Food Safety

Bethany Perkowski, RS is the Sanitarian responsible for the Health Department’s Food Safety Program. The Food Safety Program is predominantly responsible for conducting inspections of licensed Food Service Operations (FSO) and Retail Food Establishments (RFE). The purpose of these inspections is to check for any code violations and improper food handling that could affect the publics’ health. In addition to Food Service Operation and Retail Food Establishment inspections, temperature controlled vending machines, mobile food units, and temporary food events are also inspected.

Furthermore, the duties of this unit within the Environmental Health Division include investigating foodborne or facility complaints, conducting a plan review of all new or remodeled FSO/RFE’s, coordinate and teach Level 1 and Level 2 food safety classes, and provide food safety guidance upon request.

The Massillon City Health Department inspects all licensed food facilities within the City Limits.

Food Safety Education

Person-In-Charge Certification (Level 1)

Person-In-Charge Certification in food protection provides basic safety and food handling training for the student. It is recommended for entry level food workers. The Ohio Department of Health approved Person-In-Charge Certification (Level 1) to be held at the Massillon City Health Department monthly, and the cost of the class is $20.00 per person. You must register in advance to reserve your space in the class. Go to the Class Schedule at the bottom of this section for course date and times, and the registration form can be found under the Forms and Applications tab of this section.

Manager Certification (Level 2)

The Manager Certification provides in-depth training for food managers and includes 16 hours of course work with a test. The approved course used is ServSafe, and the textbook is provided with payment of class fees. Upon completion of the course and successfully achieving a score of 75% or greater on the exam, an Ohio Department of Health Manager Certification certificate will be presented to the student. Go to the Class Schedule at the bottom of this section for course dates and times, and the registration form can be found under the Forms and Applications tab of this section.

2020 Certification Class Schedule

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