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Food Safety at Sea

Under the Maritime Labour Convention (MLC) Minimum Requirements Regulations all ships’ cooks and other persons processing food in the galley to be suitably qualified in food hygiene or food safety in catering. No matter the vessel, everyone working in a catering environment onboard a ship must undergo sufficient health and safety training.

What food safety training do I need?

Level 2 food safety is the minimum acceptable level for catering staff and persons processing food in the galley on any type of vessel including tankers, cruise ships, yachts and merchant ships.   

merchant ship kitchen- image provided via shutterstock

What does Level 2 food safety cover?

Buddy is an approved Highfield Learning centre and we run classroom qualification courses across the UK for Level 2 in Food Safety.   This course fulfils the MCA and MLC requirements. Our course is suitable for anyone in the maritime industry and covers the key teachings of HACCP, controlling hazards, and best food handling practices.

Course details:

Duration: 1 Day Course

Locations: We run classroom courses across the UK. Dates can be found here. If you are a business with multiple learners, our sales team can arrange for a trainer to run a course from your site. Get in touch

Course Overview:

  • Introduction to Food Safety
  • Personal Hygiene
  • Food Safety Hazards and their Control
  • Good Handling Practice
  • Keeping the Workplace Clean and Hygienic
  • Assessment (Test)

Will I receive a certificate?

All attendees will receive a certificate once they have completed the course.  This certificate can be displayed in any catering environment and used as evidence of your training.

Why consider Buddy?

This course reinforces the importance of food safety and provides learners with an understanding of how to identify and control food safety hazards on board a vessel’s kitchen. More importantly, this course is accepted by the Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) as fulfilling the requirements of Annex 1 of Merchant Shipping Notice MSN 1846 (M) and satisfies the training requirement for catering staff for Maritime Labour Convention (MLC) compliant vessels.

Buddy runs Level 2 Food safety courses across the UK all year round and is easy to book by visiting our website.  In addition to this, our team of trainers are also available to come and visit any business site to run training sessions with no minimum number of attendees. To find out more, view our bespoke training page

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