Food Safety

Food Safety

Protecting Public Health through Food Safety

The Environmental Health Division conducts plan reviews, registers and issues permits for all new and remodeled food service and food store facilities including temporary facilities established for specific events, mobile food service units and register cottage food operations.

 

Food Safety Certification

Food Safety Certification

Courses for Food Safety Certification Managers

The Illinois Department of Public Health requires all food service establishments to be under the operational supervision of a certified Food Safety Sanitation Manager.

Well and Septic

Well and Septic

Protecting Public Health through Water Safety and Testing

The Environmental Health Division of the Will County Health Department is responsible for permitting, inspecting and monitoring private and semi-private water wells throughout the county.
Environmental Health Laboratory

Environmental Health Laboratory

Testing and Analysis of Drinking Water and Wastewater

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

Swimming Facilities and Beaches

Swimming Facilities and Beaches

Swimming Facilities and Beaches Testing and Inspections

A dive into your local swimming pool or beach is the perfect way to cool off on a hot summer’s day. Swimming in fact is one of the best forms of exercise for adults and children all-year around.
Tanning Establishments Program & Body Art Program

Tanning Establishments Program & Body Art Program

The Environmental Health Division carries out regular inspections of all tanning bed establishments and body art facilities in the County. 

West Nile Virus

West Nile Virus

Containing the Spread of West Nile Virus

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. 

Radon Program

Radon Program

You can’t see, smell or taste radon but it is believed to cause many thousands of deaths each year from lung cancer. 

Filing a Complaint

Filing a Complaint

How to File a Complaint with the Will County Health Department Environmental Health Division

The Will County Health Department Environmental Division processes complaints from the public involving food establishments (whether it be food borne or non-food borne issues), swimming and body art facilities and problem with sewage and wells.

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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. 

 

Joliet, Elwood Sites for 14th and 15th Rabid Bats

Joliet, Elwood Sites for 14th and 15th Rabid Bats

One Found Deceased, One Found with a Cat

Report bats to Will County Animal Control at 815-462-5633.
Protect Your Groundwater Day Reminds Us to Keep an Eye on Water from Private Wells

Protect Your Groundwater Day Reminds Us to Keep an Eye on Water from Private Wells

Prevalence of Chemicals Makes Lab Testing Necessary

Have your water tested for bacteria and nitrates, so you can catch problems early.
West Nile Virus Update: 13 of 14 WCHD Traps Have Produced a Positive Sample

West Nile Virus Update: 13 of 14 WCHD Traps Have Produced a Positive Sample

Total of 248 Samples Taken in 2018, 40 of them Positive for WNV

So far in 2018, there has been one human case in Will County.
Will County's First 2018 Human West Nile Virus Patient May Have Picked it up While in Wisconsin, but Local Activity Exists

Will County's First 2018 Human West Nile Virus Patient May Have Picked it up While in Wisconsin, but Local Activity Exists

Had Recently Visited Wisconsin Dells

Number of positive WNV samples in Will County has risen sharply over the past month.
Will County Third in State on Postive West Nile Virus Mosquito Samples

Will County Third in State on Postive West Nile Virus Mosquito Samples

Latest Positive Samples from Manhattan and Crete Areas

Five positive batches in Will County, 9 in DuPage County, 81 in Cook County.
Wet, Hot Summer Bringing Increased Risk for both Nuisance and Disease-Carrying Mosquitoes

Wet, Hot Summer Bringing Increased Risk for both Nuisance and Disease-Carrying Mosquitoes

Extreme Heat Encourages the West Nile Virus-Carrying Culex Mosquito

Likely increase in presence of two distinct types of mosquitoes, one which brings about danger to humans
Environmental Health Division Very Busy Checking Swim Sites

Environmental Health Division Very Busy Checking Swim Sites

Getting Both Pools and Beaches Set for the Summer

All outdoor pools and beaches are required to pass an inspection.
Swim Healthy, Stay Healthy.

Swim Healthy, Stay Healthy.

May 21-27, 2018 is Healthy and Safe Swimming Week

Educating swimmers to protect themselves and prevent the spread of germs.
2019 ADOPTION OF THE FDA FOOD CODE

2019 ADOPTION OF THE FDA FOOD CODE

In preparation for the January 1, 2019 adoption of the FDA Food Code to the Illinois Food Service Sanitation Code Will County Health Department food inspectors will be providing information throughout 2018 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

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