Topics A to Z

As part of NEHA's continuos effort to provide convenient access to information and resources, we have gathered together for you the links in this section. Our mission is "to advance the environmental health and protection professional for the purpose of providing a healthful environment for all,” as well as to educate and inform those outside the profession.

As the local food movement continues to gain momentum, more food establishments are demanding produce from small, local farms that may not practicing safe growing and handling practices. Yavapai County, Arizona convened local restaurants, farms, educational and government agencies to develop tools to help both food establishments and farmers to offer safe, local produce. This session will highlight how to work with outside partners to develop innovative approaches to meeting the needs of the ever changing scope of environmental health.

Presented at NEHA 2015 AEC

July 2015

Chemical incidents involving major chemical facilities and transport of toxic industrial chemicals are surprisingly common and may result in widespread environmental contamination, public exposure, and subsequent acute and chronic health effects.

This session includes an interactive demonstration of the applicability of an e-learning tool to actual events by means of working through a major chemical incident. Discover how employing this resource can help you respond more effectively to chemical incidents, thereby protecting public health.

July 2015
David Russell, MD
Potential CE Credits: 1.00
Additional Topics A to Z: Hazards

Updated and reviewed by leading experts in the field, this revised edition offers new coverage of industrial solid wastes utilization and disposal, the use of surveying in environmental engineering and land use planning, and environmental assessment. Stressing the practicality and appropriateness of treatment, the sixth edition provides realistic solutions for the practicing public health official or environmental engineer.

Additional Topics A to Z: Wastewater

Abstract

In the U.S., 60% of norovirus outbreaks are attributed to long-term care facilities (LTCFs). A descriptive study of 26 LTCFs in South Carolina was conducted to determine the presence of environmental factors associated with transmission of human noroviruses. Sanitary conditions in one common area, one staff/visitor bathroom, and the main kitchen were assessed using two audit forms. While surfaces in all kitchens were in good sanitary condition, 23 LTCFs used quaternary ammonium-based sanitizers and three LTCFs used chlorine bleach for kitchen sanitization. All common areas were also clean and in good condition; however, 20 LTCFs had upholstered chairs, and five LTCFs had carpeted floors. Seven facilities used quaternary ammonium-based disinfectants exclusively, whereas six LTCFs used chlorine bleach exclusively, and eight LTCFs used both to disinfect common areas. Seven staff/visitor bathrooms were accessible to residents, and hand washing signage was missing from 10. These results reveal the presence of environmental factors that might facilitate norovirus transmission within LTCFs.

September 2016
September 2016
79.2 | 22-29
Lalani Jayasekara, MS, Cortney M. Leone, MS, Julia Sharp, PhD, Morgan Getty, MS
Additional Topics A to Z: Pathogens and Outbreaks

Globally, environmental health professionals have a critical role in mitigating public health risks before and after disasters.  To build this capacity, the International Federation of Environmental Health, CDC and NEHA have collaborated to develop the course, "Environmental Health and Disaster Management," heavily guided by CDC's successful Environmental Health Training in Emergency Response course.
 
Attend this session to see how this type of course promotes the profession and ensures that professionals are adequately equipped to prepare, respond, recover and mitigate the adverse impacts of disasters internationally.

 

Presented at NEHA 2015 AEC

July 2015
Tim Hatch, MPA, REHS/RS, Ben Ryan
Additional Topics A to Z: Hazards

Environmental Health professionals may be called upon to perform essential tasks under emergency response or recovery conditions. EHTER's blended training approach enables learners to achieve basic awareness of emergency response protocols, and to practice and demonstrate ability to perform skills in a live team-based operational environment. Attendees will be able to describe how to design and develop blending that prepares staff to perform in operational environments.

Presented at NEHA 2015 AEC

July 2015
Additional Topics A to Z: Emergency Preparedness

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