Food Safety and Inspections
For information on food safety
trainings or the temporary food service event training, please call:
General Food Safety Training
The General Food Safety Training course covers basic food safety issues and techniques on how to maintain a food-safe environment at home. This free 30-minute course is recommended for individuals wishing to enhance their knowledge on the three main causes of foodborne illness: controlling food temperatures, proper handwashing and preventing contamination.
Temporary Food Service Event Training
The Temporary Food Service Event Training course covers food safety, sanitation and code requirements that are essential to conduct a safe, sanitary and successful temporary food service event in Lake County. Taking this free 60-minute course provides temporary food service event vendors with a better understand of how handling food correctly prevents foodborne illness, and makes them eligible for a reduced permit fee.
Below are educational tools used to educate food service employees in food service facilities:
This PowerPoint presentation is an overview of the most recent updates in the 2008 Illinois Department of Public Health Food Service Sanitation Code.
LCHD Educational Presentation on Cooling of Foods
LCHD Educational Presentation on Cold Holding
These PowerPoint presentations (quizzes included) are a review of how to cool hot foods properly (Cooling of Foods) and how to keep cold food cold (Cold Holding).
Food Safety Game
The Food Safety Game is a fun and easy way to teach food handlers the basics of food safety and sanitation. The game uses Microsoft PowerPoint to run and works similar to the game Jeopardy. Click on the links below to download the game, playing instructions and answer/score sheets.
In addition, Environmental Health staff perform routine inspections on various facilities in the county. Included in the program are the following facilities:
Indoor/Outdoor Swimming Pools
Responsible for Routine Inspections and Complaint Investigations for:
Swimming Pools: 81 (indoor) 184 (outdoor)
Bathing Beaches: 64
Tanning Salons: 84
Inspections may include water sampling, analysis and surveys of swimming facilities.