Environmental Health

Environmental Health Division

Our Pledge of Excellence

·     Environmental Health Services constantly aims to pursue a pro-active program to reduce health threats.

·     Enforce laws made to protect food and drinking supplies, and laws that avoid air water, noise, and public health nuisances.

·      Investigate health hazards and preventable injuries and disease exposure in work and community settings.

·     Develop appropriate regulations in conjunction with BDHH’s national accreditation and enforce local and state safety codes.

·     Educate merchants on food safety with a 1 full -day food Managerial (Serv Safe) training session including book, instruction, and proctored exam. This class is accredited by the American National StandardsInstitute (ANSI) approved and valid for 5 years.

·     Offer six 2-hour food handling training courses and two 2- hour food handling training classes taught in Spanish for Spanish-speaking food handlers.

·     Provided environmental health services to contracted interlocal towns.

·     Enforce litter abatement in business districts. Conduct bi-monthly quality of life investigations, canvassing specific areas on foot twice a month.

·     Emphasize the importance of grease trap maintenance to local merchants and inspect grease traps.

·     Provide relevant technical support to local, state and federal agencies when called upon.


Services

Sanitary Inspections. To ensure compliance with state and local regulations, EHS inspects restaurants (stressing food safety practices), schools, churches, day care centers, hair and nail salons, body art shops, gyms, boarding homes, nursing homes, pet shops, youth camps, public pools and mobile vendors. The department conducts plan reviews and preoperational inspections for new or renovated establishments.

Results are published monthly on the township website and in local media. The evaluation of report per Chapter 24, Sanitation in Retail Food Establishments and Food and Beverage Vending Machines, State Sanitary Code,NJAC 8:24.,

  • Satisfactory – The establishment is found to be operating in substantial compliance with Chapter 24.
  • Conditional – At the time of inspection the establishment was found not to be operating in substantial compliance with Chapter 24.
  • Unsatisfactory – Gross violations which pose an imminent health hazard. The health authority shall immediately request the person in charge to voluntary cease operation.

Site Complaints. Staff responds to residentcomplaints about solid waste, insufficient heat, litter, rodents, air quality, andnoise and property maintenance issues. Inspectors conduct timely follow-ups andenforcement (if warranted) to ensure abatement.

Potable Water Samples. Each month, EHS reviews 50potable water samples from residential and business locations to analyzebacteria and chlorine levels in the drinking water. Samples were analyzed by astate-certified laboratory and results were monitored by the health andengineering departments. Lead and copper water sampling are available uponrequest.

Waste Monitoring. Staff monitors solid waste, litter,and illegal dumping issues in township business districts.

Childhood Lead Poisoning. Dwelling inspections andpainted surface testing are conducted and can result in abatement orders,environmental and nursing intervention, plus follow- up inspections asnecessary.

Food Inspections. Many at-risk food establishmentsthat receive conditionally satisfactory ratings are required to receive a reinspection by local and state law to assist on the improvement to satisfactorystatus. Such improvements indicate positive educational impact.

Handwashing Policy. All retail food establishments are required toimplement a handwashing policy with approved handwashing procedures for the food service personnel staff. The handwashing policy was implemented in 2016.