NALBOH Environmental Health Primer
The National Association of Local Boards of Health (NALBOH) is pleased to provide the second edition of the Local Board of Health Environmental Health Primer. In the first edition, NALBOH identified faculty of environmental health programs to develop the Primer for local board of health members. In the second edition, NALBOH staff and NALBOH’s Environmental Health Subcommittee identified key passages that needed updating and revision. The Environmental Health Services Branch encouraged the project and provided technical oversight and support.
Local boards of health are responsible for assuring the provision of adequate public health services in their communities, including protecting a community from environmental health risks. A board of health’s role is to:
- Assess a community’s environmental health needs
- Develop or recommend policies and programs to meet a community’s environmental health needs
- Assure that the personnel, training, and resources are available to support necessary environmental health programs.
This responsibility is a dynamic one. Needs change, the scientific knowledge base grows, and regulatory requirements are modified. Periodic evaluation and implementation of responsive program modifications are vital to ensure that community environmental health needs are met.
- Air Quality [PDF - 312 KB]
- Drinking Water [PDF - 278 KB]
- Epidemiology [PDF - 261 KB]
- Food Safety [PDF - 261 KB]
- Hazardous Waste [PDF - 261 KB]
- Injury Prevention [PDF - 261 KB]
- Management Tools: Environmental Policy, Law, and Administration [PDF - 261 KB]
- Risk Assessment, Management, and Communication [PDF - 262 KB]
- Solid Waste [PDF - 261 KB]
- Vector Control [PDF - 261 KB]
- Wastewater [PDF - 261 KB]