The Chartered Institute of Environmental Health (CIEH) today announces a new business offering with the launch of their first cleaning qualification. The award, the CIEH Level 2 Award in Cleaning in Food Premises introduces candidates to the hazards associated with cleaning in food premises and how to control possible risks involved, helping to prevent harm being caused.
The qualification was created in response to industry requirements and increasing demand from commerce to provide Ofqual accredited qualifications and educate businesses and personnel about cleaning in food premises. With recent research showing that cleaning in food premises often fails to meet acceptable standards and poor cleaning being linked to incidences of food poisoning, it is clear there is a need for a training offering that addresses this issue.
CIEH Director, Des Hancox comments: “Cleaners in food premises can contribute significantly to controlling food safety hazards as well as risks associated with cross-contamination and cleaning. This is where the CIEH’s new cleaning offering really can benefit. As we hear of more stories in the media on poor hygiene and bad business practises, effective cleaning should be paramount to any business – particularly within the food industry.”
Richard Booth, a Training Provider from Regency Lodge Training & Development in Blackpool, said: “The benefits of having trained staff far outweigh the costs involved. We have seen a huge demand from local businesses in the hospitality sector, looking to get their staff equipped with a recognised cleaning qualification.
Keeping the workplace clean is vital for customers but is just as important for employee health and morale. The CIEH’s award demonstrates the importance of cleaning, the methods and processes involved in effective cleaning as well as the possible impact on businesses if they choose to ignore this. The aim is to provide candidates with a rounded view of the entire process.”