Health department environmental health (EH) staff provides education, regulation and licensing, and enforcement activities aimed at reducing or eliminating environmental health hazards.
Central Racine County Health Department (CRCHD) is responsible for licensing and inspecting all the facilities in it’s jurisdiction. Facilities include restaurants, retail food, taverns, public pools, hotels/motels, campgrounds and body art establishments.
Please see our brochures, fact sheets and applications regarding opening an establishment within our jurisdiction.
Temporary events held within our jurisdiction which serve food, provide body art, or host campsites may require a temporary event license. Please see our brochures and applications regarding operating a temporary event.
Free food safety classes are available to any group/organization serving food to the public. Please call (262) 898-4460 to schedule a class.
EH staff respond to complaints of potential human health hazards. If you wish to file a complaint please call (262) 898-4460. The complainant MUST leave a name and number in the event we would need to contact you. If there is not a phone number, staff cannot complete the investigation.
Flooding Clean up/Mold
Flood waters can lead to many public health concerns. Flood waters may contain potentially dangerous materials, such as fecal material from overflowing sewage systems, agricultural runoff, and chemicals from industrial areas. For more detailed information on flood clean up, go to:
Household Hazardous Waste
Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) disposal gives residents a way to safely dispose of hazardous household materials like cleaning products and oil-based paint. HHW disposal is not a program of the health department. Please contact your municipality for more information.
There is growing concern that medications flushed down the drain or thrown in the trash can accumulate in the water supply and landfills, endangering the aquatic environment and wildlife. Wastewater treatment plants are not designed to remove all medications from wastewater.
Medication collections are seen as an important tool in preventing drug abuse as a growing number of youth and adults turn to medicine cabinets in homes as sources of prescription pills.
Please see our Medication Collection Brochure for more information on collect events, drop boxes and mail back programs.
Used needles and other sharps are dangerous to people if not disposed of safely. They can injure people and spread infections that cause serious health conditions. The most common infections are:
Safe sharps disposal is important whether you are at home, at work, at school, traveling, or in other public places such as hotels, parks, and restaurants. For a list of sharps disposal site in Racine County please see our Sharps Disposal Document below.
- Hepatitis B (HBV),
- Hepatitis C (HCV), and
- Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV)
Lead Hazard Investigation
Health department staff certified as Lead Hazard Investigators provide home assessments to determine source(s) of lead contamination and discuss possible solutions for remediation. For more information on lead hazard investigations, go to:
Radon is a naturally occurring, odorless radioactive gas that causes lung cancer. Between five and ten percent of the homes in Wisconsin have radon levels above the US EPA guideline of 4 pCi/L for the year average on the main floor. Every region of Wisconsin has some homes with elevated radon levels.
The only way to know the radon level in a house is to measure it. For more information on radon and radon testing, please see our brochure or the following websites:
Waste removal is not a program of the health department. Please contact your municipality for more information.
Most private wells provide a clean, safe supply of water; however, contaminants can pollute private wells, and unfortunately you cannot see, smell or taste most of them. Consequently, private well owners should test the water on a regular basis. The decision on what to test water for should be based on the types of land uses near your well.
Central Racine County Health Department has well water test kits available free of charge. The Wisconsin State Lab of Hygiene (WSLH) does charge a fee for each water test. See the brochure and link below for more information.
The Health Department performs water sampling for bacteria and nitrates and conducts sanitary surveys at public, transient, non-community water systems such as motels, restaurants, parks, taverns, and gas stations.