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Beach Closure Lifted: MacAbee Beach
The closure of MacAbee Beach in Monterey has been lifted. The beach was posted due to a report to Monterey County Health Department's Environmental Health Bureau that sewage had spilled into the bay. Samples taken on August 14, 2017 reveal indicator bacteria levels considered safe for recreational contact.
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Increasing Adolescent Immunization Coverage
What are the nation’s experts saying to their patients about HPV vaccination? Three providers—a pediatrician, an OB-GYN, and a head and neck surgeon—outline the importance of vaccinating 11- and 12-year-olds against HPV cancers in a newly released e-learning module.
There are Many Things We Want to Pass to Our Loved Ones - Illness is Not One of Them
You want to pass on certain things like family traditions, a grandmother’s quilt or dad’s love of books – but no one wants to pass on a serious illness. Take charge of your health and help protect those around you by asking about vaccines at your next doctor’s visit.
The purpose of this program is to ensure safe and healthful shelter for residents and visitors of Monterey County and correctional facility occupants by ensuring compliance with the requirements for sanitation, ventilation, maintenance, use and occupancy for organized camps and detention facilities under provisions of the California Health and Safety Code.
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ORGANIZED CAMPS and EMPLOYEE HOUSING
Employee Housing in California is regulated by the Employee Housing Act. This act was enacted to ensure that persons living in privately owned and operated employee housing facilities are provided with a living environment that complies with the State of California's health and safety requirements. The Act regulates maintenance, use, and occupancy of employee housing and requires permanent buildings to comply with the State Housing law.
For additional information on Employee Housing, please contact the staff of the Monterey County Environmental Health Bureau.
Inspect and permit Employee Housing facilities in Monterey County. In general, Employee Housing refers to housing provided by employers or private property owners for five employees or more. Employee housing may consist of any living quarters, dwelling, boardinghouse, tent, bunkhouse, maintenance-of-way car, mobilehome, manufactured home, recreational vehicle, travel trailer, or other housing accommodations, maintained in one or more buildings or on one or more sites, and the premises upon which they are situated or the area set aside and provided for parking of mobilehomes or camping of five or more employees.The following general standards apply to Employee Housing sites:
There must be a caretaker to see that the camp is maintained properly.
- Light, Heat, Ventilation
Rooms used for living, dining, cooking or sleeping and toilet and bath buildings must have proper light and ventilation with insect screening on windows and outside doors. Heating must be provided which will maintain a minimum 60 degree temperature in sleeping quarters and 70 degree temperature in bath buildings when occupied.
- Beds and Sleeping Areas
Suitable and separate beds must be provided for all workers. The rooms or areas used for sleeping purposes for more than one person shall be maintained with a floor area of not less than 50 square feet for each occupant and a minimum average ceiling height of not less than 7 feet.
- Drinking Water
Fresh and pure drinking water must be supplied at convenient locations. An annual water test may be required.
- Kitchen Facilities
Kitchen sinks must be supplied with hot and cold running water. Shelves are required for food storage above the floor.
- Toilets, Lavatories and Showers
At least one shower and one lavatory with hot and cold running water and one toilet must be provided for each sex for each 10 workers. Lavatories shall be located adjacent to the toilet facilities.
All toilet and bathrooms, kitchen and mess halls, sleeping and living rooms, and beds and bedding must be kept clean and sanitary. Closed garbage and waste containers must be provided and must be emptied as often as necessary. The entire camp area must be kept clean and well drained and free from trash and garbage.
- Location with Respect to Livestock
Employee housing shall be maintained not less than 100 feet from barns, pens, or similar quarters of livestock or poultry
The premises shall be free from depressions in which water can stand. Natural sinkholes, pools, swamps or other surface collectors of water within 200 feet of the periphery of employee housing shall be either drained or filled to remove the surface water.
- Liquefied Petroleum Gas Restriction
No liquefied petroleum (LP) gas tanks or cylinders shall be maintained within an enclosed housing accommodation, nor be within 5 feet of a source of ignition, nor be less than 5 feet from any building opening or property line.
All exists for all buildings or portions thereof in employee housing shall be maintained clear and unobstructed at all times and meet Building Code requirements.
- Employee Responsibility
Each employee and occupant of a labor camp shall help take care of the camp and keep it clean.
The Environmental Health Division is responsible for ensuring that residential housing is safe, sanitary, and fit for human habitation. This is accomplished through investigations of complaints involving any housing sites.
Conditions addressed include, but are not limited to:
- Green pools / Mosquito breeding at private residences
- Sewage discharge
- Insect or Rodent infestations
- Clogged, leaking or inoperable plumbing fixtures
- Lead and Mold Hazards
- Unsanitary conditions (trash accumulation, animal droppings)
The Environmental Health Division is also responsible for ensuring that correctional facility occupants are housed in safe & sanitary conditions. This is accomplished through investigations of complaints involving any jails, lock-ups, or correctional facilities.