Alameda County Department of Environmental Health operates various programs to protect the public. Some timely news items follow:
NEWS AND INFORMATION
- Alameda County Public Health Department Norovirus Health Advisory for schools! (May 26 2017)
Increased Norovirus Activity in School Settings
Alameda County and California are experiencing an unusually large proportion of reported gastrointestinal illness outbreaks among students and staff in school settings. This has been attributed to a new strain of Norovirus that has been circulating in Europe and Asia since last year and is now in the US and CA. Infection spreads quickly in settings where people are in close contact with each other, such as cruise ships, health care facilities, daycare centers, schools and summer camps. The most important steps to prevent the spread of Norovirus in schools are to ensure that:
- Ill persons stay home while sick and for another 48 hours after symptoms go away.
- Everyone regularly washes hands especially after using the bathroom and before eating.
- Contaminated and frequently-touched objects and surfaces are thoroughly and frequently cleaned with an approved disinfectant, as Norovirus can survive for many days on surfaces.
Norovirus Health Advisory
Alameda County Health Alerts
CDC Preventing Norovirus Infection
- California Department of Public Health News Release
Consumers are Warned Not to Drink Herbal Teas Produced by U.S. Deer Antlers Exports and Imports Inc. Due to Botulism Risk.
Ingestion of botulism toxin from improperly processed liquid teas may lead to serious illness and death. The full news release is available at the link below.
- NEWS RELEASE by California Department of Public Health (CDPH)
The annual quarantine of sport-harvested mussels gathered along the California coast begins May 1. It applies to all species of mussels that are recreationally harvested along the California coast, including all bays and estuaries. The quarantine is in place to protect the public against poisoning that can lead to serious illness, including coma and death.
The full news release can be found here.
- Pending Ban on the Use of Polystyrene for Food Service Ware (05/13/15)
Learn more... (PDF - 113kb) *
- Public Meetings: Update to Onsite Wastewater Treatment System (OWTS, Septic) Permitting in Alameda County (03/12/2015)
The Alameda County Department of Environmental Health, Land Use Program will be attending community meetings throughout the County to present updates to Onsite Wastewater Treatment System (OWTS, formerly "septic") permitting in Alameda County, in response to a new State OWTS Policy. Please view the Land Use Program page for more information, including community meeting handouts, meeting dates, and to sign up for e-mail alerts.
- Fee Schedule Changes
2014 Alameda County Environmental Health Department Fee Study Report - (Wohlford Consulting) (PDF - 757kb)*
CAL/EPA UNIFIED PROGRAM POLICY Memorandum (PDF - 334kb)*
Food, Recreation, Solid Waste, Medical Waste, and Body Art Program
Community Meeting Notice Food and Recreation (PDF - 84kb)*
Community Meeting Notice Solid Waste, Medical Waste, and Body Art (PDF - 78kb)*
Community Meeting Presentation (PDF - 608kb)*
Fee Schedule Food and Recreation (PDF - 1,873kb)*
Fee Schedule Solid Waste, Medical Waste, and Body Art (PDF - 1,873kb)*
Community Meeting Notice CUPA (PDF - 324kb)*
Community Meeting Presentation CUPA (PDF - 787kb)*
Fee Schedule CUPA (PDF - 1,873kb)*
Please send your comments on the proposed fees to: CUPA Proposed Fees Comments.
- Alameda County Healthy Nail Salon Recognition Project (4/9/14)
Join Alameda County's free Healthy Nail Salon Recognition Project and your salon can become recognized as a Healthy Nail Salon! See a list of nail salons that have already been recognized (PDF - 48kb)* . Using safer products and practices will help protect not only your health but will create a safer environment for your clients. Alameda County Environmental Health Department has created a shop recognition and technician certification project with the California Healthy Nail Salon Collaborative.
Read more: English (PDF - 93kb)* Vietnamese (PDF - 93kb)*
- Cottage Food Law
- California Environmental Reporting System (CERS) (10/19/12)
Did you know that CalEPA has a training video to help you get started as a Business User of CERS? To watch a demo click here.
You can use the CERS Business Training Portal to get familiar with the system, create "test" businesses and facilities and more.
The owner/operator or legal representative of each regulated CUPA Facility in the Alameda County Department of Environmental Health CUPA Jurisdiction (PDF - 229kb)* needs to print this form, complete the necessary sections, and fax or mail the form to the CUPA office. ELECTRONIC REPORTING LEAD USER AUTHORIZATION FORM (PDF - 477kb)*
- Advisories / Current Topics / Employment Archive
- Second Public Informational Meeting June 1, 2017 - Davis Street Transfer Station Organics Material Recovery And Composting Facility
Learn more... (PDF - 266kb)*
- Notice of Acceptance of an Application to Revise the Solid Waste Facility Permit for Davis Street Transfer Station
Learn more... (PDF - 270kb)*
- Notice of Acceptance of an Application to Amend the Report of Facility Information for Alameda County Industries
Learn more... (PDF - 75kb)*
- Public Informational Meeting – Altamont Landfill and Resource Recovery Facility Compost Facility Solid Waste Facility Permit
Learn more... (PDF - 75kb)*
- Public Notices Archive
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