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Environmental Health

What can your environmental department do for you? This department is responsible for protecting the health of Pike County citizens through monitoring and surveillance of the environment that we serve. This is done by inspections, surveys, and/or investigations. Some of the programs the environmental department is involved in enforcing are: mobile home park inspections, public swimming pool inspections, on-site sewage system inspection, food inspections, school building and ground inspections, and rabies control.

Food Safety
The environmental department protects the public’s health by ensuring safe food, facilities and practices. The FDA Food Code contains information for opening up a retail food establishment. Everyone working in a food establishment is required to have a Kentucky Food Handler's Card. All classes are taught at the Pike County Health Department at 9 AM and 3:30 PM. All food establishments must have a Person in Charge (PIC) during all hours of operation that is certified through the Food Manager class. All Food Manager classes are taught are 9 AM. Please visit our Event Calendar to find the Food Handler or Manager class that works best for you. Appointments are not needed. Come in and let’s get you on the right track to handle food safely!

Restaurant Inspections
The Pike County Health Department inspects every restaurant and other eating establishment twice yearly. We check food storage, preparation, personnel, restrooms, water and other possible health conditions. Below is a list of the most recently released restaurant inspection scores.

Kentucky On-Site Sewage Program
Certified Septic system installers are required to have six hours of continuing education hours each year. The Pike County Health Department makes these classes available to the installers. Please visit our Event Calendar to find the training session that works best for you. All classes begin at 9 AM. Call 606.437.5500 to insure available seating.

The Pike County Health Department would like to remind you, your septic system can provide long-term, effective treatment of house hold waste water if properly designed, constructed, and maintained. Things to keep in mind:

  • Know where your septic system is located
  • Inspect your system (every three years) and pump your tank as necessary
  • Pump tank every three to five years
  • Use water efficiently
  • Don’t dispose of household hazardous wastes in the sinks or toilets
  • Avoid driving or parking vehicles on your drain field, tank, or other septic system components
  • Plant only grass over and near your drain field to avoid damage from roots
  • Keep roof drains, basement sump pumps drains and other rain water or surface water drainage systems away from the drain field
  • Keep a maintenance log including when the tanks are pumped and records pertaining to any repairs

Swimming Pool Safety
Click here to read(external link) the CDC's guidelines for swimming pool safety.

Please see the resources and documents boxes to the right for more information.