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Environmental Health

The Osage County Health Department’s Environmental Health Section provides investigations, inspections, sampling, environmental emergency response, and environmental educational programs to help protect the safety and health of our environment. Currently, the Osage County Health Department does NOT provide permits for on-site sewage. These permits must be obtained from the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services. You may contact them at 573-751-6095.

Below is a list of services and programs available through the Osage County Health Department Environmental Section:

  • Restaurant and Lodging Inspections
  • Child Care Sanitation Inspections
  • Environmental Sampling
  • Environmental Education
  • Environmental Sampling

What kind of samples does the Osage County Health Department (OCHD) collect?

  • Both bacteriological and chemical water samples are collected on wells serving private homes.
  • Food samples collected for a food borne disease outbreak investigation.

What kind of complaints does OCHD investigate?

  • Failing on-site sewage disposal systems
  • Food safety complaints
  • Private well water issues

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What is considered an environmental emergency?

  • Truck and train wrecks involving food products.
  • Natural and man-made disasters such as fires, floods, and earthquakes.
  • Food tampering and food product recalls.

For a list of recalls click on the following link:

What educational programs are offered by the OCHD?

  • Food safety training courses
  • Vector control and environmental hazards
  • Sanitation procedures in child care