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The Environmental Division enforces various state, and city laws, ordinances, and regulations pertaining to a wide variety of areas in the field of environmental health. The Public Health Sanitarians through education, inspection and consultation, enforce these laws and regulations. Programs included under the Environmental Division are:

Food Safety Program: Regularly inspect and license all food service and food establishment operations to reduce the potential for food-borne illness outbreaks. Inspections also include all temporary, mobile and vending locations.
Ohio Unified Food Safety Code has been adopted in Ohio. It provides one set of laws and rules for food service and retail food establishments across the state and is implemented at the local level. For a complete description of the Law and Rules you may click the links below.
Ohio Department of Health Food Safety
Ohio Department of Agriculture Food Safety
Temporary Food Operation Requirements/Application (PDF)
Hand Washing Poster (PDF)

Swimming Pools/Spas: Issue permits to all public swimming pools and spas and routinely test water chemistry for proper disinfectant levels. Also, ensure that proper and adequate safety equipment is on the premises.

Nuisance Complaints: Investigate complaints registered by citizens regarding nuisance conditions. Issue abatement orders to eliminate nuisances such as garbage, trash and refuse which create an unhealthy and unsafe environment. The Health Department works in conjunction with the City Prosecutor to abate obstinate nuisances. To register a complaint online, click here and complete the form.

Rabies Control: Investigate reported animal bites to insure animals are free of rabies.  Domestic animals that are involved in a biting incident are required to be quarantined for a period of ten (10) days. Wild animals involved in a biting incident are euthanized (if applicable) and shipped to the Ohio Department of Health for testing. The Lorain City Health Department enforces mandatory rabies vaccination for all domestic animals.

Childhood Lead Program: The Environmental Division, with assistance from the Nursing Division, coordinates the Childhood Lead Program. Upon referral from a physician, an environmental assessment is conducted which includes, educating parents, coordinating the screening of children and inspecting the residence to identify sources of lead exposure. The Environmental Division has a HEPA vacuum that may be used by residents of Lorain and Avon Lake. There is no charge for the use of the HEPA vacuum. The person using the vacuum must have a valid driver's licence or current Ohio identification card. The resident is responsible for picking up and dropping off the vacuum at Lorain City Health Department, 1144 West Erie Avenue, Lorain, Ohio.

School Safety: The Environmental Division is responsible for conducting comprehensive health and safety inspections of all parochial and public schools. Annual inspections are to insure a clean and safe environment for students and staff.
School Safety

Housing Program: Multiple Dwelling units containing three (3) or more units are licensed and subject to annual inspections related to health and safety issues. The Environmental Division assists the Building Department, Fire Department and Police Department investigating complaints involving dwellings containing one (1) or two (2) units. The Environmental Division administers the citywide demolition program to remove structures posing a public health nuisance within the community.

Bathing Beaches: Enforce minimum standards for public bathing beaches. The objective is to minimize the potential for disease transmission and personal safety concerns. Water quality is assessed daily by the Ohio Department of Health. Water Quality advisories are posted as needed. In the event of a water quality advisory, a sign will be posted at the beach during the Ohio Department of Health period of assessment each year. Water quality data is posted daily on the following website for all Ohio beaches:
Beach Monitoring

Residential Daycare Inspection Program: The Lorain City Health Department participates in this program as a service to residential day care providers. Some providers receive financial assistance from the U.S. Department of Agriculture Food Program toward food provided for the children under their care. These providers are required to have their homes inspected by the local Fire Department and the Board of Health. Environmental Division staff conducts comprehensive public health and safety inspections to assure a healthy and safe child care environment within the homes. The cost of inspection is $100.00 payable prior to scheduling and inspection with the Lorain City Health Department, Environmental Division.

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1144 West Erie Avenue
Lorain, Ohio 44052
Ph: (440) 204-2300
Fax: (440) 204-2526
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