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Environmental Health Services

Bed Bugs – Informational Resources

Bed Bugs – Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Bat Bugs, Bed Bugs and Relatives – Colorado State University Extension

Prevention and Control of Bed Bugs in Residences – University of Minnesota Extension

Stop Bed Bugs in Hotels Safely – The New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene



Lead Paint

   Low levels of lead can affect children's developing brains and nervous systems. Learning disabilities, hearing loss, and violent behavior are some of the effects that lead paint can have on young children.  If your home was built before 1978, it's possible that lead paint on your walls, doors, windows and sills may still be dangerous.

Radon Information and Resources


Testing and Mitigating Your Home for Radon (Coupon Included!)- CDPHE

A Citizen's Guide to Radon: The Guide to Protecting Yourself and Your Family from Radon- EPA

Manual Informativo Sobre El Radón, La Guía para proteger a su familia y a usted del radon- EPA

Consumer's Guide to Radon Reduction: How To Fix Your Home- EPA

Financial Assistance to Reduce Radon in Your Home- CDPHE


If you can’t see it, smell it, or taste it, it can’t hurt you, right?  Wrong!  The second leading cause of lung cancer is radon- a colorless, odorless, tasteless gas. It is the number one cause of lung cancer among non-smokers, according to Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) estimates, and is responsible for about 21,000 deaths each year. Your risk of lung cancer is especially high if you smoke and your home has high levels of radon. Children are more sensitive to radon because their lungs are smaller and their respiratory rates are twice as high. 

Radionuclides in Drinking Water

Frquently Asked Questions about Radionuclides in Drinking Water – Colorado Department of Health and Environment



Body Art means the practice of physical body adornment by - establishments or artists utilizing, but not limited to, the techniques of body piercing, tattooing, branding, sculpting, and scarification. This definition does not include practices conducted under the supervision of a physician licensed to practice medicine under Colorado law nor piercing of the outer perimeter or lobe of the ear by means of sterilized stud-and-clasp ear piercing systems.

The Otero County Health Department conducts routine inspections of body art facilities in Otero and Crowley Counties to ensure the safe and sanitary practice of body art, the safe and sanitary physical environment where body art is performed, and the safe and sanitary conditions of equipment utilized in body art procedures. Facilities must comply with the Code of Colorado Regulations that governs the practice of body art (6 CCR 1010-22). 

Click here to read the Colorado Regulations for body art facilities. 

Body Art Application Form

Body Art Plan Review Form

A completed Body Art Application Form must be received by the Department, and the body art establishment must meet the minimum requirements for body art establishments and for body artists per 6 CCR 1010-22 before a pre-opening inspection will be conducted. 

For more information or to schedule a pre-opening inspection of your body art facility, contact 719-383-3040. 

A Homeowner's Guide to Septic Systems

Onsite Wastewater Treatment System Permit Application

Open Public Records Request Application


Temporary Food Events

Please submit your vendor worksheet to the Otero County Health Department at least 2 weeks prior to the event. 

Vendor Worksheet for Temporary Food Events

Temporary Food Event Checklist

Commissary Agreement

Hand Wash Station Diagram


Retail Food Establishments

Opening a Retail Food Establishment:

All new or extensively remodeled facilities are required to submit plans and specifications to the Otero County Health Department before such construction or extensive remodeling is begun or any existing structure is converted for use as a retail food establishment. Please contact the Health Department if you are planning on opening a new retail food establishment, making changes to an existing retail food establishment, or if there is a change in ownership of a current establishment.


For more information, see

Opening a Retail Food Establishment in Otero/Crowley County


Retail Food Establishment License Application


Retail Food Establishment Plan Review Application    (For Restaurants and Grocery Stores)

Mobile Unit Plan Review Application (For Mobile Units)

Affidavit- Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment

Commissary Agreement (For Mobile Units ONLY)


Cottage Foods

The Cottage Food Act allows individuals to produce, sell, and store certain foods in an unlicensed home kitchen. The list of allowed foods is limited to spices, teas, dehydrated produce, nuts, seed, honey, jams, jellies preserves, fruit butter, and certain baked goods, including candies. A person may sell whole eggs under this section, but may not sell more than 250 dozen per month. The food product must be non-potentially hazardous, and must not require refrigeration. 

Certain baked goods may be potentially hazardous, such as buttercream frosting, cheesecake, cream pies, etc. To produce and sell these items under the Cottage Food Act, the producer will need to show, through laboratory verification, that the pH and water activity of the product are within the parameters for a non-potentially hazardous food in order to continue producing the product under this provisions of this law.

The food product may only be sold directly to the end user, and may not be distributed or sold further. Selling these products to retail food establishments or grocery stores is prohibited. Labeling and food safety training requirements also apply. 

Please contact the Otero County Health Department at 719-383-3049 for more information, or visit the links below. 

Colorado Cottage Food Fact Sheet

Colorado Cottage Foods Brochure


Food Safety Resources:

Critical Food Temperatures Poster

How to Cool Potentially Hazardous Foods

Colorado Retail Food Establishment Rules and Regulations (6 CCR 1010-2)

Temperature Recording Log

Complying with Consumer Advisory Requirements

Refrigeration Monitoring Chart

How to Calibrate a Thermometer


Food Safety Courses: 

The Otero County Health Department strongly encourages all food service workers and managers to obtain food safety training to understand their role in preventing foodborne illness. This can be accomplished by completing the Food Handler Course or the Manager Course as endorsed by the Otero County Health Department. Both courses are available at any time and will satisfy your food safety training. Upon completing the online course and passing the exam, you will obtain a certificate of course completion available to print and display. If interested, group purchases are also available and can be purchased by calling 801-494-1416.  Please see the links below.

Food Handler Course

Food Manager Course


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