As of December 31, 2014, all food handlers working in restaurants are required to have food handler training, unless they already have a valid Illinois Food Service Sanitation Manager Certification. A food employee or food handler is defined to be any individual working with unpackaged food, food equipment, or utensils, or food contact surfaces. All food service employees fall under that category.
All current employees must obtain training as soon as possible. New employees must obtain training within 30 days of hire. Food handlers must renew their accreditation every three years.
The food handler course is available online. Go to www.servesafe.com/home to sign on for training to receive the Food Handler Certificate.
A copy of the training certificate must be kept at the food service establishment. Health inspectors will be checking the certificates during routine inspections. We recommend that owners or managers provide a binder for training certificates for easy access and review along with a current list of employees.
Contact Health Officer Serena Klinger at 847-499-9048 or by email if you have any questions.