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Environmental Health: Frequently Asked Questions

If you have any questions or concerns please contact us at 309-679-6161 or environmentalhealth@peoriacounty.org.

General Environmental Health Information:

Where can I find a list of fees?
2016 Fee Schedule


Food Program Information:


Where can I review food establishment inspections?
Click here to review inspections of food service establishments in Peoria County.

Where can I sign up for food sanitation manager classes?
There is a list online.

How can I obtain more information about foodborne illness?
Visit our Foodborne Illness Information on the Food Safety page. Also, more information regarding foodborne illness can be obtained by visiting the FDA Website.

What happens when an outbreak of foodborne illness occurs?
In the event of a foodborne illness outbreak, the Environmental Health Department, in conjunction with the Infectious Disease and Epidemiology Departments, investigate the cause of the outbreak and how to prevent future outbreak. A food service establishment must close if there is no way to prevent future outbreaks in a timely matter.

How does the Environmental Health Department receive complaints for a food service establishment?
The public contacts the department regarding the unsafe practices of a food service establishment. To file a complaint, contact the Environmental Health Department at 309/679-6161, or by email at environmentalhealth@peoriacounty.org

How is a foodborne illness complaint handled?
In such cases, the problem will be investigated to find the source of the illnesses and help the operator correct the issue. If the problem is an imminent health hazard and cannot be easily fixed, the food service establishment has to be closed until the problem can be eliminated.

What information do I need to give the Health Department if I am reporting a suspected foodborne illness?
A 72 hour food history (including beverages, where consumed, time consumed, etc.) will assist with the investigation and can help identify a potential outbreak by linking other foodborne illness complaints.
Examples of other questions that will be asked about include the source of the drinking water, travel, pets, caring for children/adults with diapers, and recreational water exposure (i.e. water parks, rivers, creeks, etc.).

How are foodborne illness complaints handled?
When a foodborne illness complaint is received, the problem will be investigated to find the source of the illness and help the operator correct the issue. If the problem is an imminent health hazard and cannot be easily fixed, the food service establishment has to be closed until the problem can be eliminated.

 

Onsite Wastewater Treatment System Information:

Where can I find the Onsite Wastewater Homeowner Education material?
Homeowner Onsite Wastewater Educational Program

Can I schedule an onsite wastewater treatment system inspection through your office for a real estate transaction?
No, the Health Department only inspects newly permitted systems or complaints. Real estate inspections are to be done by a licensed and registered private sewage disposal system contractor.

Water and Closed Loop (Geothermal) Well Information:

Can I schedule a well inspection through your office for a real estate transaction?
No, the Health Department only inspects newly permitted wells or complaints. Real estate inspections are to be done by a licensed and registered private well contractor.

Healthy Home Information:

Do you perform radon testing?
No, you would need to refer to the Radon page on the IEMA (Illinois Emergency Management Agency) website or Department of Nuclear Safety.

You may also purchase a radon test kit at your local home improvement store.


I have mold in my house, what can I do?
There are no standards or regulations for mold enforcement in the State of Illinois.
Some useful links for more information include:

  1. A Brief Guide to Mold, Moisture, and Your Home
  2. Mold and Your Health Fact Sheet
  3. Common Questions and Answers About Indoor Mold
  4. Reducing Your Exposure to Mold


What do I do in the case of a small mercury spill?
Follow the information on this handout if a small amount of mercury is spilled (dime size or smaller amount).



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