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Posted on: January 5, 2024

L.C.H.D. Environmental Health Division Celebrates 50 Years of Service

LCHD Environmental Health Division celebrates 50 years of outstanding service in Livingston County

It's a big anniversary for us this year as our L.C.H.D. Environmental Health Division celebrates 50 years of outstanding service in Livingston County! From well inspections and water testing to food safety to vector (e.g. mosquitoes & ticks) born illnesses and so much more, this program does incredible, wide-ranging work to keep our communities healthy & safe. To celebrate and highlight all the awesomeness of this core public health program, we are kicking off our 2024 weekly #SanitarianSaturday - a weekly post dedicated to providing education and interesting tidbits about our amazing LCHD Environmental Health Division. Follow us on Facebook & Instagram: @LivCoHealthIL.
#SanitarianSaturday Fun Fact (1.6.2024): The Environmental Health Division of the Livingston County Health Department was created in 1974 to start implementing programs necessary to become an Illinois Certified Health Department.  50 years later the Environmental Health Division remains the core requirements to be a Certified Health Department!

#SanitarianSaturday Fun Fact (1.13.2024): The first programs implemented by the Environmental Health Division was Private Sewage Disposal, Nuisance complaints, and potable water sampling. Today the Environmental Health Division is responsible for programs that include Private Sewage Disposal, Food Establishment Inspections, Cottage Food Registrations, Certified Food Manager Certification, Private Water Well Construction and Sampling, Abandonment of Water Wells, Non-community water systems, Geothermal System Installation, Tanning Bed Compliance, West Nile Virus Surveillance, and Nuisance Complaints. 

#SanitarianSaturday Fun Fact (1.20.2024): Staffing of the Environmental Health Division consists of 2 Licensed Environmental Health Practitioners and 1 Administrative Support person. Combined length of service for these 3 individuals is 67 years. CDC estimates that 1 in 4 environmental health professionals plans to retire within 5 years throughout the United States, presenting recruitment and workforce development needs. 

#SanitarianSaturday Fun Fact (1.27.2024): Environmental public health focuses on protecting groups of people from threats to their health and safety posed by their environments. Environmental health professionals commonly work in multiple program areas, requiring unique technical and scientific expertise.

#SanitarianSaturday Fun Fact (2.3.2024): The 1984 movie Grandview USA was filmed in Pontiac and included 2 scenes of a food inspector. These scenes were based on food inspections conducted at the time by the Livingston County Health Department. Here are the two clips from the movie: 

30 Days to Comply Clip

No Smoking in a Food Service Area Clip

#SanitarianSaturday Fun Fact (2.10.2024): At the end of 2023 there were 239 permitted food establishments in Livingston County with 472 inspections completed during 2023. 

#SanitarianSaturday Fun Fact (2.17.2024):  The food safety program also includes permitting and inspecting of food service operations at special events such as Threshermen’s Reunion, Livingston County 4-H Fair, Dwight Harvest Days, Cullom Days, Fairbury Fair, etc. 

#SanitarianSaturday Fun Fact (2.24.2024): All food served to the public is regulated by the Livingston County Health Department within a variety of categories such as Food Establishment, Mobile Food Establishment, Temporary Food Establishment, Cottage Food Operation, Home Kitchen Operation, and Farmers Market Operation.

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