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Public Health

Public Health policy remains an important priority of the Board of Commissioners. The mission of the Health Department is to serve the residents of springfield Township through the administration and enforcement of regulatory ordinances adopted by the Board of Commissioners to assure the health, safety, and welfare of our community.

Susan Warner, Health Officer is responsible for inspecting and approving licenses for all eating and drinking establishments, retail food stores, public and parochial schools and public swimming pools in the township. The Health Officer provides food safety training to food handlers by conducting in service or instruction during on site inspections.

Additionally, the office investigates complaints relating to health and sanitation, animal bites and complaints, nuisance complaints, foreign substance in waterways, rodent infestation and unhealthy or unsanitary conditions in public facilities or private residences.

The following is a partial list of Ordinances frequently referenced by the Health Office, they all involve common sense, and more importantly, being considerate of your neighbor:

  1. Noise
  2. Nuisance
  3. Dog and other animal
  4. Food Establishments
  5. Swimming Pools
  6. Refuse, Recycle, Illegal dumping
  7. Property preservation

I enjoy working with the community and appreciate your feedback and suggestions on any health related concerns, please contact her at 610-544-1300, ext. 132.

Susan Warner

Health Officer
610-544-1300 x132

Additional Resources

File NameAction
Food Certification Classes by CountyDownload
CAADC Lead Safe FormsDownload
Centers for Disease Control & PreventionView
Information on the West Nile VirusView

Related Links

File NameAction
American Cancer SocietyView
Financial Help for Cancer
Healthcare 411View
Pennsylvania Dept. of HealthView
Delaware County Health DepartmentView
Community Action Agency of Delaware CountyView
Healthy Pets, Healthy PeopleView
Delco Treasurer's Office Get Your Dog LicensedView
Consumer Information CatalogView
Pennsylvania Dept. of AgricultureView
PA Dept. of Environmental ProtectionView
Springfield Township Conservation CommitteeView
Chester-Ridley-Crum Watersheds AssociationView
Darby Creek Valley
Animal ControlView
Disposal of CFL-LED BulbsView
Recycling ProgramView
Recycling MapDownload
License ApplicationsView
Environmental Health Concerns/Toxic Chemicals Where You Live, Work, and PlayView
Disposal of Used Needles or Other SharpsDownload

Reporting Stray Cat and Dog Issues

The Animal Protective Services Division of the BRANDYWINE VALLEY SPCA is available 24 hours a day 7 days a week. Our normal hours of operation are Sunday through Saturday from 7:30am – 5:00pm. During this time, an APS Officer will respond and collect any stray cat and or dog issues reported by the local governing body.

An APS Officer can be reached by calling our dispatch at 610-692-6113 x212. The phones are monitored by staff Monday through Friday and all calls are forwarded to officers in the field on the weekends. Residents may call our dispatch to report stray CAT and DOGS issues only. We make every attempt to respond as soon as possible. Calls are answered in the order they are received.

For more information just click on the link : BRANDYWINE VALLEY SPCA.

Animal Control

Because the serious threat of rabies persists in the Township, residents are advised to make sure their pets are vaccinated regularly and to avoid unnecessary contact with wild animals. To this end, the Board of Health sponsors a free rabies vaccination clinic annually. This is a free service to animal owners who reside in Springfield.

The Rabies Clinic is held in the fall. If your pet bites or attacks someone, or you have been bitten or attacked by an animal you must contact the Springfield Township Police and the Springfield Township Health Department. All victims of animal bites should be examined and if necessary, treated by a physician. All animals involved in biting incidents must be examined by a licensed veterinarian within 48 hours after the bite occurs. This procedure is required regardless of the vaccination status of the animal. If the animal is in satisfactory health, the veterinarian will issue a health certificate. A copy of this certificate must be submitted to the Township Health Officer and the Police Desk at the:

Township Building
50 Powell Road,
Springfield, PA.

The animal must be confined for (10) days following the bite then returned to the veterinarian for a second examination.

A copy of the second health certificate must also be submitted to the Township. The health certificate should be submitted as soon as they are received. Do not wait for the second certificate before you send in the first certificate.

The animal may not be outside unattended and must be leashed at all times. Failure to comply with above instructions may result in the removal of your animal and/or fines up to$1,000.00 plus court costs.