Not Just Food Inspections-Numerous Programs Keep Health Inspectors Busy

Although the environmental health division of Fargo Cass Public Health conducted nearly 3,500 food inspections and consultations in 2011; the six full-time and one part-time environmental health practitioners were also busy with 16 other programs that serve Fargo.

Along with the better known programs of public water sampling, on-site septic inspections and environmental health complaints; in 2011, the division also conducted 404 swimming pool/whirlpool inspections and consultations, 49 tanning and 93 body art inspection and consultations, and 69 indoor/outdoor air quality investigations. 

Myron Berglund, environmental health division director says that “When I started working here 38 years ago the assigned work was 75% food and 25% other programs. Currently, the job load percentages have almost reversed.  As regulatory responsibility and population increase in the region, so does the division’s workload.  Not only does it impact inspection and investigation assignments, it also requires the drafting of codes and ordinances.” 

Other services that the environmental health division provides include: epidemiological investigations, institutional inspections, HAZMAT and bioterrorism support, hotel/motel inspections, groundwater pollution, pet store inspections, private residence evaluations (adult and child protection, and hoarding), and educational presentations.  In addition, several of these services are provided to Cass, Ransom, Richland, Sargent, Steele and Traill counties. 

For more information about the FCPH Environmental Health Division, go to cityoffargo.com/health or call 476-6729.

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