Food Safety Training Resources
Food Safety training is a critical component of a preventive food safety approach. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has conducted studies that have shown establishments with a certified food manager have employees with a greater knowledge of food safety. For this reason, the CDC recommends that establishments encourage certification of both managers and workers. Education can be obtained in the form of Food Protection Manager Certification, Food Handler Training, written job aids, or online resources. See below for additional educational resources for food service employees.
Food Protection Manager Certification
Navajo County is currently one of ten Arizona Counties that currently requires Food Protection Manager Certification. However, the Navajo County Department of Environmental Health does not currently charge a fee to register the certification or issue food manager cards. A copy of a current certificate from an accredited program is sufficient to demonstrate a person in charge has successfully completed an approved course as outlined in Arizona Food Code (2-102.11). See additional information on how to obtain an approved food protection manager certification: Accredited Food Protection Manager Certification Programs (PDF).
Food Handler Certification
Current state law (ARS 11-269.12) requires all Arizona Counties to accept Food Handlers Certifications from accredited training programs. The Department of Environmental Health recommends that all employees working with open foods obtain a certification compliant with state law. This includes employees operating under the Arizona Department of Health Services Home Baked and Confectionary Goods Program. The Department of Environmental Health does not currently register the certification or issue food handler cards. A copy of a current certification from an accredited program is sufficient to demonstrate an employee has successfully completed an approved course. The Accredited Food Handler Certificate Training Programs page lists approved food handler certification providers.
Job aids such as posters and handouts serve as a good educational resource for job-specific activities such as employee illness reporting, hand washing, ware washing, cleaning deli slicers, storage, cooking temperatures, etc. Below are some job aids and handouts that may be used to reinforce positive food safety behaviors.