Journal of Environmental Health

This journal covers new research, news, useful products and services for the environmental health professional. It covers topics, such as air quality, food safety and protection, hazardous material/toxic substances management, terrorism and all-hazards preparedness, wastewater management and water pollution control/water quality.

Articles from Vol. 62, No. 1, July-August

A Twist to Spring
Introduction On Sunday, March 29, 1998, tornadoes spawned by a supercell laid waste to 100 miles of urban and rural areas in five counties in south-central Minnesota. Two tornadoes, classified as multiple-vortex F3s and F4s (winds between 160 and...
Challenges Enough for a Century
Jim Lovell, commander of Apollo 13, once commented, "I never dreamed I'd get to do something like this." I can think of nothing to add to that sentence that would more adequately describe my feelings at the beginning of my voyage as president of NEHA....
Dairy Herds and Rural Communities in Southern New Mexico
Editor's note: This paper is the first in a two-part series about the environmental health impact that dairies have on local communities. Part I focuses on health concerns that result from groundwater contamination, odor, flies, and dust. Part II,...
Developing Compliance by Design and Implementing a Master Plan
Editor's note: Through NEHA's long-standing and excellent relationship with NSF International, NEHA was granted permission by NSF International to share with the Journal's readership various papers that were presented November 16-18, 1998, at the...
Hindsight Is 20/20
Editor's note: The idea for this new column originated with a manuscript that was originally submitted to the Journal for publication as a feature article. Because the manuscript contained so much practical information, the idea of turning it into...
Just Listening
Editor's note: When it comes to what our members want most from NEHA, at the very top of the list is career assistance, particularly in the area of finding new jobs. While we are limited in the number of "Classifieds" we can run in your monthly...
Major Issues in the Environmental Health Decision-Making Process
Introduction In 1965, the British statistician Sir Austin Bradford Hill commented, "All scientific work is incomplete - whether it be observational or experimental. All scientific work is liable to be upset or modified by advancing knowledge. That...
Reducing Bacteria in Household Sponges
Introduction Each year in the United States, an estimated 5.5 million to 6.5 million cases of food poisoning occur (1). In Europe, studies have shown that many foodborne-disease outbreaks occur in the household environment as a result of improper...
The Dog Days of Summer: Humidity-Measuring Devices
The dog days of summer will shortly be upon us, and with them will come the semiannual string of complaints about indoor air quality: everything from "I can't breathe" (which, as far as we can tell, lasts a maximum of about three minutes) to "mushrooms...
Tuberculosis Related to Labor Activity in an Area of Valencia, Spain
Introduction The incidence of tuberculosis (TB) is increasing in nearly every region of the world (1). A number of factors have led to increased incidence in economically developed countries; these factors include the human immunodeficiency virus...
What Is Your Association Becoming?
I once had a philosophy professor who made us write our biographies. He made it clear that he wasn't looking for a story. Instead, he wanted us to examine our lives, particularly the events that had changed them. He asked us to probe these events for...