Basic Food Handling Training When Using Non-Dietary Staff

It is 11 AM and you’ve just heard from two food service aides who cannot come in to work.  Now what do you do?

One of your nursing aides has a little food service experience.  Can she help in the kitchen to get through the lunch service?

The answer is “Yes, but…”

Yes, your nursing aide is on your staff, and you need to be able to deploy your staff where needed in these difficult times.

But, you need to be sure the person has a basic understanding of personal hygiene, food handling equipment safety and meal service before they work in your kitchen, for their personal safety and for the health and safety of the vulnerable population at your community.

Before you send the aide into the kitchen to work, utilize our Basic Food Handling resources to orient non-dietary staff to help in the kitchen and with meal service.

Many blessings and stay well.

About Gail Douglas

Gail joined BSN Solutions as a Regional Director in March of 2013. Her role is to promote the adoption of the new dining standards and person-centered dining throughout the communities serviced by BSN Solutions. She also recruits, coordinates placement of, and supports the dietitian consultants who work with BSN Solutions in its client communities. Gail has a vast 30+ year background in long-term care, having worked within skilled nursing and rehab centers in clinical and management capacities. She holds a Master’s degree in Healthcare Administration as well as a Bachelor of Science degree in Human Nutrition.
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