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)
Information for Grade ‘A’ Milk Safety
Information for Onsite System Workers on Coronavirus (COVID -19)
Information for Real Estate Professionals
|VDH released a new portal to submit Operation and Maintenance (O&M) reports on May 6, 2020. VDH provided a web-based training for currently licensed Master operators on May 5, 2020. Thank you to everyone who attended the training! We have gathered your feedback and will work with our contractor to make the user experience as efficient as possible in the provided software platform. The instructions for creating an account and navigating the system can be found HERE. Once a licensed operator has created an account and emailed their current license information to firstname.lastname@example.org as outlined in the instructions, we will finalize the account so the user can start submitting reports directly to the Environmental Health Database (EHD).
To address questions received during and immediately after the training, VDH has developed a Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) document that can be found HERE. Please check back to this page for news on any system 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). The migration to the new system started on June 20. This process is taking longer than expected and during this migration period, some Environmental Health services that rely on the use of the database continue to be interrupted. These services include, but are not limited to, the printing of approval letters and permits, accepting and processing of onsite sewage system operation and maintenance (O&M) reports, updating restaurant inspection information on VDH’s inspection portal, 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.
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