Housing & Camps

What We Do

  • Inspect apartments, motels/hotels, organized camps, detention facilities, massage clinics, and bed and breakfasts for possible environmental health hazards
  • Respond to complaints
  • Rehabilitation or demolition
  • Work with neighborhood leaders to remove substandard multifamily structures that are hazardous to the community
  • Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention Program
Housing

Mold

You should be concerned about mold in your home if the mold growth is extensive and/or can’t be controlled by using disinfectants. Exposure to high airborne mold spore levels may lead to certain health problems. Additionally, mold can cause structural damage to various components in your home.
Allergic reactions are the most common health effects associated with mold exposure. Common symptoms of mold exposure may include respiratory problems, nasal and sinus congestion, burning eyes, watery eyes, reddened eyes, blurry vision, coughing, nose and throat irritation, skin irritation, shortness of breath, possible fever, and central nervous system symptoms such as memory problems, mood changes, and constant headaches.

Environmental Health Services does not test or inspect for mold. You can visit the National Safety Council or Environmental Protection Agency (EPA): Asthma, Air Quality, and Environmental Justice websites for additional information on the symptoms of mold exposure.

Additional general information on molds can be obtained from the following websites:

American Lung Association: Indoor Pollution: Biological Agents

Environmental Protection Agency (EPA): Biological Pollutants in Your Home

Indoor Air Quality: Basics for Schools

Organized Camps

Food Safety Courses

Food Handler Training and Test
Organizations that operate at camps longer than 2 weeks must have their food handler staff obtain the San Bernardino County Certified Food Handler card.

Organized Camp Food Safety Training
Volunteers and/or staff that handle food and/or food contact surfaces at organized camps for 2 weeks or less are encouraged to take the “Organized Camp Food Safety Training” course. This course is intended to train the public on how to keep food safe and prevent the spread of foodborne illness while using our Organized Campgrounds. Upon successful completion of this course, participants will receive a certificate of completion and will have the opportunity to obtain and print a variety of food safety posters.

NOTE: This module will not provide you with a Food Handler Card. If operating more than 2 weeks, please refer to the Food Handler Training and Test to obtain an official Food Handler Card.

Access the Organized Camps Food Safety Training course.

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: Should I be concerned about mold in my home?
A: Yes, if the mold growth is extensive and/or can’t be controlled by using disinfectants. Exposure to high airborne mold spore levels may lead to certain health problems. Additionally, mold can cause structural damage to various components in your home.

ENVIRONMENTAL HEALTH SERVICES DOES NOT TEST FOR MOLD. Additional general information on molds can be obtained from the following web sites:

Environmental Protection Agency (EPA): Biological Pollutants in Your Home
Common Indoor Air Pollutants
Indoor Air Quality: Basics for Schools
American Lung Association: Indoor Pollution: Biological Agents

Q: What are the common symptoms of mold exposure?
A: Allergic reactions are the most common health effects associated with mold exposure. Symptoms may include respiratory problems, nasal and sinus congestion, burning eyes, watery eyes, reddened eyes, blurry vision, coughing, nose and throat irritation, skin irritation, shortness of breath, possible fever, and central nervous system symptoms such as memory problems, mood changes, and constant headaches.

ENVIRONMENTAL HEALTH SERVICES DOES NOT TEST FOR MOLD. Additional information on the symptoms of mold exposure can be obtained from the following web sites:

National Safety Council
Environmental Protection Agency (EPA): Asthma, Air Quality, and Environmental Justice

Q: What is the phone number to someone that can help me with mold?
A: 1-800-438-4318 (Cal EPA)

Q: Can Environmental Health Services test for mold?
A: No, Environmental Health Services does not test or inspect for mold.

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