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Vessel Sanitation Training

The Vessel Sanitation Program (VSP) offers six training seminars per year. Only cruise ship management staff can attend. Visit VSP Seminar Training for dates and registration information.

Our training seminars on public health practices that are important for protection of cruise ship passengers and crew. Training is based on criteria from the current VSP Operations Manual and other public health resources.

Topics covered during the seminar are grouped in three categories:

Combined Operations

  • VSP Program Overview
  • Surveillance, Passenger/Employee Health, and Outbreak Investigations
  • Equipment and Facilities
  • Environmental Health
  • Housekeeping and Infection Control
  • Integrated Pest Management

Hotel Operations

  • Foodborne Hazards and Illness
  • Food Safety: Parts 1 and 2
  • Potable Water—Food and Beverage
  • Recreational Water Facilities—Food and Beverage
  • Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Points (HACCP): Parts 1 and 2

Technical Operations

  • Waterborne Illnesses
  • Water Chemistry
  • Potable Water
  • Recreational Water Facilities
  • Cross-connection Control
  • Food Protection and HACCP—Technical
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