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Environmental health is the branch of public health that: focuses on the relationships between people and their environment; promotes human health and well-being; and fosters healthy and safe communities. The field works to advance policies and programs to reduce chemical and other environmental exposures in air, water, soil and food to protect people and provide communities with healthier environments.
Our duties are defined in KRS Chapter 212.00
- .230 Powers and duties of county, city-county, and district health boards.
- .240 Duties of county health departments.
- .245 Powers of local health departments.
We inspect all public facilities such as: food service providers, hotels/motels, schools, swimming facilities, mobile home / RV parks, tattoo / piercing studios, confinement facilities and youth camps.
In addition, we inspect/investigate nuisance complaints, animal bites, on-site sewage systems, West-Nile, radon, lead, mercury spills, natural disasters, bio-terrorism and water sampling.