The City of Vernon is one of four cities in California with its own Environmental Health Department. The mission of the Vernon Environmental Health Department is to protect the environment, and safeguard the health and well-being of Vernon’s residents, workers, visitors, and neighboring communities. In pursuit of its mission, the Department oversees several long-established and intensive programs to assist Vernon businesses to conserve resources, minimize waste, and protect the environment.
Prior to 1986, the Health Department served the Vernon businesses by conducting health screenings (yes we had a nurse) and providing Occupational Health services along with the Food Program. In 1986, the Certified Unified Program Agency (CUPA) was formed and changed the department into what it is today, overseeing numerous programs and activities.