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Welcome to the Environmental Health Services Division

Environmental Health Director

Thomas B Larkin

Location: 410 6th Avenue East, Bradenton, FL 34208

Office Hours: Monday through Friday from 8:00am to 5:00pm

(except on the third Wednesday afternoon of each month

from 4:00pm to 5:00pm due to the monthly general staff meeting)


BODY PIERCING

All body piercing facilities are licensed and inspected annually. Environmental Health ensures that the minimum sanitation and safety requirements related to the design and operation of body piercing salons are met. Complaints of injury, infection and the piercing of minors are investigated by the division. For forms and rules please use the link for the State Website.

Tattooing

All tattooing facilities (conventional and cosmetic) are now required to be licensed and inspected annually. Environmental Health ensures that the minimum sanitation and safety requirements related to the design and operation of tattooing salons are met. Complaints of injury, infection and the tattooing of minors are investigated by the division. In addition, all tattoo artists (including guest artists from out of state) are required to be licensed. Applications are reviewed for proper training and valid identification by the Division. For forms and rules please use the link for the State Website.

 

BIOMEDICAL WASTE MANAGEMENT

Biomedical Waste Training (692KB, PDF)  

In addition to sharps, absorbent items (gauze, cotton, bandages, etc.) that are saturated with blood or other regulated body fluids are considered to be biomedical waste and must be managed in accordance with state rules found in Chapter 64E-16, Florida Administrative Code. The same is true for non-absorbent medical devices (gloves, tubing, catheters, etc) that have any amount of blood or other regulated body fluids in them or on them. We ensure proper management of biomedical waste by generators, storage facilities, and transporters. This program is designed to protect the general public from Hepatitis, HIV, and other blood borne pathogens. We also manage the Sharps Exchange Program.

  • Program Coordinator:  Barbara Will (941)748-0747 ext 1369
  • Biomedical Waste Application Packet (56KB, PDF) 
  • State Website for Biomedical Waste Disposal
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    DEVELOPMENTAL REVIEW COMMITTEE

    Through participation on the County Planning and Zoning Department, EH provides assistance to developers, contractors and/or business owners to expedite construction permitting issues through pre-construction reviews. Clients submit proposals to the committee which reviews the submittal and informs the client of all requirements which must be met during construction.

  • Program Coordinator:  Terri Stripling (941)748-0747 ext 1415
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    DRINKING WATER

    Through the Limited Use Drinking Water programs, public drinking water systems in the county are monitored for bacteriological, chemical, organic, inorganic, and radiological contamination. Routine sanitation and safety inspections are performed annually on these wells. Complaints of water related diseases are investigated to protect public health. Wells are also sampled under the State Underground Petroleum Environmental Response (SUPER) Act program if there is a possible petroleum product contamination. Plans are reviewed for new or modified systems to ensure that all applicable standards are met. For forms and rules please use the link for the State Website.

    PRIVATE WELLS (DRINKING WATER)

    This office assists owners of private water systems in determining the bacteriological quality of their drinking water. Samples are brought in from private wells at the request of owners, residents, physicians and/or lending institutions. In addition, environmental health staff investigates waterborne illnesses possibly related to private water systems.

  • Program Coordinator:  Josiah Cooper (941)748-0747 ext 1342
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    FOOD HYGIENE 

    Food service provided by public and private schools, assisted living facilities, adult day care centers, fraternal and civic organizations, bars and lounges, movie theaters and detention facilities receive annual Sanitation Certificates and are inspected four times a year for compliance with food sanitation and safety requirements. Complaints regarding the food service provided at these locations are investigated. Complaints of possible food borne illness from any food service facility are investigated by the division. Forms and rules please use links for the State websites.

  • Program Coordinator:  Barbara Will (941)748-0747 ext 1369


  • GROUP CARE INSPECTIONS

    RESIDENTIAL:

    • Assisted Living Facilities
    • Group Care Home
    • Developmentally Disabled Care Facilities

    NON-RESIDENTIAL:

    • Schools (Private and Public)
    Sanitation and safety inspections are conducted annually on all group care facilities. Environmental Specialists look for compliance in several categories, including safe water, sewage disposal, vermin control, food safety, housekeeping, laundry, lighting, outdoor recreational safety and animal care. For rules and regulations, please use links to State website.

    HEALTHY BEACHES

    Seven public salt-water beaches in Manatee County are monitored for bacteriological contamination on a bi-weekly basis. Results and locations can be viewed online at State link provided below.


    MIGRANT LABOR CAMPS

    Migrant labor camps in Manatee County receive annual permits and quarterly sanitation and safety inspections while occupied. Complaints, including those about possible illegal camps, are followed up for possible health violations. For rules and regulations, please use links to State website.


    MOBILE HOME AND RECREATIONAL VEHICLE PARKS

    Annual permitting is required and annual inspections are performed at all Mobile Home Parks, Recreational Vehicle Parks and Recreational Camps in Manatee County. The inspections ensure safe water supplies, adequate disposal of solid and liquid waste, vermin control, and sanitary public toilet and bath facilities. For rules and regulations, please use links to State website.

    PUBLIC SWIMMING POOLS

    Public swimming pools and spas are permitted annually and inspected twice a year. The pools are located at apartment complexes, condominiums, motels, hotels, mobile home/RV parks and recreational facilities. Public swimming pools or spas that resurface are required to inform the local health department for resurfacing surveys and inspections. For forms and regulations, please use links to State website.

    • Contact: Tom Larkin  (941)748-0747 ext 1325
     

    RABIES CONTROL

    All animal bites are required to be reported to Environmental Health Services. Unless the animal (except wild animals) is known to the bite victim and has documented rabies vaccinations, it will be quarantined at an approved site for 10 days from the date of the bite or exposure and then released if in good health. The victim of the bite or exposure is notified that the animal is in good health after the 10 days and that rabies is not a concern.

    Animals involved in a bite or exposure are checked for current tags and vaccinations. Environmental Health Services works closely with Manatee County Animal Services to ensure animals have current tags and vaccinations.

    In circumstances where the animal bite or exposure incident indicates the probability of rabies infection, provisions are made for the humane sacrifice of the animal and a subsequent examination. Test results are reported to the exposed patient and appropriate control measures are taken. If the animal is unavailable, arrangements are made for the bite victim to receive post exposure prophylaxis (PEP).


    ONSITE SEWAGE DISPOSAL AND TREATMENT SYSTEMS

    Site surveys, plan reviews, construction permit issuance and construction inspections are services performed for all new septic tank systems. Environmental Health Staff also inspects all system repairs and tank abandonments. Septage-pumping companies, portable toilet service companies, septic tank manufacturers and septage treatment facilities are permitted annually and inspected annually. Environmental Heath also monitors and inspects septage land spreading sites and commercial facilities utilizing onsite sewage disposal and treatment systems for sewer waste. Environmental Health staff work with the Manatee County Department of Planning, Permitting and Inspections in reviewing proposed subdivisions for septic tank use. Enforcement of mandatory sewer connections is also coordinated with the Manatee County Department of Public Works. For forms and regulations, please use links to State website.

     

    TANNING

    All tanning facilities are permitted annually and inspected annually. Environmental Health ensures that the minimum sanitation and safety requirements related to the design and operation of tanning salons are met. Complaints of injury, infection and the tanning of minors are investigated by the division. For forms and rules please use the link for the State Website.


    SHARPS EXCHANGE PROGRAM

    What are "Sharps"?

    "Sharps" are defined as items having the potential to puncture or lacerate. These include syringes with attached needles and disposable lancets.

    The American Diabetes Association's statistics show that there are an estimated 2800 insulin-dependent county residents plus seasonal visitors who use sharps. In addition, there are others whose medical condition requires the use of injected medication.

    If not disposed of properly, sharps can cause many problems:

  •  They clog sewers and lift stations 
  •  They end up at recycling centers 
  •  They puncture solid waste containers and place workers along collection routes, and at the landfill, at risk of injury and/or disease
  •  They threaten public safety
  •  They may be contaminated with hepatitis, HIV (the disease that causes AIDS) and other serious or fatal diseases

    How Does The Program Work?

    Visit the Environmental Health Services office. Ask for an approved sharps container and brief instructions on use.

    A. Turn in your properly packaged sharps

    B. Take the container offered to your home and place it out of reach of children

    C. As needed, perform your injection and then dispose of the syringe completely intact into the sharps container.

    DO NOT SNAP OFF THE NEEDLE!
    DO NOT RECAP THE NEEDLE!


    When the container is full of discarded syringes, permanently close the top by following the simple directions. Once this procedure has been completed, return the sharps container to our exchange site for proper disposal.
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    Bradenton, FL 34208
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