The Department of Environmental Health (DEH) enhances San Diegans' quality of life by protecting public health and safeguarding environmental quality, educating the public to increase environmental awareness, and implementing and enforcing local, state, and federal environmental laws. DEH regulates the following: retail food safety; public housing; public swimming pools; small drinking water systems; mobile-home parks; onsite wastewater systems; recreational water; aboveground and underground storage tanks and cleanup oversight; and medical and hazardous materials and waste. In addition, DEH serves as the Solid Waste Local Enforcement Agency, prevents disease carried by rats and mosquitoes and helps to ensure safe workplaces for County employees.
There is currently an ongoing Hepatitis A outbreak in the San Diego region and the Public Health Officer recommends that all food handlers be vaccinated against the Hepatitis A virus. Please read the Health Officer's letter to Food Facility Operators.
There are steps you can take to protect yourself, food handlers and restaurant customers from becoming ill. See our Food Program What's New page for more information. Also available are Hepatitis A disinfection guidelines for public right-of-ways.
|Help "Fight the Bite" and stay safe from mosquito borne diseases like Zika, West Nile virus, dengue, chikungunya and yellow fever by Protecting yourself from getting bitten and Preventing mosquitoes from breeding in your homes. Check out this short video to learn how! (Spanish version)|
|Watch this video to learn how DEH inspects restaurants to make sure the food you're served is cooked, prepared, and stored safely.|
|And find out how DEH protects public health and safeguards our environment with everything from restaurant inspections to testing water at our beaches and from underground storage tanks to HazMat response in this brief video.|
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