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Training support for the food service sector

Published 22nd January, 2014 by Neil Nixon

Training support for the food service sector

Tork manufacturer SCA is offering a comprehensive series of training modules on hand and surface hygiene for the food sector. The modules are free of charge and available for download on the Tork website. Their aim is to provide food handlers with a greater understanding of surface wiping, hand washing and hand drying procedures in a bid to help them meet their legal responsibilities.

The course has been developed in conjunction with the Oxford School of Hospitality Management at Oxford Brookes University.

“Tork is a leading provider of cloths, wipes and napkins to food service outlets, so it makes sense for us to team up with a major provider of educational support for the food service industry,” said SCA product and segment manager, Stephen Belcher. “The training modules will be invaluable to food service companies since they incorporate clearly set out presentations along with films, hygiene quizzes and other tools - and there is even a certificate of completion and an information poster at the end of the course that can be printed off and distributed to students.”

The modules, which have been produced in a format that is recognised by Preparing to Teach in the Lifelong Learning Sector (PPTL), cover both hand and surface hygiene. The hand hygiene section looks at the importance of hand washing and drying plus when it should be carried out, the best methods and materials to use and factors that may deter food workers from washing their hands. These may include, for example, being too busy to wash, finding an insufficient number of wash stations in the kitchen, or having access to inadequate hand washing consumables.

The surface cleaning section talks about the importance of 'cleaning as you go' and considers the main purpose of surface cleaning, why food contact surfaces need disinfecting, and how bacteria is transferred from one surface to another.

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