Wahkiakum County residents working in most food related industries are required to possess a Washington State Department of Health (DOH) food handler card. The Wahkiakum County Health & Human Service (HHS) Department announced January 16 that Wahkiakum residents have a new internet resource to help conveniently obtain or renew food handler cards. Residents may learn food worker safety, take the food handler test and purchase their DOH approved food handler cards by using the following website: www.foodworkercard.wa.gov.
Food worker card requirements are established under Chapter 246-217 WAC which defines a "food service worker" as an individual who works (or intends to work) with or without pay in a food service establishment and handles unwrapped or unpackaged food or who may contribute to the transmission of infectious diseases through the nature of his/her contact with food products and/or equipment and facilities. All food service workers must obtain a food worker card within 14 calendar days from the beginning of employment at a food service establishment. Temporary food service establishment such as those at festivals and church groups must have a minimum of one person that has a valid food worker card in charge each shift or during hours of operation.
The online program is developed and maintained by Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department and is licensed to counties in Washington State through an inter-agency agreement. Wahkiakum County recently signed an agreement with Tacoma-Pierce to permit Wahkiakum County residents to take advantage of the online program. Most of the counties in Washington now offer Tacoma-Pierce’s online food worker website. The Tacoma-Pierce website is the only online program that is accredited by the Washington State Department of Health.
The Food Handler Test and Cards are still available in person at the Wahkiakum County Health Department’s office at 64 Main Street in Cathlamet in the basement of the Court House. For questions or additional information contact the Health Department by phone at (360) 795-6207 or by e-mail at email@example.com.