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.

This session provides an overview of the EU Industrial Emission Directive currently being implemented to avoid or minimize polluting emissions in the atmosphere, water, and soil, as well as waste from industrial and agricultural installations, with the aim of achieving a high level of environmental and health protection. Permit structures, industry requirements and inspection processes are covered. Presenters discuss the use of Best Available Techniques (BAT) and their application as a reference tool far beyond the EU.

July 2014
Henning Hansen
Potential CE Credits: 1.00
Additional Topics A to Z: General Environmental Health

The Private Well Class is designed to provide homeowners an understanding of the basic science of water wells, well maintenance and groundwater protection. The innovative, ten-lesson class is delivered by email, supplemented by webinars, and is self-directed. This session will cover the success of this program, which has had over 2,700 participants in the first year. Hear how sanitarians are using this class in their work with well owners and how you could utilize this free resource!

July 2015
Steven Wilson, MS
Potential CE Credits: 0.50

Article Abstract

Since 2000, resurgence in bed bugs has occurred in the U.S. Reports of infestations of homes, hospitals, hotels, and offices have been described. On September 1, 2011, complaints of itching and bites among workers in an office were reported to the Tennessee Department of Health. A retrospective cohort study and environmental assessments were performed in response to the complaints. Canines certified to detect live bed bugs were used to inspect the office and arthropod samples were collected. Of 76 office workers, 61 (80%) were interviewed; 39 (64%) met the case definition. Pruritic maculopapular lesions were consistent with arthropod bites. One collected arthropod sample was identified as a bed bug by three entomologists. Exposures associated with symptoms included working in a cubicle in which a canine identified bed bugs (risk ratio [RR]: 1.8; 95% confidence interval [CI]: 1.3–3.6), and self-reported seasonal allergies (RR: 1.6, 95% CI: 1.0–2.4). Bed bugs represent a reemerging and challenging environmental problem with clinical, psychological, and financial impacts.

April 2014
76.8 | 16-18
Jane A. Gwira Baumblatt, MD, John R. Dunn, DVM, PhD, William Schaffner, MD, Abelardo C. Moncayo, PhD
Additional Topics A to Z: Vectors and Pests

The CORE Response Team coordinated the response efforts for the 2014 Cyclospora cayetanensis outbreak in Texas. The FDA, in conjunction with the Texas Rapid Response Team (TX RRT), collected records and information from points of service (POS) and distributors of cilantro from Mexican-style restaurants in TX linked to illnesses. Attendees will better understand the process of a regulatory outbreak investigation and provide an overview of the prevention strategies put into place as a result of this outbreak.


Presented at NEHA 2015 AEC

July 2015
Additional Topics A to Z: Pathogens and Outbreaks

IRT is conducted by the Department of Defense in areas that meet criteria to warrant the services provided, such as Medical, Dental, and Vision assessments and care, Rabies Vaccinations, and Animal Spay/Neuter. The Allegany County Human Resource Development Commission and Appalachian Regional Commission collaborated to fund this event through a grant. This session will describe IRT, share the outcomes of the very first animal medical portion held in the lower 48 states, and discuss the collaborative project's results.


Presented at NEHA 2015 AEC

July 2015
Additional Topics A to Z: Zoonotic Diseases

This presentation introduces the model behavior change strategy used to reduce the number of illnesses and days missed by both staff and children in child care centers. Hear how an FDA Retail Food Safety grant was used to increase Active Managerial Controls implementation for the BIG 5 risk factors for foodborne illness. Lessons learned and results of the first full year of Lincoln-Lancaster County Health Department's Retail Food Safety Consultant program will be shared.

July 2015
Scott Holmes, MS, REHS/RS
Potential CE Credits: 1.00
Additional Topics A to Z: Children's Environmental Health

The National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO) and the George Mason University Center for Climate Change Communication conducted a study to gain a greater understanding of public health preparedness for climate change at the local level. This presentation highlights the viewpoints and programmatic work of local health departments on climate change, and provides a pathway to build awareness and advocate for policies, plans, and programs to support climate change mitigation, and adaptation at the local level.


Presented at NEHA 2015 AEC

July 2015


Exposure limits for arsenic in drinking water and minimal risk levels (MRLs) for total dietary exposure to arsenic have long been established in the U.S. Multiple studies conducted over the last five years have detected arsenic in foods and beverages including juice, rice, milk, broth (beef and chicken), and others. Understanding whether or not each of these foods or drinks is a concern to certain groups of individuals requires examining which types of and how much arsenic is ingested. In this article, recent studies are reviewed and placed in the context of consumption patterns. When single sources of food or drink are considered in isolation, heavy rice eaters can be exposed to the most arsenic among adults while infants consuming formula containing contaminated organic brown rice syrup are the most exposed group among children. Most food and drink do not contain sufficient arsenic to exceed MRLs. For individuals consuming more than one source of contaminated water or food, however, adverse health effects are more likely. In total, recent studies on arsenic contamination in food and beverages emphasize the need for individual consumers to understand and manage their total dietary exposure to arsenic.

October 2015
78.3 | 8-14
Denise Wilson
Additional Topics A to Z: Hazardous Materials