Environmental Health

Improving the health and quality of life for individuals, families, and communities by preventing disease, protecting the environment and promoting healthy lifestyles.

The Environmental Health Division investigates health problems and environmental public health hazards, and enforces public health laws to protect the community. "Environmental health is the discipline that focuses on the health interrelationships between people and their environment, promotes human health and well-being, and fosters a safe and healthful environment."
Chad Brown, R.S., M.P.H., Director of Environmental Health. Brown supervises a staff of Registered Sanitarians and Certified Plumbing Inspectors who enforce regulations and educate the public.

Environmental Health Program Highlights

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Sewage Treatment

LCHD prevents disease transmission and protect the quality of our surface and ground water by performing installation and opertion inspections, enforcing the state sewage regulations, and providing education to homeowners.

Anyone purchasing a lot, or building on a lot, should have the site evaluated early in the process. Sewage system designs are based on site specific soil characteristics to protect ground and surface water resources, protect residents from exposure to sewage-borne disease, and reduce system failure in the future.

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Private Water Systems

Access to safe drinking water is a fundamental public health need for communities to prevent water-borne disease and illness.
Private water systems, including wells, cisterns, hauled water storage tanks, and ponds used for drinking water are regulated by the Ohio Private Water Systems Regulations (Ohio Administrative Code 3701-28). A permit must be issued by the health department prior to installing or altering a private water system.

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Food Safety Program

LCHD sanitarians are responsible for conducting plan reviews, complaint investigations and food safety assessments of food service establishments such as restaurants, grocery stores, school kitchens and caterers to assure food safety and prevent foodborne illness.
The Food Protection Program promotes healthy people and healthy communities through education and regulation of food service establishments. In Licking County, there are over 650 licensed food establishments, including restaurants, convenience stores, coffee shops, concession trailers, food vending machines, temporary food sales at events, delis and grocery stores. Each of these establishments has owners, managers and employees who are expected to handle food safely to prevent disease and comply with state regulations. Our sanitarians inspect these establishments an average of twice a year -- more if needed. They also offer educational sessions for food handlers.

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Solid Waste

Licking County and the State of Ohio have regulations which require that solid waste, including garbage, appliances, furniture, yard waste, construction and demolition materials and tires be disposed of properly.

LCHD works with the CFLP Solid Waste District, the Licking County Sheriff's Department, and the Licking County Litter Prevention and Recycling Office to enforce solid waste regulations, prosecute violators and clean-up properties when necessary. Complaints may be filed by calling (740) 349-6475, or by submitting an on-line complaint form.

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Mosquito/Vector-Borne Disease Control

Mosquitoes can carry diseases that are spread to man and animals. These diseases are sometimes fatal. In Ohio mosquitoes may be infected with the virus that causes one of these diseases: Lacrosse Encephalitis, St. Louis Encephalitis, Eastern Equine Encephalitis and West Nile Encephalitis.
LCHD practices an integrated pest management (IPM) approach to mosquito control. This includes trapping for adults, dipping for larvae, treating standing water with larvicide, draining breeding sites when possible, and spraying to kill adults when needed.

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Plumbing Program

Plumbing is an important part of the sanitary waste disposal system in any building. Plumbing installed improperly can result in back-ups, leaks, environmental pollution, explosion and other hazards. To protect the health and safety of the residents of Licking County, a plumbing permit is required for all new residential and commercial plumbing installed. Plumbers must be registered with the Health Department before conducting business in the county.
For information about plumbing permits, to check the registration status of a plumber, schedule an inspection, or to get other information about our plumbing program contact our inspectors between 8 and 10 a.m. at (740) 349-6475. Our fax number is (740) 349-6935. Inspection requests may also be left on the voicemail after hours.

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Pools, Spas, Spraygrounds, Water Parks, and Beaches

LCDH licenses and inspects public swimming pools, spas, spraygrounds and bathing beaches to ensure safe and sanitary conditions at these facilities. Pools are tested for chlorine or other disinfectant levels, pH, total alkalinity, cyanuric acid, water clarity and other parameters. Facilities are also checked to make sure all equipment is operating properly, required safety equipment is present, life guards (if required) are certified, and that there enough guards on duty. Summer pools are usually checked every two weeks during the operating season. Indoor pools are checked less often, but throughout the entire year. View our Pool Inspection Database.
Bathing beaches are inspected for safety compliance and water samples are collected and analyzed for bacteria to determine if the water quality is acceptable for swimming.
State Park beaches are monitored by the Oho Department of Health .

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Rabies Control/Animal Bites

Ohio law requires that all animal bites be reported to the health department so that rabies testing or vaccination can be conducted if needed.
Rabies is a preventable viral disease of mammals most often transmitted through the bite of a rabid animal. The vast majority of rabies cases reported to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) each year occur in wild animals like raccoons, skunks, bats and foxes. Ohio law requires all dogs and cats that bite someone be quarantined for 10 days after the bite; if they are healthy at the end of the 10 days they must have a current rabies vaccination prior to release from quarantine. Animal bites should be reported to LCHD at (740) 349-6535.

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Ohio's Smoke-Free Workplace Act

The LCHD investigates indoor smoking complaints received through the Ohio Department of Health. Chapter 3794 of the Ohio Revised Code prohibits all forms of tobacco smoke in all enclosed public places and places of employment and in areas immediately adjacent to the ingress or egress of the public place or place of employment. While immediately adjacent is not yet defined, proprietors must assure smoke does not enter the area where smoking is prohibited through entrances, windows, ventilation systems or other means.
Report Violations: 1-866-559-OHIO, or NoSmoke@odh.ohio.gov

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Ohio Healthy Homes

According to the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Americans spend about 90 percent of their time indoors. Indoor hazards include mold, lead, radon, carbon monoxide, tobacco smoke, and pests. As Americans spend so much of their time indoors, these hazards can have negative effects on health, including lead poisoning.

Licking County residents can take simple steps to ensure their home is a lead-safe and healthy home. Talk to your child’s doctor about a simple blood test. If you live in a home built before 1978, test the paint in your home for lead. Lead-based paint is not harmful when on the walls, but becomes harmful when it begins to peel, chip, and come off. Also, LCHD reminds homeowners to renovate safely. Hazardous lead dust can be created by sanding, cutting, replacing windows and more.

To determine if your home is a Healthy Home you can conduct a quick assessment. There are seven keys to a Healthy Home.

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Body Art (Tattoo and Body Piercing)

The LCHD regulates the operation and maintenance of body art facilities in order to protect the public from injury, minimize the potential for disease transmission, and provide a safe and healthy environment.
Body Art Rules

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Campground Program

Campgrounds include resident camps, recreational vehicle (RV) parks, combined park-camps, and temporary campgrounds. LCHD licenses camps, and inspects the operation and maintenance of these facilities in order to protect the public from injury, minimize the potential for disease transmission, and provide a safe and healthy recreational environment.