Tools and Guidance Materials
Explore our tools and guidance for environmental health programs.
Preventing Foodborne Illnesses and Outbreaks
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.
Learn more about restaurant food safety and the importance of kitchen manager certification.
Is your jurisdiction registered? Capture environmental assessment data from foodborne illness outbreaks to help prevent outbreaks associated with restaurants and other food venues.
Peruse our plain language research findings and recommendations on restaurant food safety topics such as sick food workers, hand hygiene, and kitchen manager certification.
Develop your own studies using our Environmental Health Specialists Network study protocols, data collection instruments, and data collection instructions.
Design your own data collection instruments for environmental health research using this free internet application.
Read CDC's report and access resources, including a practical guide, infographic fact sheet, and more.
Access resources to help communities with all phases of water advisories including guidance, recommendations, instructions, templates, and other tools.
Understand and prepare for drought in your community with this guide for public health professionals.
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.
Learn how to assess the public health risks for using areas after a flood where potential exposure to microbial contamination exists.
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.
Access this tool for recommended strategies for drinking water programs and activities to improve programmatic performance using the 10 Essential Environmental Public Health Services.
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.
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.
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.
Use these standards to improve delivery of the 10 Essential Environmental Public Health Services in your community.
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.
Explore approaches to improve and align your program with broader public health department initiatives.
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
Read this update of the CDC Urban Rodent Surveys manual which includes information about integrated pest management (IPM).
Reduce the risk of disease or personal injury associated with rodents with these recommendations for residential areas.
- Page last reviewed: May 26, 2015
- Page last updated: September 23, 2016
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