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How to Dispose of Unused Medicines

Most drugs can be thrown in the household trash, but consumers should take certain precautions before tossing them out, according to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). A few drugs should be flushed down the toilet. And a growing number of community-based “takeback” programs offer another safe disposal alternative. Learn more at the FDA website.

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Norovirus: what is it?

Norovirus is a very contagious virus that can infect anyone. You can get it from an infected person, contaminated food or water, or by touching contaminated surfaces. The virus causes your stomach or intestines or both to get inflamed. This leads you to have stomach pain, nausea, and diarrhea and to throw up. These symptoms […]

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Schools Chemical Cleanout Campaign

EPA’s Schools Chemical Cleanout Campaign (SC3) Tool Kit. Learn more about the EPA’s web-based tool kit that can help schools start chemical management programs.

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Food Allergies: What You Need to Know

Each year, millions of Americans have allergic reactions to food. Although most food allergies cause relatively mild and minor symptoms,some food allergies can cause severe reactions, and may even be life-threatening. There is no cure for food allergies. Strict avoidance of food allergens — and early recognition and management of allergic reactions to food — […]

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Exchange Program

MEHA is planning an exchange program with other state affiliates. The Exchange program will allow a MEHA member to visit another region for a week and observe Environmental Health operations in another region. Details to follow

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Loss of George W. Young

MEHA is saddened by the loss of Past President George W. Young Jr. who died on August 19, 2009. A private burial was held and a memorial service is being planned in early October. We extend our heartfelt condolences to George’s family on behalf of all MEHA members. George W. Young, Jr. August 19, 2009 […]

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Illegal Insecticide Chalk

Illegal Insecticide Chalk, also known as “Miraculous Chalk” or “Chinese Chalk.” You may have seen the chalk in a neighborhood store or sold on the street for about $1 a box. It is mostly imported illegally from China and often bears a label in both English and Chinese. Sometimes, like on the label we show […]

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Model Hazardous Materials Regulation and Inspection Training Toolkit for Local Health Departments

Resource Materials Rationale for Implementation of a Local Hazardous Materials Regulation Model Hazardous Materials Regulation Hazardous Materials Permit Application – including Plan Review Checklist Hazardous Materials Permit Application – completed example Inspection Form Template Order Letter for Violations Hazardous Material Inspection Training Video CSB Safety Video: Blast Wave in Danvers, MA During the early morning […]

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How to Take the MA REHS/RS Exam

Option 1: Massachusetts Division of Professional Licensure’s Board of Registration of Sanitarians. Applications for the RS are available from the Professional Credential Services, Inc. (PCS). This website also provides the current fee schedule. Download the application here. Frequently Asked Questions, regulations, and fees are posted on the Board’s website. The exam is the national one […]

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Food Allergy Training Video

Disclaimer. The Massachusetts Environmental Health Association (MEHA) provides this three part video as a service to our members and visitors. MEHA does not provide a training certificate after viewing the training videos. Learn more about the Massachusetts Allergy Awareness Act here. View the MADPH list of vendors approved to issue certificates of allergen awareness training. […]

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