Environmental Health

Fostering healthy and safe communities

What is Environmental Health?

Environmental Health is the branch of public health that focuses on the relationship between people and their environment, promoting human health and well-being, and fostering healthy and safe communities. Environmental Health is a key part of any comprehensive public health system. This Division works to advance policies and programs to reduce chemical and other environmental exposures in air, water, soil, and food to protect people and provide communities with healthier environments.

Environmental specialists called sanitarians ensure that restaurants and retail food establishments meet local and state standards. They regulate residential and small flow sewage treatment systems, tattoo and body piercing facilities, solid waste landfills, swimming pools, and campgrounds.

This division also monitors school environments, inspects public nuisances such as illegal sewage discharges, trash accumulations, rodent and other animal and insect disease vectors, and other potential public health problems. Plumbing inspectors in our division inspect and permit residential and commercial plumbing installations to ensure safety and sanitation.

Services also include inspections, investigations, and consultations in the following areas: air pollution, foodborne illness outbreaks, nuisance complaints about sewage and solid waste, indoor air testing, rabies control, residential plumbing, commercial plumbing, schools, institutions, solid and infectious waste, vector control, and private water systems.

Joe Harrod

Joe Harrod

Director

419-774-4520

Hot Topics

Bed Bugs

While they are a nuisance, bed bugs have never been known to carry any diseases and therefore are not something that the Health Department has jurisdiction over. This page offers links to outside resources.

Lead Paint & Safety Recalls

We post recall announcements for products with lead paint or product safety recalls when the recall affects Richland County stores or is an Ohio or national recall.

Food Recalls

We post food recall announcements when the recall affects Richland County food items or grocery stores, is an Ohio or national recall, or involves a foodborne illness outbreak.

Radon

January of each year is “National Radon Action Month.”

Due to changes in the program, Richland Public Health can assist Richland County residents in ordering FREE test kits but will no longer be providing them. More details as they become available.

Health Department Inspections

The Environmental Division promotes public health by addressing many of the environmental factors that can affect human health. The primary role of the environmental staff is to prevent human illness or injury through public education, regulation and advocacy. Sanitarians in the department perform a wide variety of  public health functions which include inspection, regulation, and enforcement of food facilities, public swimming pools/spas, campground/RV parks, manufactured home parks, beaches, and tattoo/body piercing establishments.

Promoting community health and well-being

Environmental Health

Contact Environmental Health

Regular Hours
Monday – Thursday 8a – 4:30p
Friday 8a – 4p
Plumbing Services Hours
Monday – Thursday 7:30a – 4p
Friday 7:30a – 3:30p
Main Office
419-774-4520

555 Lexington Avenue
Mansfield, OH 44907

Supervisors
Wes Engelbach
Sanitarian Supervisor
419-774-5165

Frank Brykalski
Chief Plumbing Inspector
419-774-4536

Plumbing Inspectors

Todd Berry, 419-774-4575
Aaron Streng, 419-774-4529

Sanitarians

Rob Bowers, 419-774-4532
Heather Decker, 419-774-4533
Lindsey Kaschak, 419-774-4740 (Sanitarian-In-Training)
Jason Kinkel, 419-774-4535 (Sanitarian-In-Training)
Madison Lotz, 419-774-4548 (Sanitarian-In-Training)
Joette Moore, 419-774-4520 (Sanitarian Consultant)
Ben Mutti, 419-774-4593
Greg Tedrow, 419-774-4594

Clerical Specialists

Shelly Adkins (Administrative Specialist), 419-774-4518
Helen Mitchell, 419-774-4522
Lola Utt, 419-774-4586

Fax

419-774-0845