Focus on prevention: Summer heat means increased Legionnaires’ risk

Running air conditioning units can fight the heat and also increase risk of your customers and employees being exposed to Legionella if the units are not properly cleaned. Legionella, a bacterium that causes Legionnaires’ disease or Pontiac fever, grows in water systems like decorative fountains, cooling towers and hot tubs that aren’t drained after each use, according to the Centers for Disease Control. Click hereto learn more about a recent Legionnaires’ outbreak.

Prevention toolkit

Thank you for golfing with us!

You helped make our 2019 Golf FORE! Education tournament on Aug. 27 a huge success. Thank you for your many contributions and we hope you had as much fun as we did! Email Kelsi Mayther with any feedback or suggestions.

Want to build relationships with key decision-makers?

Have you RSVP’d for your local Government Affairs Regional Meeting? The first meetings are coming up on Sept. 9 in the Tri-Cities and Sept. 10 in Spokane. Spokane’s meeting will be a combination of the quarterly Spokane Chapter meeting and the Government Affairs regional meeting.

Coming soon in Gig Harbor: Single-Use Food Serviceware and Litter Reduction Ordinance

Starting Nov. 26, non-recyclable and single-use food packaging is no longer to be given out by foodservice providers for consumption on or off the premises. The ban includes:

  • Non-recyclable plastic containers
  • Non-recyclable plastic clamshells
  • Non-recyclable plastic serving trays
  • Non-recyclable plastic utensils
  • Any EPS (Styrofoam) products
  • Single-use plastic straws
  • Single-use plastic stirrers
  • Single-use plastic cocktail pics
  • Single-use plastic cutlery

The ordinance was passed Aug. 12. Read the entire ordinance here, and email Joe Bushnell, our local government affairs manager, with questions.

L&I comment deadline on overtime rules is Sept. 6

Comments are due to the Department of Labor & Industries by Sept. 6. Have you submitted how an updated overtime salary threshold of about $80,000 phased in by 2026 will impact your business and your employees?

I will send my comments to L&I now.

LAST CHANCE: Convention advance rate ends on Sept. 3

Join us at the Washington Hospitality Convention where you will:

  • Network with other hospitality business owners and operators
  • Check out cutting-edge products
  • Talk to solution-oriented vendors
  • Learn from experts to boost your business
  • Celebrate the best in hospitality

Register today to take advantage of the advance rate!

We are looking for ProStart mentors!

What’s more rewarding than teaching high school students about culinary and hospitality management? As a ProStart mentor, you will do interactive demonstrations/presentations for a ProStart team and answer questions from both teachers and students. Some mentors also choose to support their team at the Washington ProStart Invitational.Email Kelsi Mayther to become a mentor or for more information.

Food Code updates and the cost to your business

The Washington State Department of Health is seeking feedback on how the proposed updates to the Washington State Retail Food Code will impact costs to your business. Click here to see the questions and give feedback.


Upcoming ServSafe Manager classes

All classes are 8:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. unless otherwise noted.

Everett: Oct. 28 at Food Services of America

Registration Deadline: Oct. 14

Kent: Sept. 16 at Food Services of America

Registration Deadline: Sept. 2

Seattle (SODO): Oct. 1 at Bargreen Ellingson

Registration Deadline: Sept. 17

Spokane (Post Falls): Oct. 24 at Sysco

Registration Deadline: Oct. 10

Register your employees!

Additional Training Available

First Aid & Bloodborne Pathogens

Sexual Harassment Prevention

Hotel & Lodging Certifications

Food Allergy

Mandatory Alcohol Server Training (MAST)