Illinois Food Handling Regulation Enforcement Act

The Illinois Food Handling Regulation Enforcement Act (410 ILCS 625), amended by SB1495, passed into law on August 27, 2013, changes the existing training and certification requirements for food safety managers, as well as establishes food handler training requirements. 

 

2018 ADOPTION OF THE FDA FOOD CODE

2018 ADOPTION OF THE FDA FOOD CODE

In preparation for the January 1, 2018 adoption of the FDA Food Code to the Illinois Food Service Sanitation Code Will County Health Department food inspectors will be providing information throughout 2017 on the changes food service operations should expect. One significant change is the requirement for a PERSON IN CHARGE (PIC). The Person in Charge shall be the permit holder or designated by the permit holder. The Person in Charge shall be present during all hours of operations. This means that when the permit holder or manager has a day off or leaves the food service establishment they must designate a Person in Charge. The Person in Charge shall demonstrate knowledge of food borne disease prevention, the application of food safety principles and the requirements of the Food Code. Not designating a Person in Charge that is capable of fulfilling the requirements would result in a priority violation that could impact whether the food service establishment will Pass, Pass with Condition or Fail the inspection. During this transition period it is important to obtain training for staff and to implement food safety procedures that all staff are aware of and practice on a routine basis. The permit holder and management team should become familiar with the FDA Food Code. It would be advantageous to create a written standard operating procedure manual. Also, establishing a chain of command to identify the Person(s) in Charge will be one step in ensuring that inspections result with PASS.

 

https://www.fda.gov/food/guidanceregulation/retailfoodprotection/foodcode/default.htm

RADON TEST KITS STILL AVAILABLE AT WILL COUNTY HEALTH DEPARTMENT

RADON TEST KITS STILL AVAILABLE AT WILL COUNTY HEALTH DEPARTMENT

New Shipment has Arrived; Test Your Home for Radon

Joliet- The Will County Health Department still has radon test kits available.
YOUR BEST NEW YEAR'S RESOLUTION: CHECK THE AIR YOU BREATHE AT HOME

YOUR BEST NEW YEAR'S RESOLUTION: CHECK THE AIR YOU BREATHE AT HOME

January is Radon Action Month

Joliet- January is Radon Action Month, and the Will County Health Department is once again offering simple kits that allow you to test the air in your own home for $8.00.

2017 FOOD ESTABLISHMENT NEWSLETTER

Will County Health Department issues a Food Service Newsletter annually. This newsletter is a good resource for trending food service topics. The option to download this newsletter is available at the end of this article.

Food Safety Certification Program

Food Safety Certification Program

The Illinois Department of Public Health requires that food service establishments to be under the operational supervision of a certified Food Safety Sanitation Manager. The number of certified food managers is determined by risk and type of facility. That includes establishments that provide full service food preparation as well as those that hold, cool and re-heat food. This person is responsible for overseeing the food handling and preparation process to prevent the occurrence of food-borne illness.

The Food Safety Sanitation Manager Certification program is administered by the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH).  This program is designed to offer food handlers and supervisors a basic food science background and develop knowledge for the proper handling of food and the sanitary maintenance of food establishments.

The Certificate must be posted prominently and should be in plain view of customers. To obtain a Food Safety Sanitation Manager Certificate you must attend and pass an IDPH approved course. Our course instructors are all IDPH approved.

The FSSMC program is managed by the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH). Visit their website at https://ildph.usasafeinspect.com/Login.aspx  for information about the Illinois Food Service Sanitation Manager's certificate (FSSMC)

West Nile Virus Control Program

West Nile Virus Control Program

Health Department Initiatives in Public Education, Surveillance and Response to WNV

Increasing public awareness of the need for mosquito control, ongoing surveillance of vulnerable   populations and coordination of response to outbreaks offers the best chance of controlling this disease

The Environmental Health Division takes a lead role in county efforts to combat outbreaks of West Nile virus (WNV) by raising public awareness about the disease through education, helping to ensure surveillance of potentially infected humans, mammals and birds and controlling the spread of the disease. West Nile Virus is a mosquito-borne virus that can cause mild illness (West Nile fever) or severe symptoms (encephalitis or meningitis) in humans and other animals bitten by infected mosquitoes. Mosquitoes become infected when they feed on birds that carry the virus in their blood. Currently, no vaccine against WNV is available so that mosquito abatement is one of the main tools that can be used to reduce the incidence of the disease. People over the age of 50 are more likely to develop serious symptoms of WNV if they do get sick and should take special care to avoid mosquito bites. WNV is now considered to be an endemic pathogen in many parts of the world including the United States.

Environmental Health Division Laboratory Safeguards Wells and Septic Systems

Environmental Health Division Laboratory Safeguards Wells and Septic Systems

Testing Water Quality Protects Public Health

The Environmental Laboratory safeguards the quality of private wells and septic systems. Testing water quality is crucial to maintaining public health in Will County.

We are here to help you find answers to your water quality questions. We want you to know about the quality of your water so you can make informed decisions about its impact on you and the environment in which we live. Why do we test water? A large number of human diseases, particularly those of the gastrointestinal tract are spread through contaminated water.

The EH Laboratory supports the work of the division by testing potable water for bacteria, hardness, nitrates and fluoride. The EH Laboratory is certified by the Illinois Department of Public Health and NELAC for drinking water analysis.

All samples must be brought in on ice in one of our sterile bottles which can be picked up at any health department location. Samples may be placed in a sandwich bag or container with ice cubes. Please alert staff if you have a hydrogen peroxide system or a chlorinator when picking up sterile bottles. All water from private wells should be analyzed for bacteria at least once a year.

If laboratory analysis of your well water indicates that it is unsatisfactory for drinking or cooking it will need to be disinfected. A useful description of the procedures to be followed in the disinfection of your well is contained in our Well Chlorination Instructions. This document can be downloaded and viewed below.

Testing Fees   
Routine Bacterial Screens 
$20.00
Bacterial Screen with Count  
$25.00
Chlorine Check $  5.00
Nitrate Analysis $18.00
Fluoride Analysis $24.00
Hardness Analysis $18.00

Nitrite Analysis                     $25.00 which includes process and handling fees




 

Environmental Health Laboratory Location

Laboratory Location

Environmental Health Laboratory
501 Ella Avenue
Joliet, IL 60433
(815)727-8517

Environmental Health Laboratory Hours

Schedule for Dropping off Samples

Laboratory Hours: 

Monday-Friday:  8:30 am to 4:00 pm
(815)-727-8517

Fridays and the day before a holiday, samples are accepted until noon. Branch hours may differ.  

Contact individual branches for hours of operation.
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Illinois Food Handling Regulation Enforcement Act

The Illinois Food Handling Regulation Enforcement Act (410 ILCS 625), amended by SB1495, passed into law on August 27, 2013, changes the existing training and certification requirements for food safety managers, as well as establishes food handler training requirements. 

 

SIX MORE WNV-POSITIVE MOSQUITO SAMPLES

SIX MORE WNV-POSITIVE MOSQUITO SAMPLES

Mid-September Heat Keeps Mosquito Season Alive and Well

The Will County Health Department operates a total of 12 mosquito traps.
FIRST ILLINOIS HUMAN WNV DEATH OF YEAR IN KANKAKEE COUNTY

FIRST ILLINOIS HUMAN WNV DEATH OF YEAR IN KANKAKEE COUNTY

State Human West Nile Virus Cases and Deaths Way Down this Year

A Kankakee County resident who tested positive for West Nile virus died earlier this month.
AS MOSQUITO SEASON WINDS DOWN, SIX MORE WNV-POSITIVE SAMPLES FOUND

AS MOSQUITO SEASON WINDS DOWN, SIX MORE WNV-POSITIVE SAMPLES FOUND

Health Department Numbers: 41 of 190 Batches Tested were Positive for WNV

So far in 2017, the Health Department has tested 190 mosquito samples, with 41 of them showing positive signs of West Nile Virus
NATIONAL FOOD SAFETY EDUCATION MONTH: FOCUSING ON EATING OUT AND IN

NATIONAL FOOD SAFETY EDUCATION MONTH: FOCUSING ON EATING OUT AND IN

Teaching Your Children Well From the Beginning, Especially on Cleanliness

Education about keeping food safe and preparing it safely applies to the restaurants where we eat as well as the homes where we live.
MOSQUITO SEASON CONTINUES: HEALTH DEPT FINDS TEN MORE POSITIVE WNV BATCHES

MOSQUITO SEASON CONTINUES: HEALTH DEPT FINDS TEN MORE POSITIVE WNV BATCHES

Health Department Has Now Tested 172 Mosquito Batches, 35 Positive for West Nile Virus

Positive samples from municipalities brings Will County grand total to 54.
WEST NILE NUMBERS: 150 MOSQUITO BATCHES TESTED, 25 POSITIVE FOR WNV

WEST NILE NUMBERS: 150 MOSQUITO BATCHES TESTED, 25 POSITIVE FOR WNV

Additional Positive Samples Recently Reported by Will Co Health Environmental

Eight recent additional mosquito batches tested positive for West Nile Virus.
MOSQUITO NUMBERS: 131 BATCHES TESTED, 17 POSITIVE FOR WNV

MOSQUITO NUMBERS: 131 BATCHES TESTED, 17 POSITIVE FOR WNV

Latest Positive Samples Include from Joliet, Frankfort, Lockport

Seventeen positive samples out of the 131 that have been collected this mosquito season.
LATEST POSITIVE WEST NILE MOSQUITO TESTS INCLUDE FIRST ONE FROM SHOREWOOD

LATEST POSITIVE WEST NILE MOSQUITO TESTS INCLUDE FIRST ONE FROM SHOREWOOD

Other Positive Batches from Frankfort, Mokena, New Lenox, Bolingbrook

Five additional collected mosquito samples that tested positive for West Nile Virus, all of which were collected in late July.
WEST NILE UPDATE: TWO MORE MOSQUITO BATCHES TEST POSITIVE

WEST NILE UPDATE: TWO MORE MOSQUITO BATCHES TEST POSITIVE

Total of Seven Positive Batches Now Collected from 12 Different Health Department Traps

The two samples were collected on July 21st in Joliet and July 24th in Crete.
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