Health and Safety Information

 

The Bexley Board of Health

The Bexley Board of Health is charged with facilitating and administering public health policy and overseeing the City's contract with the Franklin County Board of Health.  The Board of Health meets on the third Tuesday of the first month of each quarter.  See the City Calendar for more information.

See below for common items of interest pertaining to health and safety in Bexley.

Current Health Alerts:

Zika Virus (Updated April, 2016)

Shigellosis - Extremely Drug Resistant (January 11, 2016)

Bexley Mosquito Control Program:

For a helpful list of mosquito prevention tips, please visit the Franklin County Public Health website. The City of Bexley participates in a joint contract with Franklin County Public Health (FCPH) for mosquito control services. The current contractor is Vector Disease Control International (VDCI).

Area Wide Treatment

Each year VDCI does an evaluation of the topography of the community and where pools are found in order to determine testing locations. Generally they will set traps in approximately three to four locations throughout the community. If West Nile virus is found, an area wide treatment, fogging, is performed in that area. Fogging may also be performed when West Nile virus is not present but there are large numbers of mosquitoes found. When the fogging is performed, approximately 45 road miles are driven. For information on chemicals used, please see the FCPH web page link above. All chemicals used are environmentally friendly. There is a form on the FCPH web page to request that the contractor not treat at your property.

Individual Locations

VDCI also deals with individual requests for services. When a request is received, VDCI will generally meet with the resident to perform a visual survey of the property to help minimize locations where larvae might form. If larvae are found, a barrier treatment may be performed at the affected property. The overall goal of this program is to develop a system that reduces the mosquito population in the City of Bexley and has little or no impact on the environment of the treated areas. Additionally, the information provided here is designed to provide a level of comfort for the citizens of Bexley that the program is designed to reduce a nuisance and a potential health problem. Any further questions on the mosquito control program should be directed to the Public Service Department at (614) 559-4220.

Food Safety Program:

The Food Safety Program is primarily responsible to protect the community against foodborne illnesses resulting from health code violations and improper handling of food. It is responsible for inspections of food service operations, food vending machines, mobile food operations, and food establishments. Schools, daycare centers, restaurants, and hospitals are just a few of the areas inspected on a regular basis by this section. Thanks to the ongoing, highly professional service provided by registered sanitarians, the incidence of foodborne illnesses is minimal in the Franklin County community.