Environmental Health and Safety
Our programs promote health and quality of life by preventing or controlling those diseases or deaths that result from interactions between people and the places they live, work and play. Our programs employ several strategies to prevent health hazards including education, surveillance, routine inspections, sampling, posting, and enforcement where necessary.
Recovery Information for Wildfires
We are dedicated to ensuring a safe and healthy environment, and keeping the public apprised of the county’s air quality in the aftermath of wildfires in Sonoma County.
- For the latest regarding debris removal and household hazardous waste cleanup in the Walbridge Fire visit https://socoemergency.org/recover/walbridge-meyers-fire-recovery/debris-removal/.
- For the latest regarding debris removal and household hazardous waste cleanup in the Glass Fire visit https://socoemergency.org/recover/glass-wildfire/debris-removal/.
For recovery information regarding the 2017 Sonoma Complex Fires, visit SonomaCountyRecovers.org.
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California Health & Safety Code (Cal Code) allows you to prepare certain non-perishable foods in your home and sell to the public with a cottage food operation (CFO) registration or permit.
Most food facilities are required to have at least one person, an owner or designated employee, who has passed an approved food safety certification exam. Most of the other facility employees are required to have a California Food Handler Card.
Environmental Health & Safety monitors bacterial levels in the water at beaches along the Russian River and at Spring Lake Swimming Lagoon by collecting and testing weekly water samples between Memorial Day and Labor Day.
The Sonoma County Environmental Health Section, Solid Waste Program, acting as the Local Enforcement Agency (LEA) is certified by the Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery (CalRecycle) to enforce state laws and regulations at solid waste sites within its jurisdiction. The Guerneville Transfer Station operates under a Solid Waste Facility Permit issued by the LEA.
Sonoma County Health Officer Dr. Sundari Mase today issued a Public Health Advisory in response to potential high-water hazards from the winter storms.