CIEH Level 2 Award in Cleaning in Food Premises

Please note: this qualification will be withdrawn on 31 January 2017.

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This qualification has been designed to provide an essential introduction to the hazards associated with cleaning in food premises and how to control the risks involved to help prevent harm.

Who needs this qualification?

  Anyone whose job it is to clean food premises needs to be aware of the hazards, risks and controls specific to their environment whether they are employed as in-house or contract cleaners.

Why is this training important?

Under Regulation (EC) No. 852/2004 on the hygiene of food stuffs Annex II, food business operators are required to:

  Keep food premises clean and maintained in good repair and condition
  Ensure that any articles, fittings and equipment which come into contact with food are effectively cleaned and, where necessary, disinfected with sufficient frequency to avoid any risk of contamination

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of the qualification, the learner will understand:

  The importance of cleaning in food premises, identify hazards and describe controls to reduce risk
  The need for proper preparation before commencing cleaning operations in food premises, from storage to personal hygiene
  The range of options available in the methods and materials for cleaning and outline the controls that can be implemented to prevent contamination and cross-contamination and facilitate cleaning
  The importance of measuring the impact of the cleaning undertaken in food premises

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  Qualification Specification 


Duration  Duration  One-day programme
Assessment  Assessment  Multiple-choice exam
Prerequisite  Prerequisite   Level 1 in literacy, or equivalent recommended
Suggested Progression  Suggested Progression  CIEH Level 3 Award in Supervising Food Safety in Catering 

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