One of the most fundamental aspects of environmental public health is maintaining high standards of quality and care for our food and water sources. Consumers rely on safe food at home and in the retail environment, so food safety inspections are key to ensuring adequate food safety. Partnerships between local and state health agencies, departments of agriculture, and federal food safety agencies create a framework for a safer food system.

Threats to drinking water as well as recreational water hazards come in many forms, with significant sources including per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS), cyanobacteria, Legionella, and other waterborne contaminants. Strengthening wastewater surveillance programs and overall water infrastructure aids states in protecting the public from waterborne diseases.  


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Going Beyond Regulatory Compliance for Lead Testing in Water

This report serves as a primer for state and territorial health agencies seeking to assess the public health impacts of lead exposure in drinking water. It also offers a public health perspective on current protocols for testing lead in drinking water.

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Cyanobacterial Blooms and Associated Illnesses: A Clinician Training Module for Physicians and Healthcare Providers

ASTHO has created a clinician toolbox for physicians and healthcare providers to help them better understand cyanobacterial blooms and associated illnesses.

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Lessons on State Resilience and Vulnerability to Complex Disasters

This report highlights lessons learned from two listening sessions on resilience and vulnerability to complex disasters or environmental events with multiple interacting impacts. It offers a path forward for states and co-regulators.

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Legionella Communications Factsheet: A Guide for Health Agency Staff

This document contains information that state health agency staff can use when talking to building and facility personnel about Legionella and other opportunistic biofilm pathogens.

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State And Territorial Preparedness for Drinking Water Emergencies

This report summarizes recent findings and recommendations for enhancing state and territorial water preparedness and collaborative emergency response efforts.

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Using Water Quality Monitoring Data for Your Building Water Management Program

This factsheet outlines how to monitor water quality in facilities to prevent the growth of Legionella and other opportunistic pathogens. It discusses important basic water quality monitoring parameters, including temperature, pH, turbidity, and disinfectant residual.

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Considering the Role of Social Stressors in Chemical Risk Assessment

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Harnessing the One Health Approach to Tackle Recreational Lead and Harmful Algal Blooms

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State and Federal Actions to Reduce Per- and Polyfluoroalkyl Substances’ Impact on Public Health

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Virtual Food Safety Inspection Guide

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The Importance of the FDA Food Code

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2023 Legislative Session Update: Part One

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USDA Takes Long-Term Look at Nutrition Standards

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ASTHO Statement on U.S. EPA’s Proposed PFAS National Primary Drinking Water Regulation

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