In this corner of Ohio, the Delaware Public Health District (DPHD) plays a pivotal role in ensuring the health and safety of the community through meticulous regulation and inspection of public facilities. These efforts are part of a broader state mandate to maintain safe recreational and service environments.

Here are some aspects of those programs about which you may be unaware.

Vigilant Supervision of Public Pools and Spas

The Ohio Administrative Code (OAC) 3701-31 sets the standards for public pools and spas, with DPHD responsible for their enforcement within its jurisdiction. The district conducts multiple inspections throughout the swimming season for outdoor pools and at least quarterly for indoor pools. These inspections are critical and include several key evaluations:

  • Water Quality Control: Ensuring that the water chemistry, including disinfectant levels and pH, meets health standards to prevent contamination.
  • Operational Compliance: Reviewing operational logs to verify frequent water quality checks and appropriate responses to any incidents.
  • Lifeguard Readiness: Checking that lifeguards are properly trained and stationed as required for optimum safety.
  • Emergency Equipment Checks: Ensuring the availability and functionality of safety equipment and emergency communication devices.

Ensuring Safety at Campgrounds and RV Parks

Under OAC 3701-26, the DPHD ensures that campgrounds and RV parks adhere to health and safety regulations. Inspections focus on several areas to prevent health risks and safety hazards:

  • Proper Site Management: Confirming adequate spacing between camping units to reduce fire risks and ensure accessibility for emergency services.
  • Hygiene and Sanitation: Monitoring waste management to prevent pest infestations and maintaining cleanliness to enhance the camping experience.
  • Water and Sewage Facilities: Verifying that the sites provide safe drinking water and efficient sewage disposal systems.

Regulation of Tattoo and Body Piercing Facilities

The DPHD also oversees tattoo and body piercing establishments according to OAC 3701-9, ensuring that these facilities meet stringent health standards due to the invasive nature of their services. Annual inspections by DPHD sanitarians include:

  • Professional Training and Standards: Ensuring artists are trained in preventing bloodborne pathogens and other infectious diseases.
  • Sterilization and Safety Protocols: Examining the sterilization practices for equipment to prevent any risk of infection.
  • Facility Hygiene: Maintaining a clean and sanitary environment is essential for client safety and health.

Upholding the Smoke-Free Workplace Law

DPHD enforces Ohio’s Smoke-Free Workplace Law within its jurisdiction. This law, effective since December 7, 2007, plays a crucial role in protecting the public from secondhand smoke. Enforcement is primarily complaint-based, allowing the DPHD to efficiently allocate resources towards reported violations.

  • Active Enforcement: Community members are encouraged to report any violations, ensuring the law’s effectiveness and contributing to a healthier environment.

Through these diverse regulatory functions, the Delaware Public Health District demonstrates its commitment to safeguarding the health and safety of the community, ensuring that public spaces are not only enjoyable but also secure.

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