The Union County Environmental Health Division is a part of Union County Public Health. The Environmental Health Division strives to promote a healthy environment by conducting daily activities designed to prevent disease, educate the public, and enforce regulations. We achieve this goal through the development and implementation of programs, including, but not limited to, Drinking Water, Solid Waste, Food and Lodging, On-site Wastewater, and Vectors. The success of these programs revolves around a well trained staff, coordination with other agencies, and the public.
December 27, 2012 -
North Carolina adopted Food Code in September 2012, and starting January 1, 2014 every restaurant in North Carolina will be required to have a Certified Food Protection Manager on site during operating hours.
Food establishments will be required to have a Person-in-Charge (PIC) that can demonstrate thier knowledge of food protection by passing an American National Standards Institute (ANSI)-accredited exam, such as the Certified Food Safety Manager Examination from National Registry of Food Safety Professionals.
Other key provisions of the new North Carolina Food Code include:
Each food establishment will be required to develop and adhere to an Employee Health Policy to prevent and control the transmission of illnesses.
Food establishments will be required to refrain from handling exposed, ready-to-eat foods with bare hands.
Food establishments will be required to decrease the temperature of refrigerated foods and must date-mark opened, ready-to-eat foods.
Mobile Food Units and Pushcarts will also be subject to the new food code rules and will be required to post a sanitation rating card.
A food establishment not having a Certified Food Protection Manager during operating hours will lose two points on its inspection.
July 24, 2013 - We are pleased to announce that the Environmental Health Department accepts debit and credit card payments (Visa and Mastercard).
New Lead Information Effective January 1, 2010.
For homeowners, property managers of child occupied facilities, and contractors performing renovation activities in facilities built prior to 1978. Lead-Requirements for Renovation, Repair, and Painting: Renovation, repair, and painting activities create hazardous lead dust and chips. The North Carolina Lead Based Paint Hazard Management Program for Renovation, Repair, and Painting Rules, adopted the federal regulations relating to lead-based paint renovation activities in child-occupied facilities and target (pre-1978) housing.
The RRP program mandates that contractors, property managers, and others working for compensation, in houses and child-occupied facilities built before 1978, must be trained and use lead-safe work practices.
For more information concerning rules and registration for training, go to: www.epi.state.nc.us/epi/lead/lhmp.html.
The purpose of the Children’s Environmental Health Program is to protect and improve the health of children by the implementation of programs involved in reducing the environmental health risks in child care facilities, schools, camps, and childhood lead poisoning prevention. Children's Environmental Health also provides educational materials and referrals to community resources related to asthma, mold and other indoor air quality concerns.
Environmental Health is involved in these facilities from the planning and construction phase to the daily operation, by offering instruction and training to personnel and routine sanitation inspections. In order to stay in touch with the community Environmental Health partners with other agencies and associations such as; Union County Public Schools, Union County Child Care Directors Association, Union County Family Child Care Association, Child Care Resources Inc., and Thompson’s Child and Family Focus.
Education is a valuable tool in keeping these facilities as well as homes safe. Environmental Health offers educational classes to child care personnel. We also provide educational information, links to pertinent web sites, and are also available for general questions by direct contact.
The Food, Lodging, and Institutions Section protects public health through maintaining standards, review of plans and regulating activities for food handling establishments, lodging establishments, and institutions.
The Food Program participates in the FDA Partnership for Food Protection Work Group, which has a Vision for an Integrated Food Safety System.
Keeping an Eye on Food Safety Video
Rules Governing the Food Protection and Sanitation of Food Establishments
The Food Code Adoption Rules, 15A NCAC 18A .2650-.2676., have been adopted and were effective September 1, 2012.
North Carolina Food Code Manual
The remaining “new” .2600 rules (.2659-.2676) includes compliance and enforcement provisions (e.g., permits, grade cards, inspections, appeals) that were updated from the current rules and sections that have been renamed and revised (e.g., outdoor dining and beverage service, supplemental cooking rooms -formerly “barbecue places,” and congregate nutrition sites - formerly “catered elderly nutrition sites”). Finally, the rules for other establishment types (e.g., mobile food units, pushcarts, temporary food establishments) are also included in the .2600 rules.
The On-Site Water Protection Section of the Division of Environmental Health is committed to protecting the environment and promoting public health. This is accomplished by having a dedicated staff of environmental health specialists who carry out the following responsibilities:
- Performing soil and site evaluations
- Issuing / denying on-site wastewater system permits
- Inspecting new and existing septic tank systems
- Responding to complaints
- Issuing / denying well permits
- Water sampling of wells, including: Bacteria Inorganic Nitrates/Nitrites Pesticides Petroleum
The overall goal for the On-Site Water Protection Section is to provide a resource for the citizens of Union County for education and consultation, regarding public health issues.
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- Septic System
- Vector: Union County currently does not have any vector control ordinances. However, we do offer assistance through educational materials and on-site visits, as needed.
West Nile Virus: North Carolina and Union County has had positive cases of West Nile Virus. At this time, the State Laboratory has discontinued the testing of dead birds for West Nile Virus. As a resident of Union County, you should assume the West Nile Virus is present and all necessary precautions should be taken. If a dead bird is found, proper disposal methods should
Please remember that NO Public Swimming Pool shall operate unless the owner or operator has an Operation Permit issued yearly by this department. To obtain a permit return a completed Operation Permit Application Packet with fee to Union County Environmental Health.
Public Swimming Pools which are constructed or remodeled on or after May 1, 1991, plan and specifications shall be prepared by a registered professional engineer or registered architect and shall be approved by the Department prior to construction. For these pools submit a completed Public Swimming Pool Plan Review Packet with fee to Union County Environmental Health.
For information on the impact of the Virginia Graeme Baker Pool and Spa Safety Act on North Carolina Public Swimming Pools click “Links of Interest” located to the right of the screen.
For Rules Governing Swimming Pools click Rules & Guidelines.
Union County enforces 15A NCAC 18A.3200 which regulates tattoo and permanent makeup facilities. Our goal is to ensure that anyone receiving tattoo or permanent makeup services, does so in a safe and sanitary environment.
To obtain a tattooing permit, a person must return a completed Tattoo Application to Union County Environmental Health Department. Upon receipt of the application, the Department shall inspect the premises, instruments, utensils, equipment and procedures of the applicant to determine whether the applicant meets the requirements for a tattooing permit. If the applicant meets these requirements, the Department shall issue a permit to the applicant. A permit is valid for one year and must be renewed annually by applying to Union County Environment Health Department for a permit renewal.
For Rules Governing Tattoos click "Rules & Guidelines" located to the right of the screen.