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Environmental Health Services Listserv

CDC's Env-Health Listserv was created to enable environmental health professionals to share information.

Because the Env-Health Listserv is unmonitored, please follow these guidelines to help keep the Listserv productive and effective:

  • Once a subject appears on the Listserv, conduct all subsequent ongoing communication through personal e-mail, not through the Listserv.
  • Confine topics to environmental health situations and issues.
  • Maintain professional decorum and language in all Listserv communications.
  • Do not use the Listserv for commercial purposes.

To subscribe, send an e-mail as follows:
TO: listserv@listserv.cdc.gov
SUBJECT: [leave blank]
MESSAGE: subscribe env-health-general

After you send this e-mail, you will receive further instructions for completing your subscription. If you have any questions about the Listserv, please e-mail tsims@cdc.gov.

To unsubscribe, send an e-mail as follows:
TO: listserv@listserv.cdc.gov
SUBJECT: [leave blank]
MESSAGE: signoff env-health-general


EHS Listserv Directives and Protocol

This quick reference to the Environmental Health Listserv has the instructions and commands (grouped in the following headings) to help you set up your subscription to send and receive messages to your specifications.

Message Acknowledgments
To have your entire message sent back to you whenever you send a message, send the following e-mail one time:

To: listserv@listserv.cdc.gov
Subject: (leave blank)
Message: set env-health-general repro

To have an acknowledgment of your message sent back to you, send the following e-mail one time:
To: listserv@listserv.cdc.gov
Subject: (leave blank)
Message: set env-health-general ack norepro

To have no acknowledgments and no messages sent back to you, send the following e-mail one time [this is the default setting]:

To: listserv@listserv.cdc.gov
Subject: (leave blank)
Message: set env-health-general noack norepro

Listserv Addresses
Once you have subscribed to the Listserv and want to e-mail messages,
questions, or requests to Listserv members, send your e-mails to
ENV-HEALTH-GENERAL@LISTSERV.CDC.GOV (Master List address).

Never send a command to the Master List address because your command will be distributed to all Listserv subscribers.

All commands should be sent to LISTSERV@LISTSERV.CDC.GOV (List Command address).

It is very important for Listserv subscribers to understand the difference between these two Listserv addresses. If you have questions, send us an e-mail: ehsb@cdc.gov.

Archived Messages and Past Discussions
Messages, questions, etc., sent to the Listserv are automatically archived.
To request a list of archived messages, send the following e-mail:

To: listserv@listserv.cdc.gov
Subject: (leave blank)
Message: index env-health-general

To request specific archived message, send the following e-mail:

To: listserv@listserv.cdc.gov
Subject: (leave blank)
Message: get env-health-general logxxxx
To use Listerv's database search capabilities, send the following e-mail:

To: listserv@listserv.cdc.gov
Subject: (leave blank)
Message: info database

Digest Version Command
If you wish to receive a digest version of postings [several postings in one message], send the following e-mail:

To: listserv@listserv.cdc.gov
Subject: (leave blank)
Message: set env-health-general digest

Individual E-mails
If you wish to reply to an individual privately, use his or her personal e-mail address. Any messages sent to the Listserv will be available to everyone subscribed.

Listserv Etiquette
The following links provide helpful advice on Listserv etiquette:

  • Mailing List Etiquette (Association of Yale Alumni)
  • Etiquette (Household Hazardous Waste Resource Exchange.)

Options
To find out what query your subscription options are, send the following e-mail:

To: listserv@listserv.cdc.gov
Subject: (leave blank)
Message: query env-health-general

Other Commands
To learn more details on Listserv commands, send the following e-mail:

To: listserv@listserv.cdc.gov
Subject: (leave blank)
Message: info refcard

Review Command
To learn the e-mail name and address of everyone who is subscribed to the Listserv, send the following e-mail:

To: listserv@listserv.cdc.gov
Subject: (leave blank)
Message: review env-health-general

To keep your e-mail name and address private (not available via the review command), send the following e-mail:

To: listserv@listserv.cdc.gov
Subject: (leave blank)
Message: set env-health-general conceal

Search Command
To search a keyword or past subject discussion in the archives, send the following e-mail:

To: listserv@listserv.cdc.gov
Subject: (leave blank)
Message: search env-health-general (example: hand washing protocol)

Sending Messages
To send a message to all subscribers of the Listserv, send an e-mail to env-health-general@listserv.cdc.gov (Master List address)

Never send a command to the Master List address because your command will be distributed to all Listserv subscribers.

To send a command to the the Listserv, send an e-mail to listserv@listserv.cdc.gov (List Command address)

E-mail your comments and suggestions to ehsb@cdc.gov.

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