Traning and Education

Training Contents

EHEDG provides a standard European platform for training and education in hygienic engineering and design, based on training modules which are summarizing the key knowledge of the EHEDG guidelines and other EHEDG publications.

International EHEDG training courses in English language and national EHEDG courses in local language are offered several times a year at various locations in Europe and overseas. We highly recommend these courses to all levels of employees specified under Target Groups in order to make them benefit from the EHEDG know-how at first hand.

EHEDG Basic Course on Hygienic Design
Objectives

The objective of this course is to provide awareness and general knowledge on hygienic design of equipment and facilities, especially for food and beverages, but also for cosmetics, pharmaceutical, biotechnology and chemical industries. The course is aiming to:

  • Create awareness of the EHEDG organization, Hygienic Design and certification
  • Explain benefits and importance of Hygienic Design
  • Provide general understanding on the key Hygienic Design criteria for equipment and facilities.

The minimum duration of an EHEDG Basic Course on Hygienic Desing is 5 to 8 hours (excluding coffee and lunch times). The course can be programmed in one day or two half days. All lecturers are EHEDG Authorized Trainers.

Training Modules

Each training module is based on a respective EHEDG Guideline. Each module contains a list of key learning points to assure the effective and uniform knowledge sharing of the EHEDG Hygienic Design Principles with the training course participants.

The following modules are covered:

  • EHEDG introduction
  • Legal requirements
  • Hazards in hygienic engineering
  • Hygienic design criteria
  • Materials of construction
  • Cleaning and disinfection
  • Building and process layout
EHEDG Advanced Course on Hygienic Design
Objectives

The objective of this course is to provide knowledge and insight into the hygienic design of equipment and hygienic engineering aspects especially for the food, but also for the cosmetics, pharmaceutical, biotechnology and chemical industries. The course is aiming to:

  • create awareness of the EHEDG Organisation
  • explain the benefits and importance of Hygienic Design
  • provide understanding on the key Hygienic Design criteria for equipment and facilities, including detailed engineering concepts
  • communicate the Key Learning Points (KLPs) from all relevant EHEDG guidelines and EHEDG teaching aids such as training modules, case studies and videos.
  • The course is given from a very practical viewpoint. The theoretical fundamentals of the different subjects are given in a short and concise way, continuously relating these to practice by means of examples on video, pictures or samples. Small groups are preferred in order to make the course interactive.

The minimum duration of an EHEDG Advanced Course on Hygienic Design is 20 hours (3 or 4 days). All lecturers are EHEDG Authorized Trainers. Course attendees can participate in a final course exam and will receive a certificate of successful completion if having at least 70% of the questions answered correctly, and are given opportunity to have their name published on the EHEDG website under Certified Attendees.
 

Training Modules

Each training module is based on a respective EHEDG guideline, some of which can be assembled together to establish a comprehensive training course with a particular focus. Each module contains a list of key learning points to assure the effective and uniform knowledge sharing of the EHEDG hygienic design principles with the training course participants. The following modules are covered:

  • Legal requirements
  • Hazards in hygienic processing
  • Hygienic design criteria
  • Materials of construction
  • Welding stainless steel
  • Static seals and couplings
  • Valves
  • Pumps and Homogenizers
  • Cleaning and disinfection
  • Building and process lay out
  • Installation, maintenance and Lubricants
  • Hygienic design criteria for equipment processing dry materials
  • Verification of HD. Test methods and Certification
  • Hygienic Design aspects of typical components such as: Sensors, Packaging machines
  • Process aspects such as: Rheology, Thermodynamics, Aseptic processes
Case Studies

Depending on the target group, other course exercises may comprise e.g. proper material selection (compliance with regulations etc.) or an exercise on building layout (zoning, flows of personnel and materials etc.)The EHEDG training modules are supported by practical case studies to identify product contact surfaces, hygienic design failures and proposals for improvement on equipment drawings, e.g. on cross-sectional drawings and/or 3D drawings of equipment or components (valves, pumps, etc.), as well as on P&ID. Case studies are also done on physical equipment provided by the trainer.