Links to Services:
Environmental Health Services
The division conducts a variety of Environmental Health Service Programs offering; permitting, variance processing, compliance inspections, investigations, information and education to ensure countywide compliance with current state health and sanitation codes. This division is staffed with state Certified Environmental Health Professionals (CEHP) in the areas of Onsite Sewage Treatment and Disposal Systems and/or Food Hygiene. The certified staff is required to pass stringent examinations in the program areas and must complete blocks of continuing education contact hours, in order to maintain their professional certifications. Some fees for certain services are required.
ONSITE SEWAGE TREATMENT AND DISPOSAL SYSTEMS (OSTDS) PROGRAM (such as Septic Systems)
Staff performs soil and site evaluations; plan reviews, inspections, and variance processing for the installation and/or approval of new and existing residential and commercial OSTDS, and the repair of failing systems. Additionally, the division approves the issuance of Operating Permits for systems serving Industrial and/or Manufacturing Zoned facilities, facilities producing Commercial Wastewater, approved Aerobic Treatment Units, Performance Based Treatment Systems, Septage Disposal Services, Septage Treatment and Disposal Facilities, Septic Tank Manufacturing Facilities, and Temporary Systems Services.
FOOD SAFETY AND HYGIENE PROGRAMS
Staff conducts the permitting and inspections of Department of Health regulated food service facilities, including schools, detention facilities, hospices, bars/lounges, movie theaters, fraternal/civic organizations and food service operations at other group care facilities. Plan reviews are conducted as required. In addition, staff conducts Investigations of suspected food borne outbreaks and addresses or refers food service safety and hygiene related complaints at facilities regulated by the department of health and other food service licensing agencies.
PUBLIC SWIMMING POOLS AND HEALTHY BEACHES PROGRAMS
Staff conducts the permitting and routine inspections of Public Swimming Pools, Spas, Wading and Special Purpose Public Pools. The staff also conducts bacteriological water quality sampling of marine coastal beaches, under the guidelines of the state?s Healthy Beaches Program. Samples are tested for enterococci bacteria.
DRINKING WATER QUALITY PROGRAMS
Staff conducts the permitting, variance processing, and inspections of Department of Health regulated public water systems (Limited Use Water Systems), and the processing of certain variance applications for private water systems, and assistance to their owners on water quality questions. Staff may assist in the bacteriological, chemical, and radiological sampling of some water systems, as well as in the identification, positioning (GPS) and tagging of certain drinking water wells in the county. Staff conducts the surveillance and sampling of drinking water wells under the State Underground Petroleum Environmental Response (SUPER) act and the Dry Cleaning Solvents Program. Staff assists in the investigation of suspected waterborne outbreaks and addresses or assists with the referrals of Public Water Systems? complaints.
GROUP CARE FACILITIES PROGRAMS
Comprehensive inspections of a wide variety of facilities classified as Group Care facilities, including Assisted Living Facilities, Adult Family Care Homes, Foster Homes, public and private schools, hospices, as well as other types of facilities.
OTHER PERMITTING AND INSPECTIONS
In addition, staff conducts inspections and permitting for the following:
· Providing general information and guidance to the public in Indoor Air Quality (IAQ) issues.
· Assisting the public with information and guidance regarding environmental health permitting, and general permitting questions.
· Data Collection and surveillance of Temporary Food Service Events, and inspections of some Temporary Events for general sanitation.
· Investigation and follow-up of sanitary nuisance complaints.
· Review plans for residential developments, commercial developments, and commercial properties for the county's
development services division, as requested.
· Follow-up of reported drinking water main breaks and wastewater spills events.
· Assist with, and have a staff member assigned to, the county's Hazardous Incident Team (HIT).
This page was last modified on: 08/6/2013 11:14:33
Under Florida law, e-mail addresses are public records. If you do not want your e-mail address released in response to a public records request, do not send electronic mail to this entity. Instead, contact this office by phone or in writing.
Send comments/suggestions to Pasco Web Manager