The Division of Environmental Health (DEH) provides primary prevention through a combination of surveillance, education, enforcement, and assessment programs designed to identify, prevent and abate the environmental conditions that adversely impact human health. The DEH enhances the quality of life by protecting public health and safeguarding environmental quality, educating the public to increase environmental awareness, and implementing and enforcing Virgin Islands and federal environmental public health laws.
DEH protects and improves public health by preventing, minimizing and eliminating exposure to biological, chemical or physical hazards through a variety of regulatory activities, including permitting and inspecting businesses and public facilities. Environmental Health Inspectors also investigate reports of public health and safety menaces anywhere in the community including residential, commercial and industrial areas.
Food handlers cards are now processed by the Division of Environmental Health and are a requirement to work in the following industries: food service, childcare, beauty, barbers, spas, nail salons, and massage parlors. A Health Card is proof that you do not carry any parasitic diseases, based on stool sample test results from a certified lab.