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Safety Training for Food Service Employees

Find out how to get required and recommended safety training for food service workers at UCSD.

Food preparation and dining services is an enormous undertaking at UC San Diego. Occupational hazards include temperature extremes, sharp knives and machinery, slippery floors, and ergonomic risks — all in an environment that requires careful attention to sanitation and public health.

Supervisor responsibilities

Individual supervisors must identify job-specific hazards and make sure their employees attend required and recommended safety training for the type of work they perform.


Required

Injury and Illness Prevention Program (IIPP)

Required for all employees receiving compensation from UCSD. You need to attend only once in your career. This is instructor-led training.

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Food Handlers Certification

Food facilities, except types that are exempted, are required by California state health code to have all food handlers pass a food handler exam. Certification is valid for 3 years from the date of the exam.

The exam may be taken online or administered by the Food Safety Manager at the food facility where the employee works. Exams must be kept on file at that food facility.

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Food Safety Manager Certification

Required for operators of food preparation facilities. Certification is valid for 5 years from the issue date.

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How to Maintain a Healthy Back

Required for employees who move or lift equipment or heavy loads. This is an eCourse.

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Recommended

Dealing with Emergencies at UCSD

Recommended for all employees who wish to learn about basic preparedness procedures and resources, or their department's role in UCSD's Emergency Operations Plan. This is instructor-led training.

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UC Driver Responsibilities

Recommended for anyone who operates a university vehicle or electric cart, utilizes a personal vehicle or rents a vehicle for university business. This is instructor-led training.

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Ergonomics for Food Service Employees

Recommended for all food service employees.

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Fire Extinguisher Training

Recommended for employees who work with hazardous materials, equipment, or processes associated with a high risk of fire.

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