Position Papers

One of the National Environmental Health Association's (NEHA's) responsibilities is to speak up on issues of concern to our members, and one way of doing this involves adopting positions. By publishing these positions, we strive to keep you informed about where we stand as an association on issues critical to environmental health. If you and/or your colleagues have the opportunity to advance any of these positions, we encourage you to do so.

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 the investment of greater resources into research on onsite wastewater systems construction, operation, and maintenance regulations. Furthermore, NEHA supports the implementation of state or local policy standards on onsite wastewater systems construction, operation, and... read more

NEHA advocates for national, state, and local policies, regulations, research, and resources that will enhance the ability of environmental health professionals to contribute to and benefit from advances in environmental health science and practice. Such advances might be due to new and emerging... read more

Climate change is affecting environmental health—the quality of air, food, and water in the communities where we live, work, and play. NEHA recognizes climate change as a world-wide environmental health problem that has health and safety impacts to individuals and communities. Environmental... read more

NEHA recommends all federal, state, local, tribal, and territorial governmental agencies to enroll in the Food and Drug Administration Voluntary National Retail Food Regulatory Program Standards to implement current national standards that outline a process of program self-assessment and... read more

NEHA recommends the integration and adoption of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Model Aquatic Health Code by state, local, tribal, and territorial government agencies to ensure public health and safety in aquatic facilities.

NEHA supports the implementation of regulation that contains sufficient regulatory authority to prevent illness from cannabis-infused food products and recommends the adoption of current best practices in food safety and the following policies and actions.

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.

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