Environmental Health Programs
November 9th, 2014 | by: Webmaster | Category: Featured

Monday – Friday
8:00 am – 5:00 pm
Community Offices


2700 M Street, Suite 300
Bakersfield, CA 93301-2370

(661) 862-8740 – phone
(661) 862-8701 – fax
(800) 735-2929 – TTY Relay
(661) 549-9927 – Hazmat Emergency Response
(661) 246-5345 – Food and Water Emergency Response

Our Mission:

We are committed to improving the quality of life by safeguarding our community through education, cooperation, and fair application of health and safety standards. We take pride in our customer service, integrity, professionalism and ability to understand and meet the needs of our community.

Food, Land and Water

The Food, Land and Water Division provides consumer protection in broad program areas that include the protection of retail food, land use practices and environmental quality, drinking water safety and safe and healthy operation of hotels and motels, farm labor camps and organized recreational camps. Legal authority for these programs is primarily derived from Federal, state and local statutes; which include the California Uniform Retail Food Facilities Law; Sherman Food, Drug and Cosmetic Law; California Food and Agriculture Code; California Health and Safety Code; Uniform Housing Code; and Uniform Plumbing Code.

Hazardous and Solid Waste

The Hazardous and Solid Waste Division is designed to protect the public health and the environment in the areas of hazardous material and waste surveillance and enforcement, radiological health, vector control, solid waste and infectious waste. Legal authority for these programs is provided by a variety of state and local statutes including the California Health and Safety Code and the California Code of Regulations, which designates the EHSD as the Local Enforcement Agency for the California Integrated Waste Management Board.

Certified Unified Program Agency

In 1995, the Certified Unified Program Agency (CUPA) was developed to consolidate all County hazardous materials programs under one agency. The EHSD has been designated the lead agency in CUPA and acts as the single point of contact for issuance of permits. Under CUPA, site inspections of all hazardous materials programs (i.e., aboveground tanks and underground tanks, hazardous waste treatment, hazardous waste generators, hazardous materials management plans, etc.) are consolidated and accomplished by a single inspection.

In addition, this program also provides emergency response to chemical events to furnish substance identification; health and environmental risk assessment; air, soil, water and waste sample collection; incident mitigation and cleanup feasibility options; and on-scene coordination for state superfund incidents. The program also provides for the oversight, investigation and remediation of unauthorized releases from underground tanks.