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John Harding

Lecturer in Food Processing & Technology and Food Safety Management

  • jharding@ait.ie
  • Room: F2699
  • Building: HTL Building
  • Faculty: Faculty of Business & Hospitality

John Harding qualified as a Laboratory Technician from Carlow Institute of Technology (1984), a Food Technologist from University College Cork (1988) and subsequently successfully completed a Master’s Degree in Environmental Health Risk Management by research at the Faculty of Food Science, Dublin Institute of Technology (2002). John has also successfully completed an ITEC Diploma in Anatomy, Physiology and Holistic Massage from The Institute of Massage & Sports Therapy (IMST) in Limerick.

He has worked in senior managerial positions in quality assurance, operations and general management in both primary and secondary food processing industries. John now lectures on a range of undergraduate and postgraduate programmes in Athlone Institute of Technology. Taught programmes include Environmental Management, Health & Safety, Food Processing Technologies, Nutrition and Anatomy & Physiology. John also supervises research projects both at Honours Degree and Master Degree level leading to the submission of a thesis in award year in various cross school disciplines ranging from Food Safety Management to Environmental Health & Safety Management at Athlone Institute of Technology.

John is an affiliate member of IOSH (Institution of Occupational Safety & Health). He is licensed by the Environmental Health Association of Ireland and the National Hygiene partnership to deliver their suite of Food Hygiene Training Programmes.

Research1:

Publications Burke G.L., Harding J.P., Sweeney S., A Comparison of Factors Promoting or Inhibiting the Effectiveness of HACCP in Food Processing and Catering Industries. Paper presented to the 5th (International) Noordwijk Food Safety and HACCP Forum, Noordwijk, The Netherlands, 9-10th December 2002

Research 2:

Harding, J. (2002) Hazard Analysis Critical control Point (HACCP): The Quality Manager’s Perception – an in-depth analysis of the management of the HACCP system in the Irish Meat Industry. Dissertation (MSC): Dublin Institute of Technology.

Supervision of Research Projects:

An Investigation into the Perceived Link between Convenience Food Consumption and Obesity Epidemic, A.I.T. 2006

An Investigation into the Spread and Impact of the Bluetongue Virus on Irish Agriculture, A.I.T. 2007

Hand Hygiene – Knowledge, Compliance and Attitudes among Medical and Surgical Nurses in an acute Hospital, A.I.T. 2008

Safety Awareness Levels among Irish Farmers, A.I.T. 2009

Undergraduate:

Food Processing & Technology

Food Safety Management

Applied Nutrition

Risk Management

Environmental Management

Anatomy & Physiology

Postgraduate:

MSc in Environmental Health & Safety Management

Health & Safety

Project Management

Post Graduate Certificate in Learning and Teaching, Dublin Institute of Technology (DIT) Mount Street 2010

International Therapy Examination Council (ITEC) Diploma in Anatomy, Physiology and Holistic Massage from The Institute of Massage & Sports Therapy (IMST)

Chairperson of Killeen National School 2007 - present

Manager / Coach of various local hurling and camogie teams from 2004 to present

Licensed Trainer: National Hygiene Partnership (NHP) for the delivery of the Management of Food Hygiene Course

Licensed Trainer: Environmental Health Officers Association (EHOA) for the delivery of the Primary Food Hygiene Course

Occupational First Aid

IOSH Affiliate Member 2005

  • Biography

    John Harding qualified as a Laboratory Technician from Carlow Institute of Technology (1984), a Food Technologist from University College Cork (1988) and subsequently successfully completed a Master’s Degree in Environmental Health Risk Management by research at the Faculty of Food Science, Dublin Institute of Technology (2002). John has also successfully completed an ITEC Diploma in Anatomy, Physiology and Holistic Massage from The Institute of Massage & Sports Therapy (IMST) in Limerick.

    He has worked in senior managerial positions in quality assurance, operations and general management in both primary and secondary food processing industries. John now lectures on a range of undergraduate and postgraduate programmes in Athlone Institute of Technology. Taught programmes include Environmental Management, Health & Safety, Food Processing Technologies, Nutrition and Anatomy & Physiology. John also supervises research projects both at Honours Degree and Master Degree level leading to the submission of a thesis in award year in various cross school disciplines ranging from Food Safety Management to Environmental Health & Safety Management at Athlone Institute of Technology.

    John is an affiliate member of IOSH (Institution of Occupational Safety & Health). He is licensed by the Environmental Health Association of Ireland and the National Hygiene partnership to deliver their suite of Food Hygiene Training Programmes.

  • Research & Consultancy

    Research1:

    Publications Burke G.L., Harding J.P., Sweeney S., A Comparison of Factors Promoting or Inhibiting the Effectiveness of HACCP in Food Processing and Catering Industries. Paper presented to the 5th (International) Noordwijk Food Safety and HACCP Forum, Noordwijk, The Netherlands, 9-10th December 2002

    Research 2:

    Harding, J. (2002) Hazard Analysis Critical control Point (HACCP): The Quality Manager’s Perception – an in-depth analysis of the management of the HACCP system in the Irish Meat Industry. Dissertation (MSC): Dublin Institute of Technology.

    Supervision of Research Projects:

    An Investigation into the Perceived Link between Convenience Food Consumption and Obesity Epidemic, A.I.T. 2006

    An Investigation into the Spread and Impact of the Bluetongue Virus on Irish Agriculture, A.I.T. 2007

    Hand Hygiene – Knowledge, Compliance and Attitudes among Medical and Surgical Nurses in an acute Hospital, A.I.T. 2008

    Safety Awareness Levels among Irish Farmers, A.I.T. 2009

  • Teaching Experience

    Undergraduate:

    Food Processing & Technology

    Food Safety Management

    Applied Nutrition

    Risk Management

    Environmental Management

    Anatomy & Physiology

    Postgraduate:

    MSc in Environmental Health & Safety Management

    Health & Safety

    Project Management

  • Interests & Professional Development

    Post Graduate Certificate in Learning and Teaching, Dublin Institute of Technology (DIT) Mount Street 2010

    International Therapy Examination Council (ITEC) Diploma in Anatomy, Physiology and Holistic Massage from The Institute of Massage & Sports Therapy (IMST)

    Chairperson of Killeen National School 2007 - present

    Manager / Coach of various local hurling and camogie teams from 2004 to present

    Licensed Trainer: National Hygiene Partnership (NHP) for the delivery of the Management of Food Hygiene Course

    Licensed Trainer: Environmental Health Officers Association (EHOA) for the delivery of the Primary Food Hygiene Course

    Occupational First Aid

  • Membership of Academic/Professional Bodies

    IOSH Affiliate Member 2005