Agencies | Governor
Search Virginia.Gov
Protecting You and Your Environment Virginia Department of Health
Home | VDH Programs | Find It! A-Z Index | Newsroom | Administration | Jobs
Facebook LinkedIn Twitter YouTube

Environmental Health

Environmental Health Services protect the health and safety of Crater Health District residents through safe food and water, proper sewage disposal, correction of environmental hazards and investigation of animal bites/rabies exposures.

Registration Open for 2015 Food Safety Courses

ServSafeNew health regulations require that the person in charge (PIC) of a food service establishment be able to demonstrate knowledge in food safety. To prepare food service establishment PICs for this responsibility, the Crater Health District will hold the two-day ServSafe Essentials Certification Course on the following dates:

  • May 12th and 14th
  • July 14th and 16th
  • October 13th and 15th

This is an advanced class designed specifically for management and supervisory level personnel who want to become certified nationally by the Education Foundation of the National Restaurant Association. Upon successful completion of this course, the student is provided with a serial number certificate that is recognized throughout the United States. This course provides detailed information on:

  • foodborne illnesses and factors that cause them,
  • liability,
  • personal hygiene,
  • HACCP,
  • flow of food,
  • maintaining sanitary facilities and equipment,
  • pest control, and
  • how to work with health department personnel. 

Cost of the course is $175.00 and includes course book, handouts, and a serial number certificate. This course is a must for management who wants to ensure that they understand the principles of food safety! Registration is due no later than 1 week prior to class start date. Download the Food Safety Course Enrollment Form for more information and to register. For additional questions, contact Candy Cofer at 804-862-8944 or

Contact Information

Contact your local health department for further assistance or to report an environmental health concern.

Online Resources

Office of Environmental Health Services
Homepage for VDH’s Office of Environmental Health Services. Provides information on regulations governing restaurants, tourist establishments (hotels/motels), swimming pools at tourist establishments, campgrounds, summer camps, migrant labor camps, product recalls and general public health information.

CDC Recreational Water-Associated Illnesses
For information on recreational water-associated illnesses and general public health issues.

US Food and Drug Administration
For information on food safety, general public health issues and product recalls.

US Department of Agriculture
For information on food safety and product recalls.

Virginia Tech Extension Service
For information on food safety and drinking water protection.

Program Areas

Food Safety
The Environmental Health (EH) professionals evaluate and inspect restaurants, schools, hotels, motels, campgrounds, summer camps, migrant labor camps, adult and child day care centers and vendors at public temporary events for food safety.

Food safety training is extremely important in ensuring that food establishments offer the safest food possible to the public.  The Crater Health District strongly recommends that food establishment owners and employees at all levels receive food safety training. Understanding food safety principles can help prevent a food-borne illness—an illness that is related to the consumption of improperly prepared or handled food. 

The Crater Health District offers several food safety classes throughout the year for all levels of food service workers, food establishment owners, temporary food vendors (persons preparing and serving foods at public events) and persons preparing foods for large crowds.  Food safety classes offered include: ServSafe® Certification and temporary food vendor classes.  A proctored exam for ServSafe® Certification is also offered.  Training for groups of food service workers at the requesting facility is available.  Educational opportunities for churches and civic organizations who want to learn about food safety are available upon request.

Onsite Sewage and Well Services
EH conducts site evaluations for design and permitting of septic systems and private wells. We also review private sector submittals for permit issuance. EH staff perform inspections and investigate reports of raw sewage or other ground water contamination. Staff work to provide assistance and useful information to the public regarding their sewage disposal systems and private water supplies.

Click here for a current list of onsite sewage and well application fees.

Rabies Control
EH works with animal control to investigate animal exposure reports and submits specimens to the state laboratory for rabies testing. We work with pet owners to ensure proper confinement and quarantines are conducted to protect public health and offer outreach and education about rabies to the community.

Other program areas include annual inspection and complaint investigation on motels/hotels, campgrounds, summer camps and migrant labor camps. In the City of Hopewell and Petersburg conducts annual inspections on grocery stores and convenience stores.

Last Updated: 04-23-2015

Printable Version

E-mail This Page