Washington Food Safety State Requirements
Washington Food Handlers
Washington food handler safety training is necessary for employees in the foodservice and hospitality industry. Washington food safety training is for employees (such as chefs, cooks, servers, preparers, vendors, caterers, supervisors and managers) who are involved in preparing, storing, or handling food that work in: (restaurants, bars, cafes, bakeries, delis, mobile food trucks, assisted-living, daycare centers, and convenience stores).
All Washington food workers are required (Chapter 246-217 WAC) to have a valid food worker card to work in Washington. Likewise, all food service workers must obtain a food worker card within 14 calendar days from the beginning of employment at a food service establishment. Food workers who take a food safety training class and pass the State of Washington exam on food safety basics are issued a Food Worker Card. Source: Washington State Department of Health – Food Worker Card
Washington Certified Food Managers
Washington requires each retail food establishment to have a person-in-charge, an owner, or manager of a food establishment be a Certified Food Manager (CFM) as outlined in the FDA Food Code by successfully passing an accredited ANSI food safety certification exam.
- The ANSI Certification Exam is taken to certify that the food manager has demonstrated that he or she has the knowledge, skills, and abilities required to protect the public from foodborne illness.
- The Food Manager Certification is usually valid for 5 years. However, in a few local jurisdictions this may vary, so make sure to check with your local health authority.
Washington – Food Manager Certification (ANSI)
Our Food Protection Manager Certification is approved by the American National Standards Institute and the Conference for Food Protection (ANSI-CFP). This accredited exam is state-accepted for food manager certification requirements for Food Management Professionals. The candidate must pass the food safety examination from an accredited certification provider to be recognized as a Certified Food Protection Manager.
Washington Food Safety State Regulations
- Washington State – Food Safety Rules and Regulations
- Washington State Department of Health – Food Worker Cards
- Washington Administrative Code (WAC) – Title 246: Department of Health – Washington State Retail Food Code, Chapter 246-215: Food Service (PDF)
Food Truck and Food Vendor Rules and Associations
- Washington State Food Truck Association
- Seattle & King County – Mobile Food Establishments
- City of Seattle – Street Food Vending
- City of Seattle – Street Use Vending Permits
- City of Spokane – Mobile Food Units (PDF)
- Seattle Food Truck
- Seattle Food Truck Builders
- Seattle – Mobile Food Rodeo – Festivals
- Tacoma-Pierce County – Mobile Food Units
Washington Food Safety State Contact Info
Washington State Department of Health
Food Safety Division
PO Box 47825
Olympia, WA 98504-7825
Phone: (360) 236-3385
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