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Environmental Health

Many local public health departments provide environmental health services that help ensure public safety, such as restaurant inspections, food handler training, air quality monitoring and monitoring of hazardous substances such as lead and asbestos. Health department responsibilities vary by state.

In 2011, the environmental health work group surveyed area health departments and compiled a resource guide that contains a quick-reference chart showing which agencies are responsible for which services, and providing contact information for environmental health services in each county.

In 2013, the environmental health work group worked with several public health and public works departments on the Missouri side of the state line, including Cass, Clay, Platte and Jackson counties and the cities of Kansas City and Independence, to develop a reciprocal agreement on food handler training and licensing. These six jurisdictions signed a Memorandum of Agreement that allows food handlers trained and licensed by one agency to work in any of the jurisdictions without the need for a separate license or certification.

For more information about the environmental health work group, contact Donna Martin.