Journal of Environmental Health 2014 Abstracts - page 39

The importance of clean food contact surfaces has been recognized; however, the
importance of cleanliness on nonfood contact surfaces such as menus may be
underestimated. The aim of the study described in this article was to determine the
cleanliness of restaurant menus, evaluate typical cleaning methods used in a restaurant,
and provide recommendations for improving menu cleanliness. The authors’ study used
an adenosine triphosphate meter to assess the cleanliness of the menus. A pretest
identified the most commonly touched areas of the menu by consumers. Based on the
results of the pretest, menus were collected from casual-family dining restaurants and
analyzed for cleanliness. Results suggested that menus should be cleaned after each shift
and that menus distributed by the staff when guests are seated are cleaner than those kept
on the table.
Voluntary Approaches to Solid Waste Management in Small Towns: A Case Study
of Community Involvement in Household Hazardous Waste Recycling
Ephraim Massawe, PhD,
Southeastern Louisiana University
Tye Legleu,
Southeastern Louisiana University
Laura Vasut,
Southeastern Louisiana University
Kelly Brandon,
Southeastern Louisiana University
Greg Shelden,
City of Hammond
An enormous amount of household hazardous waste (HHW) is generated as part
of municipal solid waste. This scenario presents problems during disposal, including
endangering human health and the environment if improperly disposed. This article
examines current HHW recycling efforts in Hammond, Louisiana, with the following
objectives: (a) analyze factors and attitudes that motivate residents to participate in the
program; (b)
quantify various types of HHW; and (c) analyze the e-waste stream in the
Residents and city officials who were surveyed and interviewed cited that
commitment shown by local authorities and passion to protect the environment and
human health were part of their active participation in the program. An awareness
program has played a key role in the success of the program. A legislation specific to e-
waste is encouraged. While knowledge and information on laws and permit application
processes and the promotion of greener products are encouraged, provision of storage or
collection facilities and communal transportation will further motivate more residents to
participate in the recycling program.
I Am an Environmental Health Pracademic (And So Can You!)
Ken Runkle, MA, DPA, REHS
A pracademic is a person who spans the boundaries between practitioners and
academics. This combination of skills contributes to the enrichment of the theory and
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