8.9 Kitchen Safety
In Los Angeles County, the Environmental Health Division of the Department of Public Health regulates kitchens that prepare and serve food to the public. The archdiocese has worked closely with the Department of Public Health to provide clear guidance on the regulations that apply to kitchens on the premises of archdiocesan locations. All
persons in charge of locations that have kitchens shall familiarize themselves with the following resources:
Summary Checklist of Essential Kitchen Elements for School Food Service by Outside Vendor and/or School Staff
Food Handling Instructions for Location Kitchens
Summary Overview of Food Service Requirements for Church/Parish and School Kitchens and Cafeterias
Rules for Shared Use of the Kitchen by Food Service Provider & School/Parish Staff and Groups
In addition, any location that wishes to retain the services of an outside caterer, either on a non-exclusive or an exclusive basis, is required to use a written contract. The archdiocesan Office of the Legal Counsel has reviewed, modified, and approved specific contracts for certain food service vendors. Locations must follow set guidelines for all contracts for food service vendors. In developing food service contracts, the
Food Service Agreement is designed to provide assistance to the person in charge.No location may execute a food service contract unless the location has sent the contract to the Office of the Legal Counsel to review. For additional information, contact the
Office of the Legal Counsel.
See information and instructions regarding
construction issues involving kitchens,
appropriate uses of facilities, and the general
maintenance of archdiocesan properties in Facilities.