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Benefits of Remote Proctoring

As things are starting to move online, Always Food Safe offers remote proctoring for our Food Manager Certification exam! Many tests are going virtual to help with social distancing, but there are many other benefits to online exams as opposed to in-person. Read more about the benefits to both the company and the test takers.

 

Benefits to Test Takers

More Flexibility

Instead of having to take time away from work to travel to your nearest test center, you can complete your training and exam from home.

This will save you time and money!

 

No Travel

Driving to a test center where you will have to travel for miles, sit in traffic, spend money on gas, and try and find parking is not conducive to a good test experience. Go with the easier option and take your exam at home.

 

Less Stress

Even before COVID exam centers were stressful places, but now with social distancing, having to wear a mask and other regulations now makes sitting in the exam room almost as stressful as taking the exam itself. Why create all that stress for yourself, when you could instead stay somewhere you are comfortable?

 

Benefits to Companies

Less to Organize

You have a million and one things to do running a restaurant. Taking an hour out of your day to proctor an exam could be time spent elsewhere.  Make things easier for yourself and just use remote proctoring.

 

Keep Staff Busy

With many restaurants running at 50% capacity there can either be downtime for staff, or they are still on furlough. Use this time to get staff trained and ready for when the country opens up fully and things get busy again.

 

It's Easy

With ALL of the Certification being completed online, you don’t have to worry about anything. Staff will take the training and exam, and then their certificate will reside in your online account area.

 

To find out more information please call 844.312.2011 or email help@alwaysfoodsafe.com for more information on this offering.

Why Food Safety Training is Important to your Restaurant's Reopening Plan

The COVID-19 epidemic has drastically changed the way we live, and now we begin the new normal. With businesses starting to open up again, it’s time to think about how you can safely reopen your restaurant.

 

The CDC reported that coronavirus cannot be transmitted through food or food packaging, but that doesn’t mean food safety is any less important. If anything, it is even more vital now.  

 

As we’ve said before, “a clean business is a safe business.” Keeping your business clean and following food safety procedures can reduce the risk of spreading COVID-19 to your customers and employees, and keeping your employees educated with food safety training will make reopening go smoothly as well as help slow the spread.

 

Here are a couple of reasons why you should be considering food safety when creating your restaurant’s reopening plan.

 

It's Required

Proper food safety training is required by law. Be aware of your state and local requirements as you prepare to reopen and communicate with your employees, providing them with any PPE necessary. 

 

Social Distancing Does Not Replace Good Hygiene

Social distancing is an important part of slowing the spread of coronavirus. That doesn’t mean that personal hygiene is any less important.

 

Even as you are social distancing, make sure employees are following proper food safety procedures. Washing your hands and sanitizing surfaces more frequently, especially after coughing or sneezing, will help ensure that the virus is not lingering on any surfaces.

 

Increase Customer and Employee Confidence

Lastly, properly educating you and your employees about food safety, then applying what you’ve learned, will help increase customer and employee confidence.

 

Showing customers and employees that you are taking their health and safety into account lets them know you care about them. A clean restaurant will make customers feel more comfortable, and in turn will encourage them to come back.

 

Always Food Safe offer customers a “badge” that they can show on their social media channels and in their restaurants to make customers aware that they take food safety seriously.

 

Click Here for more information.

 

Train you and your employees about Food Safety during COVID-19 with our quick 15-minute video.

 

Training & Protecting Your Staff is a Legal Requirement

With the news that 5 McDonalds employees in Chicago are filing a lawsuit alleging the chain did not protect them against COVID-19 it brought into the focus the importance of training your staff, but also correctly documenting it.

Here are a few top tips we want to give every restaurant to protect themselves from potential legal issues.

 

1.      Train Your Staff. It’s the Law!

As a business you have a legal requirement to train your staff. This is to protect both the worker and the customer.

We will focus on the Food Safety aspect of this, but there are many areas of training that are needed, such as First Aid and Health & Safety.

With Food Safety training the benefits far outweigh the costs, and restaurants who take training seriously are often the most profitable.

Find out more about the Food Handler, Allergen Awareness & Food Manager Training that we offer.

 

2.      Document It

 

Training your staff is one thing, however from a legal perspective it is vital that you can prove to people that this has taken place.

If a Health Inspector walks into the building they will want to see all training and certifications easily, they will not want to be searching for the documentation themselves.

This is why an Online, Management System can be so helpful. All training details and certificates can be stored in one, easy to use area.

Find Out More about Our Complimentary Management Area

 

3.      Make it Part of Your Culture

 

Although legally your staff only need to be certified every 3 or 5 years (depending on the certification) that is nowhere near enough to run a safe, successful organization.

With COVID-19 sweeping the country it has highlighted more than ever that continuous training is essential to keep both staff and customers safe.

It’s also important to keep up with ever changing regulations. A great place for these sorts of updates is always the FDA website.

At Always Food Safe we are constantly creating new content to keep you up to date with the latest trends in Food Safety.

Watch our COVID-19 Help video now: https://vimeo.com/401150258

 

Show customers that your staff are Food Safety trained

With the public consciousness focused more than ever on safety, it is important to let customers know that you take Food Safety seriously!

This is why we have created a ‘badge’ for you to display to your customers that shows all your staff are Food Safety Trained.

Any company who uses and completes their Food Safety Training with Always Food Safe will receive the below image that they can use to put out on their social media channels to let people know that Food Safety is a top priority for the business.

How to End Temperature Abuse

 

With takeout and delivery becoming more and more popular as people limit the time they spend out of the house, we are going to look at Temperature Abuse, and some good ways to stop it from happening.

 

What is Temperature Abuse?

Temperature abuse happens when cooked food is left out at room temperature for too long, and the temperature of the food drops into the “Temperature Danger Zone”!

 

What is the Temperature Danger Zone?

The temperature danger zone is the temperature range in which food-borne bacteria can grow. The FDA says the temperature ranges from 40 °F - 140 °F

When food is in between these 2 temperatures bacteria can double every 20 minutes. The longer the food is left in the danger zone, the more the pathogens will multiply.

 

How does food end up in the Temperature Danger Zone?

  1.        Food not cooked to the correct internal temperature

If food is undercooked, then this can lead to food being in the temperature danger zone.

If you are unsure of cooking temperatures check out our information sheet by clicking here.

 

  1.        Food not held at the proper temperature –

Holding food at the correct temperature can be a challenge especially when it comes to delivery.

It’s important that your delivery drivers understand the importance of keeping the food at the correct temperature.

 

  1.        Incorrect cooling or reheating of food

Food that is reheated must reach a minimum internal temperature of at least 165 F for 15 seconds. Reheating must be done rapidly, and the minimum temperature must be reached within two hours (although we recommend as soon as possible.)

Freezing food must be stored at a temperature of 41F or below. Like reheating this must be done within 2 hours of cooking, but ideally as soon as possible.

 

 Ways to stop Temperature Abuse

The main way to guard against Temperature Abuse is to give your staff the correct tools to monitor the temperature of your food, both in and out of your establishment.

It is your responsibility to provide the correct equipment and training to your staff.

Training

Make sure that your staff understands the process from start to finish when it comes to stopping temperature abuse:

  • What to do
  • How to do it
  • What corrective action to take

Equipment

  •   Thermometers – Make sure everyone in your organization who needs access to a thermometer has one.

 

This way food can be checked from the kitchen to the customer.

  •   Temperature Logs – Make sure that your staff can write down the food temperatures, to make others aware of the food that has been cooked.

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Always Food Safe has partnered with The Pineapple Academy to Help the Care Sector

 

Here at Always Food Safe we are delighted to have partnered with The Pineapple Academy to offer Food Safety Training in the Care & Senior Living industries.

Co-Founders, Tucker Graves and Greg Gorgone have said that they “want to be part of the solution in these difficult times.”

Greg continued by saying, “Our population is aging rapidly and the gap between supply and demand for skilled foodservice and hospitality workers in Senior Living will only widen.”

To help the overworked industry Pineapple are offering FREE Training courses to help your care facility.

Take advantage of these courses here:

https://thepineappleacademy.com/introduction-to-senior-living-food-service