Spokane Regional Health District’s Food Safety program protects public health by working with the food service industry and the community to prevent food-borne illness. This includes food worker education and food establishment inspections.
All food employees in Spokane County who handle unwrapped foods or beverages are required to hold a current Washington State Food Worker Card (WAC 246-217). Food worker cards are $10.00.
To obtain a card, you must take a course and successfully complete a test online covering the course material.
Courses and tests are available in eight languages: English, Spanish, Korean, Russian, Mandarin, Cantonese, Vietnamese, and Cambodian.
The Food Safety program is staffed by nine environmental health specialists and a technical advisor, in addition to clerical and management support. Staff issue nearly 15,000 food service worker permits annually. They also permit over 2,300 permanent retail food establishments and nearly 200 temporary food establishments each year.
Testing center location and hours no longer offered at Spokane Regional Health District.