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EHA : Annual Review and Yearbook 2008
Other Activities FoodSafe® FoodSafe® is an in-house training program that brings basic food hygiene information directly to food handlers. Once the food handlers have undergone basic food safety training and demonstrated that they have implemented the food safety practices, an Environmental Health Officer recognises this achievement by awarding the FoodSafe® and window sticker. FoodSafe® Certificate was developed by the then AIEH in 1996 and underwent a revision in 2003 to align with the national Food Safety Standards. FoodSafe® is the 'second step' for food businesses already holding FoodSafe® safety program to manage food safety risks. FoodSafe® PLUS certification that want to develop their own food PLUS applies the principles of hazard analysis critical control point (HACCP) to guide the business through the FoodSafe® PLUS Manual to develop their own Quality Policy Statement. Both FoodSafe® and FoodSafe® PLUS are unique in the marketplace, as they are competitively priced and allow the business to implement the program at their own pace, with the assistance of EHPs. FoodSafe® has performed reasonably well under the revised version although budget targets were not met in terms of sales. As the FoodSafe® office was without an executive officer from November 2006 to February 2007, there was no marketing during this period, and sales were administered by volunteers and a contracted executive assistant. The profit for FoodSafe® (after stock write-off) fell short of expectation which has also highlighted the need for the organisation to invest in the product to ensure its future viability. Despite an innovative legislative framework for food safety, sales of FoodSafe® Executive Officer at the 2007 Victorian in Victoria remained low until mid 2007. A reason for this was a sales push in 2006, and the attendance of the FoodSafe® Branch Conference. Additionally, the training program within FoodSafe® , is an excellent tool for Victoria’s accredited Food Safety Supervisors to use to train their subordinates. Demand for the new DVD which includes a menu format and additional material, such as the ‘Welcome to FoodSafe® presentation in English, and six (6) Asian languages, was sufficiently high for EHA to now sell the DVDs separetely to existing customers. The EHA Board accepted a report from the CEO and FoodSafe® of the FoodSafe® Committee to develop an On-line Learning version program. There is now a demand for this format from many larger industries that have dispersed food handling staff such as facility management companies and child-care chains. The proposed launch date is early in the 2008-2009 financial year. The draft version of the on line learning website has been refined several times to ensure it is user friendly resulting in a revised release date Darren Ponton mAIEH Chair, FoodSafe® 52 ’ Committee EHA ANNUAL REPORT 2008