We often speak to food service operators about having effective plans in place for responding to events involving vomit and/or diarrhea in their establishments.  We were recently reminded by the Georgia Department of Public Health’s Environmental Health Office of the current code requirements in this  area:  

“Chapter 511-6-1 requires operators to have procedures in place for responding to vomiting/diarrheal accidents [511-6-1-.03(6)] in the food service establishment and IF PRESENT playground equipment and associated areas, there needs to be a plan in place for operators to follow when responding to vomiting and diarrheal events there as well [511-6-1-.07(5)(b)3].”  

Please don’t forget that if establishments have playground equipment, there should be an approved plan for responding to such events if they occur there as well.  The disinfectants used for such purposes are to be effective against Norovirus.  Chlorine is a disinfectant that is approved to be used in response to an event, however, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has a list of others approved for use in response plans.  Click this link for an EPA list of effective disinfectants or go to the EPA’s website for more information.  Also, click here for an example of a response plan provided by the Centers for Disease Control.





Do you have a CFSM?

With very few exceptions, each food service establishment is required to have a certified food safety manager (CFSM) that is actively engaged in overseeing the application of safe food handling and operations in their respective facility. Food safety exams accredited by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) meet the CFSM requirements of the Georgia Food Service Rules and Regulations Chapter 511-6-1.  The following providers are ANSI accredited: ServSafe, National Registry of Food Safety Professionals, Prometric, Learn2Serve and State Food Safety (the most recently accredited provider)

Cobb & Douglas Public Health offers the ServSafe course.  Registration has closed for Cobb’s July course, however, registration is still being accepted for the Douglas class scheduled for August 29-30.  Registration forms and links to other CFSM providers are found on our website at .


Our next Food Safety Partnership Panel will focus on the Source of Food.  If you are an operator of a food service establishment and would like to represent the food industry on this panel, please contact Cobb & Douglas Public Health’s Food Program Manager, Karen Gulley, at 678-385-5066 or via email at .  This panel episode is scheduled to be recorded on Monday, July 24th at 2:00 PM at the Douglas County Courthouse.