Grays Harbor County
 

 

Office Hours:
8:00 am - Noon,
1:00 pm - 4:30 pm
Mon-Fri



Environmental Health E-Mail






Environmental Health Jeff Nelson, R.S. Director
100 W Broadway, Suite 31
Montesano, WA 98563-3614
(360) 249-4222
(360) 249-3203 Fax
EHD@co.grays-harbor.wa.us


 
FOOD PROGRAM
 
The food safety program is here to protect the public from food borne illness by educating food workers about safe food handling practices and conducting regular inspections of food service establishments.
 
     
 
COMPLAINTS About Restaurants, or Other Food Related Concerns, in Grays Harbor County can be addressed to Rob King or Kristina Hollatz, OR CALL (360) 249-4222.
(especially if you're reporting a potential FOODBORNE ILLNESS)
 


 
Kristina Hollatz, R.S.
Environmental Health Specialist III
Food Program / Indoor Air Quality
Rob King
Environmental Health Specialist II
Food Program / Schools


 



FOOD WORKERS CARD INFORMATION

 
-NEW-
Get Your Food Handler Card ON-LINE
  Food Handler CLASS Information   Washington State Food & Beverage Workers Manual




FORMS FOR
RESTAURANTS AND TEMPORARY FOOD SERVICE ESTABLISHMENTS

 
New Food Service Establishment Application Packet
(Additional info noted below)
  New Owners,
No Menu Change
Application Packet
  Espresso & Limited Food Service Application Packet
i.e. Retail Grocery
Mobile Food Unit Application Packet   Bed and Breakfast Facility Application Packet   Application for Exemption from Permit
Guidelines for Temporary Food Service   Temporary Food Service Application Packet   Food Service
Establishment: Emergency Water Supply Guideline
Guidelines for Mobile Food Services   Washington State:
Retail Food Code
  Building & Remodeling Information




FOOD APPLICATION PROCESS

1.   Fill out and submit the proper application along with the appropriate application fees. If you intend to build, remodel a Food Service Establishment or extensively changing the menu, you must submit a New Food Service Establishment Application Packet. If you are purchasing an existing Food Service Establishment and are keeping the current menu then you must submit a New Owners, No Menu Change Application Packet. NOTE: Incomplete applications will be returned to the applicant unprocessed. We highly recommend you submit an application prior to starting construction.
2.   After you have submitted your application, the Environmental Health Staff will review your project to ensure compliance with Washington Administrative Code (WAC 246-215), Washington State Retail Food Code. Please remember that this process can take up to two weeks.
3.   Once reviewed, an Environmental Health Specialist will contact you to discuss any issues that may need to be addressed.
4.   A final walk through inspection will be schedule when all construction has been completed and all equipment is in place.
5.   Any plan revisions must be submitted in writing to Grays Harbor County for review. Failure to do so could lengthen the application process.


GUIDELINES TO BASIC REQUIREMENTS FOR A FOOD SERVICE ESTABLISHMENT IN GRAYS HARBOR COUNTY.

  The following is a generalized list of equipment that will be required for most Food Service Establishments in Grays Harbor County. Please be aware that not all facilities are the same and therefore requirements may vary. Additionally, all equipment must be NSF (National Sanitation Foundation) certified.



SINKS

A three compartment sink with drain boards for soiled dishes and clean dishes is required. The size of the sink compartments must be large enough to accommodate the largest piece of equipment used in the establishment. If a commercial dishwasher is provided, you still must provide a three compartment sink to allow for dish washing in the event your dishwasher breaks down.
Handwashing sinks are required in all food preparation and warewashing areas. This means more than one handwashing sink maybe required for each food service establishment.
A food preparation sink may be required if raw fruits and vegetables are used or if meats are thawed. Food preparation sinks must have an indirect waste drain line.
A service sink (mop sink) is required.
The food service establishment owner of bars and taverns shall provide a sink compartment for disposing of liquid waste in addition to sinks necessary for cleaning and sanitizing of dishes.


RESTROOMS

Employee restrooms are required and must be located within 200 feet of the establishment. Public restrooms are required when seating is available for patrons on-site. Public restrooms must be conveniently located without being accessed through food preparation or storage areas.


EQUIPMENT

Adequate refrigeration and freezer space must be provided. This is accomplished through the use of walk-in coolers, reach-in refrigerators, sandwich prep refrigerators, refrigerated display cases, freezers, etc. All units must be commercial grade, meaning NSF or ANSI certified. Make and model of all units must be provided.
Adequate hot holding equipment (steam tables, soup pots, etc.) must be provided.
All self service areas must be equipped with sneeze guards (buffet lines, salad bars, self service condiments, etc).




FINISHES

All surfaces including floors, walls and ceilings in all areas must be smooth, non-porous, durable and easily cleanable.
All floor wall junctions must have at least a four inch coved base. NOTE: Building code requirements in commercial building may require a six inch coved base.
Carpet is not allowed in food preparation, service or storage areas.
All wood surfaces (doors, trim, shelves, cabinets, etc.) must be sealed. This allows for a cleanable, non-porous surface.
No exposed plumbing or wiring is allowed.
Outer openings of a food establishment must be protected against the entry of insects and rodents.



VENTILATION

Depending on the type of food service and preparation planned, mechanical exhaust ventilation systems maybe required. Please contact your local building department for specifications.



POTABLE WATER

The water source shall be of sufficient capacity to meet peak water demands of the Food Service Establishment.
Hot water generator and distribution systems shall be sufficient to meet the peak hot water demands throughout the establishment.
Water shall be received from an approved public water system under WAC 246-290.



WASTE DISPOSAL

In areas where public sewer is not available, on-site sewage disposal is acceptable but must be approved by Grays Harbor County Environmental Health. The system must be designed and sized to accommodate the number of patrons in the Food Service Establishment, the type of food being offered and all other pertinent wastewater activities.
Please contact your public waste disposal district or Grays Harbor County Environmental Health Division for further details.



MISCELLANEOUS

All light fixtures must be shielded or provided with shatter proof bulbs.
An employee locker room or area where employees can store personal items is required.
All food service personnel (i.e., cooks, wait staff, dishwashers, managers, etc.) must have a current Washington State Food Handlers Card. Food Handlers classes are held every Thursday at 3:00pm at the Grays Harbor County Public Health Department located at 2109 Sumner Ave, Aberdeen Washington. Registration begins at 2:15pm.



TEMPORARY FOOD SERVICE IN GRAY HARBOR COUNTY

Temporary food permits are required for all vendors who sell food to the public. This includes restaurants who are preparing or serving food outside their physical establishment. There are some food exemptions that will not require a permit fee but an application must still be completed and submitted to Grays Harbor County Environmental Health.
1.   A Temporary Food Service Application must be submitted at least 8 days prior to the event in order to avoid late fees.
2.   A Food Handlers Cards are required for at least one person who is occupying the booth at all times.
3.   Food must be obtained from an approved source. Local retail and wholesale outlets are generally an approved source.
4.   All commercial food service coaches must be L&I approved.
5.   Please see application and guidelines for temporary food service for additional information.