Wayne County Health Department - Environmental Health Services Overview:
Inquiries should be directed to:
Phillip Gnacinski R.S./M.S
Environmental Health Director
Environmental Health is the application of sanitary principles in disease prevention. Activities aimed at the preservation and the improvement of the environment have historically been a major part of public health. Our activities include inspection, consultation, plan review, sample collection, education, persuasion and enforcement.
of the major programs administered by the staff the Environmental Health Division
are highlighted below. For more information on Environmental Health, please see
our Environmental Health/Safety Webpage!
FOOD SERVICE AND VENDING MACHINE OPERATIONS - The Health Department oversees the Food Service Operations and Retail Food Service Operations to ensure safety of the food supplies of Wayne County citizens. For more information on Food Safety/Laws and Regulations please see Food Safety!
PRIVATE WATER SYSTEMS The Health department oversees the Private Water Program and issues permits for the development and alteration of private water systems, and makes inspections to determine compliance with state laws and rules, and collects water samples which are sent to laboratories for bacteriological analysis. For more information on Private Water Wells and water safety, please see Water Safety!
PLUMBING SYSTEMS The health department administers and inspects new plumbing installations and alterations in residential and commercial buildings in the county, and outside of the city of Wooster, for compliance with the state plumbing code. For Wayne County Plumbing and Building Code information, please see Building Information!
HOME SEWAGE DISPOSAL SYSTEMS Where public or central sewage works are not provided, as in predominantly rural areas, individual sewage disposal systems must be installed with approval by the health department. Waste Water systems installed under health department approval must comply with stringent state and federal regulations; the health department must ensure that no nuisances are allowed to endanger the health and well-being of the citizens of Wayne County. For more information, please see Private Waste Water Treatment Information!
SEPTAGE is the liquid and solid material pumped from septic tanks, aerobic-type treatment units, privies, holding tanks or other types of private wastewater disposal systems when they are cleaned. For more information, please see Beneficial Use of Bio-Solids!
While there are many acceptable disposal alternatives for septage, land application is the most commonly used method in Wayne County. Land application of septage is regulate by the Health Department. Vehicles and farm fields are licensed and inspected for compliance with Board of Health regulations.
SOLID WASTE ENFORCEMENT is administered by the health department for the Ohio EPA under a contract with the Stark-Tuscarawas-Wayne Joint Solid Waste Management District. We license and inspect landfills, and monitor composting facilities and construction and demolition debris sites. We regularly inspect infectious waste generators in the county as well as an infectious waste treatment facility. Finally, we investigate all complaints of open dumping or improper solid waste storage or disposal. For more information, please see Solid Waste District Website!
MANUFACTURED HOME PARKS / CAMPGROUNDS in Wayne County are licensed by the health department and inspected for compliance with state laws and rules, which address design, construction, sanitation and safety considerations. The Ohio Department of Health has oversight of the Manufactured Home Program in Ohio. For more information, please see the Ohio Department of Health's Manufactured Home Webpage!
SWIMMING POOLS/SPAS in Wayne County are licensed by the health department and inspected for compliance with state laws and rules. In addition, the department recognizes the need for properly trained pool operators, so we host an annual pool operator training seminar each spring. Ohio Department of Health's Swimming Pool, Spas and Special Use Pools Webpage!
ANIMAL BITES/RABIES PREVENTION: All animal bites on humans are required to be reported to the health department. Each is logged and followed.-up with an appropriate investigation and consultation. Each animal bite forces a decision about whether or not to quarantine the animal, sacrifice and test the animal for rabies, or- recommend that the victim submit to treatment with rabies immune globulin and a series of rabies vaccine injections. In addition to investigating animal bites, the staff also administers a program which requires the vaccination of all dogs in the county against rabies. We also annually assist the Killbuck Valley Veterinary Medical Association with their spring vaccination clinics.
For more Rabies/Animal Bite Information pleas see Ohio/Wayne County Rabies Information!