The Environmental Health division helps ensure the food, water and environment of Snohomish County are safe from health threats such as disease, pollution, pests, and other hazards. The division issues permits, responds to complaints, and ensures that environmental health regulations- the local Sanitary Codes - are followed.
Environmental Health charges fees for most of its services, and is largely self-supporting. Septic system owners and restaurants pay for their permits, as do food handlers. The Division also receives funding through an interlocal agreement with the Snohomish County Solid Waste Division, as well as through grants and contracts with the State Department of Ecology, State Department of Health, and Snohomish County Surface Water Management.
The Environmental Health division is led by Director Randy Darst, who has had a 35-year career in public health.
Environmental Health programs
The Environmental Health division of Snohomish Health District has three primary programs:
Water & Wastewater
Solid Waste & Toxics
Camp Safety program
Snohomish Health District inspections of youth and group camps assure that kitchens, swimming equipment, housing facilities and shower facilities meet health and safety requirements. Camps are permitted annually by Snohomish Health District.
Environmental Health software update
The division has undertaken and ambitious Environmental Health Information Management Project. The core function of the software will be the ability to conduct inspections and electronically document them in the field on a remote device, track data and run reports. We are currently reviewing all business processes with a goal of streamlining them so we can offer both customers and staff electronic permitting and tracking systems. We anticipate developing a request for proposals in 2014 and selecting a vendor to implement the new software in 2015.