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Accessibility

This website has been designed with consideration for those who use Web accessibility assistive technology. The South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control (S.C. DHEC) makes every possible effort to ensure that all electronic and information technology developed, procured, maintained or used by S.C. DHEC is accessible to people with disabilities, including both our employees and the public we serve. S.C. DHEC strives to ensure that this website is accessible in accordance with Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act. If you, or someone you know, are not able to access any content on this website due to a disability, please contact S.C. DHEC by clicking on “Contact Us.”

Copyright and Trademark Notice

This website and its content, including but not limited to text, graphics, artwork, sound, audio-visual material, pictorial and musical works, compilations, derivative works, programming, and source code are protected by U.S. copyright law. The S.C. DHEC logo is a trademark and service mark of the South Carolina Department of Health & Environmental Control. You may not: (1) reproduce, adapt, modify, distribute, publicly perform or display, transmit, or otherwise copy or use any part of this site except as specifically permitted by S.C. DHEC in writing; (2) reproduce, adapt, modify, display, or otherwise use the S.C. DHEC logo except as specifically permitted by S.C. DHEC in writing; (3) alter or remove any copyright or trademark notices from any copies of this site; or (4) use this site or its content in a manner that infringes the copyright, trademark, patent, trade secret, or other proprietary rights of any third party. Any permission granted for copying or use of the site or its content does not authorize any changes to or deletions of the material and does not convey any ownership interest.

If you submit any information or upload content to this site, you agree that, by doing so, you grant S.C. DHEC a non-exclusive license to reproduce, use, display, and distribute the content of your communications without regard to any copyright, trademark, service mark, patent, trade secret, or other proprietary rights you may have in such information or communication. You further agree that you will not submit any information or communication that would infringe the copyright, trademark, service mark, patent, trade secret, or other proprietary rights of any third party.

Disclaimer

The South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control (S.C. DHEC) maintains this website as a service to the public. While S.C. DHEC makes every effort to provide accurate and complete information, various data such as names, telephone numbers, etc. may change prior to updating. S.C. DHEC welcomes suggestions on how to improve our home page and correct errors. S.C. DHEC provides no warranty, expressed or implied, as to the accuracy, reliability or completeness of furnished data.

As a convenience, this website contains links to third-party websites. These sites are not under S.C. DHEC control and S.C. DHEC is not responsible for the content at any linked site. S.C. DHEC does not endorse the contents of any linked sites.

S.C. DHEC reserves the right to limit third-party links to other state, federal and local government sites, or to sites operated by partners with whom S.C. DHEC conducts ongoing health- or environment-related programs and activities that benefit the goal of healthy people living in healthy communities.

Privacy Notice

The privacy, confidence, and trust of individuals who visit the S.C. DHEC website are important to us. No personal information is collected at this site unless provided voluntarily by an individual while participating in an activity that asks for the information. If you choose to provide us with personal information, as in an e-mail message, S.C. DHEC will use this information to respond to your request. There are times when your e-mail is forwarded within S.C. DHEC to employees who are better able to assist you. S.C. DHEC may also forward requests for assistance to another appropriate agency for response. Please do not put confidential and personal information such as social security number, date of birth, bank account and credit card information, mother’s maiden name or medical information in your e-mail communications to S.C. DHEC.

S.C. DHEC will not disclose personal information collected from users to private third parties unless the law requires such disclosure. Laws exist in South Carolina to ensure government is open and that the public has a right to access appropriate records and information possessed by a government agency. At the same time, however, there are exceptions to the public’s right to access certain records in order to preserve the privacy of individuals.

Family Privacy Protection

The South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control establishes this policy on the collection and dissemination of personal information in accordance with Sections 30-2-10 through 30-2-50 of the South Carolina Code of Laws.  The purpose of the policy is to ensure that the collection of personal information by the Department is limited to such personal information as is required and necessary to fulfill a legitimate public purpose, and to further ensure that the Department shall collect and disseminate personal information in compliance with the South Carolina Family Privacy Protection Act.

Definitions

'Personal information' - means information that identifies or describes an individual including, but not limited to, an individual's photograph or digitized image, social security number, date of birth, driver's identification number, name, home address, home telephone number, medical or disability information, education level, financial status, bank account(s) number(s), account or identification number issued by and/or used by any federal or state governmental agency or private financial institution, employment history, height, weight, race, other physical details, signature, biometric identifiers, and any credit records or reports.

'Legitimate public purpose' - means a purpose or use which falls clearly within the statutory charge or mandates of an agency, board, commission, institution, department, or other state entity.

'Commercial solicitation' - means contact by telephone, mail, or electronic mail for the purpose of selling or marketing a consumer product or service. 'Commercial solicitation' does not include contact by whatever means for the purpose of:

  1. offering membership in a credit union;
  2. notification of continuing education opportunities sponsored by not-for-profit professional associations;
  3. selling or marketing banking, insurance, securities, or commodities services provided by an institution or entity defined in or required to comply with the Federal Gramm-Leach-Bliley Financial Modernization Act, 113 Stat. 1338; or
  4. contacting persons for political purposes using information on file with state or local voter registration offices.

'Medical information’ - includes, but is not limited to, blood samples and test results obtained and kept by the Department of Health and Environmental Control pursuant to Section 44-37-30.

Collection of Personal Information

The Department shall not collect personal information beyond that which is required and necessary to fulfill a legitimate public purpose of S.C. DHEC.

Limiting Release of Personal Information

The Department shall take reasonable measures to limit release of personal information.  We have notified and instructed our staff of their responsibilities concerning the protection of personal information.  However, the South Carolina Family Privacy Protection Act requires that parties be advised that any personal information collected by the Department may be subject to public scrutiny or release.

Use For Commercial Solicitation Prohibited

Section 30-2-50 of the South Carolina Family Privacy Protection Act prohibits persons or private entities from obtaining or using any personal information obtained from the Department for commercial solicitation.  A person knowingly violating this prohibition is guilty of a misdemeanor offense and subject to the penalties specified in 30-2-50 (D).  Any person or entity requesting or obtaining records pursuant to the South Carolina Family Privacy Protection Act shall be notified of this prohibition.

Party Responsible for Administration of the Policy

If you have any questions about this privacy policy, please contact:

Ms. Karla York, Director
Freedom of Information Office
(803) 898-3882
S.C. DHEC
2600 Bull Street
Columbia, South Carolina  29201