BENTLEY Hospital Catering Service

IELTS Academic Reading Passage



Meal Breaks

(minimum company guidelines)






0-4 hrs


4-6 hrs

15 mins

6-8 hrs

30 mins

8-12 hrs

60 mins (taken as 2 x 30 mins)

12-24 hrs

75 mins (taken as 2 x 30 mins + 1 x 15 mins)


Your section staffing board will show the times when these breaks are to be taken.


Please note

It is your responsibility to check that the total break time shown on the staffing sheets accurately breaks that you take. Any discrepancies should be raised with your Staff Co-ordinator immediate



Food handlers are those concerned with preparing and serving unwrapped food.

Food handlers should report any instance of sickness, diarrhoea and/or stomach upset experienc while at work or during a holiday to a member of the Personnel Management team. Any infection throat, mouth, chest or skin should also be reported to a member of the Personnel Management Food handlers need to have an annual dental examination by the company dentist. Alternatively, certificate of dental fitness may be produced from their own dentist. This applies to all permanent handle food.

Questions 1-5

Complete each sentence with the correct ending, A-J, below. Write the correct letter, A-J, in boxes 1-5 on your answer sheet.


1. Temporary employees only working 3 hours should

2. Employees who work 11 hours should

3. To find out when to have their breaks, employees should

4. Employees working with food must

5. Food handlers who have been ill should


  A talk to a staff co-ordinator.

  B have two thirty-minute breaks.

  C not take any breaks for meals.

  D pay for any meals they have.

  E get a single one-hour break.

  F look at the section staffing board.

  G lose pay for their break times.

  H tell a member of the Personnel Management team.

  I have an annual dental examination.

  J consult their doctor.

Check Your Answers After Doing Test
Questions Set 1 Answers


   Answer Table

1. C 4. I
2. B 5. H
3. F


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