The Environmental Health Programs (EHP) houses an Inspection Division that ensures State compliance for various facilities and the investigation of various threats to public health:
As a public health agency, EHP staff is required to collect, maintain, and report community surveillance statistics to state and federal health officials.
In addition the Health Division also follows up on information involving:
Illegal solid waste investigations
Improper disposal of medical waste
EHP inspects all establishments licensed by the Health Department, including but not limited to:
Retail food establishments
Mobile food vendors
Day care centers
EHP staff also investigates outbreaks and assists and advises other municipal health agencies when a facility in question is located outside the Township of Union.
Public Health Investigation
EHP staff investigates all citizen complaints relative to potential or actual public health nuisances. Public health nuisances are conditions which contain disease organisms and cause illness or foster and aid the vectors which transport and spread disease. Disease vectors are the means by which diseases travel (e.g., rats, mice, fleas, and ticks). The following is a list of the most common health nuisances reported to the EHP
Improper garbage storage
Sewer backup in basement
Accumulated rubbish and debris on premises
Unsanitary conditions in apartment or house (odor)