The goal is to help operators and their employees practice safe food handling and delivery during the coronavirus pandemic.
ServSafe is offering free resources to restaurateurs focusing on takeout and delivery during the coronavirus crisis. The goal is to reinforce safe food handling and delivery practices.
For 30 years, ServSafe has been at the forefront of preparing restaurant and foodservice employees to deliver safe dining experiences for their guests while also keeping themselves safe. This mission is as important as ever during the service disruptions caused by the coronavirus.
As restaurateurs focus their businesses on takeout and delivery during the pandemic, ServSafe, the National Restaurant Association’s food-safety training and certification program, has released two new training videos to help reinforce safe food handling and safe delivery practices for all operations.
In addition to the videos, ServSafe also is offering its online Food Handler training program free through April 30. More than 3 million people have earned their ServSafe Food Handler certification. The training has helped educate line-level and front-of-the-house employees to understand food safety.
The ServSafe Takeout video highlights safety measures restaurants and foodservice employees should follow to ensure the foods and processes for preparing them for off-premises dining is safe.
The ServSafe Delivery video focuses on safety measures to help reduce risk associated with delivery of the food, including special handling precautions during the coronavirus crisis. Both are available on-demand and are free of charge. Both English and Spanish versions are available.
Sherman Brown, the Association’s executive vice president of training and certification, says the ServSafe team developed the training videos to provide guidance for restaurant employees preparing food and delivery people who transport it to the customer.
ServSafe Takeout: COVID-19 Precautions focuses on:
Brown added that the ServSafe team is available to operators and their employees via phone, text, online chat, and email.
From Shannon Meade, Vice President of Public Policy and Legal Advocacy, NRA
As expected, the U.S. Department of Labor just issued some preliminary guidance, in the form of Questions and Answers, in advance of the implementing regulations on the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) a/k/a COVID-2, which takes effect April 1. To access please click on the link below. The Department advises that they will continue to provide compliance assistance to employers and employees on their responsibilities and rights under the FFCRA, and we will be sure to keep you updated as that information is made available.
Also, the Department is hosting a creative opportunity for public input via a national online dialogue to provide employers and employees an innovative way to offer their perspective as the Department develops compliance assistance materials and outreach strategies related to the implementation of FFCRA. The ideas and comments gathered from this dialogue will inform compliance assistance guidance, resources, and tools, as well as outreach approaches, that assist employers and employees in understanding their responsibilities and rights under the FFCRA. The deadline for input is March 29, 2020. Anyone who is interested can participate online at https://ffcra.ideascale.com now through March 29, 2020.
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