Other Environmental Health Services
Indoor Air Quality Program
Our environmentalists respond to public concerns related to indoor air quality. We also offer education on how to prevent mold and how to identify potential problem spots. Click here to download an informational brochure about indoor air quality.
Animal bites can pose major health problems and lead to the spread of rabies. Environmental Health investigates all reported bites and possible rabies exposure. We also work with area veterinary offices to educate pet owners on the importance of rabies vaccinations.
Click here to download a helpful Question and Answer sheet about rabies.
If an animal bites you...
Always seek appropriate medical attention. Notify the police and report the bite. The police will then notify Animal Control and Environmental Health.
This program provides technical assistance, health consultations and health assessments of identified hazardous waste sites.
Safety Promotion and Education
Environmental Health works to keep you injury free whether at work, at home or at play. Our SAFE Kids and Child Safety Programs work with our county health departments to promote seat belt use, bicycle helmets, car seat use and pedestrian safety education. We are also available to provide education and in certain cases recommendations to businesses to prevent injuries in the workplace. Click here to learn more about Chatham County's "Kids Don't Float" loaner lifejacket program!
In several of the Coastal Health District counties, Environmental Health will permit and inspect tattoo and body piercing establishments. Contact your local county office for more information.
Effective immediately, Verification of Residency for Public Benefits affidavits must be collected from operators/owners of all new facilities that require permits from the state of Georgia or a specific county. This includes Food Service, Tourist Accommodations, Body Art, and Public Swimming Pools that operate for a fee. These forms must be submitted with the respective permit application and notarized. The affidavit can be downloaded here: GC09008B Public Benefits Affidavit
Disease Outbreak Investigation
We work with our epidemiology department to investigate the environmental aspects of outbreaks. For instance, a bacterial illness found to be associated with a restaurant, could have been spread by improper hand washing or unclean surfaces.
Our coastal climate is a haven for mosquitoes that can carry various diseases. Environmental Health works with area counties to identify and control area breeding grounds for mosquitoes. We also work with local Mosquito Control, Department of Natural Resources and others to properly maintain and monitor our waterways and vegetative areas that house many mosquitoes.
Public health responds to complaints of nuisances related to indoor and outdoor air quality, sanitation, public facilities and institutions. We investigate or assist other s in the investigation of unsanitary conditions such as animal enclosures, garbage, trash, and make abatement recommendations.