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.
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
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.