Consumer Health

Who We Are


The Consumer Health Program is comprised of a team of Registered Environmental Health Specialists (REHS). These highly skilled professionals inspect a variety of facilities, conduct plan reviews, conduct training classes, and enforce public health regulations.

What We Do


Services & Activities



Health inspection supervisors and staff work to serve contracting communities and county government. These services are part of the department’s contractual agreements, which facilitate municipal compliance with state public health regulations. A combination of supervisory and direct services are provided to 30 contracting towns. A summary of program activities includes the following:

Food Inspections, Testing, and Training



Inspections

  • Conduct biennial routine food establishment inspections (i.e., delicatessens, restaurants and supermarkets)
  • Conduct required repeat inspections
  • 306 enforcement actions were taken
More information on how to obtain restaurant and food establishment inspection reports can be found within this section.


Testing Food Samples



  • Routinely test food samples, such as mixed salad
  • Test suspect food samples
  • conduct required follow-up inspections when food violations are observed (e.g., salad with high bacteria counts)
Training Courses
Training courses are available to the food establishment workforce to reduce the threat of intestinal communicable diseases
  • 3-hour food handler classes are offered in English, Arabic, Chinese, Italian, Korean and Spanish throughout the year
  • An 18-hour food manager-training course is offered three times per year
  • A food safety course is presented free of charge to older adults each year

Sanitary Inspections


    • Facilities, including swimming pools, wading pools, bathing beaches, spas, and hot tubs are inspected for compliance with state recreational bathing regulations prior to opening for the season
    • Bacteria levels, including campylobacter, giardia, shigella and salmonella, are monitored to prevent disease
    • Each bathing establishment is inspected at least twice between Memorial Day and Labor Day
    • Oversight of weekly pool water testing by certain private environmental laboratory
    • If appropriate, enforcement actions are taken
    • Three facilities were required to close temporarily for water quality violations

    Environmental Health Investigation/Follow-up



    • Public health nuisance complaints, such as garbage, odor, weeds, barking dogs, are investigated
    • If appropriate, enforcement actions are taken
    • Environmental investigations due to elevated child blood lead level of ≥20 mg/dL
    • Response to emergency incidents such as fires, power outages and flooding