Retail Food Establishment Safety 

Interested in becoming a Certified Food Manager / Food Handler?

The Englewood Health Department offers a Food Handler Certification Course and Exam in both English and Spanish for our city's restaurant employees. This 3-hour course covers personal hygiene, safe methods of food handling, preparation and storage of food, prevention of food-borne illness and hand washing. At the end of the class, an examination will be administered to receive your 3-year certification. The cost of the course and exam is $50. Fees are non-refundable. Class may be rescheduled due to unforeseen/unplanned circumstances. Students who do not show up for a scheduled class or call to reschedule prior to class will be charged a $15 fee for course materials.

To request a Food Handler Certification course for your retail food establishment, email Inspector Lewis or Inspector Nunez

  1. Food Safety Resources

Food Allergies

Food allergies are serious. Every 3 minutes a food allergy reaction sends someone to the emergency room. An allergic reaction to food can cause death. The top 8 common food allergies are: peanuts, tree nuts, fish, shellfish, eggs, milk, wheat, and soy. When you are serving a person with a food allergy avoid cross-contact! All food equipment that is used in the handling and processing of allergy-safe foods must be properly cleaned and sanitized before use. 

Food Allergies: Keep Your Guests Safe!


Choking happens when an object lodges in the throat or windpipe blocking the flow of air. In adults, a piece of food is usually to blame. Young children often choke on small objects. Choking is life-threatening. It cuts off oxygen to the brain. Give first aid as quickly as possible if you or someone else is choking. Learn more here

American Red Cross