Environmental Quality

Goal 2: Prevent human exposure to environmental hazards: water, air, food and waste management
Source: Health Department     EQ Goal2     1/25/2017
About this measure:
The EPA Air Quality Index is a standard measure used across the US to communicate to the public on the potential for health impacts from air pollution. Our goal is to have over 90% of our days in the “Good” category, which indicates air that is safe for everyone to breathe. In March of 2013, the Federal standard for fine particulate (PM2.5) was lowered. Thus, in 2013, only 78% of days met the goal of “Good” air quality.
Why this is important:
Good air quality is vital to everyone’s health. The Health Department Air Quality Program’s primary goal is to protect the public’s health by ensuring our air is safe to breathe.
What is being done:
The Health Department will monitor air quality, update the Air Quality Index daily, and notify the public if air pollution levels pose health risks;
- The Health Department will provide technical assistance to businesses and industries on air quality regulations to help them gain and maintain compliance;
- The Health Department will monitor air quality, update the Air Quality Index daily, and notify the public if air pollution levels pose health risks;
- The Health Department will issue operating and construction permits to all air pollution sources that are required to hold such permits in order to reduce the risk to public health;
- The Health Department will completes detailed inventories of all regulated sources of air pollution;
- The Health Department will conduct compliance inspections at over 200 regulated businesses and of asbestos removal projects;
- The Health Department will quickly investigate complaints on air pollution and resolve such complaints through education or enforcement when necessary;
- The Health Department will take enforcement actions on violation of permit conditions, excess air pollution emissions, or when otherwise warranted.



Source: Health Department     EQ Goal2     1/25/2017
About this measure:
LLCHD operates the Household Hazardous Waste Collection events and collects data on the quantity and types of waste collected.
Why this is important:
Collecting hazardous waste prevents children and pets from being poisoned or injured by toxic substances. The Health Department Household Hazardous Waste Program’s primary goal is to protect human health and the environment by reducing exposures to hazardous waste. It also reduces hazardous waste going to our landfill or being dumped illegally.
What is being done:
The Health Department will work closely with contractors, monitor progress, make payments and ensure facility is constructed within established time frames and on budget.
- The Health Department will submit a grant to NDEQ for disposal costs, operations, educating the public on toxics use reduction, and marketing the new hazardous waste facility by February 1, 2017.
-The Health Department, in partnership with our business and community stakeholders, will provide 3 to 4 mobile hazardous waste collections in Lincoln in the spring and summer of 2017, and 1 to 2 in the fall.
- In the first quarter of FY18, the Health Department will begin operation of the Hazardous Materials Collection Center 2 days per month for households and quarterly for small businesses, providing year-round accessibility. Health will continue to offer mobile collections in south Lincoln.
- For FY19, The Health Department will consider expanding operational hours and pursue additional grant funding.



Source: Health Department     EQ Goal2     1/25/2017
About this measure:
The Health Department receives complaints from the public on concerns with sanitation in food establishments and from people that believe they have become ill from eating food. Complaints on foodborne illness are a top priority and are investigated quickly.
Why this is important:
Safe food is important to everyone. The Health Department Food Safety Program’s primary goal is to prevent foodborne illness and deaths from food produced at the retail level. Foodborne illness poses a significant burden of illness. Applying CDC estimates to Lancaster County, each year about 50,000 people contract foodborne illness, 120 are hospitalized and 3 die.
What is being done:
The Health Department Food Safety Program will:
- provide quick response to foodborne illness complaints to prevent the spread of illnesses in our community;
- provide training to over 13,000 food handlers on safe and sanitary practices;
- provide continuing education to over 800 certified Food Protection Managers on using active managerial controls to reduce the risk of foodborne illness;
- conduct over 2,700 inspections at 1,400 permitted food establishments (restaurants, grocery stores, convenience stores, schools, farmers markets, & events) to ensure and improve compliance with the Food Code;
- review plans for new and remodeled facilities, improving food code compliance;
- provide consultative services to food protection managers at poorly performing food establishments to cause the implementation of Active Managerial Controls to prevent foodborne illness and improve sanitation; and
- take enforcement actions when violations pose a significant risk to the public’s health.
The Food Safety Program is based on the 2013 FDA Food Code, and is guided by FDA Retail Food Program Standards and the Food Advisory Committee.