Muhlenberg County Health Department Public Facilities
The Public Facilities Program strives to prevent disease outbreaks and promote personal safety by inspecting permitted facilities such as swimming pools, recreational swimming areas, hotels, mobile home/RV parks, youth camps, tanning facilities, tattoo studios, ear and body piercing facilities.
Swimming Pools/Public Beaches
Through inspection and bacteriological analysis of recreational waters, the public facilities program strives to protect the public from recreational water illness (RWI). RWI’s are spread by swallowing, breathing, or having contact with contaminated water from swimming pools, spas, splash pads, and other recreational water features. Recreational water can become contaminated with microscopic organisms such as bacteria, viruses, or protozoa directly from patrons or from other environmental sources (air, soil, water, animals). The most common casual effects of illness associated with swimming pools and public beaches are: Cryptosporidium, Giardia, and Escherichia coli, Norovirus, Adenovirus and Hepatitis A.
These facilities are owned and operated by clubs, camps, parks, hotels or other similar entities. The Public Facilities Program works to prevent recreational water illnesses and injury at all facilities/areas through required operator certification and regulatory enforcement. All facilities/areas are inspected and monitored.
Important links related to swimming pools and beaches:
The state hotel and motel inspection program ensures that applicable lodging facilities are clean and free of health and safety risks. Inspections are conducted by local health department environmentalists at least once each year with follow up inspections and complaint investigations as necessary.
Important links related to hotel/motel Program Regulation:
Mobile Home/Recreational Vehicle Park Program
The state mobile home and recreational vehicle communities program establishes standards for community construction and layout, sanitary standards for operation and other matters necessary to ensure a safe and sanitary community operation. To register a complaint on a mobile home or recreational vehicle community, please visit our local health department for assistance.
The Kentucky Youth Camp program permits both residential camp facilities and day camp facilities. Local health departments conduct inspections of each youth camp twice per year, with follow-up inspections and complaint investigations as necessary.
The Kentucky Department for Public Health, Division of Public Health Protection and Safety, develops and monitors the statewide Tanning Facility Registration Program. Anyone who owns/operates a tanning facility for use by the public must register with the Cabinet through the local county health department. There is a yearly registration fee of $20.
Tattoo, Body Piercing and Ear Piercing Programs
The Tattoo, Body Piercing and Ear Piercing Programs register tattoo artists and body and ear piercers and certify studios. Anyone engaged in the practice of tattooing or body/ear piercing in Kentucky must be registered by the Cabinet or local health department.
Plan review/submission process
Three sets of plumbing plans and three plan application forms shall be submitted to the local health department. Note: four sets of plans must be submitted if the water source is private or if the community is located in a flood plain. The local health department reviews the plans. The applicant is responsible for forwarding the approved plans to the Department of Housing, Buildings and Construction (DHBC) for further approval. Approved plans are returned to the local health department with an approval letter. Plans that are not approved are returned to the local health department with a deficiency letter. The forms may be obtained from the Kentucky Department for Public Health.