Richland County Health Department collaborates with six counties in the Southeast Region to plan for Public Health emergencies. The counties include Ransom, Sargent, Trail, Steele, and Cass.
The Emergency Preparedness group focuses on planning, training and conducting training exercises for all public health-related emergencies such as bioterrorism, pandemic flu and natural disasters. They also provide educational materials on preparing for emergencies at home and at work.
Links: Center's for Disease Control and Prevention
Environmental Health Services are contracted through Fargo Cass Public Health (FCPH). Environmental Services include but are not limited to:
• Radon & water testing kits available
• Inspection/Licensing of body art establishments, child care facilities, group homes, onsite septic systems, schools, and swimming pools
For more information go to:
City of Fargo Environmental Health
North Dakota Department of Health
Contact information: Environmental Health Division (FCPH) 701-476-6729 or email@example.com
Body Art Establishments
The Environmental Health Division of Fargo Cass Public Health regulates all establishments in Richland County that perform body piercing, tattooing, cosmetic tattooing, branding, and scarification. According to Richland County ordinances:
- All establishments that perform body art procedures must be licensed by the Richland County Health Department.
- All people wishing to perform any body art procedure must be at least 18 years old.
- All people wishing to receive any type of body art must be at least 18 years old. If under the age of 18, the written consent of the parent or guardian is required as well as the presence of the parent or guardian during the procedure.
Child Care Facilities
The North Dakota Department of Human Services requires any child care facility, other than an occupied private residence, where meals are prepared, to be licensed and inspected by public health. Some items that the environmental health department looks for during its yearly inspections are:
- Proper food preparation and handling
- Toys and playground equipment are safe and in good repair
- Water temperature at sinks is less than or equal to 120º F
- Diaper changing areas are cleaned and sanitized after each use
- Overall facilities are in good repair
Public and Semi-Public Pools
All public and semipublic pool facilities are required to adhere to the rules set forth in the Richland County Ordinance. The primary goal of these rules is to ensure a safe swimming pool facility by approving the pool designs, regulating water quality, and enforcing recordkeeping practices. Proper swimming pool design and operating practices protect the public against:
- infections transmitted through the pool
- infections transmitted through the bathhouse facilities
- physical injury within and about the pool
The following is a summarized list of the pool regulations enforced by the Environmental Health Department:
- Blueprint design and construction practices must be approved prior to the construction of any semipublic or public pools or spas.
- Routine bacteriological sampling must be conducted at least once a week for public installations and once monthly for semipublic facilities.
- The owner or operator of a pool facility shall maintain on the premises records of microbiological analyses, all pool-related correspondence, plus documentation of daily operation and maintenance practices for a minimum of three years.
- Swimming pool water must have sufficient clarity at all times so that the main drain or drains located at the deep end of the pool are clearly visible from the pool deck.
- All pool facilities shall disinfect the pool water by continuous chlorination or other means or methods of equal bactericidal efficiency.
On-Site Septic Systems
The Fargo Cass Public Health Division of Environmental Health permits and inspects all septic systems that are installed in Richland County and licenses all septic system installers in the county. With the information gathered from a soil percolation test done by a private soil analyzer, the department gives the proper sizing factor to the septic system installer. While the septic system is beinig installed, our inspector ensures that the system is installed according to the specifications given at the time the septic system permit was granted.
The Environmental Health Division also inspects existing septic systems at the request of the current homeowner. Some lending institutions require that an inspection of the septic system be conducted before approval of a home loan. This is to ensure that the future home owner doesn't purchase a home with an improperly installed or failing septic system.
• You can test your home for radon by contacting us for a free radon test kit.
Radon is a gas that you cannot see, feel, smell, or taste that is produced by nature. Radon can get into your house through cracks in the floor or basement walls. It can also get in through drains in the floor or through the openings around pipes. Radon can make you sick by causing damage in your lungs.
For more information on Emergency Preparedness/Environmental Services contact us by phone or email or use our Request for Information form.