Colorado Integrated Food Safety Center of Excellence

Environmental Assessment Quick Train

This is an introductory course offering CPH — Free
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1.00 hour


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This interactive training is designed for public health professionals as an introduction or refresher on conducting environmental assessments during an outbreak investigation. 

What You'll Learn

Module 1:

  • Understand the importance of foodborne disease outbreak investigations.
  • Describe the steps in a foodborne disease outbreak investigation.
  • Explain the roles and skills of the investigation team.

Module 2:

  • Explain the differences between an environmental assessment and other types of routine inspections.
  • Describe the types of activities involved in an environmental assessment conducted in a food service facility.

Module 3:

  • Describe types of contributing factors in foodborne disease outbreaks.
  • Identify contributing factors associated with 3 common foodborne pathogens.
  • Describe types of environmental antecedents.

Module 4:

  • Describe non-laboratory and laboratory techniques for identifying causative agents.
  • List important considerations in the collection and submission of clinical and environmental specimens.

Related Occupations


Related Job Tasks

Investigate health problems, including environmental health
Obtain information, specimens, or samples
Schedule services and inspections
Conduct site visits, home visits, or inspections