Position Papers

One of the National Environmental Health Association's (NEHA's) responsibilities is to speak up on issues of concern to our members, and one way of doing this involves adopting positions. By publishing these positions, we strive to keep you informed about where we stand as an association on issues critical to environmental health. If you and/or your colleagues have the opportunity to advance any of these positions, we encourage you to do so.

NEHA recommends that ear piercing gun use be held to the same standards as other piercing techniques as outlined in the forthcoming NEHA Body Art Model Code to ensure safe body art procedures and to protect public health.

NEHA recommends that microblading and permanent cosmetic procedures be held to the same standards as other tattooing techniques as outlined in the forthcoming NEHA Body Art Model Code to ensure safe body art procedures and to protect public health.

NEHA supports the implementation of regulation that contains sufficient regulatory authority to prevent illness from cannabis-infused food products and recommends the adoption of current best practices in food safety and the following policies and actions.

NEHA advocates for national, state, territorial, local and tribal policies, regulations, research, and resources that will enhance environmental health professionals’ abilities to prevent the spread of mosquito-borne diseases and 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 recommends the integration and adoption of the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention’s Model Aquatic Health Code, by state, local, tribal, and territorial government agencies, to ensure public health and safety in aquatic facilities.

Climate change is affecting environmental health—the quality of air, food, and water in the communities where we live, work, and play (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention).

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... read more

WHEREAS, the practice of environmental health throughout the world is critical to the well-being of humankind and the protection of the earth’s resources; and, WHEREAS, environmental health encompasses the assessment and control of those environmental factors that can potentially affect health;... read more

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