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OEHA E-Blast: IPM, Conflict De-escalation, OEHA Newsletter, Preventing Lead Poisoning, CEUs and more

Happy October, Oregon Environmental Health Professionals! There's a lot going on in the field of Environmental Health this fall, from IPM Workshops to Conflict De-escalation Webinars, International Lead Poisoning Prevention Week to Norovirus Prevention Strategies. Here's the latest!


Looking for your CEUs from the 2022 OEHA AEC?

The CEU Certificates have been emailed to attendees! If you attended the conference but didn't receive a certificate, please reach out to OEHA at


Fall/Winter 2022 OEHA Newsletter

The latest OEHA Newsletter has officially been published! Please click here to read.


There’s a Fly in My Soup – IPM in Restaurants” EPA IPM webinar on December 6th, 2022 (2:00 – 4:00 PM ET).

Restaurants are in business to feed people, but unfortunately, they can also be a breeding ground for pests because they provide food, water, and shelter. Restaurants are held to a high standard for managing pests by customers and their local food safety inspectors. This webinar focuses on the major pests found in restaurants (flies, cockroaches, and rodents) and the IPM tactics for their prevention and control. CEUs will only be available for the live webinar on the above date. All EPA webinars are free. Register here.


Deadline Extended for the 2023 NEHA AEC Call for Abstracts The Call for Abstracts deadline for the 2023 NEHA AEC has been extended to October14. NEHA has a wide array of topics so no matter what your area of expertise is, there is a track for you. Submit your abstract today!


2023 NEHA AEC Registration Open for Exhibitors Exhibitor registration for the 2023 NEHA AEC is now open! Take advantage of this opportunity to showcase your business, strengthen and build relationships with decision makers, and provide solutions to challenges environmental health professionals face every day.


Calling All Retail Food Safety Regulatory Professionals We ask for your participation in a 10-minute, historic national survey to identify the strengths and knowledge gaps of the retail food safety regulatory workforce. Results will be shared to bolster educational resources, reduce knowledge gaps in training materials, and improve workforce capabilities for years to come. Thank you for your expert input!


NEHA Webinar Recording Now Available NEHA recently hosted a conflict de-escalation webinar with Alicia Love from the Montana Department of Livestock. The webinar was designed to help you identify when conflict is becoming unproductive, self-regulate to address conflict, and de-escalate a conflict safely. A recording of the webinar is now available for you to access and share.


Resources From the COVID-19 ECE Collaborative The need for guidance on safer cleaning practices and how to improve indoor air quality is especially important in early care and education (ECE) facilities. Check out the resources created by partners of the COVID-19 ECE Collaborative.


CDC Report on Foodborne Disease Trends A new report from CDC shows an overall decrease in foodborne illness in 2021 compared with 2016–2018. The incidence of infections caused by eight pathogens fell by 8% overall. Campylobacter and Salmonella remain the most commonly reported causes of these infections.


Risk Assessment of Norovirus Transmission A new article evaluates more than 60 scenarios to examine the impact of recommendations in the FDA Food Code for restaurant surface cleaning and sanitizing, hand hygiene, and employee health on norovirus transmission. The study found that compliance with exclusion and hand hygiene rules had the most impact on consumer illnesses.


Developing a Framework for Stormwater Management Every year, an estimated 10 trillion gallons of untreated stormwater runoff enter U.S. waters, polluting the environment and drinking water supplies. U.S. EPA has proposed a framework to assist stakeholders and decision makers to better manage their environmental systems while managing stormwater.


Going Beyond Regulatory Compliance for Lead Testing in Water A new report from ASTHO provides a primer for health agencies that want to assess the impacts of lead exposure in drinking water. The report also offers a public health perspective on current protocols for testing lead in drinking water.


Climate Adaptation Implementation Plans U.S. EPA released 20 Climate Adaptation Implementation Plans that provide details on the specific actions U.S. EPA offices will take to protect human health and the environment from the harmful impacts of climate change.


PFAS Exposure Assessment Final Report CDC and ATSDR released a final report that summarizes the findings of per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) exposure assessments from 10 sites. The report summarizes levels of PFAS in blood and urine from residents living in locations known to have had elevated levels of PFAS in their drinking water near current or former military bases and compares results to national PFAS levels.


American Climate Leadership Awards 2023 ecoAmerica has launched its American Climate Leadership Awards 2023. The awards recognize climate leaders and organizations who are building public support and political resolve for climate solutions. Deadline to nominate someone is December 1. Deadline to apply is December 15.


Funding Opportunity: U.S. EPA Support for Underserved Communities U.S. EPA has announced the availability of grant funding to establish Environmental Justice Thriving Communities Technical Assistance Centers. The centers will provide technical assistance, training, and related support to communities with environmental justice concerns. Deadline to apply is November 1.


Funding Opportunity: APPLETREE Program A notice of funding opportunity for the ATSDR Partnership to Promote Local Efforts to Reduce Environmental Exposure (APPLETREE) program has been announced. APPLETREE is a cooperative agreement that provides funded applicants with resources and guidance to assess and respond to site-specific issues involving exposure to hazardous substances in the environment. Deadline to apply is December 9.


EHTER Ops Course The FEMA Center for Domestic Preparedness will deliver the Environmental Health Training in Emergency Response Operations (EHTER Ops) course on October 23–29. The EHTER Ops training provides operations-level knowledge and skills needed to respond to disaster incidents. There is no cost to attend for individuals from state, local, tribal, and territorial jurisdictions.


Onsite Wastewater 2022 Mega-Conference The Onsite Wastewater 2022 Mega-Conference is a national collaborative effort between NOWRA, NAWT, and SORA taking place October 30–November 2 in Springfield, MO. The conference offers high-quality education and training for onsite and decentralized wastewater professionals.


Don't forget to check the OEHA Job Opportunity pages to learn of open employment positions. Reach out to OEHA with training opportunities, job openings or other resources that you'd like to share with the Environmental Health community.

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