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Environmental Health


icon_ehEnvironmental health is defined as "the discipline that focuses on the health interrelationships between people and their environment, promotes human health and well-being, and fosters a safe and healthful environment."

New CDC Resource

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) launched the nation’s first voluntary guidelines based on science and best practices for improving health and safety at swimming pools and other aquatic venues: The Model Aquatic Health Code (MAHC) 1st Edition. States and localities can use the MAHC to create or update existing pool codes to reduce risk for outbreaks, drowning, and pool-chemical injuries.

The MAHC 1st Edition is a product of seven years of work, involving a steering committee, 12 technical committees, 140 people, and input and consensus from public health, aquatics, and academia. Click on more for additional information. More »

New Report

Looking for trouble—Seeing Eye to Eye with Health Inspectors: A Report in U.S. Aquatic Venue Inspections, Findings, and Recommendations, a report produced in partnership with Axial Corporation’s Water Treatment Products Group, details the comprehensive survey NACCHO recently conducted of aquatic health officials across the United States. The survey explored officials’ protocols and experiences in inspecting recreational water facilities. Three hundred LHDs participated in the survey, and notable results identify the types of aquatic venues with the highest turnover rates and the highest number of violations. More »

Environmental Health Model and Promising Practices Feature
Tri-County Health Department Develops The Backflow Show
The Tri-County Health Department (TCHD) in Greenwood Village, CO, was awarded a Model Practice Award in 2012 for "Cross Connection Control and Backflow Prevention Training: The Backflow Roadshow." When TCHD found itself without any in-house expertise in cross-connection and backflow prevention related to plumbing in food establishments, it developed "The Backflow Roadshow," a training program to provide staff with a working knowledge of applicable regulations, basic principles of cross-connections control and backflow prevention, and available control devices so they could better identify problems in food establishments and communicate the actions needed for correction. The Backflow Roadshow, developed in-house with guidance from the Colorado Backflow Prevention Association and the International Association of Plumbing and Mechanical Support Officials, is a two hour presentation that includes a supplemental handouts, exposure to plumbing fixtures, and hands-on experience. The backflow Roadshow has since become a frequently-requested training program with Colorado local health departments.   More »