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Food Worker Permits

Food Worker Permits

All food service employees in Whitman County who handle unwrapped foods or beverages are required to hold a current Washington State Food Handler Permit (WAC 246-217). This helps to ensure that all employees are equipped with the Food Safety knowledge they need to help protect the public. 

In Whitman County there are two options for individuals to complete the Food Safety Training.




The online training and test are available at www.foodworkercard.wa.gov in English, Cambodian, Cantonese, Korean, Mandarin, Russian, Spanish, Vietnamese and closed caption.

After completing the training and passing the exam, you will be able to pay the $10 fee with a Visa, MasterCard, or Discover credit or debit card.

Once you've paid, you can print your card. When you click 'Print,' a copy of your card will also be sent to your email address. Save this for your records.

Once you've completed the training, passed the exam, and submitted online payment with your credit or debit card, your food worker card can be printed from your printer. A copy of your card will also be sent to your email address. Save this for your records. If you require additional assistance, please feel free to come by the Colfax or Pullman office of the Public Health Department.

In-Person Class and Test

You can arrange an in-person class and test with the Environmental Health Department staff. The class lasts about 1' hours and  includes watching a video, listening to a short lecture ,a question/answer period, and then a multiple choice written test.

Currently, the in-person tests are only available in English. Large print and special needs tests are also available.

You will need to bring photo ID with you. The cost of the in-person class is only $10.

Call 509.397.6280 or email EH@WhitmanCounty.net to arrange a class.

Food Protection Program
Food Safety References

Food safety knowledge can help you protect yourself and others.  Please take what you learn form this manual and use it at your workplace and in your home.  If you have additional question, please contact Whitman County Environmental Health at 509.397.6280.

Remember that food workers using proper food safety practices are the most important ingredient in safe food.  Welcome to the food safety team in Whitman County and Washington State!

Once you have read and studied the manual you will:

  • understand that there are many causes of foodborne illness

  • identify the importance of clean hands and healthy food workers

  • know how avoiding the Danger Zone helps prevent foodborne illness 

  • learn several tips to help you remember the food safety basics

  • recognize your responsibilities as a food worker

Study Guides in multiple languages:


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Food Protection Program
Food Safety References

"Reprinted with permission by International Association for Food Protection"

The Washington State Department of Health has a library full of useful food safety information. Signs are available in several languages, including English, Spanish, Chinese, and Korean. Download these for printing or contact Whitman County Environmental health for additional educational materials.


Streaming video library

The Seattle-King County Public Health Department is an excellent source for food safety information. 

Become familiar with the information on the Food and Beverage Worker Permit Exam before the exam time.  These streaming videos contain all the information that is used by Whitman County Public Health as part of the examination process.  It is available from the Seattle-King County Public Health Department for FREE!  Download it and watch at your convenience.

"Food Safety is in Your Hands" video screenshot

"Reprinted with permission by Public Health - Seattle & King County"

"Food Safety is in Your Hands"

Available in 7 languages (English, Cantonese, Korean, Mandarin, Russian, Spanish, and Vietnamese) this streaming video illustrates the importance of when to wash your hands and use barriers such as gloves, tongs, paper wraps, etc. when handling ready-to-eat foods or food that does not require an extra cooking step before serving to the public to prevent from spreading foodborne diseases. IT does all this in only 7 minutes.  HIGHLY recommended viewing from Whitman County Environmental Health

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You will need RealOne Player installed on your computer in order to view these streaming videos through your Internet browser. Install the free version of the RealOne Player then click on a video screenshot below to watch the video.

"Food Safety: It's Up To You" video screenshot

"Reprinted with permission by Public Health - Seattle & King County"

"Food Safety: It's Up To You"

This streaming video teaches food workers the basics of keeping themselves and their customers safe from foodborne illnesses. This video includes all the changes made to the Washington State Food Code on May 2, 2005. Sorry, but this video is only available in English.


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