New Level 4 HACCP for Management qualification

Level 4 HACCP

Highfield has launched a new qualification for learners working at management level within both food manufacturing and catering environments.

The Highfield Level 4 Award in HACCP for Management (CODEX Principles) (RQF) has been designed to assist those already working as managers in food manufacturing and catering, quality assurance staff and HACCP personnel.

It is also useful for trainers, auditors, enforcers and other food safety professionals looking to improve their skills and knowledge.

Key topics covered include the importance of CODEX-based HACCP food safety management procedures, and how to manage, develop and evaluate them.

The qualification also contains a new style of written examination which contains 2 sections, each with a mandatory pass mark of 60 percent. In section A, learners need to answer all of the short-answer questions, while in section B, leaners select 2 out of 3 questions.

This qualification will eventually replace the Highfield Level 4 Award in HACCP Management for Food Manufacturing (RQF). Centres will have a transition period of 3 months, however, once this has transpired, Highfield will only accept registrations on the  Highfield Level 4 Award in HACCP for Management (CODEX Principles).

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New book and qualification to promote food safety culture

promote food safety cultureA new book by one of the UK’s leading food safety experts has been launched to help businesses develop a positive food safety culture.

Developing and Maintaining a Positive Food Safety Culture by Professor Chris Griffith, editor of the British Food Journal and one the world’s leading consultants on food safety, covers key topics such as understanding the concept of food safety culture, its components, promoting a food safety culture within an organisation and related food safety management areas such as leadership, communication and training.

The book compliments the teaching of a new qualification covering the subject – the HABC Level 3 Award in Developing a Positive Food Safety Culture – by respected food safety expert Jude Hutchinson.

Both the book and the qualification – which can be completed in just one day – are aimed specifically at supervisors and owners/managers of food businesses and will allow them to improve the awareness of employees throughout their organisations.

The qualification has been developed by Highfield Awarding Body for Compliance (‘HABC’), which is the UK’s largest provider of compliance qualifications, whilst Developing and Maintaining a Positive Food Safety Culture is published by

Professor Chris GriffithProfessor Griffith, who will be speaking on the subject at the HABC National Conference in Manchester in November, said, ‘For too long, food safety has just been treated as a microbiological problem, but there is now a growing recognition that there is also a major human behavioural component. When known food safety practices are not followed it is all too easy to blame the individual food handler, yet the real underlying causes are often management failures. I know many managers who claim to be supportive of food safety and it is their number one priority, but when I dig deep into the organisation’s culture I discover this is usually NOT the case. Producing a positive food safety culture is easy to say but much more difficult for most businesses to prove’.

Chris Sprenger, Highfield Managing Director, said, ‘With the issue of food safety culture recently dominating the news – particularly regards campylobacter in raw chicken – there is increasing public, media and government scrutiny of the entire food sector. The new book and the qualification will help demonstrate the importance of developing and maintain a positive food safety culture and promote the fact that every staff member is important in achieving this’.

Developing and Maintaining a Positive Food Safety Culture costs just £13.50, with discounts available for larger orders. The qualification costs £14 to £18 per learner depending on the number registered.

A training presentation, which can be delivered via PowerPoint, is also under development.

Revamped HACCP Level 4 presentation – available for pre-order

HACCP-L4-CDOur Level 4 Award in HACCP Training Presentation has undergone a complete revamp, with a new style, more photos and illustrations, and an ongoing case study throughout the course which effectively explains the stages of HACCP in a practical way.

Aimed at educators delivering regulated or in-house courses, the presentation – available as a CD-ROM – also includes a lecture plan, handouts, group exercises, icebreakers and lecture notes.

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Keynote speech for Highfield Chairman at international conference

food safety conference in BahrainHighfield Group Chairman Richard Sprenger will be the keynote speaker at this year’s Food Safety Conference in Bahrain.

The event, held from 15 to 17 April 2014 and now in its second year, saw delegates from the food and hospitality sectors around the globe descend on the Bahrain International Exhibition Centre for a series of presentations, forums, demonstrations and discussions in food safety.

Delegates also got the chance to attend a number of HABC workshops on its qualifications including the Level 3 Award in Effective Auditing and Inspection Skills, the Level 2 Award in HACCP for Catering, the Level 2 Award in Food Safety for Catering and the Level 2 Award in Emergency First Aid at Work.

It was the second major speech for the Highfield Chairman this year, who in January 2014 had spoken at a seminar in Doha, Qatar about the importance of a ‘person in charge (PIC)’ in implementing good food safety measures – something that has already happened in Dubai with help of HABC.

‘PICs must ensure that food handlers are trained about hygiene before they start work,’ said Richard.  ‘They must also ensure that their food suppliers are registered and approved by appropriate authorities in order to trace the origin of any food contamination’.

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