The Salt Lake Valley Health Department has a new public reporting telephone line, 385-468-8888, for health regulation violations and complaints. The new line joins an online reporting system at SLVHealth.org as one more way residents can alert the department to public health problems and concerns.

Callers to the new line can report a variety of public health concerns, including: food poisoning, restaurant cleanliness and food handler violations, dumping into storm drains and waterways, excessively polluting/smoking motor vehicles, dust and odor complaints, public swimming pool violations, hazardous waste issues, noise complaints, public lodging (hotel/motel) violations, chemically contaminated (meth lab) properties, transient encampments and waste issues, cosmetology, body art, tanning or massage violations, Utah Indoor Clean Air Act violations and secondhand smoke issues in apartment buildings.

The new reporting line will also have an option to report infectious diseases. The Utah Communicable Disease Rule (Utah Administrative Code R386-702) requires reporting of certain, specific diseases to the appropriate local health department. While this responsibility lies with doctors and hospitals, SLVHD always appreciates help from the public in identifying certain illnesses or situations, such as meningitis, pertussis (whooping cough), or any foodborne illness like salmonellosis or norovirus. A complete list of reportable diseases is available at SLVHealth.org (also attached).

During business hours, which are Monday to Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., the phone line will route callers to the SLVHD bureau appropriate for their concern; after hours, callers will be given the option to reach either the department's environmental emergency line (for hazardous material spills and emergencies) or infectious disease emergency line (for diseases considered "immediately reportable" according to the Utah Communicable Disease Rule).