Nov. 28, 2016: To help local food service operations meet the new state requirement, the Environmental Health staff will offer Level I and Level II food safety workshops throughout 2017.  The Level I Person-in-Charge Class is one 2-hour session and is offered at no charge. The Level II ServSafe Training consists of three one-day sessions held over three weeks. The cost for the ServSafe training is $193. For more information, click below for a complete schedule of training sessions and a registration form.  Rule 3717-1-2.4 of the Ohio Administrative Code requires for each Level 3 & 4 food service operation, that at least one employee who has supervisory and management responsibility and the authority to direct and control food preparation and service, obtain the level two certification in food protection.


2017 Food Safety Class Schedule




Nov. 4, 2016: In observance of Veteran’s Day, the Knox County Health Department will be closed on Friday, Nov. 11. Since this is a pickup day for water samples, no samples will be collected on Thursday.  However, water samples will still be accepted during normal collection times on Tuesday before 4 p.m,. and on Wednesday before 9:30 a.m.


The pick-up schedule will also be affected later this month when the health department is closed Nov. 24-25 in observance of Thanksgiving. During that week, water samples will be once again only accepted on Tuesday before 4 p.m,. and on Wednesday before 9:30 a.m.


For more information, contact the Environmental Health office at 740-392-2200. Ext. 2222 or via email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.




Nov. 3. 2016:Organizers and participants in the mid-week farmers’s market held at the Knox County Health Department recently marked the end of the season with the presentation of a freezer to one of the attendees. Read full story>>



Nov. 2, 2016: The Knox County Health Department has received a $25,000 grant from the Ohio Department of Public Safety (ODPS) to continue to promote traffic safety awareness. The funding is used to coordinate the Knox County Safe Communities Coalition. The coalition works with local law enforcement and other agencies to educate and promote awareness of traffic safety issues such as seat belt restraint usage, impaired and distracted driving, speed, motorcycle safety, and teen driver safety. Read full story >>


Oct. 14, 2016: Recently, the Knox County Sheriff’s Department, in partnership with the Mount Vernon City Police Department and the Knox Substance Abuse Action Team ( KSAAT) conducted alcohol compliance checks at 18 retail outlets that sell alcohol in Knox County. Nearly 30% of businesses were non-compliant, meaning they sold alcohol to an underage individual.

In an effort to educate local businesses on Ohio’s liquor laws, KSAAT will host an Alcohol Server Knowledge (ASK) training on Oct. 18 at 11 am at the Knox County Health Department.

A representative from the Ohio Investigative Unit willl conduct the training which will help businesses owners, cashiers, clerks and retailers recognize minors, detect fake ID’s and better understand the good faith acceptance. The training will also cover sales to intoxicated persons, vertical ID’s, after-hour sales, and removal of intoxicated patrons.

All attendees will receive a certificate of attendance for participating in the training.

While there is no cost to attend the training, participants are asked to RSVP. To do so, contact  Ashley Didinger at the health department:  740-392-2200 ext. 2271 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .


Oct. 14, 2016: Local residents will have the opportunity to participate in National Prescription Drug Take Back Day with four locations in Knox County to dispose of expired, unwanted or unused medications. The nationwide activity which is organzied locally by the Knox Substance Abuse Action Team (KSAAT) will take place

Oct. 22 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Read full story>>


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