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{Tarrant County Public Health - Safeguarding Our Community}

 Air Quality
  Air pollution issues are a major concern in the fast growing Fort Worth Dallas metroplex. In Texas, counties do not have regulatory authority for air pollution issues, but we are able to educate and help businesses and individuals. From educating school children and business people to helping establish telecommuter programs, Tarrant County strives to help maintain clean air.
 Consumer Health Contract Cities
  The Tarrant County Public Health regulates food establishments in the unincorporated areas of Tarrant County as well as the following cities.
 Drinking Water Information & Testing
 Environmental Health Contract Cities
  The Tarrant County Public Health regulates On Site Sewerage Facilities (OSSF) in the unincorporated areas of Tarrant County as well as the following cities:
 Food Defense Program
  Food Security is becoming an essential focus in our nation’s Public Health arena. The potential risk of deliberate contamination of the food purchased for use at home or when dining out is a new reality. The best way to combat this concern is to be prepared. Through education and preventive control measures, Tarrant County Public Health can prepare permitted food establishment to prevent, detect, and respond to tampering or other malicious, criminal, or terrorist actions or threats of the food supply.
 Food Handler / Manager Education
  Many cities (see below chart) require that individuals working with food receive basic training in the safety measures and dangers involved with preparing food. The Tarrant County Public Health Department teaches classes at a variety of locations and times throughout the county. Currently the class lasts one hour with a little extra time needed for paperwork and to take the test. Call to reserve a seat in a class.
 Food Safety Program
  In order to assure that food served to the public is safe, a permitting and inspection program requires all retail food establishments to be in substantial compliance with state regulations. Through contracts with most of the cities in Tarrant County (NOT Ft Worth, Arlington, North Richland Hills or Euless) the food safety staff routinely check food establishments. The results of these inspections are posted in this section of the web.
 Living Green In Healthy Environments
  The three key principals of Reduce, Reuse and Recycle are very famous term used to describe three ways one can help produce less waste. The Three R’s are also important ways to go green and live green. Going green and living green means changing our lifestyles to protect the environment in ways that also protect our health.
 Milk & Dairy Product Testing
  The Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) has strict guidelines for the monitoring of the milk and dairy industry. Samples are taken monthly to ensure adherence to these regulations and the Food and Drug Administration food safety program. The North Texas Regional Laboratory analyzes these samples and reports their findings to the state.
 Natural Lawn Care
  Natural Lawn Care: Francine Stephens, Healthy Child Healthy World. Children love to roll around on grass. But most lawns are maintained with toxic chemicals. And they don't disappear from the lawn when we can't see them. Use of chemicals to maintain lawns actually may do a bit of harm to the lawn itself. That's because chemical fertilizers don't build soil and may acidify it.
 Safe Alternatives to Household Hazardous Products
  Safe Alternatives to Household Hazardous Products. Many homes in the Tarrant County contain some type of household chemical product — drain cleaner, motor oil, oven cleaner, weed killer, and bleach — just to name a few. In an effort to make our lives easier, we often turn to these products when it comes time to do our daily chores. However, when they are not used up, these household chemicals become household hazardous waste.
 Septic System Inspections/Permitting
  In an area growing as quickly as Tarrant County approximately 700 On-Site Sewage Facilities are permitted and inspected each year. Technology has impacted the field of sewage disposal to the extent that only 15% of the systems installed today are the standard Septic Systems. While cites provide centralized sewage collection and treatment to much of the county, there are still many areas that require on-site systems. Tarrant County contracts with 22 cities including Fort Worth.
 Storm Water Education & Pollution Prevention
  Stormwater pollution, also known as Non-Point Source Pollution, is becoming increasingly significant. As “phase II” of the Federal requirements is enacted Tarrant County becomes directly involved. In order to be properly prepared for this next stage, the Commissioners Court created a position to guide Tarrant County in this program. An award winning water conservation program, SmartScape, was created by a consortium including Tarrant County.
 Swimming Pool Inspections
  Swimming pools and spas are permitted and inspected for compliance with state regulations. Inspections are performed in 21 cities, Dallas-Fort Worth airport and the unincorporated area. Typically two inspections are performed per pool or spa.
 Texas SmartScape
  Texas SmartScape was developed to help guide homeowners and gardeners in the use of native and adaptive plants in their landscapes. Chock full of assorted attractive plants that require little or no pesticides or fertilizers to grow, the Texas SmartScape is a great help in cultivating environmentally friendly landscapes. Many of the plants featured require less water and will also attract butterflies and hummingbirds, thus improving local habitat.
 Workplace Green Tips for Employees
  Workplace Green Tips for Employees from EPA. The places where we work, shop, play, and learn account for nearly half the nation’s energy use. Learn how you can make many of the same green choices at work as you make at home to save energy and fight global warming.

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