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Environmental Health Programs


   
         
 

Chemical and Physical Hazards

   

 

In partnership with various agencies, the Health District responds to reported illnesses and complaints related to toxic chemical and/or physical hazards. Technical assistance is available regarding correct product storage and waste disposal. Other activities include investigating pesticide-related incidents and participating with the Office of Emergency Management in situations that involve the public's health.
   
 

Drinking Water

   
 

In partnership with the Washington State Department of Health the Grant County Health District monitors public water systems, coordinates and/or approves new water systems, investigates complaints related to waterborne illnesses, and provides material for the collection of water samples for bacterial analysis. Technical assistance is available to private homeowner water systems.

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Food Protection

   
 

Activities include plan review of new and remodeling food service establishments, licensing and inspection of both permanent and itinerant (traveling) food service establishments, investigation of illness complaints related to food and training for and issuing of food handler cards. Hours and the cost for food handler classes can be found here. You may access a copy of the Food Worker Manual (Eng), (Span), (Russ), (Chinese) in PDF format. Downloadable copies of the following food service permit applications are available in PDF format:

HAND WASHING MARKETING PLOY

FOOD SAFETY & CERTIFICATION CLASS

Food Safety Training in Addition To The Foodworker Card

2013 Washington Food Rule Revision Brochure

Grant County Food Ordinance

Seasonal Temporary Food Ordinance

Washington State Retail Food Code WAC 246-215

Temporary Food Vendors:

New Food Establishments:

Mobile:

Non-Profit Organizations:

Exempt Foods:



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Living Environment

   
 

Activities include providing technical assistance and information on a wide variety of environmental concerns involving parks, camps, schools, swimming pools, and bathing beaches. Click here to download an application for a Water Recreational Facility permit.

Pre-opening checklist for Pools and Spas.

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On-Site Sewage Disposal

   
 

Activities include site review, plan preparation, final inspection of on-site sewage disposal systems, review of proposed land developments, and investigations of illness complaints related to sewage. Technical assistance is available to owners of on-site sewage disposal systems and other activities to assure the sanitary disposal of sewage. We maintain a list of designers, installer, and pumpers in the local area. The following forms are available for download:

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Solid Waste

   
 

Activities include working with public, city, county and state agencies to develop and implement plans for the safe storage, collection transportation, and final disposal of solid waste. The State of Washington's standards for the handling of solid waste can be found here. The Health District is the permitting and enforcement agency for all solid waste facilities within Grant County.

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Vector Control

   
 

The purpose of this program is to prevent the occurrence or spread of vector-borne disease through educating the public and providing technical assistance to individuals regarding potential disease-carrying vectors, and conducting investigations and surveillance to identify the presence and source of various vector-borne diseases.

Report a dead bird. West Nile virus infects certain wild birds. Of those infected, crows, jays, ravens, magpies, and hawks tend to become sick and die. Increasing numbers of dead birds may be an indication of West Nile virus in our community. You can help by reporting dead crows, jays, ravens, magpies, and hawks here.

Your dead bird report is important to us and will be used for monitoring purposes. Although it is important for public health officials to track dead bird sightings, only some dead birds will be collected and tested for West Nile virus. 

If you have found a dead bird in good condition, please keep it. Double-bag the bird using a shovel, gloves, or plastic bags over your hands. Place it in a cool place, such as a cool garage or a bucket with ice packs. You may be contacted to determine whether the bird is suitable for testing. If you have not been contacted within 24 hours, please safely dispose of the bird in your trash.

Other dead birds are monitored for avian influenza and other diseases. Report:

Single waterfowl or shorebirds, and wild bird die-offs - Washington State Department of Fish & Wildlife at 1-800-606-8768 
Domestic poultry - Washington State Department of Agriculture at 1-800-606-3056

 

Bats, Animal Bites, and Rabies: Activities include assuring the proper quarantine of dogs, cats and ferrets that have bitten humans and when necessary, collecting and submitting animals for rabies analysis. To report an animal bite, fill out an Animal Bite Incident Report and fax immediately to 509-754-0941. For more information on rabies, visit Washington Department of Health. Other vector-borne disease topics can be found here.

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