At DCHD inspections and investigations are conducted by Environmental Health Specialists (EHS), as required by Ohio Revised Code Chapter 4736. An EHS is a professional who performs educational, investigational, technical, or administrative duties requiring specialized knowledge and skills in the field of environmental health science. In order to achieve an EHS status, one must first completed a four-year college degree with emphasis in science. When the graduate begins work in the environmental health field, he or she becomes registered as an Environmental Health Specialist In Training (EHSIT). The EHSIT must work in the environmental field under the supervision of an EHS for a period of at least two years and pass an examination covering all areas of environmental health in order to become an EHS. All EHS must complete continuing education bi-annually in order to keep their registration current.
The Environmental Health Division of the Defiance County Health Department performs services to protect and promote public health in Defiance County. This is done by regulation enforcement, inspections and providing educational materials and programs for the public. In order to protect and promote public health, the environmental health division works closely with local, state, national, and non-governmental agencies.
The Environmental Health Division is responsible for the following programs:
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Fees for the Environmental Health Services are determined each year using a cost methodology required by the State. Click the link for up-to-date Environmental Health Service fees.
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