The Lord Fairfax Health District (LFHD) is located in the Shenandoah Valley of northwestern Virginia. LFHD serves a population of approximately 228,087 (est 2013) and consists of 1,652 square miles. The District is a blend of beautiful rural areas, towns and one city. The area is a tourism destination, offering beautiful fall foliage, hiking and camping, sporting events, and wineries, the arts, museums and lots of Civil War history. Many annual events are held in the area, including Festivals and County Fairs.
LFHD serves the five Virginia counties of Clarke, Frederick, Page, Shenandoah and Warren and the City of Winchester. A local health department office is located in each Jurisdiction and the District office is located in Winchester.
The Environmental Health (EH) Program in LFHD performs a wide variety of environmental and public health functions. The staffing for this Department includes an Environmental Health Manager, Environmental Health Supervisors, Environmental Health Specialists and Administrative Support Staff, which all fall under the direction of a District Health Director.
EH Programs include inspections of food establishments, temporary events, tourist establishments (hotels, motels, inns and bed and breakfast facilities), migrant labor camps, campgrounds and summer camps, and swimming pools that are associated with tourist establishments. Environmental Health staff also process applications and inspect private wells, septic systems, alternative onsite sewage systems and alternative discharge systems. The District also includes two dairy plants that require oversight. Other EH programs include investigation of environmental sources of lead (for children age 6 or less with elevated blood lead levels), potential foodborne and water related outbreaks and other emergency response duties, rabies prevention, complaint investigations, and providing information and education regarding other environmental risks to health. Some information and educational topics include tickborne disease, bedbugs, control of other pests and radon. The EH Department, works with several other departments and agencies to protect and promote the health of residents and visitors.
The goal of our Food Program is to prevent foodborne illness by ensuring that foods prepared and served by food establishments are safe, unadulterated, and prepared under sanitary conditions. This is accomplished by reviewing plans and conducting pre-operational inspections for new or remodeled establishments before granting approval for their operation, conducting routine inspections, responding to citizen complaints, providing food safety education and information.
On this website you can view the most recent foodservice inspections of the facilities in LFHD that are permitted under the State Board of Health’s Food Regulations.