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Recommendations by the Public Health Program of the National Park Service

Summary
This report provides recommendations for minimum training requirements for NPS and Concessioner employees in Public Health related areas. The purpose of these recommendations is to provide water and wastewater operators, food service employees, and associated NPS employees with training to reduce the risk of waterborne, foodborne and vectorborne diseases.

Introduction
The National Park Service operates and maintains approximately: 1700 potable drinking water systems, 1000 wastewater treatment facilities, an estimated 7000 onsite waste disposal facilities; regulates 500 food service operations; and provides innumerable water/wastewater/food service operations for backcountry NPS operations. There are 1700 NPS employees handling an annual visitation of 270 million Park visitors. It is estimated that 1.5 million meals are served annually in the backcountry of the Colorado Plateau alone.

Recommendations
To minimize the potential of a waterborne, foodborne or vectorborne disease outbreak, the Public Health Program of the National Park Service recommends the following minimum and suggested (*) requirements:

Training/Education Certifications
Park Concessions Staff
Pointer Food Safety Certification Course (16 hours)
Pointer Concessions Pricing and Evaluation

 
Water System Operators
Pointer Water Treatment Plant operator - State/Territorial requirements
Pointer Laboratory Analyst Training (*)
Pointer Cross-Connection Control (*)
Pointer Continuing Education

Pointer State/Territorial Certification
Pointer Laboratory Analyst Certification (*)
Wastewater System Operators
Pointer Wastewater Treatment Plant Operator - State/Territorial requirements
Pointer Subsurface Sewage Disposal System Installer
Pointer Laboratory Analyst Training (*)
Pointer Introduction to Backflow Prevention

Pointer Wastewater Treatment Plant Operator Certification
Pointer Subsurface Sewage Disposal System Installer Certification (*)
Pointer Laboratory Analyst Certification (*)
Training/Education Certifications
Bathing Beaches Monitors
Pointer Beach Monitoring Course/Workshop

 
Food Concession Operators (Front and Backcountry)
Managers/Shift Supervisors:
Pointer Food Safety Course (16 hours)
Pointer HACCP Course (16 hours)
Pointer Kitchen Design Course (24 hours) (*)
PointerNPS Backcountry Sanitation Fact Sheet

Pointer Food Protection Manager Certification
or
Pointer Certified Food Safety Professional Credentialing
Pointer HACCP Certification
Permanent Food Service Workers:
Pointer Food Handlers Course (8 hours)
PointerNPS Backcountry Sanitation Fact Sheet

Pointer Food Handlers Certification
Seasonal Food Service Workers:
Pointer Food Employee Certification/Training Course (4 hours, can be in-house)
PointerNPS Backcountry Sanitation Fact Sheet

 
Training/Education Certifications
Pool, Spa, and Hot Tub Operators
Pointer Pool Operator Course

Pointer Pool Operator Certification
NPS Trail and Fire Crews Kitchen Staff
Pointer Food Handlers Course (8 hours)
PointerNPS Backcountry Sanitation Fact Sheet

Pointer. Food Handlers Certification
NPS Staff - Rangers, Resource Management, Maintenance
PointerNPS Backcountry Sanitation Fact Sheet

 

Training is available through National, State, and/or local jurisdictions; recognized third parties; and the National Park Service.

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