you will learn how and why you need to keep records of your food safety practices. Keeping records is often misunderstood by food businesses but you will see how important they can be when you need them the most.
Paperwork 2 – Complaints, When Things go Wrong and Recalls
In this lesson you will learn what to do when things go wrong or you have a customer complaint. Also learn about how to trace and recall food if you need to.
Postscript 1 -Safe Food Essentials
This is a revision lesson that covers all the main points you have learned when doing this course. You also may pick up something you missed!