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Food Worker Cards

Food Worker Cards (also known as 'health cards' or 'food worker permits') are issued locally by the Environmental Health Division on behalf of the State of Washington Department of Health.

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Who needs a Food Worker Card?

Anyone who works with food in a restaurant or other facility needs a card. This includes cooks, servers, dishwashers, espresso stand workers, caregivers, grocery stockers and more. If you have any question about whether you need a card, please contact the Environmental Health Division.

How soon do I need to get a Food Worker Card?

Washington State law requires that anyone who works in a restaurant or other food service facility must obtain a Food Worker card within 14 days of beginning employment. The food worker must have documentation of current job site food worker training.

How do I prepare for the class and exam?

You may pick up a booklet called Food Safety is Everybody´s Business at the Clallam County Environmental Health counter in the courthouse prior to taking the class. This booklet is the food and beverage workers' manual, and is yours to keep for future reference. It covers food safety basics to help you understand the class and prepare for the test. We have booklets available in English, Spanish, Chinese, Korean, Punjabi, Vietnamese and Russian.

The Washington State Department of Health has also put this manual on the web. It is available online in English, Spanish, Chinese, Punjabi, Korean, Russian, and Vietnamese.

How long are Food Worker Cards good for?

Two-year new cards: Your first Food Worker Card will be good for two years.

Three-year renewal cards: Three-year renewal cards can be issued if your old card is current or will expire within the next 60 days. You must take the class and pass the exam even when you are renewing your old Food Worker Card.

Five-year renewal cards: If you are renewing your permit and had at least four additional hours of food safety training approved by the State of Washington, you may receive a five-year renewal card. This additional training must have been within the last two years, and you must provide proof of the training (certificate or card).

What happens if I lose my card before it expires?

We can replace Food Worker Cards that were issued in Clallam County, and have not expired yet. If your card was issued in another county, you will need to contact that county for a replacement card.

You may come to the Clallam County Environmental Health Division and get a duplicate card. We will look up your card in our files and database. If we verify that you took the class in Clallam County and are eligible for a replacement card, we will replace your card. There is a $5.00 fee for a duplicate card.

I got my Food Worker Card in a different county in Washington it still valid for Clallam County?

Yes! Food Worker Cards obtained in Washington State are valid in all counties of the state regardless of where you took the test. Unfortunately, records are kept separately in each county, so if you lose your card you will need to contact the county where you got it for a replacement. Clallam County is not able to replace cards from other counties.

NOTE: Food Worker Cards from other states are not valid in the State of Washington as food safety requirements vary from state-to-state. You will need to take Washington's required Food Worker class and pass the exam to obtain a Washington State Food Worker Card.

How do I take the on-line class if I don't have a computer?

You may use a computer at the public library to complete the course. If you have a group of 10 or more participants and are able to provide a location with a TV and DVD player we can coordinate a private class. Please contact us to make arrangements.

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