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Environmental Health

CERS Is Now Available http://cers.calepa.ca.gov/

Starting January 1, 2013 all CUPA regulated businesses are required by law (Assembly Bill 2286) to submit business information electronically through the California Environmental Reporting System (CERS). Many of the Unified Program forms are no longer available on our website and instead must be completed online in CERS. This includes information related to your:

  • Unified Program Facility Permit
  • Hazardous Materials Business Plan (HMBP)
  • Hazardous Waste
  • Hazardous Waste Onsite Treatment
  • Hazardous Waste Tank Closures
  • Remote Waste Consolidation
  • Recyclable Materials Reports
  • Underground Storage Tanks (UST)
  • Aboveground petroleum storage over 1,320 gallons (APSA)

Find and request lead user access to your facility

MCEHD has uploaded facility data for all facilities that were in our database on January 1, 2013. You must find your facility in CERS and request access. MCEHD will not grant lead user access to a contractor, consultant, or employee if he/she is not listed as a contact for the facility unless a signed letter on letterhead is received from the business. After MCEHD receives the letter, contractor/consultant can request access to the facility through CERS.

Once you have been granted lead user access, you are now responsible for adding additional users to the account. We recommend at least two lead users in case one person leaves or loses their username/password.

WORKSHOPS

MCEHD will continue having CERS workshops periodically. Please contact our department if you wish to attend a CERS workshop.

What To_Expect_When_Dealing_With_Lead_Paint_1The Environmental Health Department works in cooperation with the Public Health Department’s Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention Program.  Once a child is determined to be a lead poisoning case, both a Public Health Nurse (PHN) from the Public Health Department and a Registered Environmental Health Specialist, Certified Lead Inspector/Assessor (I/A) from the Environmental Health Department, visit the child’s home.  The PHN counsels the family on the medical, developmental, and nutritional aspects of lead poisoning while the Inspector/Assessor inspects the home for lead paint hazards.  They work together to determine the probable cause of lead poisoning.  The PHN continues to track the child’s blood lead levels while the I/A works with the homeowner or landlord to remediate lead hazards.

Environmental Lead Hazards

  • Housing built prior to 1978 is presumed to have lead-based paint.  Chipped or peeling paint often from doors and windows may be ingested by children.
  • Lead in soil.  Lead may be in soil where children play.  It may have been deposited near roadways when leaded gas was used or where leaded paint has chipped from a house
  • Lead contaminated dust from paint or soil may cling to household surfaces and be transferred to children’s hands or other objects that they may put in their mouths.
  • Take home exposure – adults may bring home lead on clothing as a result of work with radiator repair, demolition, soldering, scrap metal recycling, or hobbies such as stained glass, or fishing with lead weights.

For more information about the State Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention Program:

Frequently asked questions about lead poisoning:

Beginning April 2010, federal law will require contractors that disturb lead-based paint in homes, child care facilities, and schools built before 1978, to be certified and follow specific work practices to prevent lead contamination.

Contractors must use lead-safe work practices and follow these three simple procedures:

  • Contain the work area.
  • Minimize dust.
  • Clean up thoroughly.

To speak to someone regarding symptoms or effects of lead poisoning, contact Madera County Public Health Department at (559) 675-7893 or go to the website. For questions regarding lead hazards in housing contact Madera County Environmental Health Department at (559) 675-7823.

drinkingwater

  • Permitting, Inspections, and Enforcement
  • Private Well Construction/Destruction Permitting
  • Cross-Connection Control Program

This program seeks to assure that public and private water supplies are suitable for domestic uses. Small public water systems are routinely inspected to assure proper operation and maintenance.

The California Department of Health Services has delegated our division as the Local Primacy Agency for enforcement of the state drinking water requirements with respect to small public water systems. We also serve as a resource of information for owners of private domestic wells. The general objective of this program is to assure that domestic water supplies are safe, potable and available in adequate quantity and at sufficient pressure. There are over 200 small water systems in the County of Madera. These water systems include housing developments, apartments, mobile home parks, schools, businesses, camps, restaurants and mini marts. The Madera County Environmental Health Department job is to make sure that all small water systems in the County deliver safe water to their consumers. We do this by issuing permits, conducting inspections and tracking water samples to make sure the water is free of certain bacteria, viruses and other pathogens that could cause illness. Also, we make sure that the water is free of certain chemicals that could also cause illness. Public awareness is also important and we require small water systems to report on their water quality. When there is a problem with water quality, consumers are notified and the small water systems must treat the water to make sure that it is safe to drink.

Ground Water and Private Water Wells

Frequently, private water wells tapping ground water resources can provide the highest quality water available to homeowners and businesses. Improperly constructed, altered, maintained or destroyed wells are a potential pathway for introducing poor quality water, pollutants and contamination to good-quality ground water. A permit is required from this department to drill wells and must be constructed by licensed C-57 well drillers. Our department ensures that all construction and installation of ground water wells are in compliance with Madera County Code.

Environmental Health consists of those organized activities undertaken to protect and enhance the public's health through the control of potentially harmful materials, organisms, energies and conditions in the environment. The term "health" is used in its broadest context to mean not just the absence of disease, but rather a complete state of physical, mental and social well-being.

The Staff of the Madera County Environmental Health Department are committed to preserving the public's health and the environment.

The purpose of an Environmental Health program is to protect the health, safety and well-being of the public and to preserve and improve the quality of the environment.

The Food Safety and Consumer Protection Program consists of the following elements:

  • Retail Food Facilities and Operations
  • Permitting, Inspections and Enforcement
  • Truth in Labeling, Food borne Illness, etc.
  • Food Facility Plan Check and Construction
  • Food Safety Education
  • State Department of Health Services, Food and Drug Branch
  • California Uniform Retail Food Facilities Law of the Health and Safety Code. The purpose of this program is to assure that food provided for human consumption is wholesome, properly labeled, advertised, and produced under conditions and practices, which are safe, sanitary, and in accordance with all applicable laws and regulations. California Retail Food Code (Cal Code) (revised October 11, 2011).
  • California Retail Food Code (Cal Code) has completely replaced the state’s current food law (CURFFL) on July 1, 2007.


I WOULD LIKE TO SELL OR GIVE AWAY FOOD/DRINKS...... DO I NEED A HEALTH PERMIT?

If you have any questions, please contact us at (559) 675-7823.

"FOOD FACILITY"


 

This category includes, but is not limited to:
Restaurants, bars, bed & breakfasts, wineries, markets, and liquor stores.


 

Food Safety Certification Required if unpackaged food is sold or given away.

ANNUAL PERMIT REQUIRED

"MOBILE FOOD FACILITY"


 

This category includes, but is not limited to:
 Lunch wagon, hot dog cart, ice cream vehicles, push carts


 

Must operate out of an approved commissary

Food Safety Certification Required

ANNUAL PERMIT REQUIRED

"COMMUNITY EVENTS"


 

This category includes but not limited to:
Food booth, concession trailer, farmer’s market & swap meets.


 

Temporary Food Facilities can only operate at Community Events

EVENT PERMIT REQUIRED

CERTIFIED FARMER’S MARKET/SWAPMEET


 

This category includes but not limited to:
Mobile food facility, produce, certified grower, prepackaged, & dried ingredient.


 

Mobile food facility need annual health permit.

EVENT PERMIT REQUIRED

If you will be building or remodeling a food facility, then we will need to review and approve construction plans before you begin construction. Please see Plan Review Construction Guidelines for fixed facilities.

The purpose of the Liquid Waste Program is to protect the health of the public and environment from the improper disposal of sewage and greywater systems; to educate the public on the proper operation and maintenance of sewage systems and to regulate septage haulers to assure proper disposal of septage.

  • On-Site Septic Systems
  • Advanced Treatment / Engineered Septic Designs
  • Sewage Pumper Trucks
  • Permitting, Inspections, Enforcement

Did you know about 25 percent of the U.S. population relies on decentralized-or onsite-wastewater treatment systems? About 95 percent of the onsite wastewater disposal systems are septic systems. Proper maintenance of your septic system helps to avoid potential system problems.

If you have a technical question, call the National Environmental Services Center toll free at (800) 624-8301 or e-mail: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. "> This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and ask for technical assistance.

The purpose of this program is to protect the health of the public, health care facility personnel, and landfill personnel from exposure to medical wastes containing potentially communicable pathogenic organisms. This is accomplished by regulation of medical waste generators through inspection, complaint investigation, emergency response, enforcement, public education and assistance to industry.

California Department of Health Services Medical Waste Management Program: 

Medical Waste Management Act – California Health and Safety Code Sections 117600-118360: 

The program consists of:

  • Permitting, Inspection and Enforcement

Recreational Health

The purpose of this program is to assure that all public recreational waters, public swimming pools, and spas are free of safety hazards, disease and life threatening occurrences.

The Recreational Health Program consists of these elements:

  • Public Swimming Pools/Spas
  • Public Pool Plan Check and Construction
  • Fresh Water Recreational Areas
  • Permitting, Inspections and Enforcement 

Public Health & Safety

The National Sanitation Foundation. The Public Health and Safety Company™, a not-for-profit, non-governmental organization, is the world leader in standards development, product certification, education, and risk-management for public health and safety.

The purpose of the Solid Waste Program is to protect the health, safety and well-being of the public and to preserve and improve the quality of the environment by assuring proper storage and disposal of solid waste. Link to the Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery's (CalRecycle) web pages, www.calrecycle.ca.gov, for information about waste reduction, recycling, and other solid waste management issues. 

  • Inspections, Permitting and Enforcement
  • Solid Waste Facilities
  • Fairmead Landfill, 21739 Road 19, Chowchilla, CA (559) 673-2225
  • Mammoth Material Recovery Facility, 21739 Road 19, Chowchilla, CA (559) 673-2225
  • North Fork Transfer Station, Road 274, North Fork, CA (559) 877-4226 or (559) 673-2225
  • Emadco Disposal Service, Oakhurst, CA (559) 683-4680

Got Sharps?

As you know, household generated sharps cannot go in the trash, so what resources are available to the public generating sharps? CalRecycle has materials on-line to help. Please feel free to inform your local government colleagues and facility operators of these following educational opportunities:

Another great way to stay informed about the latest developments in CalRecycle's efforts to promote safe disposal of sharps waste is to join the Sharps and Pharmaceuticals Listserv.

Recycling Services

"Reuse, Reduce and Recycle"- Find your closest recycling center at www.earth911.com or contact Madera County Department of Engineering and General Services, Division of Solid Waste at (559) 675-7817.

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General County Contact

General County Contact
200 W. 4th Street
Madera, CA 93637
559-675-7703
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Use this number to get general information about the County or County departments.  

For non-emergency information or service, dial 311