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
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.
Orientation to Environmental Health
How Do I Become A Sanitarian in West Virginia?