Public School Food Service Checklist

This is the fourth of four safety tips, devoted to improving the quality of public school food service. The suggestions offered can be found as part of the NJEA/NEA “Indoor Air Quality Tools for Schools” action kit. Use of the kit will help local associations take leadership in helping to provide a safe, comfortable, and productive school environment. This kit is not limited to food service operations, it covers all public school areas where we find students and staff. For further information about the kit, contact your local NJEA/NEA UniServ Office.

PART IV – Receiving

The kitchen is often the busiest part of the school for deliveries. Because fans are exhausting air from the kitchen (i.e. the kitchen is negatively pressurized), air from an adjacent loading dock may be drawn into the kitchen. If delivery trucks or other vehicles are idle at the dock, exhaust fumes can be drawn in and cause problems.

1. Remind vendors not to idle their engines.

  • Post a sign prohibiting vehicles from idling their engines in receiving area.
  • Instruct drivers to turn off their engines if they don’t follow instructions on the sign.

2. Keep doors or air barriers closed between receiving area and kitchen.

  • Doors should be regularly closed.
  • Help each other by always closing open doors.