Health System: Environmental Health Services (5900P)
Program Outcome Statement
Protect the public’s health by preventing food and waterborne illnesses.
- Environmental Health Oversight and Protection
- Food and Waterborne Illness Protection
- Regulation of Food, Water, Housing and Hazardous Materials
- Pollution Prevention
Environmental Health Services (EHS) protects the public’s health by ensuring that food, water and housing are safe and healthy through permitting, inspection, outreach and education.
Percent of Total Days that Beaches were Open for Use Continues to Exceed Benchmark
Percent of Suspected Food-Borne Illness Complaints Responded to within One Business Day Meeting Target
Cost per Response to Complaint Involving Hazardous Materials Meeting Target
FY 2017-18 Mid-Year Story Behind Performance
Percent of Total Days that Beaches were Open for Use
EHS continues to sample recreational beach areas to ensure waters used for recreational purposes are clean.
Percent of Suspected Food-Borne Illness Complaints Responded To within One Business Day
EHS Food Program staff continue to respond to suspected food-borne illness cases as a priority. At mid-year, EHS was meeting the target of 95 percent.
Cost per Response to Complaint Involving Hazardous Materials
The cost per response has had a slight increase due to an increase in our hourly rate from $184 per hour to $198 per hour effective August 1, 2017, which reflects EHS operational cost increases.
- Implement the Safe Medicine Takeback Ordinance approved April 28,
2015, which requires any producer of a prescription or non-prescription
drug offered for sale in San Mateo County to participate in an approved
drug stewardship program for its collection and disposal.
- Enhance outreach and education efforts for Measure K funded
Augmented Housing Inspection Program Pilot. Begin third year of annual
inspections for apartment buildings that are included in the inspection
inventory of this Pilot.
- Continue supporting the County on Groundwater Assessment. This
assessment is an important first step in evaluating groundwater as a
shared resource. The purpose of the assessment is to gather technical
baseline information and describe management options and activities to
achieve sustainability. Policy makers will review the information and
options to determine if and how they want to manage this shared
- Continue to improve processes in mobile technology to enable better communications, increase information/resources while in the field and increase accurate and timely data collection.