Washington State requires that all food workers have food safety
training before handling food served to the public. 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 (also called a Food Handler Permit).
Am I a food worker?
You are a food worker if you work with
unpackaged food, food equipment or utensils, or with any surface where people
put unwrapped food.
I need to get a food worker card?
All food workers are required (Chapter 246-217 WAC)
to have a valid food worker card to work in Washington. It's important that
your card, or a copy of it, is with you at work and available for the health
department to check during a food inspection.
I start work before I get my card?
Yes, you can work for up to 14 days before you
get your card – if you get food safety training from your employer.
can I get a food worker card?
Local health departments
offer the food worker training, test, and card. Your card is valid throughout
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