UCHD, Protecting Your Health.

 

Friday, 08 April 2016 14:22

Jim Cogar

 I have always been drawn to the outdoors.  Being an avid outdoorsman, I understand the value of the environment and the connection my job has to protecting both public health and our natural resources. 
Although my job can be very challenging at times, I very much believe in public service and the role I play within our community.” 

 

                                                                             

“Well, I need to give a shout out to my hometown.” Jim is a very proud native of Youngstown and Canfield, Ohio where he grew up playing four sports.  After graduating he received a football scholarship to the University of Findlay where he received his degree in Environmental Safety and Occupational Health Management with a minor in Public Administration.  His degree and long-time interest in the outdoors set Jim up nicely to become a state licensed registered sanitarian after graduating from Findlay.  In 2002, Jim began his career with the Delaware General Health District (Ohio) where he specialized in private sewage and water systems.

Jim started with Union County Health Department in 2011 at his current position as the Deputy Director of Environmental Health.  Jim has been a longtime member of the Ohio Environmental Health Association (OEHA) and also serves as a sewage advisory committee member within OEHA. His knowledge of Ohio Sewage Laws has been instrumental in preparing Union County for the new Operation and Maintenance Program.

Outside of work, Jim stays very active with his two children, Kensie and Cru and their family dog, Bria. Jim’s passion for the outdoors and nature shine through with his love of hunting, fishing and golfing.  Jim's work duties often take him to every township in the county, so be sure to give him a big hello wherever you see him.
 
Published in About Us
Friday, 08 April 2016 12:15

Holly Rast

"To love what you do and know that it matters, makes all the difference."

 

Holly received her Bachelor of Science in Environmental Science from Bowling Green State University.  “I sort of fell into being a health inspector by accident”, she said. While at BGSU Holly took a class where she wrote a manual on a database management system for the Wood County Health Department. She was inspired by what she saw and applied to be a health inspector after college. In her years as a Registered Sanitarian, Holly has worked for several health departments where she did inspections on anything from sewage and water to nuisances and food inspections. She has also spent time at the EPA working in the solid and infectious waste department but missed the field and being a health inspector.

The same day Union County was approved to hire another health inspector in 1998, Holly called to see if there were any positions open and she’s been here ever since! Holly has a wealth of knowledge regarding all the Environmental Health programs at UCHD especially the Operation and Maintenance (O&M) Program, where she is our resident aerator expert.

In her spare time, Holly enjoys gardening and spending time with her four dogs, Roscoe, Lucy, Gyan, and Freyja! If you’ve had the pleasure of meeting her, you know she’s never met a dog she didn’t love! Her flower garden is often featured on her Facebook ‘Flower of the Day’ posts and her vegetable garden contains all of the ingredients to make homemade salsa!

You’ll see Holly around doing some inspections and O&M assessments this summer and she’ll probably even have a treat for your furry friends!

Published in About Us
Tuesday, 27 August 2013 20:08

Keeping You Safe when Eating Out

Ever wondered who works to keep you safe?...
         Take a look to find out who works hard to keep you healthy and happy. 

 

Union County Health Department (UCHD)

UCHD's mission is to protect the health, safety and well-being of all Union County by providing quality public health services. The Environmental Health division of UCHD works in collaboration with food service operators to ensure safe food service practices and procedures are observed.

UCHD keeps you safe by:

  • Inspecting all restaurants, school cafeterias, and grocery stores two times a year
  • Inspecting all mobile food units and temporary food units in Union County
  • Promptly responding to valid complaints from the public
  • Posting recent inspection reports on our website for public viewing

For a healthier and happier community UCHD works to:

  • Promote good personal hygiene of food operators
  • Prevent cross-contamination
  • Control time and temperature of foods
  • Regulate proper cleaning and sanitizing procedures

 

 

How do I report a foodborne illness?

 

If you believe you or someone you know became ill from eating a certain food, please contact your county or city health department and tell them you would like to report a foodborne illness. Reporting illnesses to your local health department helps them identify potential foodborne disease outbreaks. By investigating foodborne disease outbreaks, public health officials learn about possible problems in food production, distribution and preparation that may cause illness.

 

 

Other Agencies Keeping You Safe...

 

U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA)

The USDA's Food Safety and Inspection Service (www.fsis.usda.gov) is the public health regulatory agency in USDA responsible for ensuring that meat, poultry, and processed egg products are safe, wholesome, and accurately labeled.

U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA)

The FDA, an agency within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, protects the public health by assuring the safety, effectiveness, and security of human and veterinary drugs, vaccines and other biological products for human use, and medical devices. The agency also is responsible for the safety and security of our nation's food supply, cosmetics, dietary supplements, products that give off electronic radiation, and for regulating tobacco products.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

CDC works 24/7 to save lives, protect people from health threats, and save money resulting in a more secure nation. CDC puts science and prevention into action to make the healthy choice the easy choice. CDC helps people live longer and healthier to lead productive lives.

Published in Health
Saturday, 27 August 2011 23:15

Food

The Food Division of the Union County Health Department inspects restaurants, school cafeterias, grocery stores, mobile food units, and temporary food units.  If you have questions about a facility or would like to open your own facility, please call the Health Department at (937) 642-2053.

 September is National Food Safety Month

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      The Union County Health Department is joining forces with the National Restaurant Association as well as the Ad Council and the USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service, in partnership with the FDA and CDC to increase awareness of food safety in both food service establishments and homes in Union County. Each year, 1 in 6 Americans or gets sick by consuming contaminated foods or beverages with the majority of illnesses being preventable.  Foodborne illnesses can cause flu-like symptoms to hospitalization or even death. Here at UCHD we work hard to prevent and respond to food safety issues

 

        Our goal is to work together with you, the food operators, to decrease the rate of foodborne illness and the number of foodborne outbreaks in our backyard. We hope you join us by reinforcing safe food handling practices and procedures with your staff as well as taking advantage of the many educational opportunities available to you this month and throughout the year.

 

Remember food safety is about working together to keep everyone healthy and happy. We at UCHD want to collaborate and work with managers and operators for better results. ‘Cause no one wants foodborne bacteria as a dinner guest!  

 

 

*Food Safety Honor Roll check here for information on our new program encouraging/rewarding establishments that practice food safety and train employees in safe food handling and procedures.

 

*Need a license? Check here for information on how to apply and what is needed.

 

*Want to know what the rules are? Follow this link to find out along with other resources for food operators. 

 

 

 

Food Safety Classes- A classroom based education to teach those that work in the food service industry.  Several classes are available for both general food workers as well as those in management. For more information, click Food Safety Classes in the right-hand column..

In-Home/Cottage Foods - Home baked goods fall into these categories.  If you want to start a home-based bakery, click on the In-Home/Cottage Foods link in the right-hand column.

Restaurants/Retail Food Establishments - Restaurants are locations where food is served and consumed on the premise.  Retail Food Establishments are facilities where the food is purchased but then consumed off premise, such as a grocery store.  For more information about either, click on the Restaurant/Retail Establishment link in the right-hand column.

Mobile Food - The food trucks at fairs, festivals and other events are a mobile food unit.  They must follow the same rules as restaurants.  For more information about Mobile Food, click the link in the right-hand column.

Temporary Food - A concession unit that sells food on a temporary basis (no longer than 5 days).  This type of license is usually given to weekend and fundraising events in which hot or cold foods are served.  For more information, click Temporary Food in the right-hand column.

To view the latest inspection from Union County restaurants, click here.

To view the latest food recalls, visit the Ohio Department of Health webpage or the Ohio Department of Agriculture webpage.

Experienced a power outage or water interuption?
Take a moment to review the fact sheets and make sure you are still complying with the food regulations. 

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Published in Food