Environmental Health

Investigate health problems and environmental public health hazards and enforce public health laws to protect the community

Environmental health is defined as "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." Director of Environmental Health, Chad Brown, R.S., M.P.H., supervises a staff of Registered Sanitarians and Certified Plumbing Inspectors who enforce regulations and educate the public.

Food Safety Program

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Preventing Food-borne Illness through Education and Enforcement

The Food Protection Program promotes healthy people and healthy communities through education and regulation of food service establishments.

The Licking County Health Department conducts inspections all the Food Service Operations (FSOs) and Retail Food Establishments (RFEs) in Licking County. FSOs consist of traditional restaurants and school cafeterias where the food is eaten on-site, while RFEs normally consist of convenience stores, carryout and delivery only restaurants and supermarkets.

We conduct a minimum of 2 inspections at every FSO and RFE in the county each year. Our staff also inspects mobile FSOs and RFEs that are selling food at festivals and other events around the county. This includes concession trailers and food trucks. Our sanitarians perform over 1,100 food safety inspections each year.

We are pleased to be able to provide our inspection reports to the public on our website. We hope you find the reports useful, and please do not hesitate to contact us with any questions you may have. You can reach us at 740-349-6535 or environmental@lickingcohealth.org  The inspection records can be found HERE.

We inspect vending machines that sell sandwiches and other foods that must be kept at the proper temperature in order to remain safe to eat. We inspect temporary food service operations which are commonly set up at a special event for a limited time. Vending and Temporary inspections are not available on-line at this time.


Ohio Uniform Food Safety Code OAC 3717 (Updated January 1, 2013)

Ohio Administrative Code Chapter 3701-21 Food Service Operations

Ohio Administrative Code Chapter 901:3-4 Retail Food Establishments


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Food Handler Training Classes

Most food service workers have no formal food safety training prior to joining the food service industry. Assuring a competent workforce should be at the foundation of any organization's food-borne disease prevention strategy.

Our sanitarians provide free Level I Certification In Food Safety courses for food handlers to increase their knowledge of food safety and the regulations we use during the inspections of the facilities in Licking County. The class usually last about 2 hours.  We can also provide customized trainings to meet the specific needs of  your operation, and we can conduct the training at your facility if you would like.  CLICK HERE to view our course schedule and you can EMAIL us to register for an upcoming class.  For more information feel free to call us at (740) 349-6535.

Food Handler Training Guide (English)*
Food Handler Training Guide (Spanish)*
Food Handler Training Guide (Chinese)*
*Guides provided by Tulsa Health Department

Food Worker Manual

Food Safety online courses - FoodHACCP.com

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Enhanced Enforcement Program (EEP)

The Licking County Health Department implemented its Enhanced Enforcement Program (EEP) in order to bring facilities with consistent violations into compliance with the Ohio Uniform Food Safety Code in January of 2013. 

 The EEP allows LCHD to more quickly ensure that critical violations and repeat violations of the food code are corrected. The EEP includes education, increased inspection frequency, and enforcement action when needed.

 For more information regarding our EEP and a list of critical violations please review the documents below:

Enhanced Enforcement Program
Critical Violations Information


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