Texas Food Handler Training and COVID-19
Lucky for all of us there is still no evidence that COVID-19 is food borne. Restaurants are open (limited yes) but open and serving food to millions of people without spreading COVID-19.
The obvious change are gloves, masks, plexiglass, hand sanitizer and social distancing.
The first couple of items – gloves, masks, plexiglass and hand sanitizers are easy enough to deal with from a manager/owner perspective. They are expensive! But its just one more thing to manage no real big issues here.
But Social Distancing there is the hard part for employees and customers.
Lest start with employees. Is your kitchen, or bar area really big enough to keep everyone six feet apart? I am going to guess that most restaurants do not have walk-ins big enough for more that one person. You will need to have working zones and do your best to keep employees from having close contact for extended. Keeping your employees safe and healthy should be top priority and following your local, state, and federal guidelines as they pertain to your food service operation is a great start but restaurant people are innovators so keep looking and listening for a better way to be safe.
Trying to ensure your customers are social distancing is a whole other world. It is easy enough to remove some tables and chairs to solve that issue, but you just cut your seating capacity down so your daily sales volume will most likely be lower.
If you are on a wait and have customers waiting in a lobby or being forced to wait outside in line. Have you defined the 6 foot distancing for them?
- How long are customers going to be willing to wait?
- Are you using a reservation app to help reduce and avoid the waits?
- Who is your Guest Greeter? Hopefully not your newest, untrained person. With the logistics involved with managing wait times and social distancing that “Guest Greeter” needs to be a strong well-seasoned employee who understands how the business works so that they can accurately communicate wait times and deal with the social distancing requirements in a professional manner that represents your brand in a positive way.
These are just a few things to think about as we navigate these changing times. But it seems like things are calming down and the new rules and customer expectations are becoming more clear. Now we just have to figure out how to make it part of our daily routine and ensure that anyone handling food and or mixing drinks is aware of your new policies and procedures.
Food Handlers should still practice proper and frequent hand washing as a preventive measure for COVID and any and all foodborne illness.
ACE Food Handler's food handlers card training and test uses the latest instructional design techniques to help you retain food safety concepts so you are ready to work.
The description below applies to most of our food handlers card training course, however due to the varying array of requirements across the nation, your course might be a little different. Find your state county and city above to learn more about food handler training for your area.
Food Handler Course Content:
Frequently Asked Questions
A food handlers card (also commonly referred to as a certificate, card, or permit) is used as documentation to prove to employers and/or health departments that you have completed a food safety course that is approved and/or recognized by your city, coutny, or state Health Authority. It is valid for 2 to 4 years depending on your local government requirments.
This varies by employeers and city, county, and state governements. It is best to ask your employer (current or future) or Local Health Authority about when you will need to aquire your food handler card based on your employement date.
ACE Food Handler works with numberjous health departments and regulatory agencies across the country. ACE Food Handler’s food handlers card courses are created to meet the requirements of specific city, coutny, and state requirements. If you have questions about your city, county or state requirements please call your employer (current or future) and/or you Local Health Authority.
A food handlers card, permit, or certificate for your area. You will be able to print or download your food handler certificate after you have received a passing score on the final exam. You will also be emailed a PDF a copy of your certificate to the email address you provided so please check your inbox and/or spam box also.
If your food handlers card, certificate, or permit has expired, you will need to purchase a new course for your state and retake your states food handler training and test to get your new card. Click here to find your State
If you need to reprint your current card, login and go to the Start My Course. From there, you can click on the name of your Certificate under the heading "My Certificates" on the right hand side of the screen and print or download your food handler or alcohol seller/server card or certificate for free.
If you need to track your employees or restaurants food handler certifications we offer:
- Custom Portals
- Custom Coupons
- Reporting by Store and Company Levels
- Variable Access Levels
- Contact ACE for a Custom Solution for your Business
Below are a list of Food Handler and Alcohol Seller/Sever Resources you can use
Food Safety Resources
Alcohol Seller/Server Resources