Environmental Public Health
Environmental Public Health provides a variety of services that include inspections of food
establishments, residential on-site sewage systems/sewage permits through the Audrain County
On-Site Sewage Ordinance, lodging establishment inspections, daycare licensure and inspection,
and environmental issues/complaints.   Consultation is also provided for general environmental
health and/or sanitation concerns.  We welcome you to call ACHD at 573-581-1332 with any
questions or concerns you may have.

Food Service Inspections - Making sure that the public has a safe place to dine

Daycare Licensure & Inspections - Insuring the safety of our most precious gift.

Lodging Inspections - Giving you a good nights sleep.

Environmental Issues - If you have a question, we can get you an answer.

Onsite Sewage - A part of living in a rural area encompasses the use of an on-site sewage system.


RADON:

Radon is a chemical element with symbol Rn and atomic number 86. It is a radioactive, colorless,
odorless, tasteless noble gas, occurring naturally as an indirect decay product of uranium or thorium.  
Radon becomes a risk indoors because as it continues to break down, it emits atomic particles that upon
entering the lungs can alter the DNA and increase lung cancer risk.
In fact, radon is the second leading cause of lung cancer in the nation and is classified as a "Class A"
carcinogen according to EPA. Radon is not known to cause asthma or any other type of respiratory
distress. Radon can be tested and measured (in picocuries per liter (pCi/L) of air) and there are estimated
risks to health from the exposure depending on the concentration. DHSS in conjunction with EPA
recommends that if the concentration of radon is 4 pCi/L or greater, then remediation should be done to
lower risks. Smoking in conjunction with radon exposure greatly increases the risk of cancer.
(Source: DHSS website)

To learn more and order a free test kit, visit
http://health.mo.gov/living/environment/radon/index.php
Audrain County Health Department
Public Health: Better Health, Better Missouri.