Massachusetts Environmental Health Association
The Massachusetts Environmental Health Association (MEHA) is an affiliate of the National Environmental Health Association (NEHA), which was incorporated in 1937. MEHA was established in 1948 and is a non-profit association organized for charitable and educational purposes. The goal and purpose of MEHA is to provide quality training and educational programs while also providing the opportunity for members to meet and exchange ideas and information with other professionals in the field of Public and Environmental Health.
Become a Registered Sanitarian
Are you interested in obtaining the REHS/RS credential? Here is your chance to take a prep class and exam in Massachusetts. MEHA is holding a 3-day review course and exam for the REHS/RS credential. This national credential is offered through the National Environmental Health Association (NEHA) and is held each year at their conference; however MEHA is bringing the review course with the same instructor and the exam to Massachusetts.
For information on eligibility to take the exam, please read the candidate brochure at: http://www.neha.org/pdf/cred/REHS_CIB.pdf
When: February 4 and 5, 2014 – 8:00 am to 5:30 pm; and February 6, 2014 – 8:00 am to 2:00 pm
Where: Cary Hall, 1605 Massachusetts Avenue, Lexington, MA
Cost: $399.00/student (plus shipping)
Register at: www.registeredsanitarian.com
View the presentation on "Air Quality Nuisance Complaints: Odor, Dust and Noise"
This presentation was part of the November MEHA education seminar that was conducted on Wednesday, November 20, 2013.
Click here to view the presentation (PDF, 2.6 MB, 63 pages).
MA PHIT FCP is designed to promote comprehensive and uniform enforcement of MA State Sanitary Code Chapter X 105 CMR 590.000: Minimum Sanitation Standards for Food Establishments (which incorporates portions of the 1999 Federal Food Code). Intended participants are from municipal and state agencies charged with enforcement of these regulations. The purpose of the food regulations is to safeguard public health and to provide consumers food that is safe, unadulterated, and honestly presented. Click here to learn more (PDF, 2 pages, 204 KB).
Community Exposure Assessment BUSPH Project Opportunity 2013.
With the support of HRSA via the New England Alliance for Public Health Workforce Development, BUSPH has an opportunity to support group projects for our Master of Public Health students. They are working to identify agencies that would like to host a group project. What is the timeline? Project sites are selected in early February. Data collection and analysis will occur during the spring semester and a final report will be completed in early May.
Click here to learn more (PDF, 168 KB, 2 pages).
Health Concerns: Misuse of Bed Bug Pesticides
Public Health Issues
The Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) are alerting the public to an emerging national concern regarding misuse of pesticides to treat infestations of bed bugs and other insects indoors. Some pesticides are being applied indoors even though they are approved only for outdoor use. Even pesticides that are approved for indoor use can cause harm if over applied or not used as instructed on the product label.