Topics A to Z

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.

Chemical safety is governed by the federal Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA), which hasn't been updated since 1976. But chemistry hasn't stayed stagnant. New processes and products have emerged over the past 40 years. Where the federal government has stalled, the states have moved forward. Chemical bans and regulations now are law in 20 states, with comprehensive efforts being adopted in 6. Attendees will learn how chemical safety is being modernized state by state, preparing them for new regulatory schemes.

 

Presented at NEHA 2015 AEC

July 2015
Additional Topics A to Z: Emerging Environmental Health

High profile cases of laboratory injury and even fatality draw attention to an alarming issue on many university campuses: lack of strict adherence to safety protocols. This study compares the efficacy of two methods of delivering annually-required training for chemical laboratory safety and hazardous waste disposal: in-person and online. Participants complete a survey instrument to test knowledge retained, and results will be compared to inform future training delivery.

 

Presented at NEHA 2015 AEC

July 2015
Additional Topics A to Z: Hazards

The movement and requirements for Green cleaning has sparked innovation in retail food sanitation. New chemical-free cleaning and sanitizing systems are being used in selected food establishments with surprising results. Several of these innovative systems are listed with NSF under new and rigorous Protocols and meet current standards. Several of these extreme Green technologies will be highlighted and contrasted. Attendees will evaluate these solutions against standards and leave with a knowledge of current cleaning innovations.

 

Presented at NEHA 2015 AEC

July 2015

Abstract

Restroom internal door handles have the potential to become contaminated by pathogenic bacteria, particularly because frequent breakdowns occur in hand hygiene. Cleaning these door handles periodically could reduce this cross-contamination risk. The sustained effect following cleaning with chlorhexidine could be beneficial in restroom facilities as cleaning episodes are of necessity at time intervals. The cleaning efficacies and residual effects of Sani Cloth CHG 2% wipes were investigated in a double-blinded randomized crossover controlled trial in a school setting. No significant difference occurred in initial cleaning efficacy; however, following a six-hour period of use by pupils of the restroom facilities, the internal door handles wiped with Sani-Cloth CHG 2% wipes were significantly less contaminated than those with the control wipe (14% v. 32%, p = .02). Cleaning with Sani-Cloth CHG 2% wipes demonstrated significant improvements in the continuous cleanliness of restroom door handles during use with this simple and inexpensive technique.

November 2015
November 2015
78.4 | 14-17
Holly Young, Zara Plumb, James Stevenson, Annabelle Tibbett
Additional Topics A to Z: General Environmental Health

In the Northwest Arctic Borough, the impact of climate on environmental conditions is a fact of life, and with this comes a substantial challenge to the Native Inupiat lifestyle, culture, and traditional subsistence "way of life." Like areas which are being inundated by sea level rise, these changes are affecting drinking water, sanitation and other infrastructure at the "coalface" where these impacts are most evident in the US.  See how environmental health practitioners are providing innovative solutions that promote resilience and adaptation rather than foregoing a cultural and community identity.

July 2015
R. Steven Konkel, PhD

This session will examine the efficacy of cooperation and collaboration in environmental and public health projects. Specific examples involving cross border collaboration and cooperation between professionals from widely differing backgrounds and cultures will be explored. These lessons learned, successes, and failures will help you plan new projects and deliver existing projects more effectively.

July 2015
Stewart Petrie; Dennis Mazali
Potential CE Credits: 1.00
Additional Topics A to Z: Workforce Development

From conception, project design, results, and lessons learned along the way, hear a case study about collaboration between federal, state and local agencies to obtain and use water quality data related to private wells while marketing the use of the data. This case study involves multiple agencies sharing data, data display using geographic information systems (GIS), and unanticipated obstacles. We learned the hard way so you don't have to.

July 2015
Hope Dalton, MPA
Potential CE Credits: 0.50

Drinking water quality is an important public health issue. This presentation will highlight new functionality of the Environmental Public Health Tracking Program using as an example drinking water data for 24 states for 10 contaminants for the years 2000-2010. The attendee will learn how to access and download any of the tracking program datasets for observation and exploration on their own.

 

Presented at NEHA 2015 AEC

July 2015
Additional Topics A to Z: Health Tracking

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