WSR 02-11-053

POLICY STATEMENT

DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH


[ Filed May 9, 2002, 4:28 p.m. ]

The Washington State Department of Health, Division of Environmental Health Programs, Office of Food Safety and Shellfish has a revised policy titled, "Voluntary Water Sampling for Growing Area Classifications."

This policy establishes procedures to allow a licensed shellfish operation, or a person seeking a shellfish operation, to collect some of the water samples for the initial or continued classification of a shellfish growing area. This policy has been in effect for several years, but this revision expands to include "continued" classification, not just initial classifications of a shellfish growing area. This policy applies only to water samples collected for microbiological analyses of fecal coliform bacteria. Participation in sampling marine water is strictly voluntary.

For further information, please contact Bob Woolrich, Growing Area Manager, at (360) 236-3329 or e-mail bob.woolrich@doh.wa.gov.

Jennifer Tebaldi

Office Director

Washington State Code Reviser's Office