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Environmental health is the branch of public health that is concerned with those aspects of human health and disease that are determined by factors in the environment. It also refers to the theory and practice of assessing and controlling factors in the environment that can potentially affect health.

Environmental health includes such concerns as:

  • Food safety
  • Recreational water illness prevention, including from swimming pools, spas and ocean and freshwater bathing places
  • Liquid waste disposal, including city wastewater treatment plants and on-site waste water disposal systems, such as septic tank systems and chemical toilets
  • Disaster preparedness and response
  • Air quality, including both ambient outdoor air and indoor air quality, which also comprises concerns about environmental tobacco smoke
  • Toxic chemical exposure whether in consumer products, housing, workplaces, air, water or soil

 

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ENVIRONMENTAL & CONSUMER HEALTH SERVICES

Office Location and Hours

Address: 2406 Leopard, 78408, Frost Bank Bldg.
Phone: (361) 826-7222/7223
Fax: (361) 826-1790

Hours: Monday - Friday, 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. Closed 12 p.m. - 1 p.m. for lunch  

  • Food Handlers Permits every Monday at 9 a.m., 3 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. 
  • Spanish Language Food Handlers Permit 3rd Thursday of every month at 3 p.m. 
  • Permit Cost: $10 per person.
  • Please call for more information.