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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.

Professional Food Manager

For any foodservice operation to manage its risk effectively, managers must learn basic food safety principles and apply that information on the job every day. NEHA's Professional Food Manager, Sixth Edition, supplies food, beverage, culinary, and hospitality employees with the knowledge needed to ensure food safety in the workplace.

This book provides information on topics such as the principles of food safety management and how to use those principles to create a food safety culture.

The Professional Food Manager, Sixth Edition is updated to the 2017 FDA Food Code.

  • Aligns with American Culinary Federation Education Foundation competencies.
  • Prepares candidates for CFP-approved food manager exams (e.g., Prometric, National Registry, ServSafe, etc.).

Publication Information:
Professional Food Manager, Sixth Edition
Copyright © by National Environmental Health Association, Incorporated. All rights reserved.
166 pages, paperback

Additional Topics A to Z: CP-FS

Abstract

Radon is the leading cause of lung cancer mortality among nonsmokers. Lung cancer leads cancer deaths in Utah, a state with 10% smokers and high radon emission potential. Understanding public awareness can help improve voluntary radon testing. The objective of this study was to identify patterns in radon awareness and testing in Utah. Utah's 2013 Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System included questions about radon awareness and testing. We examined differences by demographics and county (moderate versus high estimated radon, rural versus urban) using Rao–Scott chi-squared tests and logistic regression. In total, 75% of Utah residents never tested their home for radon and 80% could not identify radon as a risk factor for lung cancer. Of nontesters, 40% were unaware of radon itself or testing. Testing was slightly more common in moderate radon counties (17%) than in the high radon counties (14%). Women, Hispanics, renters, persons with annual incomes $50,000, and persons without college degrees generally did not test for radon. People 55 years or older and living in rural counties were the least likely to identify radon as a risk factor for lung cancer. Radon testing and meaningful awareness of radon's link to lung cancer are low in Utah. Support is needed to improve radon education, awareness, and testing throughout the state.

 

October 2019
October 2019
82.3 | 8-17
Judy Y. Ou, MPH, PhD, Huntsman Cancer Institute, Division of Epidemiology, University of Utah, Joemy M. Ramsay, MS, Huntsman Cancer Institute, Jessica Smith, Department of Public Health, Brigham Young University, Wallace Akerley, MD, Huntsman Cancer Institute
Additional Topics A to Z: Radon

Abstract

A growing body of research links exposure to perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA) and adverse health outcomes. PFOA was discovered in private drinking water wells in Bennington, Vermont, in 2016, prompting an investigation by the Vermont Departments of Health and Environmental Conservation. The objectives of the investigation were to assess potential exposure pathways in Bennington, to inform participants of their serum PFOA level, and to compare serum levels with U.S. background levels. Serum PFOA concentrations were strongly correlated with PFOA concentrations in well water (rs = .65, p < .01) and cumulative exposure to PFOA in residential drinking water (rs = .65; p < .01). Response to large-scale private drinking water contamination incidents in real time provides unique challenges. In Vermont, open communication with the public, proactively addressing community concerns, and the presence of an Environmental Contingency Fund allowed some of those challenges to be overcome. Our findings provide insights for future public health responses to PFOA and other perfluoroalkyl substance contamination.

 

April 2020
April 2020
82.8 | 8-15
Lauren Prinzing, MPH, Vermont Department of Health, Brianna Moore, PhD, Colorado School of Public Health, David Grass, PhD, Vermont Department of Health, Sarah Vose, PhD, Vermont Department of Health
Additional Topics A to Z: Drinking Water

Article Abstract

Growing societal interest to permit animals into retail food outlets presents both risks and benefits to the dining public and consumers. This article summarizes a literature review that evaluated the associated potential public health issues related to this subject. Using the EBSCOhost research protocol and Google search engines between March 2010 and June 2011, the authors have compiled and synthesized scientific research articles, empirical scientific literature, and publicly available news media. While pets are known carriers of bacteria and parasites, among others, the relative risk associated with specific pet-human interactions in the dining public has yet to be established in a clear and consistent manner. Much of the available health-risk-factor evidence reflects pets in domestic conditions and interaction with farm animals. Special consideration is recommended for vulnerable populations such as children, asthmatics, the elderly, pregnant women, and the immunocompromised. 

December 2013
76.5 | 24-30
David T. Dyjack, DrPH, CIH, Jessica Ho, RD, Rachel Lynes, MPH, Jesse C. Bliss, MPH
Additional Topics A to Z: Food Safety

Come learn about how environmental public health (EPH) professionals can help elevate the importance of EPH programs within their health department. Participants will have the opportunity to learn from experienced peers about the connections between EPH and public health accreditation and the steps EPH professionals can take to identify types of documentation that their health department may use to help meet public health accreditation.

Presented at NEHA 2015 AEC

July 2015
Additional Topics A to Z: Workforce Development

In recent years nitrogen in the environment has become a nationwide concern due to the sensitivity of many water bodies to excess nitrogen loading from many different sources, including Onsite Wastewater Systems (OWS). Complimentary to the Florida Onsite Sewage Nitrogen Reduction Strategies study, the Colorado School of Mines evaluated denitrification via subsurface via a soil treatment unit (STU). This presentation will share the rates of denitrification achieved and how to substantially increase them. See how the onsite wastewater treatment system design plays a key role in the removal of nitrogen.

Presented at NEHA 2015 AEC

July 2015
Additional Topics A to Z: Wastewater

The Rabies Prevention Program at the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control (SC DHEC) recognized that their annual laboratory testing data wasn’t working for them or their constituents, even though they were publicly available. They collaborated with the Bureau of Laboratories and the Department's GIS office to develop a user-friendly mapping application - Rabies By The Numbers. Learn how the information is being leveraged to benefit all stakeholders, and how your data could do the same for you.

Presented at NEHA 2015 AEC

July 2015
Additional Topics A to Z: Zoonotic Diseases

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