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Food Borne Illness Pamphlet
Food Safety in Power Outages
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The Public Health Division in the Community Development Department is responsible for all code enforcement activities related to sanitation and health concerns. The Health Division oversees inspections of all food service
establishments, retail food stores, home day cares, hair and nail salons, massage facilities and hotels and motels.

Board Of Health
      Blood Drives  
      Medical SHARPS Disposal
West Nile Virus
Restaurants and Retail Establishments
Food Handler Training
Health Division Personnel
Temporary Food Service Establishments

Board of Health

The Board of Health, established by Municipal Code, meets every other month at 7:00 p.m. in the Conference Room, 1st Floor, Village Hall.  They are responsible for the general supervision of the health interests of the residents of the Village of Wheeling.  By cooperating with and promoting the enforcement of Federal, State, County, and Village regulations related to sanitation and health, they are seeking to control the spread of communicable disease and the promotion of general health.

Blood Drives

Next Blood Drive:  Wednesday, July 8th from 2pm to 7pm - Village Hall - 2 Community Boulevard, Wheeling, IL

On the second Wednesday of the months of March, July and November, the Village holds a blood drive to collect blood that goes on to serve areas hospitals. Life Source Blood Services operates a blood drive which is held currently at Village Hall, 1st Floor, 2 Community Boulevard, Wheeling, IL from 2:00 pm until 7:00 pm.  The next Blood Drive is scheduled for Wednesday, July 8, 2015.

Blood donors of all types are needed every day…for critically ill patients, accident victims, people needing surgery and those patients suffering from chronic diseases such as cancer and leukemia. If all eligible people would donate, there would never be a blood shortage.

LifeSource provides a new automated procedure which offers donors a unique way to donate red blood cells by using the ALYX machine. All donors interested in donating on the ALYX must have a higher level of iron than is needed for a whole blood donation. Males must be at least 5'1" tall and weigh at least 130 pounds. Females must be a lease 5'5" tall and weigh at least 150 pounds. The procedure will take 15 minutes longer than a normal donation.

Appointments are greatly appreciated for our blood drive. To schedule an appointment, please call Beverly Slaby at 847-499-9045 or e-mail her at bslaby@wheelingil.gov.  There will be door prizes of gift certificates from Wheeling Restaurants. Please donate to help save lives. Walk-ins are always welcomed!

Before coming out to the drive, be certain that you eat a solid breakfast and lunch during the day. Also drink plenty of non-caffeinated beverages as well. It has been recommended that by drinking plenty of water in the days leading to the drive that veins become fuller and make the blood donation process easier.  Please bring a valid I.D. with you.
We hope to see you at the blood drive.

Medical SHARPS Disposal Program

The Prescription Drug and Sharps Disposal Program is held every third (3rd) Saturday of each month from 10:00 am until 12:00 pm. The drop off location is located at the Main Police Department Entrance, located at 1 Community Boulevard, Wheeling, IL. For more information contact Beverly at 847-499-9045.

Wheeling residents can drop off unwanted medications and used sharps (needles and syringes). We except prescription and over the counter medications in their original containers. You must leave the label on the container.  You may scratch out any personal information if you choose.  No liquid over-the-counter medications will be accepted. We do not accept controlled substances such as Oxycontin and Percocet. Go to www.swancc.org to get a complete list of controlled medications.

Sharps must be in a designated Sharps container or a rigid container such as a detergent bottle or coffee can.  Do not use milk containers or water bottles as needles can puncture through these types of containers. Make sure the lids are sealed tight.
WE WILL NOT accept sharps that are not in a rigid container.  WE WILL NOT accept sharps in cardboard or cardstock boxes.

New sharps containers are available through the Community Development Department Health Division, located at 2 Community Blvd. You can also get a new container when you drop off your full sharps container.

At the same time as the medication drop off, the following will be accepted for recycling:

          Household batteries: AA, AAA, C, D, 9V. Tape ends of rechargeable batteries. 

          Eye glasses including all frames and sunglasses.

A new secure drop-off collection container has been placed in the main lobby of Wheeling Fire Station 24, 499 S. Milwaukee Avenue. This collection container is available Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. The collection container requires all sharps to be contained in a one-quart sharps box; no loose sharps are permitted. Boxes are also available, free of charge, immediately adjacent to the sharps collection container. This program is a joint project of the Village of Wheeling and Waste Management Corporation. If you have questions regarding the Fire Station sharps drop-off program, please call 847.459.2662

Back To TopWest Nile Virus

West Nile Virus is a mosquito-borne virus that can cause encephalitis (an inflammation of the brain) in people. Most people who are infected by this virus will experience no symptoms. Mild cases of encephalitis are detectable by slight fever or headache, while more severe cases incidents are marked by rapid onset of fever, with headaches, body aches, disorientation, tremors and convulsions. The most serious cases may result in death. 

To minimize your risk of exposure to West Nile Virus, you should follow some simple precautions which are intended to minimize your chance of being bit by mosquitoes. Click here to download "Protect Your Home Against Mosquitoes" information.

More information about West Nile Virus is available through the Health Officer at the Village of Wheeling: 847-499-9045.

Back To TopRestaurants and Retail Food Service Establishments

The Village of Wheeling Public Health Division, in order to provide clean and sanitary food service establishments for all residents and consumers, conducts routine health and sanitation inspections of all food service and retail food store establishments through out the year.

The Public Health Division requires that all food service establishments and retail food stores obtain a Health Permit prior to opening. For those new establishments coming into the village, there is a “Food Establishment Construction Guide” which states the minimum physical necessities for a new or remodeled restaurant, deli, tavern or other food service establishment.
Click here to obtain a Health Permit application for restaurants and retail food stores as well as a guideline sheet.

A Construction Guide for New Food Service Establishments is available for download by clicking here.

Back To TopFood Handler Training

As of December 31, 2014, all food handlers working in restaurants are required to have food handler training, unless they already have a valid Illinois Food Service Sanitation Manager Certification.  A food employee or food handler is defined to be any individual working with unpackaged food, food equipment or utensils or food contact surfaces. 

All food service employees fall under that category.

All current employees must obtain training as soon as possible.  New employees must obtain training within 30 days of hire.  Food handlers must renew their accreditation every 3 years.

The food handler course is available on line.  The course must be ANSI accredited and approved by the Illinois Department of Public Health, Division of Food, Drugs and Dairies.  Serve Safe and the National Restaurant Association offers training online.

A list of food handler courses with American National Standards Institute (ANSI)  approval can be found on the ANSI website by clicking here.

 A copy of the training certificate must be kept at the food service establishment. Health inspectors will be checking the certificates during routine inspections. We recommend that owners or managers provide a binder for training certificates for easy access and review along with a current list of employees.

Contact Health Officer Beverly Slaby at bslaby@wheelingil.gov  or 847-499-9045 if you have any questions.  

Back To TopTemporary Food Establishments

This document is available to view in PDF format. Temporary Food Establishments Service Regulations

Temporary food service establishments operate periodically throughout the year.  The facilities are also issued permits and get inspected during the event.  A temporary food service establishment operates at a fixed location for a period of time of not more than 14 consecutive days in conjunction with a single event or celebration. Every temporary food service establishment shall be inspected prior to the start of the operation.

Back To TopHealth Division Personnel

The Village of Wheeling Health Officials are:

Beverly Slaby LEHP, Health Officer  (847) 499-9045
Serena Fried, Health Inspector (847) 499-9048

 

 

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