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Allergens – tips for the tabletop

Monday May 25, 2015

Tork’s latest FREE training pack

Building on the success of the free cleaning and hygiene training packs launched under the Tork brand, SCA Hygiene Products has now introduced a new pack to help caterers conform to the impending legislation concerning allergens.

The new pack entitled ‘Preparing a Table for a Customer with a Food Allergy or Food Intolerance’ gives practical, step-by-step advice and shows how the right cleaning products can help catering staff prepare a table for allergic guests safely and efficiently.

“The introduction of the allergen legislation will change the way catering staff clean and re-lay tables for customers, necessitating an even more thorough and meticulous regime. Our new training pack describes in detail why this should be done, and how,” explains Jamie Wright Marketing, Communications Co-ordinator at SCA Hygiene UK who manufacture products under the Tork brand.

“It joins the two existing training packs, ‘Hand Hygiene’ and ‘Food Contact Surface Cleaning’, which can already be downloaded from the Tork website and have proved very popular with caterers.”

All the packs provide a clear, comprehensive and easy to use training session plan. They include all the necessary information, a guide on how to present and explain this, and a quick quiz at the end to reinforce the learning. There is also a certificate which can be completed and presented to staff on successful completion of the course.

To help the trainers Tork have also produced short videos for all the packs, highlighting the key points in each of the training modules. These are available for free download in a YouTube format.

As a leading producer of hygiene solutions for foodservice outlets, Tork takes a responsible and active role in improving hygiene education standards in the catering industry. The company commissioned the creation of these training modules from a leading provider of educational support for all sectors of the foodservice industry, the Oxford School of Hospitality Management at Oxford Brookes University. The format of the modules is also recognised by Preparing to Teach in the Lifelong Learning Sector (PPTL).

With sustainability at the heart of all our operations, we are encouraging good training practices as part of its sustainability programme which pledges to meet customers’ needs with regards to functionality, quality and price in a socially and environmentally responsible manner.

“With many commercial kitchens having a relatively high staff turnover, we hope that our new training packs will help ease the burden on caterers in the important field of training staff on hygiene matters,” comments Jamie Wright. “They will save the operator a good deal of time in planning and preparation, and provide the clearest information in an easily accessible fashion.”