Roles, Responsibilities and relationships in lifelong learning
• Summarise key legislation, regulatory requirements and codes of practice relating to own role and responsibility.
The key legislations and regulatory requirements that relate to my role and responsibility as a food safety/food hygiene trainer in the U.K. include:
1. The Food Hygiene (England) Regulations 2006 or equivalent legislation for Wales The Food Hygiene (Wales) Regulations 2006, Scotland The Food Hygiene (Scotland) Regulations 2006 and Northern Ireland The Food Hygiene Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2006
2. Regulation (EC) No.852/2004 on the hygiene of foodstuffs – a regulation detailing the general hygiene requirements for all food businesses and covering all member countries of the European Union.
There are two other regulations supplementing Regulation (EC) No. 852/2004:
1. Regulation (EC) No. 853/2004 laying down specific hygiene rules for food of animal origin intended for human consumption.
2. Regulation (EC) No. 854/2004 laying down rules for official controls on products of animal origin intended for human consumption.
Other regulations that govern the U.K. workforce in general include the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974, the Workplace (Health, Safety and Welfare) Regulations 1992, the Equality Act 2010, etc.
Additionally, as a member of the Chartered Institute of Environmental Health (CIEH), one is required to adhere to the CIEH Code of Professional Conduct for Members which states that all members of the CIEH shall:
1. Support the promotion of the object of the CIEH and comply with the Governing documents and any regulations and guidance made there under.
2. Be deemed in breach of the code if found guilty, or subject to an adverse decision, by another body, court or tribunal in respect of an offence or allegation impacting or having the potential to impact on the reputation, position or standing of the CIEH and its membership.
3. At all times behave with integrity, honesty, professionalism and uphold the reputation of the CIEH in all professional matters.
4. Exercise proper independent professional judgements at all times and have regard to the standards of competency required when fulfilling their duties.
5. Take all reasonable steps to ensure that information provided by them in a professional capacity on a matter within their knowledge or competence is accurate and complete.
6. Have respect and demonstrate tolerance for other members of the CIEH, their views and perspectives in respect of professional and technical matters and acknowledge diversity of opinion within the environmental health community.
7. Uphold the principle of equal opportunity and equity.
8. Comply with all legislation, guidance, codes of practice and other legal requirements bearing on them in a professional capacity.
9. Not improperly communicate to a third party information which may be seen to prejudice professional independence or breach contractual or moral obligations.
10. Not put forward views on behalf of CIEH without the authority to do so and must not knowingly undermine the reputation or standing or position of the CIEH.
There are many good and valid reasons for having codes of practice as a professional. In relation to the CIEH Code of Professional Conduct for Members, the purpose of the code of professional conduct is as listed below:
1. The authority of the CIEH depends on the confidence and trust placed in the profession. Without such authority, the CIEH would be unable to achieve the objectives set out in its Charter.
“The object for which the CIEH was established is to promote for the public benefit the theory and science of environmental health in all its aspects and the dissemination of knowledge about environmental health.”
2. A code of conduct is an essential feature of a profession and underpins the...