|Posted by Ed Kalas on September 12, 2012 at 9:35 PM||comments (0)|
Antibiotics in Meat May Thwart Efforts to Make Sausage Safe
Process used to treat livestock appears to make pepperoni, salami susceptible to harmful bacteria
By Robert Preidt
Friday, September 7, 2012
FRIDAY, Sept. 7 (HealthDay News) -- In uncured pepperoni or salami, antibiotic residues in the meat are strong enough to weaken the helpful bacteria that sausage makers add to the product in order to make it safe to eat, a new study finds.
It is common for antibiotics to be used to promote growth or prevent disease in livestock, the researchers explained in a news release from the American Society for Microbiology. These antibiotics can eventually end up in meat.
At the same time, sausage manufacturers commonly place lactic acid-producing bacteria in sausage meat so that the final product is acidic enough to kill harmful bacteria such as E. coli and salmonella that might have been present in the raw meat.
But the antibiotic residues from the livestock can kill these helpful lactic acid-producing bacteria, which then allows the potentially dangerous bacteria to multiply, the investigators found.
The new study, published online Aug. 28 in the journal mBio, found that antibiotic concentrations at levels that meet requirements set by American and European Union regulators can affect the process used to help destroy foodborne pathogens.
"At low concentrations and at regulatory levels set by authorities, we could see that the lactic acid bacteria are more susceptible to the antibiotics than the pathogens [germs] are," Hanne Ingmer, of the University of Copenhagen, said in the news release. "So basically, we can have a situation where residual antibiotics in the meat can prevent or reduce fermentation by the lactic acid bacteria, but these concentrations do not affect survival or even multiplication of pathogens."
This study involved small-scale laboratory experiments, and similar tests need to be conducted in manufacturing facilities, the study authors pointed out.
"The majority of sausages are manufactured at a commercial scale. It has to be addressed whether this is a problem in a real-life facility," Ingmer explained in the news release.
SOURCE: American Society for Microbiology, news release, Aug. 28, 2012
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|Posted by Ed Kalas on September 12, 2012 at 4:15 PM||comments (0)|
It may be hard to imagine that pollution could be invisible, but ozone is. The most widespread pollutant in the U.S. is also one of the most dangerous.
Scientists have studied the effects of ozone on health for decades. Hundreds of research studies have confirmed that ozone harms people at levels currently found in the United States. In the last few years, we’ve learned that it can also be deadly.
What Is Ozone?
Ozone (O3) is an extremely reactive gas molecule composed of three oxygen atoms. It is the primary ingredient of smog air pollution and is very harmful to breathe. Ozone attacks lung tissue by reacting chemically with it.
The ozone layer found high in the upper atmosphere (the stratosphere) shields us from much of the sun’s ultraviolet radiation. However, ozone air pollution at ground level where we can breathe it (in the troposphere) is harmful. It causes serious health problems.
Where Does Ozone Come From?
What you see coming out of the tailpipe on a car or a truck isn’t ozone, but the raw ingredients for making ozone. Ozone is formed by chemical reactions in the atmosphere from two raw gases that do come out of tailpipes, smokestacks and many other sources. These essential raw ingredients for ozone are nitrogen oxides (NOx) and hydrocarbons, also called volatile organic compounds (VOCs). They are produced primarily when fossil fuels like gasoline, oil or coal are burned or when some chemicals, like solvents, evaporate.
When NOx and VOCs come in contact with both heat and sunlight, they combine and form ozone smog. NOx is emitted from power plants, motor vehicles and other sources of high-heat combustion. VOCs are emitted from motor vehicles, chemical plants, refineries, factories, gas stations, paint and other sources. The formula for ozone is simple, and like any formula, the ingredients must all be present and in the right proportions to make the final product.
You may have wondered why “ozone action day” warnings are sometimes followed by recommendations to avoid activities such as mowing your lawn or refilling your gas tank during daylight hours. Lawn mower exhaust and gasoline vapors are VOCs that could turn into ozone in the heat and sun. Take away the sunlight and ozone doesn’t form, so refilling your gas tank after dark is better on high ozone days. Since we can’t control sunlight and heat, we must reduce the chemical raw ingredients if we want to reduce ozone.
Who is at risk from breathing ozone?
Five groups of people are especially vulnerable to the effects of breathing ozone:
•children and teens;
•anyone 65 and older;
•people who work or exercise outdoors;
•people with existing lung diseases, such as asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (also known as COPD, which includes emphysema and chronic bronchitis); and
•“responders” who are otherwise healthy but for some reason react more strongly to ozone.21
The impact on your health can depend on many factors, however. For example, the risks would be greater if ozone levels are higher, if you are breathing faster because you’re working outdoors or if you spend more time outdoors.
Lifeguards in Galveston, Texas, provided evidence of the impact of even short-term exposure to ozone on healthy, active adults in a study published in 2008. Testing the breathing capacity of these outdoor workers several times a day, researchers found that many lifeguards had greater obstruction in their airways when ozone levels were high. Because of this research, Galveston became the first city in the nation to install an air quality warning flag system on the beach.22
How Ozone Pollution Harms Your Health
Breathing ozone can shorten your life. Two early studies published in 2004 found strong evidence of the deadly impact of ozone in cities across the U.S. and in Europe. Even on days when ozone levels were low, the researchers found that the risk of premature death increased with higher levels of ozone. They estimated that over 3,700 deaths annually in the U.S. could be attributed to a 10-parts-per-billion increase in ozone levels.23 Another study, published the same week, looked at 23 European cities and found similar effects on mortality from short-term exposure to ozone.24
Confirmation came in the summer of 2005. Three groups of researchers working independently reviewed and analyzed the research around deaths associated with short-term exposures to ozone. The three teams—at Harvard, Johns Hopkins and New York University—used different approaches but all came to similar conclusions. All three studies reported a small but robust association between daily ozone levels and increased deaths.25 Writing a commentary on these reviews, David Bates, MD, explained how these premature deaths could occur:
“Ozone is capable of causing inflammation in the lung at lower concentrations than any other gas. Such an effect would be a hazard to anyone with heart failure and pulmonary congestion, and would worsen the function of anyone with advanced lung disease.”26
In 2008 a committee of the National Research Council, a division of the National Academy of Sciences, reviewed the evidence again and concluded that “short-term exposure to ambient ozone is likely to contribute to premature deaths.” They recommended that preventing early death be included in any future estimates of the benefits of reducing ozone.27
New research has begun to identify which groups face higher risk of death from ozone. A study published in 2010 examined records from ten cities in Italy and found women, diabetics and older adults to have a higher risk of premature death from high ozone.28
Ozone at levels currently in the U.S. causes immediate health problems. Many areas in the United States produce enough ground-level ozone during the summer months to cause health problems that can be felt right away. Immediate problems—in addition to increased risk of premature death—include:
•shortness of breath;
•chest pain when inhaling;
•wheezing and coughing;
•increased susceptibility to respiratory infections;
•increased susceptibility to pulmonary inflammation; and
•increased need for people with lung diseases, like asthma or chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), to receive medical treatment and to go to the hospital.29
Breathing ozone for longer periods can alter the lungs’ ability to function. Two studies published in 2005 explored ozone’s ability to reduce the lung’s ability to work efficiently, a term called “lung function.” Each study looked at otherwise healthy groups who were exposed to ozone for long periods: outdoor postal workers in Taiwan and college freshmen who were lifelong residents of Los Angeles or the San Francisco Bay area. Both studies found that the long exposure to elevated ozone levels had decreased their lung function.30
Inhaling ozone may affect the heart as well as the lungs. A 2006 study linked exposures to high ozone levels for as little as one hour to a particular type of cardiac arrhythmia that itself increases the risk of premature death and stroke.31 A French study found that exposure to elevated ozone levels for one to two days increased the risk of heart attacks for middle-aged adults without heart disease.32
New studies warn of serious effects from breathing ozone over longer periods. With more long-term data, scientists are finding that long-term exposure—that is, for periods longer than eight hours, including days, months or years—may increase the risk of early death. Examining the records from a long-term national database, researchers found a higher risk of death from respiratory diseases associated with increases in ozone.33 New York researchers looking at hospital records for children’s asthma found that the risk of admission to hospitals for asthma increased with chronic exposure to ozone. Younger children and children from low income families were more likely to need hospital admissions even during the same time periods than other children.34 California researchers digging into data from their long-term Southern California Children’s Health Study found that some children with certain genes were more likely to develop asthma as adolescents in response to the variations in ozone levels in their communities.35
Breathing other pollutants in the air may make your lungs more responsive to ozone—and breathing ozone may increase your body’s response to other pollutants. For example, research warns that breathing sulfur dioxide and nitrogen oxide—two pollutants common in the eastern U.S.—can make the lungs react more strongly than to just breathing ozone alone. Breathing ozone may also increase the response to allergens in people with allergies. A large study published in 2009 found that children were more likely to suffer from hay fever and respiratory allergies when ozone and PM2.5 levels were high.36
Even low levels of ozone may be deadly. A large study of 48 U.S. cities looked at the association between ozone and all-cause mortality during the summer months. Ozone concentrations by city in the summer months ranged from 16 percent to 80 percent lower than EPA currently considers safe. Researchers found that ozone at those lower levels was associated with deaths from cardiovascular disease, strokes, and respiratory causes.37
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Laundry Detergent Packs Pose Poisoning Threat to Toddlers
The colorful, liquid-filled pods look like toys or treats, experts say
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WEDNESDAY, Sept. 5 (HealthDay News) -- Colorful and tempting, those single-wash packets of laundry detergent can be poisonous for toddlers who mistake them for candy, researchers warn.
Doctors at a children's hospital in Great Britain reported seeing five such cases of detergent poisoning among children under age 2 over the past 18 months. Each of the children suffered serious chemical burns to the esophagus.
Experts in the United States say the products pose a similar threat to American children.
Several of the children in the British report had airway swelling bad enough that they needed a breathing tube (intubation), and several were admitted to the intensive care unit and one needed additional surgery to remove extensive scar tissue, according to Dr. Lyndsay Fraser, an ear, nose and throat doctor at the Royal Hospital for Sick Children in Glasgow.
"We've had an increasing number of cases over the last 18 months in which children have bitten into and swallowed liquid detergent," Fraser said. "The color and texture is very, very appealing to children."
The chemicals in laundry packets are highly alkaline, which can quickly damage soft tissues, Fraser explained.
The problem appears to be growing. In Great Britain, the National Poisoning Information Service received 647 telephone inquiries about laundry detergent poisoning; while the topic was searched on TOXBASE, a toxicology database for health professionals, nearly 4,000 times. Those figures make laundry detergent "the most common household product to be accidentally ingested," according to the doctors.
In the United States, nearly 2,200 children age 5 and under either swallowed or got the detergent from laundry packets into their eyes between Jan. 1 and July 31, according to the American Association of Poison Control Centers (AAPCC).
The British report is published in the Sept. 5 issue of the Archives of Disease in Childhood.
Typically, swallowing laundry detergent causes mild stomach upset or even no symptoms. But the new laundry packets seem to be more potent, according to experts.
Children who've swallowed the liquid in the pods may vomit, wheeze or gasp for air. Some children have needed to be put onto a ventilator, according to the AAPCC.
The single-wash packets are designed to dissolve quickly in the washing machine, said Dr. Wendy Sue Swanson, a pediatrician with The Everett Clinic and Seattle Children's Hospital, in Washington.
"Kids are curious, and they explore things with their mouth," Swanson said. "Because the outer casing of the packets dissolves easily, once a toddler or young child chews on it, it can easily rupture and deliver the very concentrated laundry detergent into the child's mouth."
The packaging itself, because it's designed to look appealing, draws small children, who may mistake it for a teething toy, said Dr. Tamara Kuittinen, director of medical education in the department of emergency medicine at Lenox Hill Hospital in New York City.
"It's a painful reminder to parents that what's attractive can also be dangerous," Kuittinen said. "These things are meant to be attractive to catch our eyes as consumers. It also attracts kids eyes. The colors are beautiful. It looks yummy. Kids can suck on it, and the detergent leaks out."
To protect children, parents should keep laundry detergents out of reach, preferably in locked cabinets, and not under the sink or anyplace else accessible to a toddler, Swanson said.
"You need to very extremely cautious about where they're stored and how you use them," Swanson said. "You should consider them just as potentially dangerous as a medication or another toxic household cleaner. Children should not be assisting putting them in the wash."
Manufacturers should also redesign packaging with enhanced child safety caps, either voluntarily or with the help of a government mandate, Fraser said.
SOURCES: Lyndsay Fraser, MBCHB, ear, nose and throat doctor, Royal Hospital for Sick Children, Glasgow, Scotland; Wendy Sue Swanson, M.D., pediatrician, The Everett Clinic and Seattle Children's Hospital, Washington; Tamara Kuittinen, director, medical education, department of emergency medicine, Lenox Hill Hospital, New York City; American Association of Poison Control Centers news release; Sept. 5, 2012, Archives of Disease in Childhood
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|Posted by Ed Kalas on September 12, 2012 at 4:00 PM||comments (0)|
Smoking and How To Quit
• What is secondhand smoke?
• Dangers of secondhand smoke
• Secondhand smoke exposure in the workplace
• How secondhand smoke affects babies and children
• Tips to avoid secondhand smoke
• More information on secondhand smoke
What is secondhand smoke?
Secondhand smoke is the smoke from the burning end of a cigarette, pipe, or cigar combined with the smoke breathed out by the smoker. You can be exposed to secondhand smoke anytime a person smokes near you.
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Dangers of secondhand smoke
Secondhand smoke causes early death and disease in children and adults who do not smoke. One study estimated that secondhand smoke causes about 3,000 deaths from lung cancer and about 46,000 deaths from heart disease every year. The more you are around secondhand smoke, the more likely you are to get sick. There is no safe amount of secondhand smoke.
Other health problems caused by secondhand smoke include:
• Nasal sinus cancer
• Eye, nose, and throat irritation
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Secondhand smoke exposure in the workplace
Did you know?
Breathing in secondhand smoke at home or at work increases your chances of getting lung cancer by 20 to 30 percent.
The good news is that most employees in the United States work for businesses with smoke-free policies. The bad news is that many workers are still exposed to secondhand smoke, especially those who work in bars and restaurants. Studies have found that restaurant and bar workers breathe more secondhand smoke than other workers and have higher rates of lung cancer.
Many restaurant and bar owners argue that smoking bans will hurt their businesses. But studies have shown that this is not the case. In New York City, income and the number of jobs in the city both increased after a city-wide smoking ban was put in place. Today, more and more states are passing laws banning smoking in restaurants and bars.
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How secondhand smoke affects babies and children
Why does birth weight matter?
Low-birth-weight babies are more likely to die or have serious health problems. They are also more likely to have long-term disabilities, such as problems seeing or hearing.
Studies show that babies born to mothers who were exposed to secondhand smoke during their pregnancy have more health problems than babies whose moms were not around secondhand smoke. These babies tend to have weaker lungs and lower birth weights. Also, babies of mothers who smoke before and after birth are more likely to die from sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS). SIDS is the sudden and unexplained death of a baby under 1 year of age.
Children exposed to secondhand smoke are at increased risk for these health problems:
• Ear infections
Studies show that children of smokers are sick more often than children of nonsmokers. Also, secondhand smoke exposure can make some chronic health problems worse. For instance, secondsmoke can cause children who already have asthma to have more frequent and severe attacks. Even after the smoke clears, toxins can be left behind as residue. Children and babies are easily exposed to residue on floors, toys, clothing, and other household surfaces. Take care of yourself and your children by quitting smoking today. For help quitting, visit our how to quit section.
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Tips to avoid secondhand smoke
If you live with a smoker:
• Ask the smoker to keep your home and cars smoke-free at all times. Ask him/her to smoke outside only.
• If the smoker refuses, suggest other ways to protect yourself and your children. Ask the smoker to smoke only in one room or smoke at home only when you and the children are not there.
• Open a window to let some fresh air in or use a fan to blow the smoke outside.
• Support smokers who are trying to quit.
When visitors come:
• Ask smokers who visit not to smoke in your house.
In others' homes:
• Ask others nicely to not smoke around you.
• Let smokers know if you're having problems (such as coughing or itchy eyes) because of their smoking.
If you have children:
• Keep your home smoke-free. Ask babysitters, family members, and caregivers not to smoke inside or around your children, even if outside.
• Do not smoke in your car.
• If the smoker still smokes around your children, have your children leave the room or play outside while the person is smoking.
• Make sure your children's daycare or schools are 100 percent smoke-free.
Away from home:
• Spend time in smoke-free places.
• Avoid restaurants and bars that allow smoking.
For more information on secondhand smoke, see The Health Consequences of Involuntary Exposure to Tobacco Smoke: A Report of the Surgeon General .
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More information on secondhand smoke
Explore other publications and websites
• Harm to Kids From Secondhand Smoke (Copyright © Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids) — This publication provides facts on how tobacco use harms children before birth and throughout their development in life. It discusses how exposure to secondhand smoke from family members can affect kids and what the effects of teen smoking are.
• Health Effects of Exposure to Secondhand Smoke — This publication describes what secondhand smoke is and how it puts exposed children at risk, especially those who have asthma and lung diseases.
• Secondhand Smoke (SHS) Facts — This fact sheet describes the effects of secondhand smoke on children and adults. It discusses risk factors and health considerations, including statistics on exposure rates.
• Smoking and Asthma (Copyright © Nemours Foundation) — This online fact sheet explains why secondhand smoke is bad for your health and why it is especially dangerous for teens with asthma.
• Take the Smoke-free Homes Pledge — This online pledge encourages parents to maintain a smoke-free home for their children.
• The Health Consequences of Involuntary Exposure to Tobacco Smoke: A Report of the Surgeon General — This website provides links to the Surgeon General's report on the health risks related to secondhand smoke. This website also includes fact sheets on secondhand smoke in different environments.
Connect with other organizations
• American Cancer Society
• American Lung Association
• Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids
• Indoor Air Quality Information Clearinghouse, EAP
• National Cancer Institute, NIH
• Prevent Cancer Foundation
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National Environmental Health Association // E-NEWS // Vol. 12, Issue 5 // Late March 2012
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LATE MARCH 12: In this issue
• “People, Polar Bears, and Potato Salad: Mapping the Gaps Between Expert and Public Understandings of Environmental Health”
• Credential/Certification Courses and Exams Being Offered at the 2012 AEC
• Online Registration Available for the NEHA 2012 AEC
• NEHA Seeks Subject-Matter Experts in Food Safety
News From the Field
• Spring of Sustainability 2012 Begins This Week
• Environmental Public Health Online Courses (EPHOC) Available Through CDC
• Disaster Preparedness Videos From Metropolitan Emergency Managers Committee of Greater Kansas City
• Foodborne Disease Outbreaks in the U.S. Caused by Imported Food Apparently on the Rise
• CityLinks Partnership Addresses Climate Change, Water and Sanitation, and Food Security
• Biking and Walking in the U.S. Benchmark Report
• Study From U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) Confirms Low Levels of Fallout From Fukushima
Opportunities for Input
• Waste Reduction or Elimination at the Source Grant Funding Applications Sought
• Model Aquatic Health Code (MAHC) Module Open for Comment
• Innovative Food Defense Grants Available From FDA
Mark Your Calendars!
• National Public Health Week
• 2012 Dr. Neil Lowry Memorial Award Deadline Is April 16
• Earth Day 2012
• Upcoming Award Deadlines
• Upcoming Affiliate Conferences
“People, Polar Bears, and Potato Salad: Mapping the Gaps Between Expert and Public Understandings of Environmental Health”
NEHA Executive Director Nelson Fabian’s column in the April JEH, “Wisdom From the Wise Old Owl,” covers highlights from this newly released report. The title may be a bit “different,” but the information contained in the report is a product of some intriguing research that explores the gaps between how the public and this profession understand environmental health. This is a definite read for environmental health professionals!
Credential/Certification Courses and Exams Being Offered at the 2012 AEC
Advance your expertise and career potential by obtaining a NEHA credential/certification at the 2012 AEC. Four credential/certification courses and exams are being offered including the Registered Environmental Health Specialist/Registered Sanitarian (REHS/RS), the Certified Professional of Food Safety (CP-FS), the HACCP Manager Certification Course, and the National Association of Wastewater Transporters Inc. (NAWT) Installer Training + NEHA Certified Installer of Onsite Wastewater Treatment Systems (CIOWTS) Basic Exam. While at the AEC, you can take just a credential/certification course, just an exam, or both a course and an exam. Separate applications are required prior to registering, and additional fees may apply. For more information, visit neha2012aec.org.
Online Registration Available for the NEHA 2012 AEC
Complete your AEC registration using NEHA’s NEW online registration system. Follow the steps provided to set up your login and password. Once you’re set up, you can visit the site over and over again to easily view your transaction history, make additional purchases, and update your profile. Get registered for the 2012 AEC today!
NEHA Seeks Subject-Matter Experts in Food Safety
FDA has provided funding to NEHA to update its Certified Professional of Food Safety (CP-FS) credential and develop a personnel certification credential for Food Auditors. NEHA is seeking subject-matter experts (SMEs) to participate in the development process. This includes the Job/Task Analysis and exam development activities. SMEs should be experts in food safety from a domestic regulatory and/or industry perspective or auditing, particularly in the area of foreign and import audits. If you are interested or know an expert as defined above, please contact the project manager, Rance Baker, with that information.
News From the Field
Spring of Sustainability 2012 Begins This Week
Major environmental organizations and 100 top-name sustainability leaders are joining forces in an unprecedented global initiative. The three-month “Spring of Sustainability,” intended to reach hundreds of thousands, began March 26 and has an almost-daily mix of free teleseminars, live programs, and local events. Presenters for the Spring of Sustainability include primatologist Jane Goodall, climate activist Bill McKibben, former White House Advisor Van Jones, Diet for a Small Planet author Frances Moore Lappé, and Earth Day founder Denis Hayes. Core topics include green business, green lifestyle, activism for a just and sustainable world, global stewardship, and thriving communities.
Environmental Public Health Online Courses (EPHOC) Available Through CDC
EPHOC is an online/on-demand package of e-learning courses for environmental public health practitioners. EPHOC provides access to comprehensive, worthwhile, and affordable workforce development resources for practitioners in environmental public health.
Disaster Preparedness Videos From Metropolitan Emergency Managers Committee of Greater Kansas City
The Metropolitan Emergency Managers Committee of Greater Kansas City has produced a new series of videos that provides critical information about key steps people should take to be prepared for emergencies. The series includes seven videos that are being released, one each week starting March 12, through YouTube, local government cable channels, and other outlets. The first two episodes are available now: “Meet ‘Disaster’ and ‘Preparedness’” and “Keep Mayhem to a Minimum.”
Foodborne Disease Outbreaks in the U.S. Caused by Imported Food Apparently on the Rise
According to CDC, from 2005 to 2010, 39 outbreaks and 2,348 illnesses were linked to imported food from 15 countries. Of those outbreaks, nearly half (17) occurred in 2009 and 2010.
CityLinks Partnership Addresses Climate Change, Water and Sanitation, and Food Security
Local government professionals worldwide have a new forum for sharing knowledge about three interrelated urban development challenges: climate change, water and sanitation services, and food security. These topics are at the center of the U.S. Agency for International Development–funded CityLinks program and the new CityLinks website developed by the International City/County Management Association.
Biking and Walking in the U.S. Benchmark Report
A new report released by the Alliance for Biking and Walking ranks all 50 states and the 51 largest U.S. cities on bicycling and walking levels, safety, funding, and other factors. The biennial report reveals data including bicycling and walking levels and demographics, bicycle and pedestrian safety, public health indicators, and the economic impact of bicycling and walking.
Study From U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) Confirms Low Levels of Fallout From Fukushima
Fallout from the 2011 Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear power facility in Japan was measured in minimal amounts in precipitation in the U.S. in about 20% of 167 sites sampled in a nationwide study led by USGS. Levels measured were similar to measurements made by U.S. EPA in the days and weeks immediately following the March 2011 incidents, which were determined to be well below any level of public health concern.
Opportunities for Input
Waste Reduction or Elimination at the Source Grant Funding Applications Sought
U.S. EPA is seeking grant funding applications from state agencies, state colleges or universities, federally recognized tribes, and intertribal consortia during FY 2012 for projects to support state and tribal technical assistance programs that address the reduction or elimination of pollution by businesses across all environmental media: air, water, and land. Applications due April 24, 2012.
Model Aquatic Health Code (MAHC) Module Open for Comment
The Disinfection and Water Quality module of MAHC has recently been released for public comment by CDC. The comment period will be open until April 27, 2012.
Innovative Food Defense Grants Available From FDA
FDA is seeking grant funding applications from state, local, tribal, and territorial government food regulatory agencies to generate innovative food defense tools and resources that complement, develop, or may improve state, local, tribal, and territorial food defense programs and which may then be applied to food defense programs nationwide. Applications due June 15, 2012.
Mark Your Calendars!
National Public Health Week
National Public Health Week is April 2–8, 2012.
2012 Dr. Neil Lowry Memorial Award Deadline Is April 16
There is less than one month left to nominate a public health official or department that has made a positive contribution to the public's healthy and safe use of recreational water for the 2012 Dr. Neil Lowry Memorial Award. The Association for Pool and Spa Professional’s recreational water quality committee will select an outstanding public health official or department to receive the $5,000 award. The award will be presented at the NEHA 2012 AEC in San Diego. This is an ideal opportunity to gain recognition for yourself or one of your colleagues. The nomination submission deadline is April 16, 2012. Download an application or contact Bernice Crenshaw for more information.
Earth Day 2012
Earth Day is April 22, 2012. This year’s theme is “Mobilize the Earth.”
Upcoming Award Deadlines
Don’t forget the following deadlines for these notable environmental health awards:
• Davis Calvin Wagner Sanitarian Award: April 15
• Walter F. Snyder Award: April 30
• Excellence in Sustainability Award: May 1
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• Michigan Environmental Health Association’s Annual Educational Conference, March 28–30, 2012.
• California Environmental Health Association’s 61st Annual Educational Symposium, April 2–5, 2012.
• Illinois Environmental Health Association’s North Chapter Annual Educational Conference, April 2–3, 2012.
• Missouri Milk, Food, and Environmental Health Association’s Annual Educational Conference, April 10–13, 2012.
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Happy New Year, KEHA Members!
You are invited to attend the 2012 Kansas Preservation, Energy and Sustainability Conference and Fair January 25th – January 28th. There is something for everyone at this multifaceted event. National speakers at local conference prices. Please note that the best registration and hotel prices go off on January 6th and 9th respectively – ($40/day or $70 for two day conference).
SPECIAL for AGENCIES: As part of pre-conference activities, City and County agencies staff are invited to attend – at a special FREE - no cost - workshop - Restore, Repair, and Renovate taught by KDHE; an 8-hour certificate workshop on Wednesday, January 25th. (email Kathy Morgan – City of Wichita Historic Preservation Officer at Kmorgan@wichita.gov if you are interested.)
If you can’t get away because of work responsibilities, bring your families over on Saturday, January 28th. The FAIR is free to the general public and there will be lots of drawings for valuable prizes and giveaways. So far we have 2 kids bikes and a patio door w/installation offered as some of the valuable prizes. Also, there will soon be a Facebook contest for an adult bike on our Facebook page with additional chances at the drawings to be held at the conference. https://www.facebook.com/GreenWichita Check us out and then Like us when the contest comes up.
Please feel free to pass this invitation on to those you think would be interested.
Details are at: http://www.greenwichita.org/2012Conferences.aspx
Featured speakers: http://www.greenwichita.org/2012Conferences/2012FeaturedSpeakers.aspx
Thanks, Kay – more event highlights below including my contact info…
GO GREEN TO SAVE GREEN
Mark your calendars, indeed! The 2012 Kansas Preservation, Energy & Sustainability Conference and Fair is the perfect opportunity for you to find out all the information you need to save some green. Pre- conference activities include free tours and documentaries with a special 8-hour KDHE certificate workshop for Restore, Repair and Renovate. There’s a two-day conference (Thursday and Friday -January 26-27) with experts from the preservation and energy fields to help businesses and contractors. There’s a free Fair (Saturday, January 28th ) covering a wide range of topics, from window restoration to energy efficient gadgets and sustainable landscaping, the 2012 conference has something for everyone.
Interested in seeing a documentary subtitled "the world's first toxic comedy"? This is a pre-conference activity and it is FREE.
Need to learn about new technology to improve energy efficiency for your company building operations? This conference will showcase it.
Ready to network with individuals, organizations, and companies that share your passion for preserving the historic while embracing a sustainable future? This conference is the place for you.
Eager to learn how to effectively winterize your home? The free Fair will have it.
Want to showcase your products and services for energy efficiency, environmental compliance and sustainability, historic preservation, and LEED architectural design? This conference is for you as an exhibitor or sponsor.
Interested in finding out how the new GM Volt and Nissan Leaf look and operate? Visit this conference for a close-up look at these two vehicles and others at the Conference and Fair Fuel Efficient Car Show.
The Fair has demonstrations, frequent prize drawings throughout the day and free give-away items to help you and your home become more energy efficient and sustainable. Watch for announcements about the various prizes.
Like us on Facebook @Green Wichita and follow us on TWITTER @GREENWICHITA. Watch for us on CH 12 and see the full schedule on www.greenwichita.org Something for everyone!
D. Kay Johnson
Office of Environmental Initiatives
Metropolitan Area Planning Department
City of Wichita
455 N. Main, 10th Floor
Wichita, KS 67202
(316) 268-4251 - PLEASE NOTE THE NEW TELEPHONE NUMBER!
Email address: firstname.lastname@example.org
Visit the City’s NEW GREEN website: http://www.greenwichita.org
General City website: http://wichita.gov
|Posted by Ed Kalas on September 8, 2011 at 5:30 PM||comments (1)|
Radon Resistant New Construction (RRNC) Workshop October 25-27, 2011 in Washington, DC.
The National Environmental Health Association (NEHA), in cooperation with USEPA, is hosting a Radon Resistant New Construction (RRNC) Workshop October 25-27, 2011 in Washington, DC. Space is still available! Please help us to promote this fantastic educational opportunity by urging those in your region to apply. The application deadline is Friday, September 16th. This is a FREE training, all-expenses-paid for those who apply and are selected for NEHA sponsorship. To apply, submit your letter of interest as soon as possible. This announcement can be found on www.neha.org
* Please note: We are hoping to target only those individuals or teams not having yet attended this training. Some individuals who receive this promotion may have been selected for sponsorship for other NEHA IAQ trainings in the past...in this case, those individuals are certainly welcome to apply for this new opportunity, since they have not yet attended this specific workshop. We do however aim our training focus to newcomers only, so if interested applicants have previously attended RRNC, please ask them to spread the word to others in order to broaden the range of opportunity for those having not yet attended RRNC.
For questions, please contact Susan Peterson at email@example.com
National Environmental Health Association (NEHA)
Research & Development
|Posted by Ed Kalas on September 2, 2011 at 9:20 AM||comments (1)|
Job Description at http://www.da.ks.gov/ps/pub/reqinfo.asp?id=169300
Job Title: Food, Drug And Lodg Surv I
Req. No: 169300
Agency Name: Kansas Dept of Agriculture
Posting Type: External --> Click here for Definition of Posting Type
Applications accepted through: SEP 09, 2011
Recruiter: Dennis Peerenboom (785) 296-2621
As a Food, Drug, and Lodging Surveyor I, you will:
Conduct comprehensive inspections of a wide variety of food processing, food service, and storage facilities in assigned areas of the state. Includes conducting inspections of wholesale and retail food establishments, restaurants, food manufacturing and processing facilities, warehouses, locker plants, concession stands, etc. Prepares detailed reports of findings. Recommend the approval or denial of licensure and/or enforcement actions including civil fines or facility closure.
Participate in the investigation of complaints concerning violations of the regulations, unsanitary conditions, food borne illnesses, medical quackery, unsafe consumer products and other related health issues.
Identify risk factors associated with foodborne illness and establish actions to reduce these risk factors.
Provide training for industry officials and local health department sanitarians to promote and maintain an understanding of current food principles by organizing and presenting educational seminars using lectures, visual aids and infield training. Maintain and supplement technical knowledge in order to complete work responsibilities effectively by attending workshops and seminars and reviewing technical literature. Such training enhances the individuals ability to perform assigned responsibilities.
You must meet the minimum requirements for the Food, Drug, and Lodging Surveyor I classification.
You must submit your complete application and all supporting documents by the closing date of the announcement.
To meet the minimum requirements for this position, you must have: Bachelor of Science degree in a biological or physical science. Additional experience may be substituted for education as determined relevant by the agency.
How To Apply:
To apply for this position online go to: www.jobs.ks.gov and complete the Online Employment Application or mail application to: KS Department of Agriculture, Human Resource Office, 109 SW 9th St., Topeka, KS 66612.
How You Will Be Evaluated:
Once you complete and submit your application package, your application will be reviewed to ensure you meet the minimum requirements of the class.
Your application will be evaluated based on your ability to demonstrate the following knowledge, skills and abilities/competencies:
Knowledge of biology, food chemistry and general sanitation as they apply to food, drug and lodging programs.
Knowledge of principles, techniques, and practices of public health sanitation and epidemiology.
Knowledge of retail and wholesale food, drug and lodging operations and production methods.
Ability to obtain commissioning by the federal Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC).
Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with fellow workers, supervisors and the public, and communicate effectively both orally and in writing.
Your application and/or supporting documentation will be verified. Please follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect your rating or consideration for employment.
What To Expect Next:
Once your complete application package (including all required documents) is received, we will conduct an evaluation of your qualifications. Based on that evaluation, you may be referred to the hiring manager for further consideration and possible interview.
Reasonable Accommodation Policy Statement:
State agencies must provide reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities where appropriate. Applicants requiring reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process should contact the hiring agency directly. Determinations on requests for reasonable accommodation will be made on a case-by-case basis.
Veterans Preference Eligible (VPE):
Former military personnel that have been verified as "veteran" under K.S.A. 73-201 will receive an interview if they meet the minimum requirements of the class. The veterans' preference laws do not guarantee the veteran a job. Positions are filled as determined by the agency as being the best qualified.
Applicants claiming veterans' preference for the first time must complete the Veteran Preference field on the Personal Information Registration form, and submit a legible copy of their discharge document (DD 214), or other official discharge documents, showing enlisted and discharge dates, type of discharge, medals received. Please mail the copy of your DD 214, to the Department of Administration, Division of Personnel Services, 900 SW Jackson, Room 252, Topeka, Kansas 66612.
The Department of Agriculture is an Equal Opportunity Employer.
Find out more about us at our web site
Class/Uncl Full/Part Time: Grade: Hiring Rate: Pay Frequency:
C F 023 $16.56 Hourly
|Posted by Ed Kalas on April 26, 2011 at 8:15 AM||comments (0)|
Swimming season is coming up! Is your swimming jurisdiction participating in the Model Aquatic Health Code (MAHC)? MAHC is a collaborative effort of public health, academia, and industry. Through providing a model code based on the latest science, the MAHC strives to keep swimming healthy and protect individuals, families, and communities from preventable waterborne diseases and injuries. The MAHC encourages stakeholder involvement so please make your swimming pool program aware of the following resources and opportunities to get involved:
The Ventilation Module is open for public comment through June 12, 2011. http://www.cdc.gov/healthywater/swimming/pools/mahc/structure-content/#table
The Operator Training Module has been reposted. Changes were made to this module in response to the first round of public comments. This module will be open again for public comment when the complete MAHC is posted. It is being made available now as a resource for those updating their pool codes in the near future.
Each newly posted MAHC module also has a short synopsis highlighting the most critical recommendations.
A new “MAHC In the News” feature has Webinars, magazines, and other MAHC news items published by external groups about the MAHC effort.
If you would like to sign up for information related to Healthy Swimming, please visit the Healthy Swimming Web site (www.cdc.gov/healthywater/swimming). Click the “Get email updates” box on the right hand side of the page (4th box down) to sign up for automatic email updates.
|Posted by Ed Kalas on March 30, 2011 at 9:15 AM||comments (0)|
Steve Johnson, one our House of Representatives, contacted us and encouraged us to contact these three Representatives that serve on the Agriculture and Natural Resources Committee or Agricultural and Natural Resources Budget Committee. He suggested we email them our support of funding the LEPP program for SFY 2012.
Their names and emails are:
Sharon Schwartz, Chair of the Agriculture and Natural Resources Budget Committee – Sharon.firstname.lastname@example.org
Larry Powell, Chair of the Agriculture and Natural Resources Committee - email@example.com.
Carl Holmes, member of the Agriculture and Natural Resources Budget Committee – firstname.lastname@example.org.
Also, the attached is the testimony that our Environmental Health Coordinator read at the Senate hearing earlier this year. Might have some information that members could use in their emails.
Please note my new email address