Tools and Guidance Materials

Explore our tools and guidance for environmental health programs.

Food Safety
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Managers need to know if their workers are sick so they can decide if they should handle food. Do the Food Code, HIPAA, and ADA address this topic?

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Learn the importance of cooking chicken liver to 165°F.

Learn about contributing factors to outbreaks and how you can identify them during outbreak investigations.

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

Learn how we help prevent foodborne illness outbreaks by understanding the environmental factors contributing to them.

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Is your jurisdiction registered? Capture environmental assessment data from foodborne illness outbreaks to help prevent outbreaks associated with restaurants and other food venues. You can also explore NEARS publications, including plain language summaries.

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

Safe Water
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Explore Legionella resources for environmental health practitioners, including

— A CDC Health Advisory Notice on hot tub displays and Legionella risk.
— Practical guides, infographic fact sheets, and more from CDC Vital Signs reports.
— Infographics, environmental sampling videos, a toolkit for developing a water management plan, and more.

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Access CDC’s free, evidence-based tool for state and local health department use for developing codes and regulations that reduce risk for waterborne disease outbreaks, chemical poisonings, drownings, and other injuries in pool and other recreational water venues.

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Join this virtual community for resources on private water issues, including a discussion forum, resources library, event calendar, webinars, and newsletters (produced in collaboration with CDC).

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Access videos, posters, and other tools from health departments and programs working with CDC’s Safe Water program to reduce exposures from private wells.
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Access this tool for recommended strategies for drinking water programs and activities to improve programmatic performance using the 10 Essential Environmental Public Health Services.

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

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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.

Reopening Outdoor Public Spaces After Flooding

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

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

Environmental Health Practice
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Improve the performance and quality of the services your program offers with our free resources.

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Find response activities for all-hazards emergency preparedness, response, recovery, and mitigation.

Vector Control
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Improve your program’s capacity to control vectors and public health pests with our free resources.