Environmental Health Programs
Wilkes County Environmental Health is responsible for protecting the public's health by ensuring that our public's environments are free from disease-causing agents. Perhaps the most well-known of these responsibilities is the restaurant inspections, but Environmental Health also regularly inspects:
- Child Care Centers
- Food Stands
- Hotels/Lodging Facilities
- Meat/Seafood Markets
- Nursing Homes
- Public Swimming Pools
- Residential Care Facilities
- Rest Homes
- School / Hospital and Nursing Home Lunchrooms
- Summer Camps
North Carolina Department of Environment & Natural Resources
Environmental Health is governed by the North Carolina Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR). DENR sets laws and rules concerning protection of the environment and the environment's impact on the public's health. Locally, Environmental Health enforces DENR's regulations by keeping the environment free from disease-causing germs.
Education is an important part of the environmental health program.
Food Safety & Protection
Environmental Health Specialists provide educational opportunities for restaurant employees through the Food Safety and Protection course. The series of classes focuses on food inspection, handling and safety.
Environmental Health also provides education to the public on any of the regulations they support as well as on:
- Air quality
- Disease transmission and prevention
- Food handling
- Matters related to solid and hazardous wastes
- Vector control