Air & Noise Control Program
This program routinely conducts site visits at gas stations, dry cleaners, and other establishments to determine compliance with NJDEP regulations. The program also responds to citizen complaints of indoor air quality, radon, and odors. Diesel trucks and buses are inspected for idling times over 3 minutes and citations are issued as appropriate.
Body Art Procedures
Businesses which perform tattooing, permanent cosmetic procedures and ear/body piercings are regulated by Chapter 8 of the State Sanitary Code to ensure that adequate sterilization, sanitation, and safety standards are maintained. Inspectors conduct yearly inspections in addition to investigation of any complaints received.
Food Surveillance and Sanitation
Food establishments must operate in accordance with Chapter 24 of the NJ State Sanitary Code. Food establishments within the Department's jurisdiction are inspected at least once per year. Citizen complaints are investigated. Enforcement action is taken as necessary to insure compliance with sanitary standards. All records are available to patrons.
Geographic Information Systems (GIS)
GIS is used routinely in the decision-making process for most programs within the Monmouth County Health Department. The focus of the GIS program has been on Environmental, Public Health, and Emergency preparedness. This has mainly been through the creation of maps and the display of geographic data. The MCHD has kept up with its development trend of previous years by utilizing GIS software and toolsets in some very complex analysis projects. For examples of some of our GIS projects, please visit the Documents page of our site.
Hazardous Materials Response
The Hazardous Materials Response Team is on call to respond to and investigate Haz-Mat emergencies 24 hours a day. Team members have received extensive training in hazardous materials emergencies, weapons of mass destruction (WMD) response, and environmental fields such as solid waste, air, noise, and water pollution.
Household Hazardous Waste Facility
The facility is a safer, more efficient system for the management and disposal of household hazardous materials. The facility accepts household chemicals such as cleaners, pesticides, pool chemicals, all batteries, paints, motor oil, gasoline, anti-freeze, and much more.
Click here to learn about Operation Medicine Cabinet, a state-wide program designed to collect unused or expired medicine.
Lead Based Paint Abatement Program
Dwellings are inspected by a licensed Risk Assessor with special x-ray equipment; when children are referred with elevated lead levels.
Mesothelioma is a rare lung cancer caused by exposure to asbestos. Because of the nature of this disease, it can remain undetected for over a decade before the patient shows any signs of illness. In fact, many are now facing the deadly consequences of asbestos, years after they have been exposed. For additional information about this condition, please click on the links below:
Pet Care Facilities
Licensed pet care facilities and pet shops are inspected for compliance with general sanitation and basic welfare standards in accordance with kennel and pet shop regulations set forth in the New Jersey State Sanitary Code. The Health Department also investigates complaints received from the general public.
Public Health Nuisance Complaints
Complaints are normally initiated by residents and may include: noxious weeds, housing, solid waste, insects, rodents, and malfunctioning plumbing or septic systems. Environmental Health Inspectors are on call 24 hours a day to respond to emergency complaints such as sewage overflows, disease outbreaks, fires at food establishments, etc.
Call 732-431-7456 for assistance.
Public Recreational Bathing & Youth Camps
Recreational bathing sites are inspected at least twice during the operating season to insure compliance with NJ State Sanitary Code for Public Recreational Bathing. Youth Camps are inspected for basic sanitation, adequate food handling, and compliance with State regulations in such areas as swimming, boating, archery, horseback riding, and others.
Royal Flush Pump Out Boat
The Royal Flush operates Friday through Sunday from 7:00 am to 5:00 pm (weather permitting). To make a pump out appointment, please contact Captain Dave: cell phone #: (732) 890-6142 or VHF channel 9. Please note there is a $5.00 fee for this service.
Member municipalities are provided with rabies vaccination programs for dogs and cats. Specific dates and locations can be obtained by calling the health department. Transportation of specimens requiring rabies testing is provided.
Regulated Underground Storage Tank (UST) Inspection Program
Our inspectors conduct compliance monitoring and leak detection inspections of active regulated underground storage tank systems in Monmouth County. There are currently over 500 regulated UST systems registered in Monmouth County. They include gasoline retailers, government agencies, public utilities, and industrial facilities. Inspections are conducted in accordance with a cooperative agreement executed between MCHD and the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (NJDEP).
Septic System & Well Inspections
The Health Department oversees the approvals and the inspections of septic systems and wells for our member municipalities. Inspections are conducted throughout the entire installation of the approved system to ensure compliance.
Smoke Free Air Act Initiative
Since January 2006, smoking has been prohibited in most New Jersey indoor public places. Restaurants, bars, retail stores, and most other businesses with public access must be maintained smoke free. Citizen complaints regarding smoking indoors are investigated with violations issued non-compliance.
Solid Waste Enforcement & Management (SWET)
SWET inspects all solid waste landfills, transfer stations, and recycling facilities in the County to ensure compliance with all operational standards required by State law. They have an ongoing compliance assistance program for waste management for schools, businesses, and municipaliities which covers everything from recycling to safe chemical use and storage.
Click here for a GIS map of past and present Waste Disposal Sites in Monmouth County. This map was developed as a joint project between the Monmouth County Health Department and Monmouth County Planning Board.
Water Pollution Control
This program is divided into three areas: surface, ground water, and potable water. The Water Pollution Control Team conducts joint investigations with other department environmental units and provides assistance to local health departments with water-related complaints. For more detailed information visit our Environmental Research page.