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William Francis Galvin
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Health: Environmental Health


H19 Bureau of Environmental Health Assessment

H20 Community Assesment Program

H21 Community Sanitation Program


H19 Bureau of Environmental Health
Department of Public Health
250 Washington Street, 7th floor
Boston, MA 02108-4619
Tel: 617-624-5757
TTY: 617-624-5286
Fax: 617-624-5777
www.mass.gov/dph/environmental_health

The Bureau of Environmental Health has a broad mission of protecting the public health from a variety of environmental exposures by confronting a complex set of health problems. It is also responsible for studying environmental carcinogens and their relationship to the incidence of cancer and other chronic diseases. It seeks to address diseases associated with individual behavior and lifestyle, e.g. lung cancer and heart disease, and diseases associated with exposure to environmental hazards, such as radiation and pesticides. The bureau responds to environmental health concerns and provides communities with epidemiologic and toxicological health assessments. The Bureau oversees the following programs: Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention; Community Assessment; Community Sanitation; Emergency Response/Indoor Air Quality; Environmental Epidemiology; Environmental Health Outreach and Education; Environmental Toxicology� Food Protection and the Radiation Control Program.


H20 Community Assesment Program
Bureau of Environmental Health
Department of Public Health
250 Washington Street, 7th Floor
Boston, MA 02108
Tel: 617-624-5757
TTY: 617-624-5286
Fax: 617-624-5777
www.mass.gov/dph/environmental_helath

The Community Assessment Program was established in 1987 to provide a coordinated government response for citizens with regard to environmental health issues. program's goals are to educate the public on the relationship of human health effects and the environment, keep an open line of communication between the Massachusetts Department of Public Health and concerned citizens, and to perform efficient and appropriate preliminary analyses of reports of suspected elevations in disease occurrence and the potential relationship to the environment. The Community Assessment Program serves a trade function for the decision making process in the Center for Environmental Health.


H21 Community Sanitation Program
Bureau of Environmental Health
Department of Public Health
250 Washington Street, 7th Floor
Boston, MA 02108
Tel: 617-624-5757
TTY: 617-624-5286
Fax: 617-624-5777
www.mass.gov/dph/dcs

The Community Sanitation Program is responsible for the prevention of avoidable death and morbidity through the enforcement of the State Sanitary Code, 105 CMR 400.000-450.000 (Chapters I-VII), which include standards for housing, swimming pools, recreational camps for children, family-type campgrounds, bathing beaches, farm labor camps, and correctional settings. While local boards of health are responsible for conducting inspections of all residential housing, public and semi-public swimming pools, recreational camps for children, privately-owned family-type campgrounds, and public and semi-public bathing beaches in the state, the division conducts statutorily mandated inspections and certification of all public campgrounds, farm labor camps, and correctional facilities. It operates rodent control programs, nuisance abatement, and provides technical assistance to municipalities in their code enforcement efforts, as well as providing educational, consultation, and other enforcement services. Note: the UFFI program has ended.


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