Food Safety


The Food Protection and Public Safety Unit serves as a resource to owners of licensed businesses as well as members of the public. The goal of this unit’s work is to reduce the rate of diseases transmitted through food, recreational water, and tattoo and body piercing, as well as preventing environmental hazards in school and campgrounds. In addition, this unit investigates complaints related to Ohio’s Smoke Free Workplace Law. Some of the services provided include, but are not limited to:

  • Inspecting restaurants, grocery stores, and other places where food is sold.
  • Investigating reports of possible food borne illnesses.
  • Inspecting public swimming pools and spas.
  • Providing training to the regulated community, including pool operators and food service workers.
  • Answering citizen inquiries and concerns related to Ohio’s Smoke Free Law.
  • Providing information to the public regarding proper food handling practices and recreational water safety.
  • Providing consultative services regarding playground safety.


Serv Safe®

The ServSafe® program provides food safety training, exams and educational materials to foodservice managers. Students can earn the ServSafe® Food Protection Manager Certification, accredited by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI)-Conference for Food Protection (CFP). The program blends the latest FDA Food Code, food safety research and years of food sanitation training experience. Managers learn to implement essential food safety practices and create a culture of food safety. All content and materials are based on actual job tasks identified by foodservice industry experts. The Delaware Public Health District offers the Serv Safe® class twice a year. Cost of class is $175.00 per person. The class consists of two days of food safety practice education and review. Students will be provided the most current Serv Safe® book and material. At the end of class, students will take the National Serv Safe® exam. Upon passing, students will receive a nationally recognized Serv Safe® Certification. This class is a great opportunity for General Managers, Executive Chefs and owner/operators in the food service industry.

Level 1: “Person in Charge”

Person-In-Charge (PIC) classes will be offered as a private course request. Must have a minimum of 10 attendees to qualify. Contact for details. Ohio has approved several course providers for online Person In Charge. You may select from any of the following:

State Food Safety
360 Training
Tap Series

Please ensure the course you select is specific to Ohio

The State of Ohio Uniform Food Safety Code requires that all Food Service Operations and Retail Food Establishments have at least one person in charge in the facility during all hours of operation. This person must be able to demonstrate applicable knowledge of foodborne illness prevention practices and/or have a State of Ohio Level 1 certification in food protection. To meet the needs of any Food Service Operation or Retail Food Establishment, the Delaware Public Health District offers the Level 1 certification class six times throughout the calendar year at convenient locations throughout the District. This four-hour course covers the basics of what a “person in charge” needs to know. The class cost is $25.00 per person. Group rates are also available. Students will be provided course material and will receive a certificate of completion at the end of class. All Level 1 certifications are valid in the State of Ohio. This class is perfect for shift leaders, crew managers and persons new to the food service industry. If interested in a class, click on this link to download the most current class schedule and registration form.


Food Safety for Volunteers/ Food Safety for the Home Cook

This one-hour travelling road show covers basic food safety practices necessary to keep food safe when preparing meals for large groups. Topics will include handwashing, storage of food, proper temperatures and cleaning. The Delaware Public Health District offers this course for free on a request basis. We ask that there be at least 10 participants attending the presentation. For more information, contact Shannon Self, RS, at 740-203-2071 or


Hand Washing 101

Do you have some little ones or even older ones who are in need of training in the basics of hand washing? With the aid of Glitterbug®, The Delaware Public Health District will come to your location to teach proper hand washing techniques. This “hands on” training will give participants a visual tool so they can see where they are missing those little germs when washing their hands. The class is about 20 minutes long and is perfect for any person at any age that is able to wash their hands on their own. The Delaware Public Health District offers this course for free on a request basis. We ask that there be at least 10 participants attending the presentation. For more information, contact Shannon Self, RS, at 740-203-2071 or