Emerging Environmental Health

Legalized Trouble: What Legalized Marijuana Means for Environmental Health

Marijuana use has been legalized in some form in 34 states and the District of Columbia. Most of the laws limit prosecution of users, but are silent when discussing the affect on the EH regulatory community. This session will explore the impacts legalized marijuana has already had and will continue to have on the EH community.

Presented at NEHA 2015 AEC

Food Safety Regulation of Marijuana-Infused Foods and Extractions

Public health issues exist on many levels in the legal medical and recreational marijuana industry. Beginning in 2010, the Denver Department of Environmental Health was the first jurisdiction to regulate marijuana-infused foods under its existing food safety program. Presenters will share the lessons learned including understanding the foodborne illness risks, programmatic and enforcement challenges, and communication needs of regulating this rapidly evolving industry. Come away informed on this emerging issue and with a new understanding of regulatory authority.

Doggie Dips at Swimming Pools: Is This For Real?

"Doggie Dips" consist of dog owners bringing their pets to the community pool to swim at the conclusion of "human swimming season." They are happening across the country as part of a national trend toward accommodations for pets in regulated environments. Discuss and evaluate the environmental and public health risks of these accommodations in the pool environment. Weigh in on what best practices might be implemented and the role of the EH professional in doing so.


Presented at NEHA 2015 AEC

Chemical Quandary: Federal Inaction, State Reaction

Chemical safety is governed by the federal Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA), which hasn't been updated since 1976. But chemistry hasn't stayed stagnant. New processes and products have emerged over the past 40 years. Where the federal government has stalled, the states have moved forward. Chemical bans and regulations now are law in 20 states, with comprehensive efforts being adopted in 6. Attendees will learn how chemical safety is being modernized state by state, preparing them for new regulatory schemes.


Presented at NEHA 2015 AEC

21 Days of Fear and Loathing: The Art and Science of Quarantine

When faced with a challenge from the potential spread of infections such as Ebola or SARS , or even bio-terrorism, can past quarantine protocols be used for new or reemerging disease threats? Does modern society challenge us to re-think, re-imagine, re-engineer how we implement and oversee quarantine and isolation for potential carriers of infectious disease? This audience-centric session will allow attendees to actively participate in identifying professional knowledge gaps as presenters illustrate real-life approaches to modern diseases and plagues.

Presented at NEHA 2015 AEC