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
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.
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 Environmental Health Division.
Program Coordinator: - Barbara Will (941)748-0747 ext 1369
State Website on Tattooing
BIOMEDICAL WASTE MANAGEMENT
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 mandated to protect the general public from Hepatitis, HIV, and other bloodborne pathogens.We also manage the Needle Collection.
Program Coordinator: - Barbara Will (941)748-0747 ext 1369
Assisted Living Facilities
Group Care Home
Developmentally Disabled Care Facilities
DEVELOPMENTAL REVIEW COMMITTEE
EH staff 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.
DRINKING WATER FOR PUBLIC
Through the Safe Drinking Water Act (SDWA) and the Limited Use Drinking Water programs, public drinking water systems in the county are monitored for bacteriological, chemical, organic, inorganic, and radiological contamination. Complaints of water related diseases are investigated to protect public health. Systems 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. Construction sites are visited to verify compliance with approved plans. Sanitary surveys are performed annually to ensure compliance with state regulations. Staff provides information and notifies the public regarding health hazards, gives notices to boil water, and monitors system compliance.
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.
Food service provided by public and private schools, nursing homes, assisted living facilities, child and adult day care centers, hospitals, 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 Environmental Health.
GROUP CARE INSPECTIONS
Schools (Private and Public)
Specialists inspect group cares facilities for safety and sanitation. Items such as food service, house-keeping, maintenance, vermin control, approved water supply, and sewage disposal, are looked at for compliance with various rules and regulations.
Ten public salt-water beaches in Manatee County are monitored for bacteriological contamination on a weekly basis. Results and locations can be viewed on line at
MIGRANT LABOR CAMPS
Migrant labor camps in Manatee County receive annual permits and quarterly inspections while occupied. Complaints, including those about possible illegal camps, are followed up for possible health violations.
MOBILE HOME AND RECREATIONAL VEHICLE PARKS
Annual permitting and semi-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.
PUBLIC SWIMMING POOLS
Commercial public swimming pools and spas and the Lake Manatee State Park swimming area 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. New pools and those being renovated receive engineering plan reviews for construction permitting and construction inspections. Public swimming pools or spas that resurface are required to inform the local health department for resurfacing surveys and inspections
- Inspections Contact:-Tom Larkin (941)748-0747 ext 1325
- Engineering Construction Review: - Tom
Larkin (941)748-0747 ext 1325
- Resurfacing Inspections Contact: -Hans
Roese (941)748-0747 ext 1342
- State Website on Swimming Pools
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.
ONSITE SEWAGE DISPOSAL AND TREATMENT SYSTEMS
Site surveys, plan reviews, construction permit issuance and construction inspections are performed for all new septic tank systems. 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 twice a year. 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.
Permitting : (941)748-0747 ext 1340
Inspections Contacts: -Brett Peterson (941)748-0747 ext 1344
All tanning facilities are permitted annually and inspected bi-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.
USED SHARPS EXCHANGE PROGRAM
What are "Sharps"?
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?
"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:
Visit the Environmental Health Services office. Ask for an approved sharps container and brief instructions on use.
A. Take the container to your home and place it out of reach of children.
B. 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 one of the participating exchange sites for proper disposal.
- Program Coordinator:-Barbara Will (941)748-0747 ext 1369
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