Environmental Health Service


The Environmental Health Division at East Side Health District is responsible for implementing environmental health programs that protect and educate the public. These programs involve regulatory inspections, mosquito disease surveillance and public education material. East Side Health District is responsible for the following environmental health programs:

FOOD PROTECTION

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ENVIRONMENTAL SERVICES

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VECTOR

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Food Protection Program

East Side Health District’s Food Protection Program strives to promote healthy people and healthy communities through education and regulation of food service establishments. Within East Side Health District’s jurisdiction (Canteen, Centreville, East St. Louis, Stites Townships) there are nearly 400 “permitted” food establishments that include restaurants, grocery stores, schools, hospitals, mobile food operations, and convenience stores. Each of these “permitted” food establishments are required to have a Food Sanitation Certified person on staff. Food Safety inspectors from East Side Health District inspect establishments several times each year and, if requested, offer educational training for food service workers.

Food Safety Information

Chances are, you’ve had a food borne illness. The symptoms are like the stomach flu, and you probably didn’t go to the doctor. What made you sick was a bacteria, virus or toxin in the food. It is estimated that up to 76 million people get a food borne illness each year. Because people don’t go to the doctor for mild symptoms, the actual number of illnesses can’t be known. But 5,000 people a year die from food borne illness in the United States, and many others suffer long term effects. Food borne illness is most dangerous for the very young, the very old, and those whose immune systems are weak. Click here to view food safety information on the Illinois Department of Public Health’s website

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Food Sanitation Classes

Illinois law requires food establishments to have at least on person certified as a Food Service Sanitation Manager. Click here to view a schedule of Food Service Sanitation Classes

Restaurant Ratings

East Side Health District inspectors are trained to look for and identify possible violations that may contribute to a food borne illness. These violations range from critical violations such as temperature abuse of foods to non-critical violations such as dirty floors. The inspection sheet has values for each violation that add up to 100%. Each violation deducts “points” and a perfect score is equal to 100. Food establishment operators are given the opportunity to correct the violation during the inspection. The inspection report will show a correction made onsite. A re-inspection is scheduled for those critical violations that cannot be corrected during the inspection. In addition to a “score” East Side Health District issues letter grades to food establishments. The grades correspond to the score:

A = 100-96 B = 95-90 C = 89-80

How to get a Food Permit

Illinois law requires that any person selling or giving away food to the public must obtain a permit to operate a food establishment from their Local Health Department. If you are providing food to the public within Canteen, Centreville, E. St. Louis, or Stites Townships, East Side Health District is responsible for issuing your food permit. Certain requirements will need to be met before a permit can be issued, click here for a listing of requirements. Before Opening Before opening or construcing a food establishment you should call East Side Health District to set up an opening consultation or plan review inspection. Call the Environmental Health Division at 618-271-8722 ext 118 to schedule an appointment. Fees East Side Health District will begin requiring an annual permit fee beginning on January 1, 2014 for Food Establishments operating in Canteen, Centreville, East St. Louis, and Stites Townships located in St. Clair County, Illinois. Permit fees shall not apply to governmental, charitable, not-for-profit and educational institutions. Not-for–profit organizations must provide proof of their status by providing an Internal Revenue Service 501 (c) (3). All Food Establishment permits expire on December 31st of each year. The fee schedule is as follows: Food Establishments

Category I (As defined in Title 77 Illinois Department of Public Health Part 750 “Food Service Sanitation Code” Section 750.10) Food Service Establishments with seating capacity:

0-25 $150
26-50 $250
51 or more $350

Category II (As defined in Title 77 Illinois Department of Public Health Part 750 “Food Service Sanitation Code” Section 750.10) Food Service Establishments with seating capacity:

0-25 $100
26-50 $200
51 or more $300

Category III (As defined in Title 77 Illinois Department of Public Health Part 750 “Food Service Sanitation Code” Section 750.10) Only pre-packaged foods are available or served in the facility, and any potentially hazardous foods available are commercially pre-packaged in an approved processing plant 100

Temporary Operations A temporary food service establishment means an establishment that operates at a fixed location for a period of time of not more than 14 days in conjunction with a single event or celebration. Single use temporary: $50 Multi use temporary (Up to 4 events): $150 Temporary Food Setup Video   Comments may be made in writing to: East Side Health District 650 N. 20th Street East St. Louis, Illinois 62205. Attention: Myla Oliver-Blandford

Permits Expiration Permanent Food Establishment (Permit expires December 31 each year) Mobile Food Establishment (Permit expires December 31 each year) Temporary (Permit good for not more than 14 days associated with a single event)

Environmental Services

The East Side Health District Environmental Division is responsible for issuing permits and inspecting private sewage system installations and water well construction, nuisance investigations and environmental lead inspections. For more information on obtaining a permit or if you have any questions please contact us at 618-271-8722 ext 118

Private Sewage The Illinois Department of Public Health has delegated East Side Health District the authority and responsibility to manage and enforce the Illinois Department of Public Health Private Sewage Disposal Licensing Act and Code within the jurisdiction of the Health District. Any person who installs or renovates a private sewage disposal system must be licensed by the Illinois Department of Public Health and must obtain a permit to install or renovate through the local health department. Improperly constructed private sewage systems pose a threat to the overall health of our community by contaminating the groundwater and discharging raw sewage. For more information on obtaining a Sewage System Installation permit please Click Here or call the Environmental Services Division

Water Wells The Illinois Department of Public Health has delegated East Side Health District the authority and responsibility to manage and enforce the Illinois Water Well Construction Code within the jurisdiction of the Health District. Any person who constructs a water well must be licensed by the Illinois Department of Public Health and obtain a permit through the local health department. Abandoned wells are dangerous and may act as a pathway for contaminates to get into the groundwater. Abandoned wells are required to be sealed by a licensed water well contractor. However if an abandoned well is located on your property you are allowed to seal it. The property owner is still required to follow the Water Well Construction Code. Emergency Disinfection of Water

Nuisance Complaints The nuisance program covers a wide range of citizens complaints involving conditions that pose a threat to public health and well being. The majority of complaints received involve vacant homes, illegal dump sites, and surfacing sewage from broken or clogged sewer lines. Getting complaints resolved is a collaborative effort between property owners, villages, cities and East Side Health District.

If you have a complaint within the city or village limits, please contact the appropriate local code enforcement department:

East St. Louis 618-482-6820
Cahokia 618-337-9517
Centreville 618-332-1021
Fairmont City 618-274-4504
Washington Park 618-874-2040

Vector Surveillance Program

As part of the Disease Surveillance Program, the Environmental Health Division staff collect and test mosquitoes for West Nile virus and St. Louis Encephalitis. East Side Health District environmental specialists use traps that are specially designed to catch mosquitoes that cause West Nile virus. The mosquitoes are tested to determine if they are positive with West Nile virus or St. Louis Encephalitis.  This information is sent to the Illinois Department of Public Health. Any positive results are sent to local media for public dissemination. In addition to mosquito trapping and testing the environmental specialists collect dead birds to be shipped for examination to State Laboratories. The Environmental Health Division also investigates mosquito nuisance complaints and tire dump sites by working with property owners and the court system to remove mosquito harborages. Mosquito trapping and testing begins in May and runs through September

Dead Bird Reporting Please call 618-271-8722 x 118 to report a dead bird May through September. Dead birds must be free of decay, insects etc. to allow for proper testing.

West Nile Virus Click here for West Nile Virus information and prevention tips. East Side Health District staff provide information to the public concerning West Nile virus prevention methods and mosquito education materials. For free materials call 618-271-8722 ext 118

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