Maintaining Food Safety in Hospital Settings

Feeding patients in a hospital is not only about what they eat but how they’re food is prepared and stored. Having your team undertake Food Safety Supervisor training helps to maintain the highest possible standards of food safety in a hospital environment.

The Food Safety Supervisor course includes,

Under the Food Act 2006 (the Act), certain food businesses must be licensed by the local council where the food business is located. Hospitals that supply food to patients are considered a food business and may be required to hold a licence.

It is important to remember that a food handler is not only defined as the person in the kitchen who directly prepares food. It also includes any person that handles plates, cups, cutlery, or anything that is likely to come into direct contact with food that will be served to patients in a hospital setting.

It is important that knowledge is current and reflected on frequently. A regular food safety agenda item at staff meetings is an effective way of ensuring food safety knowledge is current and at the forefront of mind. One month, it may cover correct hand washing and another month, it may cover food storage or cleaning.

The correct skills and knowledge of everyone involved in food handling is an important safeguard to promote the health and safety of patients while minimising risks and protecting them from harm.

Food safety training for the healthcare industry is specialised and needs to meet specific learning outcomes. Our team at CTA Training Specialists provide practical and effective onsite food safety training courses, which are specially developed to meet your needs.

In hospital facilities and the healthcare industry, food safety is everyone’s responsibility, not just the food service staff. Remember that the nurses, doctors and other personnel outside of the kitchen often come in contact with the food served to the patients and should be familiar with safe food handling practices. The best way to protect patients from possible food-borne illness is to train all hospital employees and implement quality systems and processes.

If you would like to book your team in for the Health and Community Food Safety training, visit