NEHA Position Statements

Unlike policy statements, position statements reflect NEHA’s position on certain concerns and actions that the association will undertake. These statements have been vetted by NEHA and adopted by the NEHA Board of Directors as official actions or direction of the association. These statements set forth NEHA’s beliefs on a specific subject related to environmental health.

These positions remain active for 3 years from their adoption by the NEHA Board.

The U.S. EPA holds SepticSmart week every year in order to promote proper care of septic systems. NEHA is an MOU partner of the EPA Decentralized Wastewater group.

One of the foremost methods to promote public health and wellness are vaccines. NEHA encourages its members and the entire environmental health community to get vaccinated for COVID-19 at the first opportunity and to actively promote vaccination among the communities they serve.

NEHA supports National Preparedness Month and advocates for national, state, and local policies, regulations, research, and resources that enhance the ability of environmental health professionals to contribute to and benefit from emergency preparedness. 

NEHA supports National Food Safety Education Month and is dedicated to reducing the burden of disease caused by foodborne illness and supporting food safety education through training, credentialing, and partnership.

NEHA has joined with 37 environmental health organizations from across the globe to issue a declaration in support for World Environmental Health Day and the environmental health workforce. Together we are unified in our applause of the character, dedication, and service of our colleagues.

NEHA encourages the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to consider the need for identifying non-traditional Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) consumers, such as environmental health practitioners, to maximize the effectiveness in the distribution of critical medical resources nationwide to respond to pandemics in general, and COVID-19 specifically.

NEHA President Dr. Priscilla Oliver on the environmental health's response to the Black Lives Matter movement. 

The National Environmental Health Association (NEHA) encourages state, local, and federal leaders to follow the guidance and direction of their public and environmental health professionals in the effort to reopen the country after coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) quarantine measures.

NEHA is committed to work towards 100% clean energy use by 2030. We will employ administrative, educational, engineering, and fiscal measures to meet this goal.