Lincoln County Health Department
Lincoln County Health Department works to ensure that safe food is provided to the consumer. Environmental Health Specialists provide many programs to assist retail food establishments and private citizens prepare food safely:
Food Service Establishment
Routine inspections, plan reviews and Hazard Analysis Critical Control Point (HACCP) evaluation are conducted on all retail food establishments.
A food establishment is a place, location, operation, site, or facility where food is manufactured, prepared, processed, packaged, dispensed, distributed, sold, served, or offered to the consumer whether or not compensation for food occurs. Every retail food establishment must obtain a permit from the health department. Each establishment is reviewed by an environmental health specialist to assure that the facilities, menu, and food handling practices are in compliance with food regulations and safe food handling practices. Each facility is reviewed prior to opening and then receives a minimum of one inspection per year, depending on the food safety risk rating as determined by their facilities and menu.
Food & Beverage Worker Permits
Every employee handling food in retail food establishments are required to obtain a food and beverage workers permit.
All food handlers employed by food service establishments, including volunteer and part-time employees, must obtain a valid food and beverage service workers card prior to employment, unless the employer provides and documents that adequate food safety training has been provided, in which case, the employee has fourteen days to obtain their card. The card is valid for two years and if renewed prior to expiring, the renewal card is valid for three years. A valid food and beverage card issued by any local health jurisdiction is valid throughout the state of Washington.
NEW! Take the Food Worker Card class and test at www.foodworkercard.wa.gov.This is a WA State recognized site for obtaining and renewing your food handlers card. **ALERT- The website WAFoodHandlers.com is NOT a WA State recognized site for food handlers cards.**
Save time and money!
Instructor taught classes:
The online Food Worker card program has been such a huge success that we have seen a drastic reduction in the number of people who attend our class on-site. We encourage you to take the class online but we will still have classes held every Thursday (until July 1, 2012) at 2:00 pm at the Health Department Building located at 90 Nichols in Davenport, WA. Due to small class size you are encouraged to call and make a reservation prior to attendance. The number to call for reservations is (509) 725-2501.
Food Worker Cards are required for all food establishment workers in Washington State.
Effective May 1, 2013 Washington State Retail Food Code click here
Environmental Health Specialists: Kim Heinz, RS and Ed Dzedzy, RS