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We have over 23 years of experience working with school districts in California and Fidelity Safety and Training LLC is a member of the California Schools Nutrition Association and National Environmental Health Association. We offer food safety training, HACCP programs, professional standards training, food allergy safety, kitchen safety and training, online training, and warehouse forklift training and certification. Contact us for more information or for a no-obligation quote.

Food Service Training Requirements for Public Schools (PDF)
Training Matrix For Food Service Employees (PDF)
USDA Professional Standards Training Topics (PDF)

Certified Professional Food Safety Manager (CPFM)

Since 2000, California law has required each school food facility that prepares or serves unpackaged food to have at least one person certified as a Certified Professional Food Manager (CPFM) also known as ServSafe® or Food Protection Manager. The exam and certificate are ANSI/ASTM Accredited and approved nationally and by all California counties. Certification is good for five (5) years in California.

You may send your employees to one of our regular course locations (Bakersfield, Bishop, Mammoth Lakes, Mariposa, San Luis Obispo, Santa Barbara, Santa Maria, or Visalia) or attend a course at one of our host district location or host a course at your district. There are discounts for groups and for hosting a class for neighboring districts.

Our class is typically 3.5 to 4.0 hours in length and then allow up to two hours for the certification exam.  This program is 5.0 hours of USDA Professional Standard hours.

Please contact us if you have questions or would like a quote.

Food Allergy & Gluten-Free Training

Food allergies affect about 2 percent of adults and 4 to 8 percent of children in the United States. Each year in the U.S., it is estimated that anaphylaxis to food results in 30,000 emergency room visits, 2,000 hospitalizations, and 150 deaths.

Online and instructor-lead training is available and there are three training options for schools and universities.

AllerTrain K12 is a food allergy and gluten-free training course designed for managers in the primary and secondary school settings. 1 in 13 children of school age have a food allergy and it is vital that schools understand how to keep children with special dietary requests safe. Because it is designed with the child in mind, AllerTrain K12 helps schools better serve children with food allergies, celiac disease and food intolerances, by teaching staff how to recognize symptoms of an allergic reaction, and how to have a cafeteria set-up that will help prevent these reactions from occurring. Kitchen policy recommendations, current food allergy legislation and the emotional impact of food allergies on kids are also included.

  • 1.5 hour course and exam (1.5 USDA Professional Standard Hours)
  • Supplemental course workbook available
  • 30 question final exam
  • ANSI Accredited Certificate valid for 5 years

AllerTrain U is an ANSI accredited, manager level, food allergy and gluten-free training course designed for those who serve food in a college or university setting. Students who suffer from food allergies or celiac disease can have a hard time transitioning to life on campus, especially when they have special dietary needs.

This course will prepare dining staff to cater to these students’ needs, teach them how to recognize symptoms of an allergic reaction, and how to implement proper procedures in their dining hall that will help prevent these reactions from occurring. Recommendations for policy implementation as well as information on current food allergy legislation is also covered.

  • 1.5 hour course and exam (1.5 USDA Professional Standard Hours)
  • Supplemental course workbook available
  • 30 question final exam
  • ANSI Accredited Certificate valid for 5 years

AllerTrain Lite is the nation’s leading ANSI accredited food allergy and gluten-free training course designed for all food handlers. The Lite version is a condensed version of the AllerTrain manager level course. AllerTrain Lite teaches employees how to safely interact with and serve diners with special dietary needs. Dietary needs covered are food allergies, intolerances and Celiac disease. Upon completion of the training, learners will understand allergen control in the front of the house, back of the house and in emergencies.

  • 1.0 hour course and exam (1.0 USDA Professional Standard Hours)
  • Supplemental course Resource Card available
  • 12 question final exam
  • ANSI Accredited Certificate valid for 5 years

Please contact us if you have any questions or would like to schedule a course.

Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Point (HACCP)

This rule implements a legislative provision which requires school food authorities participating in the National School Lunch Program (NSLP) or the School Breakfast Program (SBP) to develop a school food safety program for the preparation and service of school meals served to children. The school food safety program must be based on the hazard analysis and critical control point (HACCP) system established by the Secretary of Agriculture. The food safety program will enable schools to take systematic action to prevent or minimize the risk of foodborne illness among children participating in the NSLP and SBP.

If you are looking for a HACCP program or need the required training, please contact us for more information.

CA Food Handler Card (FHC)

Public and private schools are except from the CA Food Handler Card requirements. However, if you would your child nutrition staff to receive some food safety training and receive a certification card, this is a good option. The exam and certificate are ANSI/ASTM Accredited and approved nationally and by all California counties except for San Diego, Riverside, and San Bernardino. Certification is good for five (5) years in California.

This program is available online in English or Spanish for $9.95 each. We can also come out to your district and conduct an instructor-lead training program. This program is 3.0 hours hours of USDA Professional Standard hours.

Please contact us for more information or for a quote.

USDA Professional Standards Training

Professional Standards for school nutrition professionals is a key provision of the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010 (HHFKA). The final rule, published March 2, 2015, requires a minimum amount of annual training hours for all state directors of school nutrition programs, state director of distributing agencies, school nutrition program directors, managers, and staff. Required training topic areas will vary according to position and job requirements.

More information including a list of training topics is coming soon.

Please contact us in the meantime if you have questions.

Warehouse Forklift Operator Training and Certification

The California Occupational Safety and Health Administration (Cal/OSHA) has issued training requirements for forklift operators and drivers of other industrial trucks. The new rule spells out detailed training requirements for operators of “powered industrial trucks,” which is defined as “mobile, power-driven vehicles used to carry, push, pull, lift, stack, or tier material.” These would include equipment such as high lift trucks, pallet trucks, and forklift trucks.

In order to be in compliance with Cal/OSHA, CCR T8 3668(b)(3), employers must ensure that site and specific equipment training is provided for each employee operating a forklift. “Training shall consist of a combination of formal instruction (e.g., lecture, discussion, interactive computer learning, video tape, written material), practical training (demonstrations performed by the trainer and practical exercises performed by the trainee) and evaluation of the operator’s performance in the workplace.” After formal instruction, each participant must be evaluated at their workplace on a site-specific, equipment specific forklift.

Our certified forklift training program helps workers reduce the risk of injury or death caused by forklift accidents. This training program is designed to ensure compliance with the Cal/OSHA forklift regulations.

What is included:

  • An experienced and professionally trained/certified trainer
  • Classroom presentation (2-3 hours)
  • Review of applicable Cal/OSHA and ANSI/ITSDF standards
  • Opportunity to ask questions
  • Written exam
  • Operator handouts and sample forms
  • Performance or practical operation skill practice and evaluation (10 to 30 minutes per operator)

Operators are also required to be evaluated every three years. The evaluation consists of observing the forklift operator during normal operations to determine if the operator is performing safely, and second, ask pertinent questions or provide a written exam to ensure that the operator has the knowledge or experience needed to operate a truck safely. In some cases, because of the danger or complexity of the operation, the extent of the change in conditions, or the operator’s need for additional skills, the evaluation will need to be lengthier and more detailed.

We offer group training (not individual training) and certification at your place of employment on your lifts statewide. Contact us today for more information on group training or for a no-obligation quote.

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