Sumter County Health Department, Public Health Prevent, Promote, Protect

Environmental Health

Animal Bites/Rabies
Biomedical Waste
Food & Waterborne Illness
Food Hygiene
Group Care
Limited Use Wells
Mobile Home/RV Parks
Public Pools
Septic Systems
SUPER Act
Tanning
Well Water Testing


Environmental Health Services

Sumter County Environmental Health seeks to protect, promote & improve the health of all people through integrated state, county & community involvement utilizing education, and regulation/enforcement of environmental health laws and administrative rules.

Environmental Specialists perform biomedical waste, food hygiene, group care, mobile home park, public swimming pool, tattoo, and tanning facility sanitation inspections; conduct site evaluations and inspections of septic systems; bacteriological and chemical water sampling of public and private wells; zoonotic disease and rabies investigations and inspections. Environmental Specialists also monitor and permit limited use public drinking water systems and perform well surveillance sampling.

When the health of Sumter County residents and visitors is threatened during emergencies such as hurricanes, tornadoes, floods, hazardous materials incidents, sewage spills, or outbreaks of disease, Environmental Health provides information and assistance to the public, businesses, and other governmental agencies on public health issues and concerns.

For more information, please contact us.


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Animal Bites/Rabies

Animal Bites/Rabies Investigations

Animal Bite Investigations help to prevent the spread of rabies, a viral disease affecting the central nervous system. Any mammal can get rabies. The most common carriers of rabies are raccoons, skunks, bats, foxes, bobcats and coyotes. Domestic pets and mammals can also get rabies.

It is also possible, but quite rare, that people may get rabies if infectious material from a rabid animal enters a wound or mucous membranes.

Environmental Health staff work closely with county animal control officers to investigate animal bite cases, quarantine animals as required and submit necessary specimens to the state laboratory for testing. You can download or view the Rabies Prevention and Control in Florida 2012 guide.

Helpful Information/Resources:

Sumter County Animal Control
VIDEO: World Rabies Day


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Biomedical Waste

Biomedical Waste

The objective of the biomedical waste program is to protect health care workers, environmental-service staff, waste haulers, and the general public from risks associated with potentially infectious biomedical waste.

Both the Department of Health and the Florida Department of Environmental Protection have responsibilities under this program. When biomedical waste is improperly managed, it places health care workers, sanitation workers, and the general public at risk for contracting dangerous diseases. Chapter 64E-16, Florida Administrative Code (F.A.C.) (PDF 60 KB), provides guidance to facilities that generate biomedical waste to aid them in ensuring proper management of that waste.  A model biomedical waste operating plan (PDF 38KB) is available to assist facilities in documenting their procedures for management of biomedical waste.  Many facilities have their biomedical waste removed by a registered biomedical waste transporter

Below is a list and links to biomedical waste forms.

Application for Biomedical Waste Generator Permit/Exemption DH4089 (PDF 21KB)
Application for Biomedical Waste Transporter Registration DH4106 (PDF 19 KB)
Application for Biomedical Waste Storage Permit DH4107 (PDF 19KB)
Application for Biomedical Waste Sharps Collection Program Permit DH4108 (PDF 8KB)
Biomedical Waste Transporter Annual Report DH4109 (PDF 10 KB)
Biomedical Waste Treatment Facility Annual Report DH4110 (PDF 10 KB)
Application for Biomedical Waste Treatment Permit DH4111 (PDF 19 KB)
Biomedical Waste Training Video: Order Form (PDF 8 KB)
Biomedical Waste Rules Chapter 64E-16, F.A.C. (PDF 60 KB)
Biomedical Waste Receipt Log (PDF 14 KB)
Biomedical Waste Transport Log (PDF 16 KB)
Biomedical Waste Non Regular Pickup Log (PDF 14 KB)

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Food & Waterborne Illness

Food & Waterborne Illness

Florida Department of Health, with the assistance of the Bureau of Epidemiology, Food and Waterborne Disease Program, investigate reported cases of food-related illness to determine the cause of the illness and to minimize further risks to the public.

To file a food or waterborne complaint contact us or go to the link below to file an online complaint.
http://www.doh.state.fl.us/Environment
/medicine/foodsurveillance/Online_Foodborne_Complaint_Form.html


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Food Hygiene

Food Hygiene

The Department of Health works with food service establishments as defined by Florida Statute s.381.0072 to help ensure their products are not a source of food-borne illness. Generally this includes food service operations located in institutional settings (such as schools, assisted living facilities, detention facilities, adult day cares, etc.), civic and fraternal organizations, bars and lounges that don't prepare foods, and theaters that limit their food service to items customarily served at theaters (such as beverages, pop corn, hot dogs and nachos). The codes and standards for food service establishments are found in Chapter 64E-11 (192 KB PDF), Florida Administrative Code.

For frequently asked questions go to http://www.myfloridaeh.com/community/food/FoodFAQ.html


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Facility Inspections (Group Care)

Facility Inspections (Group Care)

Environmental Health regulates and inspects group care facilities when they are not regulated by another agency. Please go to the links below for information on specific responsibilities for each agency.

ADULT CARE   Adult Family Care Home
    Adult Day Care
    Assisted Living Facility (ALF)

FOSTER CARE   Family Foster Home

HEALTH CARE   Crisis Stabilization Unit
    Hospice Residential Unit
    Intermediate Care Facility for the Developmentally Disabled (ICF/DD)
    Residential Treatment Facilities
    Transitional Living Facility

SCHOOLS   Public Schools

The codes and standards for Group Care establishments are found in 64E-12 F.A.C. (PDF - 55 KB).


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Limited Use Wells, H2O

Limited Use Wells

This program deals with Limited Use Public Water Systems (public water systems which are not covered by the Safe Drinking Water Act), multi-family water systems, and private water systems.  Water Sample containers are provided if you wish to have a bacteriological sample of your water analyzed. Containers are available from Environmental Health. Samples are $30 at the time of submission.

To download a copy of the drinking water rule go to: http://www.myfloridaeh.com/water/manual/encl2.htm
For limited use drinking water forms go to: http://www.myfloridaeh.com/water/manual/encl1.htm
For information on private water systems go to: http://www.myfloridaeh.com/water/privatewells.html

The codes and standards for Limited Use Wells are found in 64E-8 F.A.C. (PDF - 69 KB).


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Mobile Home & RV Parks

Mobile Home & RV Parks

At mobile home parks, RV parks and campgrounds, routine inspections are conducted for drinking water, sewage disposal, solid waste disposal, and insect and rodent control. Plans are reviewed to ensure compliance with state regulations before a permit is issued.

For additional information and to download forms or park/camp applications go to http://www.myfloridaeh.com/community/mobile/index.html

The codes and standards for Mobile Home & RV Parks are found in 64E-15 F.A.C. (PDF 57 KB).


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Public Swimming Pools

Public Swimming Pools

Public swimming pools and bathing places are permitted and inspected to insure compliance with public health and safety requirements specified by rule.

For program rules and forms as well as additional information go to http://www.myfloridaeh.com/water/swim/index.html

The codes and standards for Public Swimming Pools are found in 64E-9 F.A.C. (PDF 239 KB).


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Septic Systems

Septic Systems

Permits for onsite sewage treatment and disposal systems are issued by Environmental Health. Establishments or residential development with domestic sewage flows of less than 10,001 gallons per day and commercial sewage waste less than 5,001 gallons per day are regulated by the Department of Health. Industrial waste and flows higher than above are regulated by the Department of Environmental Protection. Properly sited, constructed and maintained systems ensure systems do not transmit disease or adversely affect our surface water bodies, rivers, ground water or other aspects of the environment.

The codes and standards for Onsite Sewage Treatment and Disposal Systems are found in 64E-6 (PDF - 922KB).

Septic permit FORMS:
Application for Construction form DH4015p1 (PDF 82 KB)
Site Plan form DH4015p2 (PDF 34 KB)
Site Evaluation form DH4015p3 (PDF 44 KB)
Existing/Repair Evaluation form DH4015p4 (PDF 122 KB)
Application for Variance form DH4057 (PDF 79 KB)
Application for Onsite Sewage Treatment and Disposal Operating Permit form DH4081 (PDF - 78 KB)

For additional information you may Contact Us or go to Bureau of Environmental Health - Onsite Sewage Programs
Property Owners with Septic Tanks - Frequently Asked Questions


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Super Act

SUPER Act

SUPER Act (State Underground Petroleum Environmental Response Act)
Water well Surveillance manages several programs to identify and monitor areas in Florida where contaminated drinking water is suspected and may pose a threat to public health. Florida's Department of Environmental Protection and the Department of Health partner in the program.

Leaking petroleum storage tanks can contaminate the ground, and the groundwater. Environmental Health Specialists identify, tag, and sample potable wells in known or suspected areas of contamination.

For more information, please visit:
Well Surveillance Program (SUPER Act)


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Tanning

Tanning Facilities

There are risks associated with overexposure to ultraviolet light from tanning beds and booths as there are with overexposure to sunlight. There are currently more than 1,600 tanning facilities with over 7,100 tanning devices that are licensed in Florida. Maximum exposure time for each device, the operation of emergency shutoff controls, the requirement for protective eye wear, and the location of personal hygiene facilities are regulated for patron safety.  Tanning bed surfaces and protective eye wear must be sanitized between uses.

The codes and standards for Tanning Facilities are found in 64E-17 (PDF - 28 KB).

For additional information or department forms go to http://www.myfloridaeh.com/community/tanning/index.html


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Well Water Testing

Well Water Testing

If you have had a drop in water pressure, leak or break, it's a good idea to have your well water tested. Environmental Health Water sample containers and instructions are available to anyone that wishes to have their well water tested for bacteria. Water samples must be collected the same day that you will submit them and in the containers that we provide. The cost of the test is $30 at the time of submission. We accept samples on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday. Please Contact Us for more information.

For more information please visit:
Well Maintenance
Private Drinking Water Wells
Emergency Well Treatment


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Page last updated: 4/19/2013