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Environmental Health and Safety

Our programs promote health and quality of life by preventing or controlling those diseases or deaths that result from interactions between people and the places they live, work and play. Our programs employ several strategies to prevent health hazards including education, surveillance, routine inspections, sampling, posting, and enforcement where necessary.

Recovery Information for Wildfires

We are dedicated to ensuring a safe and healthy environment, and keeping the public apprised of the county’s air quality in the aftermath of wildfires in Sonoma County.

For recovery information regarding the 2017 Sonoma Complex Fires, visit SonomaCountyRecovers.org.

The Best Science Job in America

Environmental Health Inspector-The Best Science Job in America (produced by SF Department of Health)

Featured Services

Homemade Foods

California Health & Safety Code (Cal Code) allows you to prepare certain non-perishable foods in your home and sell to the public with a cottage food operation (CFO) registration or permit.

Food Safety Manager Certification

Most food facilities are required to have at least one person, an owner or designated employee, who has passed an approved food safety certification exam. Most of the other facility employees are required to have a California Food Handler Card.

Fresh Water Quality

Environmental Health & Safety monitors bacterial levels in the water at beaches along the Russian River and at Spring Lake Swimming Lagoon by collecting and testing weekly water samples between Memorial Day and Labor Day.

Ocean Water Quality

Environmental Health & Safety monitors bacterial levels at seven beaches on the Sonoma County coast by collecting and testing weekly water samples between April 1 and October 31.