Environmental Health Program

Environmental Health Services

The Environmental Health Program offers services related to licensing and inspections of Permanent and Temporary Food Service Facilities, Public and Semi-public Swimming Pools and Spas, Foodborne Outbreak investigations, Animal Bite and Rabies Exposure investigations, Nuisance complaint investigations, Pet Store and Psittacine bird permitting and inspections, inspections and licensing/permitting of Body Piercing Establishments and Piercers.



Licensing and Inspections of Food Service Facilities

The Environmental Health Program licenses and inspects all permanent and temporary food facilities in Worcester County.  For forms or questions related to operating or opening a food service facility, please contact our Office at the numbers listed below.

Helpful food related links:
COMAR Food Regulations
Safe Food Handling Training

Certified Food Operator Course

 

Foodborne Outbreak Investigations

Complaint based investigations carried out in conjunction with the Communicable Disease Nursing Program.

 


Licensing and Inspections of Swimming Pools

 

The Environmental Health Program licenses and inspects public and semi-public swimming pools and spas in Worcester County.  For forms or questions related to operating or constructing a pool, please contact our Office at the numbers below.

Helpful pool related links:
COMAR Pool Regulations
DHMH - Community Health Administration – Pool links

 

Rabies Exposure and Animal Bite Investigations

The Environmental Health Program investigates and follows up on reported animal bites and rabies exposures.  If you have been bitten or scratched by an animal or your pet  has been exposed to a rabies suspect animal; such as raccoons, foxes, skunks, opossums, groundhogs, feral cats and more, contact our Office at the numbers listed below.  After hours, contact your local police department or dial 911 for further assistance.

 


Semi-annual Low-cost Rabies Clinics

The Worcester County Health Department in conjunction with Worcester County Animal Control offer semi-annual rabies clinics throughout the county, call Animal Control at 410-632-1340 or our Office to ask about our upcoming clinics. 

Maryland and Worcester County laws require rabies vaccinations for all cats, dogs and ferrets four months and older.

Rabies Brochure


Nuisance Complaint Investigations

The Environmental Health Program investigates nuisance complaints mainly related to unkempt properties that may pose a public health risk due to infestation of vermin or general environmental impact.

 

Pet Store and Psittacine Bird Permits and Inspections

The Environmental Health Program licenses and inspects Pet Stores and Psittacine Bird distribution and breeder facilities.

 

Inspections and Licensing/Permitting of Body Piercing Establishments and Piercers

The Environmental Health Program licenses and inspects Body Piercing Establishments and Piercers.  For forms or questions related to this service, contact our Office at the numbers listed below.

 

Environmental Health Surveys for Foster Care and Adoption

By referral from other agencies.

 


Isle of Wight Center
13070 St. Martin's Neck Road
Bishopville, MD 21813

410-352-3234 (from Pocomoke call: 410-641-9559)

8am to 4:30pm

 

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