Environmental Public Health

One of the most important public health concerns is “Environmental Public Health.” Environmental Health strives to prevent illness, injury and death related to environmental causes. Howell County Health Department provides environmental public health services in Howell County, governed by state laws and regulations. In addition, environmental public health services are provided to the city of West Plains and complies with city ordinances.


Food sanitation & protection and inspection (Restaurant/Food Establishments); Sewage Treatment Complaint/Inspection; Solid Waste Disposal; Daycare Licensing Inspection; Lodging Sanitation; Institutional Sanitation; Community Environmental Sanitation; Water Supply Evaluation; General Vector Control; Occupational Health; Consumer Product Safety; Fire Safety (Lodging); Risk Assessment; Recreational Waters; Building Related Illnesses; and Epidemiological Investigation.


For information on the most current recalls, please click on the following links:

Helpful Information and Brochures:

Email Environmental Health Specialist Justin Frazier



  • Bed Bugs
  • Food Handlers Classes
  • Inspections
  • Mold
  • Rabies
  • Radon
  • Septic Systems & Permitting
  • Water Testing



  • Handwashing Facilities
  • Equipment and Utensils
  • Equipment on Tables / Counters
  • Floor-Mounted Equipment
  • Floor & Wall Junctures
  • Indirect Connections of Drain Lines From Equipment
  • Walk-In Refrigerator
  • Drain Lines From Equipment
  • Frozen Desserts – Storage of Dispensing Scoops & Dippers
  • Floors
  • Floor Drains
  • Exterior Areas Where Food Is Served
  • Walls & Ceilings
  • Wall Cover Materials
  • Toilet Facilities
  • Building Penetrations (through walls, floors, ceilings, etc.)
  • Openings to Outer Air
  • Refrigerator Thermometers
  • Ice Storage Containers
  • Single Service Articles
  • Dishwashing Machine Thermometer
  • Dishwashing Machine
  • Three-Compartment Sink
  • Dish Tables & Board Drains
  • Sinks, Dish Tables, & Drain Boards
  • Lighting
  • Storage of Employees Belongings
  • All Construction not Specifically Mentioned Above

For more information please go to the Missouri Food Code. CLICK HERE