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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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Generator Use and Carbon Monoxide

CO from a generator is deadly and can kill you in minutes. One generator produces as much CO as hundreds of cars. It can incapacitate and kill consumers within minutes. NEVER use portable generators indoors or in garages, basements, or sheds. They should always be used outside well away from windows, doors, vents, or any […]

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Don’t Mess with Mercury

Mercury is a metal found naturally in the environment. It comes is a few forms. Elemental (metallic) mercury is the shiny, silver-gray metal found in thermometers, barometers, thermostats, and other electrical switches. Mercury can break into droplets when spilled. The droplets spread easily and can build up in tiny cracks and spaces wherever it is […]

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Food Safety during Power Outages

Weather emergencies can happen. When they do, the best strategy is to already have a plan in place. This includes knowing the proper food safety precautions to take if the power goes out. Learn more at the USDA website.

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