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Environmental Health

What Do We Mean By Environmental Health?

The environment is everything around us. It is the air we breathe, water we drink, and food we consume. It is all of the physical, chemical, and biological factors we come into contact with.

This branch of Public Health is concerned with all aspects of the natural and man made environments that affect human health. It is targeted toward preventing disease. It encompasses the assessment and control of those factors that potentially affect health.

Your Hickory County Health Department provides an environment public health specialist whose primary focus is protecting you from possible environmental hazards.

Links to printable forms and current environmental health service fees are listed at the bottom of this page.

Environmental Public Health Specialist's Responsibilities

  • Food Establishment Inspections
  • Food Establishment Permitting
  • Food Complaint Investigations
  • Food Recalls
  • Truck Wreck Investigation Involving Food
  • Frozen Dessert Licensing
  • Summer Food Service Program Inspections
  • Lodging Inspections
  • Lodging Complaint Investigation
  • On-site Wastewater Permitting
  • On-site Wastewater Inspections
  • On-site Wastewater Complaint Investigations
  • On-site Wastewater Installer's Training
  • On-site Wastewater Installer's Registration
  • Water Sampling
  • Private Drinking Water Testing
  • Well Inspections
  • Nuisance Complaint Investigations
  • Oversight of Childcare Inspections
  • Rabies Monitoring and Investigation
  • Communicable Disease Investigation
  • Dead Bird Reporting/West Nile VIrus
  • Bio-terrorism Activities
  • Serving on Local Emergency Planning Committee (LEPC)
  • Lead and Radon Testing
  • Indoor Air Quality Testing

Forms and Links

Water and Wastewater

Wondering if your well water is safe? For well water testing information and forms, click here.

Learn about Disinfection of Contaminated Wells here. 

Is Coliform in your water a health risk? Learn more here.

If your water is unsatisfactory for drinking, learn more here.

Building a new septic system or replacing an old one? Read the county ordinance about wastewater here.  Onsite wastewater treatment system construction permit application here. 

 

Food Safety and Permits

The State of Missouri has a detailed Food Safety Code.  Read it here.

The County Food Ordinance is here.

For a food permit application, click here.

Food Safety During Power Outages. Info here. 

Animal Problems

Dogs on the loose or animal abuse? Please call the local police department.

Need information about rabies? Click here. 

Childcare

For Child Care Inspection, please call the Health Dept. for a consultation.

For Lodging and Day Care Facility inspections, please call the Health Dept.

Health Issue Complaints

If you need to make a complaint about a perceived health issue, download the form here. 

Environmental Health Services Fees

Current prices for the Hickory County Wastewater Ordinance are listed above and reflect the changes made from December 2013. 

→Single Family Dwellings On-site Wastewater Systems Construction Permit:required for construction, modification, or major repair. $125

→Commercial Business/Non-Single Family Dwellings On-Site Wastewater System Construction Permit: Required for construction, modifications, or major repair. $200

→Initial Registration of Contractors, Installers. $50

→Annual Registration Renewal. $50

→Annual Food Ordinance Fees: high priority $150; medium priority$100; low priority $50

→Other Food Ordinance Fees: plan review and pre-opening inspection for new establishments: $100: distressed food: $50/hour ($50/hour of assessment until incident is concluded).

→Private drinking water tests for bacteria: These tests are unofficial for screening of coliform and E. coli bacteria. Results are not intended for official or regulatory use. $15

→EPHS Collected- if performed at the HCHD test is unofficial and if sent to the State Public Health Lab test is official. $35

Fees are non-refundable. Checks need to be made out to The Hickory County Health Department. If cash is used, please have exact amount. A receipt will be issued at the time of payment..

Public Health Emergency Response Regulation

A REGULATION RELATED TO FEE STRUCTURE FOR PUBLIC HEALTH EMERGENCY RESPONSE BY THE HICKORY COUNTY HEALTH DEPARTMENT, HICKORY COUNTY MISSOURI

WHEREAS,  The Missouri Revised Statute Section 192.300 provides that the county health center board may make and promulgate orders, ordinances, rules or regulations, respectively as will tend to enhance the public health and prevent the entrance of infectious, contagious, communicable or dangerous diseases into such county, but any orders, ordinances, rules or regulations shall not be in conflict with any rules or regulations authorized and made by the Department of Health and Senior Services in accordance with this chapter.

WHEREAS,  Missouri Revised Statutes Chapter 192 Department of Health and Senior Services Section 192.300authorizes the county health center board to establish and collect fees for services performed by County Health Officers and employees; and

WHEREAS,  Hickory County Health Department recommends the adoption of public health emergency response regulation with provisions relating to fees and exemptions thereto; and

WHEREAS, the Hickory County Health Department is charged with the duty of protecting the health of the residents of Hickory County through regulation and enforcement of health standards in the County; and

WHEREAS, adoption of this regulation will protect and benefit the health and welfare of the citizens of Hickory County

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT ORDAINED BY THE BOARD OF TRUSTEES, HICKORY COUNTY HEALTH DEPARTMENT OF HICKORY COUNTY, MISSOURI AS FOLLOWS:

SECTION 1 Authority

Authority to regulate comes from State of Missouri by Section 192.300 states “The county commissions and the county health center boards of the several counties may make and promulgate orders, ordinances, rules or regulations, respectively as will tend to enhance the public health and prevent the entrance of infectious, contagious, communicable or dangerous diseases into such county, but any orders, ordinances, rules or regulations shall not be in conflict with any rules or regulations authorized and made by the department of health and senior services in accordance with this chapter or by the department of social services under chapter 198.”

SECTION 2 Definitions

As used in this document, unless the context clearly indicates otherwise, the following words and terms shall have the following meanings:

1 "Department", the Hickory County Health Department of Hermitage, Missouri

2 “Commission” the Hickory County Commission

3 “County Health Officer” the administrator of the Hickory County Health Department  or a designee of the administrator

4 "Board", the Board of Trustees of the Hickory County Health Department

5 "Imminent public health hazard", a condition which is likely to cause an immediate threat to life or a serious risk to the health, safety, and welfare of the public if immediate action is not taken;

6 "Person", any individual, group of individuals, association, trust, partnership, corporation, person doing business under an assumed name, the state of Missouri or any department thereof, or any political subdivision of this state;

7 "Property owner", the person in whose name legal title to the business or real estate is recorded;

8 “Director” The director of Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services except when pertains to local regulation or ordinance then it will have the meaning of local health department administrator or designee of the administrator.

9 “Health Official” Any employee of the Hickory County Health Department

10 “Emergency” An unforeseen combination of circumstances or the resulting state that calls for immediate action

11 “Response” Something constituting a reply or a reaction

SECTION 3 Scope of Coverage and Jurisdiction

These regulations apply to all emergency response by any health official of the Hickory County Health Department within the area known as Hickory County, Missouri

SECTION 4 Powers and Authority of Health Official  

The Health Official shall be permitted to enter all applicable properties deemed safe for entry for the purpose of inspection, observation, measurement, sampling and/or testing in accordance with the provisions of this regulation and the laws of the State of Missouri.

The Health Official shall have the duty to determine whether or not an imminent public health hazard exists.  The Health Official shall have the power and duty to order, notify, instruct, advise, recommend any and all actions deemed necessary to ensure the safety, health and welfare of residents or property.

SECTION 5 Violation

Any business, corporation, individual person or property owner who creates, allows or ignores an imminent public health hazard as defined in this document is guilty of an infraction and prosecuted under the following SECTION 6 4 a.

SECTION 6 Fee Structure

  1. Hickory County Emergency Response Regulation Fee Structure will be as follows:

Initial response by Hickory County Health Department-shall be no less than the calculated cost of 3 hours’ time for each health official responding, whether they respond on-scene or off-scene.

  1. For response lasting in excess of 3 hours, fees shall be no less than cost of 1 hours’ time for each additional hour that a health official responds, whether they respond on-scene or off-scene.
  2. All fees are due immediately upon receipt of invoice from the Hickory County Health Department
  3. Any business, corporation, individual person or property owner failing to pay said fees will be prosecuted under the following
  1. Any person who shall ignore notification will, as provided for in Missouri Revised Statutes Chapter 192 Department of Health and Senior Services Section 192.300, shall be guilty of misdemeanor as provided and shall be fined in an amount not to exceed One Thousand Dollars ($1,000.00) for each violation.  Each day in which any such violation does continue may be deemed a separate offense.

EFFECTIVE DATE:  THIS REGULATION HAS BEEN ADOPTED BY THE BOARD AND SHALL BECOME IN FULL FORCE AND EFFECT FROM

DATE:  June 3, 2013