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Sanitarians in West Virginia

Sanitarians are environmental health professionals whose professional pursuits and duties are necessary to the promotion of life, health, and well-being of the public.  In West Virginia, Sanitarians are employed at both Local Health Departments and with the Bureau for Public Health in the Office of Environmental Health Services.   Generally, these folks work in the Public Health Sanitation Division, although Sanitarians do hold positions in other divisions or agencies and work under other functional job titles.

Sanitarians are governed by a State Board of Sanitarians under Chapter 30 Article 17 of the West Virginia Code.  Anyone performing the duties of a Sanitarian in West Virginia is required to follow the registration law.  The law requires that all newly hired Sanitarians attend and pass a 300 hour Sanitarian Training course provided by the Bureau for Public Health.  Once this has been accomplished, the trainee submits an Application for Registration as a Sanitarian in Training to the Board.  Individuals are eligible to become a Registered Sanitarian, (R.S.) after working for 2 years in this capacity, having successfully passed the exam provided by National Environmental Health Association (NEHA) and submitting an Application for Registration as a Registered Sanitarian to the Board.  In addition, the Board requires that all professionals under their jurisdiction obtain 15 hours of continuing education each year.  

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