Building Service Contractors Association of Australia Ltd

Clean Food Handling Area

This course covers the legislative and cleaning requirements to maintain food-handling areas where the work does not involve direct food contact. This unit is not appropriate for a person who has direct contact with food, raw materials or ingredients.

Food-handling areas include food courts and industrial food-processing plants.

The course teaches students legal requirements, hygiene and cleaning procedures when working in a food handling area. Selecting the appropriate equipment, chemicals and cleaning methods is essential to maintaining a hygienic, clean and safe food handling environment.

If you work in a position that requires you to prepare food you should complete the food handler’s course found on the Hospitality Institute of Australasia website.

Training Course Facts


Cost $29.70 (incl. GST)
Unit code & name Clean a food handling area
Pre-requisite None
Delivery 100% online, no classroom or assignments.
Time 3 minutes to enrol, 4-6 hours – self paced
Payment Paypal or Mastercard/Visa through our Eway internet payment facility.

For Employers

  • Covers employer obligations under WHS legislation in relation to documented staff training.
  • Training files are stored for 30 years.
  • Missing staff documents can be sourced and re-sent within 48 hours.
  • Coupon codes available for BSCAA members.
  • BSCAA members are entitled to a 15% discount for their employees.

For Employees & Job Seekers:

  • Endorsed by the bscaa and its members as the entry level course to the cleaning industry.
  • Learn about your rights and responsibilities at work and how to work safely in the cleaning industry.

Course Outline:

Section 1 – Introduction to food handling and hygiene

  • Food Handling
  • Hygiene and the law
  • What is a food safety program?
  • Food Hazards and food handling principles
  • How does food become contaminated?
  • Bacterial contamination
  • Cross-contamination

Section 2 – Assess cleaning requirements for food handling area

  • Identifying WHS (Work, Health and Safety) hazards
  • Maintaining a clean workplace
  • Cleaning and sanitising
  • Cleaning techniques

Section 3 – Select cleaning equipment and chemicals

  • Protective clothing and equipment
  • Colour coding
  • Cleaning equipment
  • Cleaning Chemicals (Detergents)
  • Chemical Sanitizing

Section 4 – Prepare for cleaning

  • Personal hygiene
  • Policies regarding eating, drinking, chewing gum, and smoking
  • Washing your hands at appropriate times

Section 5 – Cleaning food handling and food service areas

  • Creating a cleaning schedule
  • Sample cleaning schedule
  • Monitoring the cleaning program
  • Cleaning and preparing tables and public areas
  • Cleaning spills in food service areas
  • Waste disposal

Section 6 – Clean and store equipment

  • Cleaning Tools and Supplies
  • Dispose of used chemical solutions
  • Prepare for the next shift

For information on how the courses work, how to enrol in a course or frequently asked questions CLICK HERE.

If you have any questions about the training please email or call 1800 312 970.

This course has been developed in conjunction with Daniels Associates, a leading Registered Training Organisation in the Cleaning Industry. This course is NOT accredited and does NOT lead to a unit of competency. The knowledge gained from this course can be used to support a recognition process for the relevant accredited unit of competency.
For more information visit the Daniels Associates website

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