The mission of the OEHS is to protect public health by preventing the transmission of disease through food, milk, shellfish, water and sewage and to work in partnership with other agencies to protect the environment.
Information for Food Establishments on Coronavirus (COVID -19)
Face Covering Required (Printable signs)
Information for Grade ‘A’ Milk Safety
Information for Onsite System Workers on Coronavirus (COVID -19)
|Onsite Sewage System Operation and Maintenance (O&M) Reports
VDH provided web-based training for licensed Onsite Sewage System Operators on May 5, 2020, on a new portal to submit O&M reports. We gathered feedback from that training and worked with our contractor to make the user experience as efficient as possible in the provided software platform.
A second training was provided on June 11th, which detailed the revisions that were made to the portal (called v2.0). This new version has been deployed and can be accessed using the same web address (https://myhealthdepartment.com/virginia/). Thank you to everyone who attended these training sessions and provided feedback! A video recording of the v2.0 training held on 6/11/20 is posted below.
Instructions for creating an account and navigating the portal can be found HERE. Once a licensed operator has created an account and emailed their current license information to email@example.com as outlined in the instructions, we will finalize the account so the user can start submitting reports directly to the Environmental Health Database (EHD). If you receive the message when submitting a report that “Your certification is either invalid or expired,” your license information we have on file may be expired. If this happens. please send an email to the above address with your complete name and current DPOR license information so that we can research the issue. If clicking on the email link does not automatically start a new email message, simply copy and paste the email address into a new message using your email service of choice.
A list of Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs), which reflects O&M portal discussions up through the June 11th training, can be found HERE. Please check back to this page periodically for updates.
Environmental Health Services Interruption
In order to offer Virginians faster, more secure and better quality environmental health data, the Virginia Department of Health (VDH) migrated to a new data system known as the Environmental Health Database (EHD). We are nearing the end of the migration period, but some Environmental Health services that rely on the use of the database may be interrupted. These services include, but are not limited to, the printing of approval letters and permits, responding to requests for data abstraction or publishing of reports, and/or other general inquiries. Regulatory activities are not impacted by the transition. Information pertaining to individual regulated facilities can be obtained by contacting your local health department.
Major Storm Preparedness
Emergency Preparedness & Response Resources
RESTAURANT PREPAREDNESS AND RESPONSE for Power Outages
RESTAURANT PREPAREDNESS AND RESPONSE for Flooding
EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS AND RESPONSE for Onsite Sewage Systems and Private Wells
HOW TO ASSESS AND REHABILITATE FLOODED ONSITE SYSTEMS (article in Pumper Magazine)
If calling about applications for wells or septic systems or restaurant inspections, contact the Environmental Health division within your local health department.
Environmental Health Services
109 Governor St., 5th Floor
Richmond, VA 23219