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  • Aboveground Petroleum Storage Act (APSA)

    The purpose of this program is to protect waters of the state (surface water and groundwater) from exposure to (petroleum based) oil stored in aboveground storage tanks by confirming compliance, for specified facilities, with the federal Spill Prevention, Control, and...

  • Accounting

    The Environmental Health Department (EHD) Accounting Office processes all payments and invoices as authorized by the San Joaquin County Board of Supervisors for each EHD program....

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  • Body Art

    The purpose of this program is to provide minimum statewide standards for the regulation of persons engaged in the business of tattooing, body piercing, and the application of permanent cosmetics in California. These requirements are intended to protect both the practitioner and the client from transmission of infectious diseases through the application of proper body art procedures and the control of cross-contamination of instruments and supplies....

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  • California Accidental Release Prevention (CalARP) Program

    The purpose of the CalARP program is to prevent accidental releases of substances that can cause serious harm to the public and the environment, to minimize the damage if releases do occur, and to satisfy community right to know laws....

  • Certified Unified Program Agency (CUPA)

    The purpose of the Unified Program is to consolidate, coordinate and make consistent the administrative requirements, permitting, inspection activities, enforcement activities and fees for hazardous waste and hazardous materials programs in each jurisdiction. The EHD was approved by the...

  • Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention

    The EHD performs environmental investigations of possible lead sources at the homes of children who have blood lead levels exceeding those established by the State Department of Health Services as part of the Public Health Services Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention...

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  • Employee Housing Inspections

    This program is established to ensure compliance with minimum standards of habitation for labor camps as specified in the State Employee Housing Act. Facilities that house five or more agricultural workers are inspected prior to and during occupancy on a...

  • Environmental Health Emergency Response Program

    EHD staff is part of the interagency emergency response team for incidents involving hazardous material spills or releases. The EHD performs a health assessment to evaluate actual or potential environmental contamination and or human exposure. The EHD provides recommendations for...

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  • Food and Restaurants

    The purpose of this program is to prevent the occurrence of foodborne illnesses and to promote safe food preparation,  production and service in clean and appealing food facilities. The EHD is responsible for conducting routine inspections and issuing permits for...

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  • Hazardous Materials Business Plan Program

    The purpose of this program is to protect the public health and safety and the environment by establishing business and area plans relating to the handling and release or threatened release of hazardous materials....

  • Hazardous Waste Generator Program

    The purpose of this program is protection of public health and the environment from exposure to hazardous wastes by regulation of the businesses and industries that generate hazardous waste. This is accomplished through a comprehensive program of inspection, chemical emergency...

  • Hazardous Waste Tiered Permitting

    The purpose of this program is ensure that hazardous wastes treated on site prior to reuse or disposal are stored, handled and disposed of in compliance with state and federal laws and regulations. Inspection, surveillance and permitting is required as...

  • Housing Abatement

    A program established to ensure minimum housing standards in the unincorporated area of the county. The EHD is designated as an enforcement agency for the San Joaquin County Housing and Nuisance Abatement Code, which adopted the State Housing Law and...

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  • Institutional Housing Inspections

    State law requires the County Health Officer to inspect jail and detention facilities on an annual basis. Housing standards for sanitation, occupancy and maintenance are evaluated at each detention facility in the county, and the findings are reported to city...

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  • Land Use

    The purpose of this program is to prevent health hazards and mitigate environmental degradation from land development projects. In San Joaquin County the EHD staff serve as advisors to the County Planning Commission. The EHD staff investigates and evaluates county land use applications involving subdivision and parcel maps, site plans, variances, use permits, environmental impact reports, business licenses. Projects are evaluated for compliance with laws regarding domestic water supply, sewage and solid waste disposal, and vector control. The EHD staff attends pre-application conferences, development committee and Planning Commission meetings....

  • Liquid Waste

    The purpose of this program is to prevent the spread of disease and environmental contamination by ensuring proper handling and disposal of sewage effluent. State law requires regulation of septage pumper trucks and yards, and chemical toilets. Local ordinances and...

  • Local Voluntary Cleanup Oversight Program

    The EHD Local Voluntary Cleanup Oversight Program provides oversight for cleanups of minor spills and releases pursuant to California Health and Safety Code Section 101480. When a release of waste occurs and remedial action is required, the responsible party for...

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  • Medical Waste

    The purpose of this program is to protect the general public, health care facility and solid waste management personnel from injury and exposure to pathogenic organisms in medical wastes. Program activities ensure that doctors, dentists, hospitals, and so on, treat, handle, transport, store and dispose of all medical waste as specified in the California Medical Waste Management Act....

  • Methamphetamine Contaminated Property Cleanup Act

    A program established to ensure the successful remediation of properties contaminated by methamphetamine laboratory activities. The EHD is designated as the enforcement agency by the local health officer under the provisions of the Methamphetamine Contaminated Property Cleanup Act....

  • Milk and Dairy Inspections

    The EHD is the State approved Milk Inspection Service Agency for San Joaquin County. Responsibility for inspection and quality control for dairy farm sanitation and milk grading is delegated by the State Department of Food and Agriculture. Dairies producing market...

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  • Recreational Health

    The purpose of this program is to assure that all public recreational waters, swimming pools and spas are free of safety hazards, disease and life threatening occurrences. This is accomplished by enforcement of laws and regulations relating to the design, construction and maintenance of pool facilities. Routine inspections are performed at public swimming pools, spas and natural bathing areas in the county. The EHD reviews and approves plans for proposed public swimming pools, spas and water parks and conducts construction inspections....

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  • Site Mitigation

    The Site Mitigation Program Includes:The permitting and inspection of well installations and destructions at all local, state and federal assessment and cleanup sites.The oversight of local cleanup of releases pursuant to California Health and Safety, Sections 5412 and 101480...

  • Small Public Water Systems (SPWS)

    The purpose of this program is to protect public health and prevent disease by assuring that small public water supplies are at all times safe, potable and available in adequate quantity. The EHD has been delegated authority as a Local Primacy Agency by the State Department of Health Services for the inspection and surveillance of small public water systems (15 to 200 service connections or greater than 25 consumers) in San Joaquin County. Regulation of State Small Public Water systems (having between 5 and 14 service connections) is also performed as required by State law....

  • Smoking Enforcement

    The EHD is the designated enforcement agency for AB13 and AB3037, in the unincorporated areas of San Joaquin County. These laws prohibit smoking in most enclosed work places in the State of California. Compliance with the law is achieved through...

  • Solid Waste

    The purpose of this program is to protect the public health and the environment from the effects of improper storage, collection, transportation and disposal of solid waste including flies, rodents, scenic blight, public nuisances and water pollution. The EHD is...

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  • Underground Injection Well Control (UIC)

    The purpose of this program is to protect public health and the environment from exposure to contaminants that may exist in shallow underground injection wells, such as dry wells, seepage pits, sumps, etc.  These injection wells could transport contaminants to...

  • Underground Storage Tanks (UST)

    The purpose of this program is to protect public health and the environment from exposure to hazardous materials stored in underground storage tanks (USTs). The primary focus is on protection of groundwater from contamination. Activities include inspection, permitting, monitoring, repair,...

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  • Vector Control

    The purpose of this program is to reduce vector nuisance complaints and the potential health threat of flies, cockroaches or other vectors associated with human disease. Annual inspections are conducted at egg laying poultry ranches with over 12,000 birds and...

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  • Water Well Permits

    The purpose of this program is to prevent groundwater contamination and safety hazards by regulation of the location, construction, repair and destruction of water supply, monitoring and geophysical wells and borings....