Past NEHA Policies
NEHA has adopted many policies, many of which are no longer current. This page lists all the past NEHA policies, the ones no longer considered a current policy. But even though out-of-date, these policies convey the intents of the membership and environmental health community.
NEHA advocates for national, state, and local policies, regulations, research, and resources that will enhance the ability of environmental health professionals to regulate cottage foods and home-based restaurants in order to protect public health.
NEHA recognizes the scientific and public health evidence that pasteurization of milk is proven to be a sound method of preventing milk-borne disease.
NEHA recommends the integration and adoption of uniform and current best practices in food safety by state, local, tribal, and territorial government agencies, along with industry food safety professionals.
- NEHA’s Policy Priorities on Water (PDF) | March 2016
Environmental health is profoundly local and environmental health professionals mediate some of the most intimate parts of our lives: the food we place in our baby’s mouths, the control of insects like mosquitos, and the water that rehydrates children after play time. Environmental health professionals save money, saves lives and protect the future.
- Recognition of World Environmental Health Day (PDF) | September 2014
NEHA recognizes World Environmental Health Day. The practice of environmental health throughout the world is critical to the well-being of humankind and the protection of the earth’s resources.
- Position to Support the Registered Environmental Health/Registered Sanitarian Credential for Environmental Health Professionals (PDF) | August 2014
NEHA asserts that employing credentialed REHS and RS staff working in well managed and effective programs results in an overall economic gain for the community based on disease prevention, extended lives, enhanced productivity, and reduced lost time from work.
- NEHA Adopts New Definitions of the Terms "Environmental Health" and "Environmental Health Professional" (PDF) | July 2013
NEHA recently approved newly revised definitions of the terms “environmental health” and “environmental health professional” at the July 2013 board of directors meeting in Crystal City, Virginia.
NEHA Resolution that states that businesses or any individual engaged in production of non-TCS Food as part of a defined cottage foods industry should be registered with the appropriate state/local/tribal regulatory food safety or public health agency.
- NEHA Resolution to Recognize and Reaffirm the Public Health Value of Optimal Community Water Fluoridation (PDF) | April 2012
Dental caries and tooth decay are largely preventable disease processes that affect people without regard for age, race, ethnicity or income. Over the last six decades, community water fluoridation has contributed to reduced incidence, prevalence and severity of dental caries and tooth decay in the United States.
- NEHA Off Shore Oil Drilling Position Paper (PDF) | July 2010
The destructive explosions and fire at the BP (formerly British Petroleum) Deepwater Horizon offshore well located off the Louisiana coast in the Gulf of Mexico April 20, 2010 led to the tragic death of eleven workers and caused numerous additional injuries.
- NEHA Letter to ICC re: Model Codes for Regulating Construction and Operation of Swimming Pools and Spas (PDF) | July 2010
NEHA is very concerned that these two initiatives will result in the development of overlapping and conflicting model codes regulating the construction and operation of these facilities. Environmental health officials have historically worked closely with building officials in the plan review and construction inspection phases of the development or renovation of aquatic facilities including swimming pools, spas, water parks and interactive water features.
- Environmental Public Health Tracking | April 2007
A 2001 report issued by the Pew Environmental Health Commission report called, “America’s Environmental Health Gap; Why the Country Needs a Nationwide Health Tracking Network for Disease and Exposures” stated that current tracking efforts are fragmented, uncoordinated, and inadequate. The Institute of Medicine also reported that there is too little attention to health aspects of environmental problems.