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Posted 02 April 2024 - 11:47 AM

Hello, I tried to find some innovative evaluation ways to assess the effectiveness of the food safety training in the literature. Unfortunately, I got back only the basics such as questionnaires. Do you have any other smart suggestions?


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Posted 02 April 2024 - 06:36 PM

Training evaluations can be done in various ways like
1. on the job training evaluation (based on observations- to assess whether the employee is performing his tasks while taking into consideration all aspects that has been explained during the training sessions).
2. through question and answers.

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Posted 02 April 2024 - 07:52 PM

I'm with Nand regarding OTJ observations.  You can create a template to mark when you want to observe someone and record whether they perform various tasks correctly.


Another thing I've done in past jobs was reference my internal audits as verification of training effectiveness.  Monthly GMP audits show little or no findings, with no individuals or violations named repeatedly over a set period is good proof training is effective.  Auditing your chemical use records and finding mixing logs are accurate with chemicals mixed correctly, along with no unauthorized chemicals found, is good proof that chemical training was effective.  Low to no deficiencies in your pre-op inspections and environmental monitoring program is proof that sanitation trainings were effective.  The trick there is to write up when you've reviewed records of those programs and whether you found the trends can support the claims that your employees know what you trained them to know.


If you land back on doing the questionnaires/tests, make sure you're not only completing the tests immediately after training but spot checking a few employees halfway through your refresher training frequency.  If 20% of your sanitation employees can still pass the sanitation quiz at random, pretty good indicator that training took root and held.

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