Environmental Health Specialist/Food Sanitarian
- conducts investigations of food service facilities
- issues licenses for food service facilities
- provides educational services to food service workers and the public health
- investigates food borne illness complaints
- reviews plans for new and remodeled facilities dealing with food service
The Indiana Administrative Code (IAC) under 410 IAC 7-24-79 defines a “retail food establishment” as “an operation that stores, prepares, packages, serves, vends, or otherwise provides food for human consumption”.
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The Indiana State Food law requires all food establishments be registered through the state or the county health department. The plan review process presents an opportunity to discuss and prepare a proper foundation to enable a food establishment to be successful, remain in compliance over time, and protect public health. An evaluation by the regulatory authority is critical to ensure standards are met for the sanitary design, facility layout, operational and product flow, prevention of environmental health related illness, and promotes public health. Prevention of foodborne illness resulting from poor sanitary facility design is the goal of plan review.
IAC 410-7-24, Section 110, requires that plans be submitted to the regulatory authority. No establishment is to be constructed nor major alteration or addition to be made until details plans have been submitted and approved. The Application, Instructions, and Plan Review Questionnaire can be found on the IN.gov website under “Forms” or by clicking the links below. Plans should include:
- Intended menu to be served.
- Proposed layout, mechanical schematics, construction materials, and finish schedule.
- Food Protection Manager Certification – Examination and training providers for Certified Food Manager requirements effective July 1, 2020 can be found online by clicking here.
IAC 410-7-24, Section 107 states that the retail food establishment shall notify the regulatory authority with intent to operate at least thirty (30) days prior to registering under the rule. Additional information for the review of the proposed construction, conversion, or modifications and procedures for operating may be requested during the plan review or pre-operational inspection to provide a comprehensive overview of the operation. If all requested information is not submitted, a delay in the review process could occur. An establishment may not open prior to receiving a permit from the Warrick County Health Department.
Application for Plan Review – The section number at the end of each question will help your operation remain in compliance with the Retail Food Establishment Sanitation Requirements, Title 410 IAC 7-24. Click here to view.
Plan Review Questionnaire – Part One should be completed by the owner/operator of the facility and Part Two may need to be completed by the architect/contractor/engineer.