Skip directly to search Skip directly to A to Z list Skip directly to navigation Skip directly to page options Skip directly to site content

Tools and Guidance Materials

Explore our tools and guidance for environmental health programs.

Preventing Foodborne Illnesses and Outbreaks

Close up photo of gloved hands preparing a salad.

CDC Prevention Status Reports

Read the reports and check out the new food safety indicator on state adoption of selected foodborne disease-related provisions from the 2013 Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Food Code.

Graphic artwork image of chef making an OK sign with fingers.


Infographic on Kitchen Manager Certification [PDF - 378 KB]

Learn more about restaurant food safety and the importance of kitchen manager certification.

Image of the cover of the NEARS manual.

National Environmental Assessment Reporting System (NEARS)

Is your jurisdiction registered? Capture environmental assessment data from foodborne illness outbreaks to help prevent outbreaks associated with restaurants and other food venues.

Graphic symbol of an arrow stating Key Findings and Recommendations

Findings & Recommendations in Plain Language

Peruse our plain language research findings and recommendations on restaurant food safety topics such as sick food workers, hand hygiene, and kitchen manager certification.

Image of a uniformed worker taking samples in the field

Study Tools

Develop your own studies using our Environmental Health Specialists Network study protocols, data collection instruments, and data collection instructions.


Environmental Health Specialists Network Information System (EHSNIS)

Design your own data collection instruments for environmental health research using this free internet application.

Protecting Water

CDC Vital Signs on Legionnaires’ Disease: Use Water Management Programs in Buildings To Help Prevent Outbreaks

CDC Vital Signs on Legionnaires’ Disease: Use Water Management Programs in Buildings To Help Prevent Outbreaks

Read CDC's report and access resources, including a practical guide, infographic fact sheet, and more.

Cover image of the Drinking Water Advisory Communication Toolbox

Drinking Water Advisory Communication Toolbox

Access resources to help communities with all phases of water advisories including guidance, recommendations, instructions, templates, and other tools.

Cover image of the Drought Guidance for Public Health Professionals – When Every Drop Counts

Drought Guidance for Public Health Professionals – When Every Drop Counts

Understand and prepare for drought in your community with this guide for public health professionals.

Photo of the cover of the Emergency Water Supply Planning Guide for Hospitals and Health Care Facilities

Emergency Water Supply Planning Guide for Hospitals and Health Care Facilities

Develop an Emergency Water Supply Plan to prepare for, respond to, and recover from a total or partial interruption of health facilities’ normal water supply.

Photo of a flooded playground

Guidance on Microbial Contamination in Previously Flooded Outdoor Areas

Learn how to assess the public health risks for using areas after a flood where potential exposure to microbial contamination exists.

Photo of testing and sampling equipment.

Legionnaires’ Disease Resources for Environmental Health Professionals

Explore Legionella resources for environmental health practitioners, including a Vital Signs report and infographic, environmental sampling videos, toolkit for developing a water management plan, and more.

Top of Page

Drinking Water Logic Model

Logic Model to Improve Program Performance and Control Drinking Water Exposures

Access this tool for recommended strategies for drinking water programs and activities to improve programmatic performance using the 10 Essential Environmental Public Health Services.

Image of the cover of the Model Aquatic Health Code

Model Aquatic Health Code (MAHC)

CDC is collaborating with public health and industry experts to develop the Model Aquatic Health Code (MAHC), a free, evidence-based guide to make swimming and other water activities healthier and safer. It is a tool for state and local health departments to use to develop codes and regulations that reduce risk for waterborne disease outbreaks, chemical poisonings, drownings, and other injuries in pool and other recreational water venues.

Photo of a woman's hands getting water from a kitchen faucet.

Private Well Tools and Promotional Materials from Grantees

View videos, posters, and other tools from health departments working to reduce exposures from private wells through CDC’s Safe Water for Community Health (Safe WATCH) program.

Photo of a Latino family

Water Safety Plans

Learn how to identify and prioritize potential threats to water quality at each step in a specific system’s water supply chain and implement best practices to mitigate those threats and ensure drinking-water quality.

Improving Performance

Image of the cover of the Environmental Public Health Performance Standards (EnvPHPS)version 2

Environmental Public Health Performance Standards (EnvPHPS)

Use these standards to improve delivery of the 10 Essential Environmental Public Health Services in your community.

Photo of a toolbox with a computer mouse hanging out of it.

EnvPHPS Assessment Toolkit

Prepare for, conduct, and act upon your EnvPHPS assessment with tools such as a sample invitation letter, facilitator guide, voting cards, response analysis tool, report templates, and more.

Image of the cover of Improving Environmental Public Health Services Performance to Meet Community Needs

Improving Environmental Public Health Services Performance to Meet Community Needs [PDF - 1.35 MB]

Explore approaches to improve and align your program with broader public health department initiatives.

Graphic of the 10 Essential Services Wheel

Resources Organized by Essential Services

Find tools to help your program fill performance gaps and contribute to larger performance improvement efforts such as voluntary public health accreditation.

Preventing Vectorborne Disease

Image of the cover of the Integrated Pest Management: Conducting Urban Rodent Surveys Manual

Integrated Pest Management: Conducting Urban Rodent Surveys [PDF - 1.3 MB]

Read this update of the CDC Urban Rodent Surveys manual which includes information about integrated pest management (IPM).

Photo of a rodent

Recommendations for Rodent Control After a Disaster

Reduce the risk of disease or personal injury associated with rodents with these recommendations for residential areas.

Top of Page

Top