Environmental Health Processing Center to resume limited operations Thursday 

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The DPHSS Division of Environmental Health’s Processing Center Section (PCS), which issues health certificates, will begin limited operation starting Thursday, May 21.

PCS will be operating at its temporary site at the Guam Environmental Public Health Laboratory (mosquito lab) in Dededo. The hours of operation are 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Friday.

To manage the approximately 7,000 individuals who are waiting to submit their applications for new or renewed Health Certificates and/or to attend the Food Safety Course, PCS will operate in phases.

During Phase 1, the focus will be on (a) individuals seeking a new Health Certificate for employment at regulated establishments approved to operate during Pandemic Condition of Readiness 2, which are food facilities, dry-cleaners and Laundromat, and certain cosmetic establishments, and (b) individuals who possess an Interim Health Certificate and waiting to
pass the food safety course.

The acceptance of applications from interested individuals, during Phase 1, will only be done during scheduled dates, which will be based on the last name of the applicant.

In Phase 2, PCS will expand its operation by accepting applications for individuals seeking to renew their Health Certificates in food facilities, dry-cleaners and laundromat, and certain cosmetic establishments. These expired or expiring Health Certificates will remain valid during Phase 1. During Phase 3, Health Certificate applications for all other categories will be accepted. The public will be notified in advance when PCS transitions from one phase to the
next.

                                          PHASE 1
A. Individuals seeking a Health Certificate for employment at food facilities, dry-cleaners, Laundromats, and cosmetic establishments will be processed in groups as determined by their last names in alphabetical order.

Applications from individuals who are seeking to apply for a Health Certificate on days that they are not scheduled, or for categories not currently approved (tattoo shops, institutional facilities, and massage establishments), will not be accepted.

Furthermore, individuals currently employed at food facilities without a Health Certificate, as it was authorized by the Department on April 8, 2020, will need to apply for a Health Certificate during their respective scheduled date as the waiver has now been canceled. Health Certificate application and instructions are available online at: http://dphss.guam.gov/division-of-environmental-health/.

Applicants are encouraged to download and complete the application before arriving to PCS.

The fee is still $25 ($10 for the Health Certificate and $15 for the test) and applicants are encouraged to bring the exact amount if payment is by cash. Currently only cash and check are accepted, credit card payment is not possible at this time.

B. “Interim Food Safety Health Certificate Training Courses,” which were scheduled from March 16, 2020 thru April 17, 2020 but later cancelled, have been rescheduled; however only the test will be administered. Study manual, which was previously issued, and the course presentation are available online from DPHSS website: http://dphss.guam.gov/deh-studymanual/.

Below is the rescheduled date for testing.