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For Food Workers

Food Handlers

To ensure that food is handled appropriately for the safety of the public, Salt Lake County Health Department requires all individuals preparing, serving, or handling food in or around a food service establishment or mobile food unit (whether the individuals are compensated or not) to receive adequate food service training, either as a certified food handler or as a certified food safety manager (see next tab).

Food handler cards are awarded after attending a food handler training class approved by the Utah Department of Health.


There are currently no in-person classes offered in Salt Lake County. Please use one of the following online options:

Replacement Cards

Replacement food handler cards are $15.

To request a replacement card, or if your card never arrived, complete this online form.

Becoming a Food Handler Trainer

Visit the Utah Department of Health and Human Services for information about becoming an approved food handler trainer in Utah.

Food Safety Managers

At least one full-time certified food safety manager must be employed at every* food service establishment and mobile food unit in Salt Lake County.

When replacing a departing certified food safety manager, the establishment has sixty (60) days to employ a new certified food safety manager.

Certification is valid for three (3) years from the date of issue, unless revoked or suspended by the Salt Lake County Health Department.

To qualify as a certified food safety manager:

Food Safety Manager Certification Courses

The State of Utah determines whether or not a training course is approved in the state. Courses are generally eight (8) hours. Visit the Utah Department of Health for a list of  approved courses and examinations in Utah.


The following establishment types do not require a certified food safety manager:

  • Risk level one (1) establishments
  • Day care facilities
  • Health care facilities

Helpful Materials

The following materials may be helpful in meeting the food safety requirements of the health department. This information addresses some of the most commonly identified problems and critical violations.

Hand Washing Information

Learn how to:

Contact the  Food Protection Bureau to request FREE hand washing signs for your public and employee restrooms, or  download and print your own.