ENVIRONMENTAL HEALTH



DEB CARDIFF, DIVISION MANAGER

The environment of Kalamazoo County is a complex relationship between the ecological balances in which the community lives and the quality of health the community desires. Accordingly, the staff of Environmental Health continually and diligently endeavors to prevent disease, prolong life, protect the environment and promote public health of the citizens of Kalamazoo County. We strive to accomplish this through community assessment, education and assurance activities in all of our programs.


Food Service and Facilities Management (FSFM)

The FSFM team protects the publicís health and safety through licensing and evaluating food service establishments, public swimming pools, campgrounds, adult care, child care and body art facilities in accordance with state and local regulations. Additional services include home assessments and education for lead impacted families and children suffering from asthma.

The FSFM team protects the publicís health and safety through licensing and evaluating food service establishments, public swimming pools, campgrounds, adult care, child care and body art facilities in accordance with state and local regulations. Additional services include home assessments and education for lead impacted families and children suffering from asthma.




The LWW team protects the environment and promotes public health through managing onsite wastewater, assuring safe and adequate drinking water for non-municipal supplies, and assessing surface water resources. Additionally, this team coordinates investigations of homes contaminated by methamphetamine activities.




2011 Environmental Health Notable Accomplishments

In 2009, the EH Division obtained an EPA grant which allowed us to host 3 successful community collection events for medicines.

In 2010 the Unwanted Medications Task Force was formed. The task force sponsored six collections for unwanted medications at the Household Hazardous Waste Center and more than 2,500 lbs of unwanted medications were collected.

These successes show how the vision of EH staff led to a sustainable necessary service for the entire community.

In 2011 these initiatives led to the establishment of the ďRed Med BoxĒ kickoff. There are now 4 established permanent unwanted medicine collection locations in the County at various law enforcement locations.

Radon gas and arsenic levels in drinking water pose a new concern for environmental health.

Neither of these pollutants is governed under local or state law for residential homes. A lack of available information in the south county area was identified leading to a radon/arsenic education and outreach event in 2011.

This activity was successful and well received thus; another event will be planned for 2012.