Food Safety



The Putnam County Health Department and its Public Health Inspectors license and inspect every food operation and retail food establishment in Putnam County. The number of inspections a facility gets per year is based on the Risk Level of the facility. Risk Level is determined by the amount and type of food handling the facility does and the potential risk to public health. The Ohio Uniform Food Safety Code is used to determine if the facility is complying with regulations and to ensure a safe food supply for consumers. Violations are cited as appropriate. The Public Health Inspectors also inspect facilities each time a complaint is received concerning that operation. Contact the Putnam County Health Department for more information about obtaining a food service operation or retail food establishment license.

Temporary Food Licenses are required for events in which an individual or organization intends to prepare and sell food to consumers. Examples of such events includes: Putnam County Fair, festivals, fundraisers, auctions or other small events. Click here for a "Temporary Food License Packet". Cost for the temporary license is $40.00/day. Checks must be made payable to “Putnam County Health Department”. The license application and fee must be received at least 10 days prior to the event. It may be dropped off at the health department or mailed to:

Putnam County Health Department
256 Williamstown Rd.
Ottawa, OH 45875

If you have additional questions regarding food safety or how to obtain a license, please call 419-523-5608 and speak to anyone in the Environmental Public Health Division.

Ohio Uniform Food Safety Code (March 2019)

For more information regarding Ohio's food safety rules, which became effective on March 1, 2019, click here: Ohio Uniform Food Safety Code (March 2019)

Highlighted Ohio Food Code Requirements:

Protocol for diarrheal and vomiting incidence: The Ohio Food Code now requires that food establishments have and follow specific protocols for diarrheal and vomiting incidences that may occur in their facility. The following are the guidance documents and required procedures that facilities must follow. These documents were prepared by the Ohio Department of Health and the Ohio Department of Agriculture for use by licensed facilities. See the links below for more information

Clean Up Guidance

Employee Health Reporting Requirements: Due to the higher incidence of foodborne illness outbreaks in recent years, the Food Code also now requires that food employees understand that they are required reporters if they are ill with diarrhea, vomiting, sore throat with fever, and jaundice be verifiable. With that in mind, the Putnam County Health Department has developed the following form for use by licensed facilities as a way for them to be in compliance with this new requirement. Please note that if you already have some type of form or documentation that is similar and meets the requirements, you can still use that form, this is just provided as a courtesy. Please see below for more information:

Employee Health Reporting Requirements

Level 2 Certification for Food Safety

Food Service Operations or Retail Food Establishments that are designated as a Level III or Level IV are required to have at least one person obtain a Level 2 Food Protection certification. The facility must have at least one employee that has supervisory and management responsibility and authority to direct and control food preparation and service become certified. However, any person can take the course and become certified upon successful completion.

Additional forms for food service or retail food establishments:

Food Service Operation/Retail Food Establishment Plan Review

Equipment Replacement Form

Food Safety Handouts