The mission of the Environmental Health Division is to protect public health and the environment by ensuring conformance with State laws and County ordinances pertaining to the following programs: food protection, hazardous materials, hazardous waste, individual sewage disposal systems, land use, medical waste, ocean water quality monitoring, recreational health, solid waste, underground fuel tanks, and vector control. Much of this work is accomplished by performing routine inspections and investigations; conducting workshops and seminars; and taking enforcement action when warranted. The Environmental Health Division also interacts with various federal, state, regional, and local governmental agencies associated with environmental health programs.
An equally important function of the Environmental Health Division is to provide timely advice and information to the public, businesses, and other governmental agencies. This is especially critical when the health of Ventura County residents and visitors is threatened during emergencies such as earthquakes, fires, floods, hazardous materials incidents, sewage spills, and outbreaks of disease.