Good intentions alone cannot keep food safe. Education and training are the key to preparing food safely. As
part of our ongoing commitment to food sanitation, the Coles County Health Department provides several avenues
of education for both adults and youth in food safety.
The Coles County Health Department has developed eight training sessions that focus on food safety. These
sessions utilize visual aids, hands on training, and current statistics that are suitable for educating both
food service employees as well as citizens concerned with food safety at home. Seven of these training
sessions are offered free of charge. Everyone is welcome to attend, but advance registration is required. Call
the Coles County Health Department at 217-348-0530, email, or fax the form below to 217-348-5322 to register.
Calendar of Classes
List of Classes:
Cleaning and Sanitizing FREE
Emphasizes the importance of cleaning and sanitizing effectively. Using overheads and hands-on demonstrations,
attendees learn about effective sanitizers and how to use them properly.
Time and Temperature FREE Learn
about the important relationship time and temperature have on the growth of harmful bacteria. Take the
information back to your workplace or home to provide safer food for the consumer and your family.
Personal Hygiene FREE Just when you
thought you k new everything there was to know about washing your hands! This session addresses the common
bacteria that lurk on our hands and reviews the proper way to wash your hands as well as other aspects that
contribute to personal hygiene.
Food borne Illness FREE Learn
about the "bugs" that cause food borne illness and what you can do to minimize their occurrence in your home
Current Topics and Consumer Advisory FREE
Food is a rapidly changing topic. Learn about genetically modified food, irradiation, changes in the food
code, emerging pathogens, and what's currently going on with food! This talk is updated regularly.
HACCP FREE Learn about the
proactive approach to food safety that begins at delivery and ends on the table. Learn about the control
measures you can establish to ensure that food is safe and employees are knowledgeable.
Cross-Contamination FREE What you
can't see can hurt - your business and your customers. Lean about the common, preventable, mistakes that are
responsible for making people sick.
Food Safety Orientation - $5.00 per person - This two hour talk is
designed for individuals new to handling or preparing food. The fee covers the abundance of materials
attendees will receive as well as a new thermometer. This class replaces any 2 of the above courses for credit
toward renewal of the Illinois Food Service Sanitation Manager's Certificate. Offered on an as-needed basis.
Germ fighters - Presentations are designed for pre-kindergarten through fourth grade students regarding
hand washing and food safety. material, content, and presentation length are grade specific. The germ fighters
program is offered only to establishments or groups within Coles County. The program is offered free of
charge. Teachers and group leaders may contact this Department for more information or to schedule a
Need Based Training
The Coles County Health Department occasionally develops presentations based upon the need of an
establishment or group. If your group would benefit from a presentation developed by the Coles County Health
Department, please contact us with more information. Presentation requests will be based upon the number of
individuals in your group, preparation time, and content. Presentation requests outside the focus of
environmental health will not be considered by this Division.
Food Service Sanitation Managers Certification Course
The Coles County Health department does not currently offer the Food Service Sanitation Manager's
Certification Course (FSSMC). However, the Coles County Health Department may require food establishment
operators have a food operator certified in Food Service Sanitation depending upon the risk category of the
facility. Qualification requires certification from the Illinois Department of Public Health through an IDPH
Sanitation training is also offered in Coles County by:
- Lake Land Community College call
- Corporate Training - 800-705-8204
- Kathy Brewer Food Safety Classes - 217-962-0711
- Sarah Powers - 217-273-9387
Current FSSMC Certificate Holders
Managers – Keep Your Information Current.
Changed your personal information lately? CLICK HERE
Moved? Married and changed your name? Divorced and changed your name? Make sure that you keep your Food
Service Certificate current! Complete the
Manager’s Certification Form
(PDF File) to change to change information on your Certificate. All name changes
must be accompanied by the legal document ordering the change. Address changes do not require additional
information. Failure to notify the state of these changes may prevent you from receiving your renewal
notification. There is no charge to change information, however, if you would like to receive a new
certificate with the new information there is a fee.
- Commonwealth Media Services - "Food borne Disease-It's your business"
- Handle With Care: Preventing Food borne Illness in Nursing Homes
- The Mystery of the Poisoned Panther Picnic-Producer through Consumer: Partners to a safe food supply.
- Safe Food Handling Techniques
- 48 Hours - Is Your Food Safe? Part 1 and 2. 9 Feb 94 and 18 May 94
- Food Service Sanitation Training Series
- Recent Food borne Disease Outbreak: Lessons learned and what next? 2 Sept 93 Video Teleconference, USDA
and FDA. 90 Minutes
- 1994 - FDA/USDA: An update on the Food Code and HACCP
- Take aim at Sanitation (2 copies)
- Food Safety is no Mystery
- Series of 4 -
- Employee Health and Hygiene
- Safe Food-handling: Receiving and Storage
- Safe Food-handling: Preparation and Service
- Cleaning and Sanitizing
- FDA/USDA Food Safety Challenges of Raw and Partially Cooked Foods. 23 Sept 94
- Lobster Tanks-
- Handwash series vol. 3-all hands on deck
- Food Safety:
- You Make The Difference-Spanish
- You Make The Difference-"Mandarin"
- A New Look At Pork
- In Good Taste-Careers In Food Science
- The Great Food Fight-You Can Win!
- Cooking with Success - Food Safety & Temporary Events
- To Your Health! Food Safety for Seniors
- Food Fear: Spanish & Mandarin
- Groundwater Protection - Looking at Solutions
- How to Disinfect your Water Well (5 copies)
- Groundwater Protection - Sealing Abandoned Wells
- Infiltrator Chamber- Septic Leach Field Installation
- ABC News Special Presentation - Are We Scaring Ourselves to Death?
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