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Environmental Assessments & Training

The CDC's environmental assessments are an important part of addressing foodborne illness by helping to:
  • identify the underlying environmental causes of foodborne illness outbreaks
  • recommend steps to stop outbreaks and prevent future ones.

Environmental Assessment Resources

These resources have been developed and compiled by NEHA, CDC's Environmental Health Services Branch, the National Network of Public Health Institutes (NNPHI), the Colorado Integrated Food Safety Center of Excellence (COE), and the Rocky Mountain Public Health Training Center:
  • Environmental Assessment Trainings and Tools flier | PDF
    • Explains each of the tools and provides guidance on when and with whom to use them
  • Certified Foodborne Outbreak Investigator (CFOI) Credential | Webpage
  • National Environmental Assessment Reporting System (NEARS) Support | Toolkit
    • Incudes tools, fact sheets, handouts, and more
  • Environmental Assessment Training Series (EATS) | Webpage
    • Interactive virtual environment to learn how to conduct environmental assessments as part of foodborne illness outbreak investigations. Free online training. Continuing education units (CEUs) are available.
  • Equipping Environmental Health Workers With Environmental Assessment Tools, Journal of Environmental Health | PDF