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safefood for life

The safefood for life programme is a certified food safety programme that is being delivered in post primary schools across the island of Ireland.

safefood for life aims to help students develop important food safety skills and allows them to sit an online food hygiene examination at the end of the course. On completion of the online examination successful students will meet the minimum training requirements to work in the food industry. Note the online exam is available (but not mandatory) for Leaving Cert Applied students.

Upon request safefood has now produced an Irish language version, safefood don saol, and an Irish language version of the online exam for schools that teach through the medium of the Irish language.


Transition Year students and Leaving Cert Applied students.

Topics covered

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Personal hygiene, Food contamination, Food delivery and storage, Food preparation and cooking, Cleaning, Design and layout of food premises and HACCP.

The online examination Primary Certificate in Food Hygiene is certified by The Environmental Health Officer’s Association (EHOA) and is valid for 5 years.


The resource consists of a set of Teacher's Slides, Student Activities, Teacher's Notes and Student's Notes to help teachers to prepare and teach the programme.

How to access the resource

The resource is available to schools as a download and by contacting the safefood helpline at 1850 404567. The resource is also available to Youthreach Centres.

For details on registering your school for the online exam please contact the safefood helpline at 1850 404567.


This resource was built in Flash - which is now not supported in many browsers. So we have now made the resource available to download.

safefood for life (ZIP, 45MB)


  1. Click on the link above
  2. Download the .zip file
  3. Extract the .zip file
  4. Open the folder
  5. Double-click (run) start.exe

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