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Arlington County is a 26 square mile metropolitan area adjacent to the nation’s capital.  With a population of approximately 215,000, Arlington is among the most densely populated jurisdictions in the country.

Arlington is home to many notable attractions, including Arlington National Cemetery, the Pentagon, Iwo Jima Memorial, and the Air Force Memorial. Arlington is also home to Reagan National Airport, Joint Base Myer-Henderson Hall, and several federal agencies.

The Environmental Health (EH) Staff includes eight Environmental Health Specialists, two Environmental Health Technicians, one Senior Environmental Health Specialist, one Supervisor, one Manager, and one Administrative Support Staff. Programs include inspections of food establishments, temporary events, farmer’s markets, tourist establishments (hotels and motels), and water recreation facilities (swimming pools, spas, spray parks). Other programs include investigation of potential foodborne related outbreaks, complaint investigations, investigation of environmental sources of lead (for children age 6 or less with elevated blood lead levels), and providing information and education regarding other environmental risks to health. Some information and educational topics include tickborne disease, bedbugs, and control of other pests. The EH Program works with many other agencies to protect and promote the health of residents and visitors.

EH staff regularly inspects:

  • Over 1200 permitted Food Establishments (such as restaurants, schools, daycare facilities, hospitals, nursing homes, mobile food trucks, etc.) which are inspected from one to four times a year, depending on the risks associated with the foods served
  • Over 40 Tourist Establishments (hotels and motels) which are inspected at least once every year
  • Nearly 300 water recreation facilities which are inspected at least twice annually