We believe public health is best served and our programs are most effective when they are developed and implemented with direct input from the stakeholders that we serve. Environmental Health currently collaborates with four independent citizen groups covering Food Safety, Hazardous Materials, Wastewater, and Well Drillers respectively.
The Food Safely Advisory Group is composed of stakeholders from the retail food industry, local food, school nutrition, community event organizers, the news media, and consumers. The Advisory Group provides community-based review and input for the Division’s activities intended to:
A. Increase conformance with the nine US FDA Voluntary Retail Food Standards;
B. Provide reasonable, science-based local interpretation of the California Retail Food code;
C. Increase the public’s awareness of food safety principles and the Division’s efforts to assure a safe, secure, and
sustainable food supply system;
D. Identify and implement successful incentive strategies for improving food safety; and
E. Develop program effectiveness and performance metrics to verify effectiveness of policies and programs.
The Hazmat Advisory Group is composed of stakeholders from hazmat facilities that we regulate including agriculture, fire (First Responders), environmental consultants, and environmentalists. The Advisory Group serves as a forum for stakeholder input on CUPA program activities and provides the Environmental Health Director community-based review and input on:
A. Strategies for effectively implementing new CUPA program initiatives;
B. Methods for improving two-way communication between the CUPA and regulated businesses;
C. Policies for effective enforcement to achieve compliance with state and federal codes and regulations; and
D. Initiatives for improving the effectiveness and efficiency of CUPA programs.
The Wastewater Advisory Committee is composed of stakeholders from the onsite wastewater industry, Board of Realtors, building industry, engineers specializing in environmental consultation, and Butte County residents. Advisory Committee members work toward the following objectives:
A. Development and maintenance of the On-Site Wastewater Manual;
B. Application of new on-site collection, treatment, conveyance, and dispersal technology;
C. Development and oversight of a system for assuring that on-site wastewater systems are appropriately operated,
maintained, and monitored;
D. Future revisions to Butte County Code Chapter 19 and the On-Site Wastewater Manual; and
E. Policies, practices, and procedures to improve protection of public health and delivery of customer service
pertaining to the implementation of this
Chapter and the On-Site Wastewater Manual.
The Well Drillers Advisory Group is composed of stakeholders representing licensed well drillers and pump installation contractors. The Advisory Group makes recommendations to Environmental Health on matters pertaining to the regulation of water wells.