PHDM is responsible for a variety of services that help keep our environments safe and healthy. These services include inspections of daycare facilities, foster care homes, body art facilities; response to nuisance complaints; air and water pollution prevention; vector control; environmental contamination response; and land division reviews. These inspections, assistance in planning, and interventions help to ensure the environment is protected and homes are safe from hazards.
PHDM conducts Well and Septic Inspections upon request for Adult and Children Foster care homes. Requests come when a new application is received from the issuing agency. Visit the Michigan Department of Health & Human Services (MDHHS) website for more information on Adult and Children's Foster Care.
PHDM conducts Environmental Health Inspections at all licensed Child Day Care Facilities as well as Plan Review for new Day Care Facilities. A list of licensed Child Care Facilities can be found here. Visit the Michigan Department of Licensing & Regulatory Affairs (LARA) website for more information on Day Care Facilities.
PHDM offers test kits and information about household radon gas. Radon is a radioactive gas that you can’t see, smell, or taste but it may be present in your home. Radon is the second leading cause of lung cancer (after smoking.) In fact, if you are a smoker and your home has elevated radon levels, you are at much higher risk. We offer simple and inexpensive test kits for sale. The $16 price includes mailing and analysis. Visit the Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes, & Energy (EGLE) for more information on Radon.
PHDM conducts annual and pre-opening inspections for all licensed Body Art facilities. Body Art Facilities that do any body modification, including tattooing, piercing (excluding establishments that do ONLY ear piecing), micro-blading, ect. must be licensed and inspected. Body Art Facility Inspections are conducted by PHDM for Delta, Menominee, Luce, Mackinaw, Alger, and Schoolcraft Counties. Visit the Michigan Department of Health & Human Services (MDHHS) website for more information on Body Art.
PHDM conducts bathing beach testing at local beaches for elevated E. Coli during the summer swimming season (typically the week before Memorial Day through the week after Labor Day). Currently the beaches tested are Escanaba Municipal Beach & Gladstone Van Cleve Park Beach in Delta County and Veteran’s Memorial Beach & Henes Park Beach in Menominee County. Testing results can be viewed here. Visit the Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes, & Energy (EGLE) website for more information on Beach Water Monitoring.
PHDM conducts annual campground inspections for all licensed campgrounds in Delta and Menominee Counties. PHDM will also issue Temporary Campground Licenses for special events. A list of all licensed campgrounds can be found here. Visit the Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes, & Energy (EGLE) website for more information on Michigan Campgrounds. Contact PHDM with questions on how to obtain a Temporary Campground License.
PHDM conducts yearly inspections of all licensed Septage Hauler trucks. PHDM also conducts inspections of approved Septage Field Application sites for compliance. Visit the Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes, & Energy (EGLE) website for more information on Septage.
PHDM conducts yearly inspection of all public swimming pools in Delta and Menominee counties to ensure compliance. Visit the Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes, & Energy (EGLE) website for more information on Public Swimming Pools.
PHDM offers assistance in tick identification and information. Tick submitting kits are also available from PHDM for identification and testing for Lyme disease. TICK MUST BE ALIVE TO TEST FOR LYME DISEASE. Keep ticks in a sealed container with a small piece of damp paper towel. Only blacklegged ticks will be tested for lyme disease as this is the only species of tick that carries the disease. Visit the Michigan Department of Health & Human Services (MDHHS) website for more information on ticks.
PHDM will act upon nuisance complaints received. A nuisance is defined as a condition or activity which threatens, or could reasonably be expected to threaten, the health or safety of the public. A threat to the health and safety of the public shall include any condition or activity which is reasonably likely to cause death, disease, illness, or physical harm, or is likely to create an unsanitary or unhealthy condition which may cause disease, illness, or death. A “Nuisance” shall include, but is not limited to, any condition where effluent from any sewage disposal facility is exposed to the surface of the ground or is permitted to drain on or to the surface of the ground into any ditch, storm sewer, lake or stream, or where the odor, appearance, or presence of this material has detrimental effect on or to the senses and/or health of persons or when it obstructs the comfortable use or sale of adjacent property.
PHDM assists in enforcing Michigan's Smoke Free Air Law. Michigan residents and visitors are protected from exposure to secondhand tobacco smoke in all restaurants, bars and businesses (including hotels and motels), thanks to Public Act 188 of 2009, Michigan's Smoke-Free Air Law. Visit the Michigan Department of Health & Human Services (MDHHS) website for more information on Michigan's Smoke Free Air Law.
PHDM responds to clandestine drug laboratories when needed. Legal authority has been granted to local health departments to condemn property or dwellings that have been used as sites for operating clandestine drug laboratories, under Section 12103(3) of Act 368 of 1978, Michigan’s Public Health Code and under Section 125.485a of Act 167 of 1917, the Housing Law of Michigan.