I have read that some kind of Health Card is needed if working in a restaurant. I am hoping to get a job waiting table or bartending when I arrive next month. Can anyone tell me about this card and the process of obtaining it?
Call or email the Dept of health. It involves a stool sample and a fee.
St. Croix Office
Charles Harwood Complex
3500 Est. Richmond
Christiansted, VI 00820
Voice: (340) 773-1311
St. Thomas / St. John Office
1303 Hospital Ground Suite 10
St. Thomas, VI 00802
Voice: (340) 774-9000
A helpful thread, but read it after dinner! 🙂
I am wondering if anyone can tell me whether it is necessary to provide the stool sample on demand or if one can carry the sample along to the testing facility and just drop it off in a container? My friend went the other day without one in hand and had to provide it on demand. I am not so much a go on demand person and it would be much more ideal to take one along... any input is appreciated! Thanks!! 🙂
It is really really simple. Go to the Beeston Hill Medical Center Lab. They give you a little container. Take it home and follow directions. Bring it back to them and pay small fee... they will have results in a couple days. Take those to the Richmond Offices (old hospital next to the school) and pay your fee, get your picture... wait of course for an hour or so... then you are done. Simple.
When you take your sample to Beeston Hill there is an option for immediate results. I believe it cost a few more dollars, but it saves you a return trip. On Friday morning the Harwood clinic issues Health cards only until 10 am. I have been there twice recently on Friday morning, and we received our cards almost instantly. In the past it was much much slower.
Picked up container from Beeston yesterday. Bear in mind, the instructions are posted on the wall at the desk and not included with the container itself. You'll want to pay specific attention to the amount of sample they need, because if you give them more, they can refuse it.
Same day is $30. Next business day is $25. Cash only, folks.
I just called Harwood because I was searching for the hours and thought they were in this thread, but couldn't find them. Anyway, I figured I'd post the hours as of today, just in case I forget again and try to search. 🙂
Hours to get food handlers card at Harwood are M-F 8a-10a, M-Th 1p-2p.
I thought you were supposed to bring a bar 'stool' from the place of employment so you would have a seat for the 2 hour process it takes for typing a Food Handlers Card.
That law was repealed several years ago after a lot of people had issues loading heavy stools into their cars and were claiming all sorts of back injuries, etc. I think now you can take a lightweight camping stool and be safe.
A whole lot of trouble for just a fingernail-sized piece of poop ... you DO know that they don't need a full intestinal morning load?
Uhh, yeah. I do. Beats fishing around in the bowl.
I can assure you from many years of experience that it doesn't have to be a complicated procedure, nor does it have to entail fishing around in the bowl. Anyway, this is neither the place nor the time to get into detail about such a crappy subject and is best left unaddressed so that those who give a crap can use their imagination. 😀