2017 ORS 624.570¹
Food handler training requirement
  • exception
  • certification
  • fees
  • rules

(1)(a) Except as provided in subsection (6) of this section, any person involved in the preparation or service of food in a restaurant or food service facility licensed under ORS 624.020 (License) or 624.320 (License requirement for commissary, warehouse, mobile unit or vending machine) must successfully complete a food handler training program and earn a certificate of program completion within 30 days after the date of hire. The person shall thereafter maintain a valid completion certificate at all times during the employment.

(b) A food handler training program offered by the Oregon Health Authority or the designated agent of the authority, or offered by a local public health authority or designated agent of the local public health authority that has been approved by the Oregon Health Authority, is valid in any jurisdiction in the state for the purpose of obtaining the certificate of completion under subsection (2) of this section.

(2) If a person successfully completes the food handler training program required in subsection (1) of this section and pays the appropriate fee, the Oregon Health Authority, a local public health authority or a designated agent shall issue a certificate of completion. A food handler certificate of completion expires three years after the date of issuance.

(3) All local public health authorities exercising powers, duties and functions pursuant to ORS 624.510 (Intergovernmental agreements with local public health authorities), shall ensure the provision of food handler training programs within the jurisdiction of the local public health authority. The Oregon Health Authority shall establish and maintain food handler training programs in counties without authority delegated under ORS 624.510 (Intergovernmental agreements with local public health authorities).

(4) The Oregon Health Authority shall establish by rule all provisions necessary to administer and enforce the provisions of this section, including but not limited to:

(a) Minimum standards for program content and delivery; and

(b) The establishment of minimum requirements for successful completion of the training.

(5) The Oregon Health Authority, a local public health authority or a designated agent shall charge a program fee to program participants. The program fee may not exceed $10. A program provider may assess a new program fee each time a participant takes or retakes all or part of a program or certification exam. A fee not exceeding $5 may be charged for duplicate certificates of completion.

(6) Persons involved in the preparation or service of food in an intermittent temporary restaurant, seasonal temporary restaurant or single-event temporary restaurant are not required to complete a food handler training program, but the intermittent temporary restaurant, seasonal temporary restaurant or single-event temporary restaurant shall have at least one person who has completed the food handler training program on the premises at all times. [1995 c.578 §13; 2001 c.975 §8a; 2003 c.309 §18; 2009 c.595 §1033; 2011 c.664 §14]

1 Legislative Counsel Committee, CHAPTER 624—Food Service Facilities, https://­www.­oregonlegislature.­gov/­bills_laws/­ors/­ors624.­html (2017) (last ac­cessed Mar. 30, 2018).
 
2 OregonLaws.org contains the con­tents of Volume 21 of the ORS, inserted along­side the per­tin­ent statutes. See the preface to the ORS An­no­ta­tions for more information.
 
3 OregonLaws.org assembles these lists by analyzing references between Sections. Each listed item refers back to the current Section in its own text. The result reveals relationships in the code that may not have otherwise been apparent.