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Tuesday, 03 September 2013 18:06

Food Safety for Food Operators


September is National Food Safety Month

      The Union County Health Department is joining forces with the National Restaurant Association as well as the Ad Council and the USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service, in partnership with the FDA and CDC to increase awareness of food safety in both food service establishments and homes in Union County. Each year, 1 in 6 Americans or gets sick by consuming contaminated foods or beverages with the majority of illnesses being preventable.  Foodborne illnesses can cause flu-like symptoms to hospitalization or even death. Here at UCHD we work hard to prevent and respond to food safety issues

        Our goal is to work together with you, the food operators, to decrease the rate of foodborne illness and the number of foodborne outbreaks in our backyard. We hope you join us by reinforcing safe food handling practices and procedures with your staff as well as taking advantage of the many educational opportunities available to you this month and throughout the year.

The National Restaurant Association offers free online training activities and posters that you can access through our website along with many other resources.  Look out for more information coming your way as we campaign for good personal hygiene, prevent cross-contamination, control time and temperature, and encourage proper cleaning and sanitizing procedures.

Remember food safety is about working together to keep everyone healthy and happy. We at UCHD want to collaborate and work with managers and operators for better results. ‘Cause no one wants foodborne bacteria as a dinner guest!  

Food Safety Honor Roll check here for information on our new program encouraging/rewarding establishments that practice food safety and train employees in safe food handling and procedures.


Need a license? Check here for information on how to apply and what is needed.

Want to know what the rules are? Follow this link to find out along with other resources for food operators. 

National Restaurant Association

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Food Safety Classes

Class Schedule:

Basics Class:
Please register 5 days prior to the class date.

March 7, 2018
June 6, 2018
Sept 5, 2018
November 28, 2018

 ServSafe Course:

March 6, 8, and 13, 2018 - register by February 15, 2018
June 5, 7, and 12, 2018 - register by May 15, 2018
August 7, 9, and 14 - register by July 15, 2018
October 9, 11, and 16 2018 - register by September 15, 2018

Food Safety Class Registration 2018
Forms may be returned by mail, fax, or email to Marcia Dreiseidel.


 About  Our Classes

Basics Food Class:

The Union County Health Department provides one-day food safety classes for food service workers with little or no food service experience. The classes are held four times a year from 9:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. at the Union County Services Building, 940 London Ave, Marysville.

Classes cost $10 per person. Pre-registration is required and can be done by calling (937) 642-2053 or printing and returning the registration form posted above.

If your company would like to hold an on-site Basics Course, contact the Union County Health Department to make arrangements.  A 5 person minimum is required.

ServSafe Class:

Three-day "Certification in Food Protection" (ServSafe) courses are also available to food service managers are also available on a semi-annual basis. Class fee is $150 per person which includes the textbook and handouts. Classes are offered several times throughout the year. Check the schedule posted at the top of the page for the next available class. Call (937) 642-2053 for more information.

New food code rules require that one management personel per operation be certified in Level Two Training.  ServSafe is a Level Two training. This applies only to Risk Level 3 and 4 operations.

If you took the online ServSafe course and need a proctor for your exam, contact Melissa Henry at the Union County Health Department.

Level One Training (Person in Charge):

This training is required for all new food service managers, effective March 1, 2010.
Ohio Food Handlers is a $15 online course that meets the Level One Training requirement.  A copy of the certificate should be provided to the Health Department for verification of training.
A classroom or online course of ServSafe also meet the requirements. Click here to access ServSafe and/or the Ohio Food Handlers website. If ServSafe online course is taken, a proctor is required for the final exam.  Union County Health Department offers this service for $25. Please contact Melissa Henry to schedule a time.
* A proctor is not needed for the final test on the Ohio Food Handlers course.

If a classroom based training is preferred, the food safety basics course offered by the Union County Health Department meets the Level One Training requirement. 

Level Two Training (One Person per Operation):

Starting March 1, 2017, Foods Service Operations and Retail Food Establishments with risk level 3 or 4 licenses are required to have one person per facility to be certified in Level Two Food Safety.  The person should be someone with supervisor responsibility and food handling.  ServSafe classes (classroom or online) meet this requirement.  

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