CIEH Level 2 Award in Hygiene in Health and Social Care

Please note: this qualification will be withdrawn on 28 April 2017.

More information can be found on the Voluntary Surrender of Recognition page.


In the UK over a million people are employed as carers and millions more provide informal care and support for relatives and friends.

This CIEH qualification is designed as an introduction to hygiene, ensuring that vulnerable people are not exposed to unnecessary risks.

Who needs this qualification?

Employees who have already received basic health and safety training and would benefit from additional focused training in hygiene hazards and controls. This would include carers and others who provide cleaning and support services in a broad range of contexts, such as:

  Care homes
  Patients and clients in their own homes

Why is this training important?

The Department of Health has drawn up a code of practice acknowledging that everyone involved in care provision needs training to tackle the risk of Health Care Acquired Infection (HCAI).

Learning outcomes

  Understand the terminology used in good hygiene practice
  Understand the concepts of hygiene hazards and how the risks can be controlled
  Understand the importance of good personal hygiene
  Recognise the need for high standards of hygiene and the importance of cleaning

Successful candidates will gain exemption from attending part of the CIEH Level 2 Award in Health and Safety in Health and Social Care.

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  Qualification Specification 


Duration  Duration  One-day programme
Assessment  Assessment  Multiple-choice exam
Prerequisite  Prerequisite   None
Suggested Progression  Suggested Progression  CIEH Level 2 Award in Health and Safety in Health and Social Care 
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