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CIPHI Ontario Seminar Series: The Effect of Food Handler Training Certification on Food Premises in Ontario, Canada

Public Health Ontario and CIPHI

Wednesday, May 8, 2019 from 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM (EDT)

CIPHI Ontario Seminar Series: The Effect of Food...

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CIPHI Ontario Seminar Series: The Effect of Food Handler Training Certification on Food Premises in Ontario, Canada

Although food handler training certification for operators of food premises have been implemented by many health units, the effectiveness of this intervention remains inconclusive. Regression models were built using inspection data from a health unit in Ontario, Canada to measure the effect of certification on premise inspection results. We found that premises without certified food handlers at the time of inspection were significantly more likely to fail inspections. The odds of inspection failure were significantly different, depending on cultural cuisine classification of premises.

Independent establishments obtained lower odds of inspection failure versus chain operations. The inspector variable was a significant random effect explaining a small percentage of data variations. These results support the use of food handler training certification to improve food safety outcomes of premises. Further efforts should be made to ensure training programs are accessible and relatable to premise operators, particularly those serving different types of cultural cuisines. This session will provide participants with an understanding of the impact of food handler training certification on inspection results of food.

By the end of this session, participants will be able to:

  • Describe the effect of Food Handler Training certification on inspection results in the source population
  • Identify key factors associated with food premise inspection failure in the source population;
  • Explain the influence of premise cuisine type on inspection results;
  • Articulate the impact of inspector level differences on inspection results. 


Presenter: Eli Rafael Barros

Rafael is an environmental health professional with the Public Health Agency of Canada. He has consulted for First Nations communities in Canada on environmental health matters, providing both regulatory public health oversight and epidemiological expertise in areas of federal and international jurisdictions.

His research interests focus on the use of epidemiologic research methods to shape evidence-informed decision- making, public health policy, program evaluation, health-administration and environmental and occupational health practice. He completed a Master of Science in Epidemiology in 2019 and a Bachelor of Science in Occupational and Public Health in 2011, obtaining his professional certification in Environmental Health, CPHI (C), in 2012.


The Canadian Institute of Public Health Inspectors (CIPHI) Seminar Series is approved by Council of Professional Experience for professional development hours (PDHs) for members of CIPHI. For more information, contact

DISCLAIMER: The opinions expressed by speakers and moderators do not necessarily reflect the official policies or views of Public Health Ontario, nor does the mention of trade names, commercial practices, or organizations imply endorsement by Public Health Ontario.


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Public Health Ontario is committed to complying with the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA). If you require accommodations to participate in this event, please contact 647-260-7100 or

Have questions about CIPHI Ontario Seminar Series: The Effect of Food Handler Training Certification on Food Premises in Ontario, Canada? Contact Public Health Ontario and CIPHI

When & Where

Public Health Ontario
In-person and Webinar
480 University Ave. Boardroom 350
Toronto, ON M5G1V2

Wednesday, May 8, 2019 from 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM (EDT)

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