Coconino County Health and Human Services (CCHHS), in conjunction with Northern Arizona University, has developed a science-based and academically vetted program, the Enhanced Food Handler’s Certification, designed to address safety concerns of the public and to help food service establishments return to successful and profitable operations.
The CCHHS Enhanced Food Handler’s Certification represents the most current health guidance directly related to preventing the spread of COVID-19. The recommended practices stem from the Center for Disease Control (CDC), Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and Arizona Department of Health Services (ADHS) and are designed to increase the safety to guests, employees and our community.
The Enhanced Food Handler’s Certification is accessed through the same online testing portal as the CCHHS Food Handler’s Certification which is offered in conjunction with Northern Arizona University. The existing Food Handler’s Certifications is a requirement of employees working in food service.
The CCHHS Enhanced Certification is FREE to individuals who already hold a Food Handler’s Certification. The Enhanced Food Handler’s Exam incorporates the most up to date guidance from the CDC, FDA and ADHS related to preventing the spread of COVID-19. The Exam focuses on five areas for COVID-19 Safety:
Sick Leave and Handwashing
Contact Surface Safety
Boundaries, Equipment and Distancing
The CCHHS Enhanced Food Handler’s Certification, though not required, is highly recommended to ensure staff have the most current COVID-19 information and as a way for the public to identify businesses in the community that take customer health and safety seriously. The certification is FREE to employees, and for a limited period, FREE to businesses who register and certify their business.