Environmental Health Division
Environmental Health Division

Environmental Health Programs Topic Listing

Community Noise Program - Division of Environmental Health: NoiseThis program is mandated by the Berkeley Municipal Code (BMC) and sets forth standards by which noise is measured.  The program is driven by requests for service from the public.  Inspectors respond to complaints and enforce, interpret, and educate citizens about  the noise ordinance.  After-hours complaints are handled by the Berkeley Police Department on a priority basis. [more...]

Public Pool Program - Division of Environmental Health: Pool InspectionThe Public Pool Program provides inspections of Berkeley's public pools to ensure adherence with appropriate health and safety standards.  Public pools in the City are inspected twice each year.  Year-round facilities, such as the YMCA, are monitored three or more times for compliance with the State Pool Code.  Follow-up inspections are performed if a pool does not meet the minimum standards.  All new and remodeled public pools are required to submit plans for review and compliance with the State H&SC and the State Building Standards Code.  They must also pass a pregunite and equipment inspection prior to opening. [more...]

Smoking Pollution Program - Division of Environmental Health: SmokingThe Smoking Program is mandated by State law and the Berkeley Municipal Code (BMC).  Monitoring of food facilities occurs as a proactive measure to ensure compliance.  Requests for service are also investigated to help control smoking violations.  All findings are reported back to the concerned citizen.  [more...]

Stormwater Inspection Program - Storm DrainAs mandated by State requirements, the City of Berkeley, along with the County of Alameda are required to implement a stormwater compliance programs as of July 1, 2005. [more...]

Waste Tire Enforcement Program - Waste TiresWith funding from the California Integrated Waste Management Board (CIWMB), the City of Berkeley's Waste Tire Enforcement Program (WTEP) informs Berkeley businesses about laws that affect them and helps monitor and ensure compliance with State waste tire regulations. By working with businesses, property owners and other agencies, the City hopes to reduce illegal dumping of waste tires, and improve the quality of life in Berkeley. [more...]

Community Outreach - Division of Environmental Health: OutreachHealth inspectors in the Division of Environmental Health are active in community outreach such as staffing informational booths for the annual Health and Safety Fair held during Public Health Week.  They inform neighborhood associations during the evening of available services.  Health inspectors meet with representatives from the business community and with the Chamber of Commerce to discuss issues.  They discuss rabies warnings with citizens and the Animal Control Division.  [more...]

 Emergency Response - Environmental Health staff respond to emergencies related to food facilities, such as the outbreak of foodborne illnesses, sewage overflows, water line breaks and electrical power outages.  Staff make site inspections and conduct thorough food facility inspections to determine the level of damage and contamination sustained due to an emergency.  The staff may take food and water samples that are analyzed to identify foodborne illness-related contaminations.  Based on their determination, they advise the operator to remove or discard any contaminated and damaged food and food-related items that are not fit for human consumption.  The facility will be closed until violations are satisfactorily corrected if there is sufficient danger to the public.  In addition, employees of the facility may be required to complete food safety and sanitation training sessions. [more...]

Tattooing, Body Piercing and Permanent Cosmetics - AB 300 the Safe Body Art Act was enacted on January 1, 2012 and takes full effect on July 1, 2012.  The Safe Body Art Act requires the registration of body art practitioners and the permitting and inspection of both permanent and temporary body art facilities, and the notification of operation of mechanical ear piercing businesess.  This law applies to all body art facilities which includes tattoos, branding, permanent cosmetics and piercing. [more...]

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