Review of the State Board of Sanitarian Registration
Sanitarian Registration Law first went into effect August 15,
1977. The law was not mandatory and the Board experienced the
first of several "grandfather" periods that would be a part
of sanitarian registration in coming years.
first meeting was December 8, 1977. Boyd Marsh was elected as
the first Chairman, Charles Terry was elected as Vice Chairman
and Roger Suppes was elected as Secretary.
the first year the Board adopted the first set of rules that
became effective June 1, 1978. The Board acquired space in the
old state office building at 65 S. Front Street, and hired the
first executive secretary (Ivan Baker) for 7.5 hours/week. Ivan's
wife, Edith, provided secretarial support at 15 hours per week.
During the first year the Board expended $5,397.50
sanitarians were registered the first year.
Board was moved from a Special Fund and lost $25,000 to the
General Revenue Fund. The Board had hoped to use the funds for
continuing education and investigation activities in future
years, but it was not to be.
Board established training agencies as providers of continuing
education and established eighteen hours a year as the continuing
education standard. This requirement is the highest or near
highest of any profession licensed in Ohio.
Board conducted its first exam and 80% (8 out of 10) passed.
The second year also saw the first registration by reciprocity.
The second year also marked the disapproval of an applicant
from Texas because Texas law was not equivalent to Ohio.
Mauger became the Board's executive secretary.
passed the registration examination.
Board was experiencing financial problems and the period was
marked by budget reductions. There was general concern about
the decline in the number of registered sanitarians in Ohio.
Thoughts began to turn to mandatory registration.
Board focused on administrative streamlining and moved from
four renewal periods to the two renewal periods that we have
the eighth year, 1985, Lynn Jones was appointed executive secretary,
and House Bill 632 was introduced by Representative Fred Deering
to establish mandatory registration in July 1985.
1987, the tenth year of the Board's existence, mandatory registration
became effective through Representative Deering's legislation.
Since the bill contained an appropriation, the bill became effective
immediately on July 20, 1987 with the signature of Governor
Jones became the Board's first full time executive secretary.
Previously all executive secretaries were employed through personal
was a second "grandfather" and 92% of the applicants were approved.
56% were from local health departments. Surprisingly, 19% were
from the Department of Agriculture (meat inspectors). 9% were
from the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency, and 8% were from
the Ohio Department of Health. More than 50% of the applicants
had a baccalaureate degree or higher, and the number of registered
sanitarians went over 900 for the first time.
year was marked by concerns over the passing point and not having
sufficient sanitarians for employment. The passing point was
changed from the arithmetic mean of all persons taking the exam
throughout the country to one standard deviation below the mean.
The percentage of individuals passing went from less than 50%
was the first year that the exam was given three times a year
rather than the traditional twice a year.
Board's appropriation exceeded $50,000 for the first time.
Diamond became executive secretary.
80% of the applicants passed the examination.
1993-94 approximately 90% of the applicants passed the exam.
attempts were made in the legislature to re-open the "grandfather".
They were successfully stopped.
this year the legislature was successful in creating a third
Jones was re-employed as executive secretary.
third "grandfather" was implemented and 61% of 178 applicants
were approved versus 92% in the second "grandfather" in 1987