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Environmental Health (Food, Water, & Housing)
The Environmental Health group in within the Department of Environmental Health and Safety (DEHS) is the University group that is in charge of food safety, drinking water quality monitoring, and swimming pool safety and sanitation, public health aspects of housing, and oversight for general environmental sanitation issues, including pest and other nuisance control. The Environmental Health group is supervised by the assistant director for Public and Occupational Health.
- Food Safety
- Drinking Water Quality Assurance
- Recreational Water Quality Assurance
- Public Health Housing
The Environmental Health group has two sanitarians (health inspectors) that enforce food preparation and service standards to prevent contamination of foods served at University venues. Specific responsibilities include:
- Inspecting University food establishments;
- Investigating patron complaints against food establishments;
- Issuing permits for temporary and/or special events that serve food;
- Providing food safety consultation/advice for food event organizers.
- Bake Sale Requirements
- Policy for Serving Food at Special Events
- Minimum Requirements for University Special Events
- University Food Permit
- ServSafe Training
- Providing oversight for water well installation and/or sealing;
- Sampling drinking water systems;
- Following up on water quality complaints.
- Performing joint swimming pool reviews with Minnesota Department of Health;
- Carrying out routine evaluations of existing swimming pools.
Public Health Housing
The Environmental Health group works with Housing and Residential Life, and the University Building Codes Office to help ensure that University-owned residences meet basic requirements for hygiene and safety. This is accomplished through:
- Nuisance abatement.
The Environmental Health group provides consulting and oversight; and works with Facilities Management, and the University pest control contractors to prevent and/or control public health nuisances on campus. Specific activities include:
- Investigating sanitation complaints;
- Advising University departments of steps to prevent nuisances from occurring;
- Providing technical assistance for public health nuisance abatement.