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Sanitarian Registration Program Home Page

Welcome to the home page of the DSHS program that registers and regulates Sanitarians in Texas. This website contains information about Sanitarians including registration requirements, how to file a complaint, how to contact our office, and more.

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Special Message for Military Personell, Spouses, and Veterans

The State of Texas recognizes the contributions of our active duty military service members, their spouses, and veterans. The Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) in collaboration with the Office of the Governor, Texas Workforce Commission, Texas Veterans Commission, and Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation, is spreading the word to military personnel, their spouses, and veterans about licenses they may be eligible for and that may assist them in their search for work.

The Professional Licensing and Certification Unit provides regulatory oversight, including licensing and certification, for the 23 allied health occupations identified on this page. Military personnel or veterans may have met some licensing requirements as a result of their military service or other training , knowledge, and experience. Military spouses of current, active duty military service members may also have met some licensing requirements related to this status. 

Military personnel , their spouses, and veterans who are interested in one of the PLCU occupations and would like additional information regarding requirements may contact us via the contact information below or by clicking on the desired occupation for program specific contact information and a link to the program rules.

While a military service member is deployed minimum requirements for license renewal may be modified.

We extend our heartfelt thanks to military service members, veterans, and their families for their dedicated service to the United States of America and to the State of Texas.


Sanitarian Registration Program Continuing Education

Registered Sanitarians must obtain no less than 12 continuing education contact hours related to the fields of sanitation, environmental health, or consumer health within twelve months preceding renewal of the registration for a one year term, or no less than 24 continuing education contact hours related to the fields of sanitation, environmental health, or consumer health within twenty-four months preceding renewal of the registration for a two year term. The requirement for continuing education contact hours does not apply to registered sanitarians-in-training unless they renew, but will apply only after the sanitarians-in-training (SIT) upgrade to a sanitarian status. It is the responsibility of each sanitarian to keep copies of all certificates showing proof of completion of the required continuing education hours and to produce them in the event of a continuing education audit. If you are selected for a continuing education audit, send in photocopies of your completed continuing education hours.

Link to the Continuing Education (CE) rules on the State of Texas website


Contact Us

Sanitarian Registration Program
Texas Department of State Health Services
Mail Code 1982
P.O. Box 149347
Austin , Texas 78714-9347

E-mail: rs@dshs.state.tx.us 
Telephone: (512) 834-4517
Fax: (512)834-6677


Complaint Process

An individual who wishes to file a complaint against a registered Sanitarian or a Sanitarian in training may write to:

Complaints Management and Investigative Section 
P.O. Box 141369 
Austin, Texas 78714-1369

or call 1-800-942-5540 to request the appropriate form or obtain more information. This number is for complaints only. Please direct routine calls and correspondence to the phone number and address on the "Contact Us" page.

To file a complaint, you will need to complete the Complaint and the General Release forms.  Return both forms and any additional supporting documentation to the address shown on the complaint form.

After the completed complaint packet is returned, you will be notified by letter acknowledging that your complaint has been received.  The complaint will be reviewed to verify that the statement indicates a potential violation of law or rules.  If your complaint indicates a potential violation, you may be contacted for additional information.  Should your complaint not indicate a potential violation of law or rules, we will also notify you.

A complaint may be filed anonymously by not providing your name and address on the form; however, please be aware that anonymous complaints may be difficult to investigate and many are closed because insufficient information is provided.  When you provide your name and address, our investigative staff will be able to contact you for additional information which may be necessary to resolve your complaint.

In some instances, a complaint may be investigated informally by staff.  In other cases, investigations are conducted by a Texas Department of State Health Services investigator.  The complaint may be investigated by telephone, mail or personal interviews.   Information and/or documentation will be collected that is relevant to the complaint.  After the investigation is completed, the report of investigation will be forwarded to the program for appropriate action.  You may contact the board or program office at any time regarding the status of your complaint.


Enforcement Actions

Disciplinary actions are taken by regulatory authorities (boards, committees, programs) in response to a violation of the law or rules. Different kinds of actions may be taken depending on the severity of the offense, the history of previous violations, efforts made to correct the violation, the harm to the victim(s), the likelihood of a repeat violation, and other matters related to each particular case.  These actions are taken to protect and promote the health, safety, and welfare of the citizens of Texas.

Final Disciplinary Actions - License Denial, Surrender, Revocation
These actions will be permanently posted on this website. Further information, including a copy of the final order, is available upon written request from our office.
Final Disciplinary Actions - All Other, including Probated Suspension, Reprimand, and Administrative Penalty
These actions will be posted on this website for a total of seven (7) years from the date all the terms of the Order have been met, in accordance with our records retention schedule. The regulated individual may now be currently licensed, in good standing, and practicing without any restrictions.

DISCIPLINARY ACTIONS

Name
Type of License
License Number
City of Residence
Alleged Violation*
Disciplinary Action
Date of Action
Christensen, Steven Registered Sanitarian RS4165 Cypress, Texas

TOC 1953.101 & 1953.201 Related to engaging in work and representing oneself as a sanitarian without a certificate of registration.

Administrative Penalty $400

04/05/07
Hagan, Matthews Registered Sanitarian RS4156 Fresno, Texas TOC §1953.201, 25 TAC §140.116 and TPC §37.10-Related to engaging in gross negligence, incompetency and misconduct in the practice of sanitarian by tampering with a governmental record and falsifying inspection reports that had not been conducted Revocation 9/7/02
McClure, Michael Professional Sanitarian RS4188 San Angelo, Texas

TOC 1953.101 Related to representing oneself as a sanitarian, when no department-approved certificate was held.

Administrative Penalty $350

02/15/07
Wiginton, Don Registered Sanitarian RS2786 Austin , TX

TOC 265.153 Related to gross negligence and incompetence.

Administrative Penalty $2500

04/05/07
*will be posted for disciplinary actions taken on or after 9/1/03

For more information about the disciplinary actions listed on this website, please call our office using our toll-free complaint line at 1-800-942-5540 and ask to speak with Yvonne Feinleib.

Last Updated May 5, 2016

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