Environmental Health

Local Health Department environmental health services are essential to ensuring that basic needs, such as clean air and water, public facilities and institutions meet minimum public health standards.  Our Sanitarians work hard every day to ensure that the air we breathe, the water we drink, the food we eat and the waste we generate are safe, secure and properly managed.  Our environmental health team is a branch of the Connecticut River Area Health District (CRAHD) that focuses on the interrelationships between people and their environment.  We promote human health and well-being and foster healthy and safe communities. As a fundamental component of a comprehensive public health system, environmental health works to advance policies and programs to reduce chemical and other environmental exposures in order to protect residents and provide communities with healthier environments.

Preventing human injury and illness and promoting well-being is the foundation of environmental health. This is accomplished by: 

  • identifying and evaluating environmental sources and hazardous agents and
  • limiting exposures to hazardous physical, chemical, and biological agents in air, water, soil, food, and other environmental media or settings that may adversely affect human health.

The environmental health staff at the CRAHD are specialists with appropriate and advanced academic education, training and certifications. The primary focus and responsibilities of the environmental health staff are to:

  • investigate, sample, measure, and assess hazardous environmental agents in various environmental media and settings;
  • recommend and apply protective interventions that control hazards to health;
  • develop, promote, and enforce guidelines, policies, laws, and regulations;
  • develop and provide health communications and educational materials;
  • manage and lead environmental health units within organizations;
  • perform systems analysis;
  • engage community members to understand, address, and resolve problems;
  • review construction and land use plans and make recommendations;
  • interpret research utilizing science and evidence to understand the relationship between health and environment; and
  • interpret data and prepare technical summaries and reports.

 

Individuals should have the opportunity to achieve the highest possible level of health at all stages of life, which encompasses physical, mental, and social well-being and extends beyond the absence of disease. Environmental health, as a component of a comprehensive public health infrastructure, is vital in this regard.


Connecticut River Area Health District

455 Boston Post Rd, Suite 7 
Old Saybrook, CT 06475