About the Environmental Health Specialists Network (EHS-Net)

EHS-Net (pronounced S-Net) is a collaborative forum that has studied restaurant food safety since 2000. Participants conduct environmental assessments to determine how and why germs got into the environment and spread to make people sick. EHS-Net works to

  • Identify contributing factors to illness and disease outbreaks.
  • Translate findings into improved prevention efforts using a systems-based approach.
  • Offer training opportunities to current and future environmental health specialists.
  • Strengthen collaboration among epidemiology, laboratory, and environmental health programs.

EHS-Net successes include contributions to several provisions recommended in the Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) Food Code. According to CDC’s Prevention Status Reports, these provisions are especially important in reducing norovirus and other causes of illness in restaurants and other retail food establishments.