Boston University School of Public Health

Food Safety for Food Establishment Operators

This is an introductory course offering CPH — Free
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3-5 minutes


2.00 hours


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Although the United States has one of the safest food supplies in the world, foodborne illness still poses a major risk to the population. In Massachusetts, the local board of health (LBOH) and the health department grant permits and conduct inspections of retail food establishments to ensure their compliance with food regulations and laws. Retail food operators and employees are on the front line of food safety and are responsible for following safe food practices. They work together as partners with members of LBOH to provide safe food to consumers. This training will provide food safety information to food operators (permit holders and employees) whose food establishments are governed by State Sanitary Code 105 CMR 590.000, Chapter X – Minimum Sanitation Standards for Food Establishments.

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What You'll Learn

  • Define a food establishment according to 105 CMR 590.000 (590)
  • Give examples of each category of food hazard
  • Summarize the six conditions that allow pathogens to grow
  • Identify five risk factors that contribute to foodborne illness, five control measures, and six good retail practice measures
  • Name the regulations that govern food establishments and eight retail food processes that require a HACCP plan
  • Describe a routine LBOH inspection

Competency Terms

Public Health Science Skills
Foundation of Public Health
Application of Public Health Sciences

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Health Educator
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Public health - multiple occupations will benefit

Related Job Tasks

Investigate health problems, including environmental health
Inform, educate, and empower people about health concerns
Enforce laws and regulations that protect health and ensure safety
Schedule services and inspections
Conduct site visits, home visits, or inspections
Issue permits