For Immediate Release

April 15, 2016; 2:15pm

DPHSS Release No. 2016-027

Temporary Food Service Establishment Health Certificate Information

The Department of Public Health and Social Services would like to remind operators of Temporary Food Service Establishments (TFSE) that pursuant to the “Rules and Regulations Governing the Issuance of Health Certificates,” all persons employed in such establishments must possess a valid Health Certificate with the Division of Environmental Health of this Department.  This includes family members and friends who are present in the food service area, whether they have been identified as employees or non-employees of the TFSE.  These individuals may directly or indirectly contaminate the food and food contact surfaces of the facility, which may contribute to causing a foodborne illness.

In addition, as a result of the adoption of the revised Health Certificates regulations (Public Law No. 33-20), on May 7, 2015, TFSE operators must ensure the following:

  • Their temporary employees, seeking Temporary Health Certificates, complete and submit all required applications, and pay all applicable fees, not more than 20 working days, and not less than five working days, before commencement of employment;
  • Submit a signed and completed Temporary Health Certificate Contract (attached as Annex III of the Health Certificate regulations), which is a written contract that assures that the temporary employee’s supervisor who possesses the required Certificate of Management Certification, will be directly supervising the employee; and
  • Their temporary employees attend and participate in the short food safety briefing provided by DPHSS prior to the event.


The following fees schedule shall apply in the issuance of these Temporary Health Certificates:

  • $15.00 fee per application;
  • $5.00 re-issuance fee for any amendments;
  • $2.00 re-issuance fee due to loss or damage of Health Certificate; and
  • $10.00 expedite fee per application.

These requirements for Temporary Health Certificates shall be effective June 1, 2016.

A monetary fine may be imposed upon any food facility operator that authorizes a person to perform services without a valid Health Certificate.  The fine for the administrative violation may be as high as $300.00 for the first offense, and a fine of $1,000 for a second offense. 

For more information on Temporary Health Certificates, please call the Division of Environmental Health at 735-7221.

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