Date: Wed, 16 Mar 2011 18:51:21 -0400
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From: Jay Toigo <jaytoigo3**At_Symbol_Here**GMAIL.COM>
Subject: Re: Environmental Health Specialist
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Hi Amber, Congratulations on your new position!

I second what Bill has said. NEHA has a wide variety of courses available. I recently sat for the environmental health training for emergency response (EHTER) offered through NEHA in conjunction with the CDC. The course addresses some of the issues that you will be facing as an environmental health professional. Additionally, many health departments are becoming increasingly involved with emergency preparedness, so you may be ahead of the curve! As Bill said, MANY relevant courses are available online, the cost of membership is worthwhile.

Oliver J (Jay) Toigo III, CHMM, MPH Candidate

320 Cherry Blossom Dr.

Churchville, PA 18966

Cell: 215-435-9774


From: DCHAS-L Discussion List [mailto:DCHAS-L**At_Symbol_Here**] On Behalf Of bill parks
Sent: Wednesday, March 16, 2011 3:01 PM
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Subject: Re: [DCHAS-L] Environmental Health Specialist



First off---------Congratulations ! Hopefully you are a NEHA member (like me).


Secondly, NEHA has a large selection of reading material and free web-based courses available in this area.



Bill Parks

**Providing sound Industrial Hygiene, Occupational Health and Safety, Environmental Health & IAQ, Environmental Science, and Laboratory support services and solutions**

--- On Wed, 3/16/11, Amber Potts <amber_potts**At_Symbol_Here**HOTMAIL.COM> wrote:

From: Amber Potts <amber_potts**At_Symbol_Here**HOTMAIL.COM>
Subject: Re: [DCHAS-L] Environmental Health Specialist
To: DCHAS-L**At_Symbol_Here**LIST.UVM.EDU
Date: Wednesday, March 16, 2011, 1:54 PM


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I will be inspecting any establishment that sells food, such as full service restaurants, gas stations, day care centers, schools, fast food etc. Also I will inspect food distribution warehouses, public/semi-public pools, storm water and industrial waste haulers. I work for the Health Department so I am basically inspecting these places to ensure the safety and health of its customers. I also respond to citizen complaints, such as oil in driveways, food borne illnesses and vector control. I am basically a health inspector. Our city is unique in that we also respond to all east north Texas HAZMAT incidents. I am attending HAZMAT training in Alabama in May. We have 'million dollar truck' for HAZMAT scenes that is equipped with chemical identification instruments, glove box and decontamination station. I am only one of two people with a chemistry degree, everyone else is either biology or environmental science. So I really want to bring a chemical perspective to the department. 


Amber Potts

Date: Wed, 16 Mar 2011 13:20:52 -0500
From: joanna.shimek**At_Symbol_Here**GMAIL.COM
Subject: Re: [DCHAS-L] Environmental Health Specialist
To: DCHAS-L**At_Symbol_Here**LIST.UVM.EDU

Amber,< /o:p>

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We could narrow your reading list if you would describe your responsibilities.

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Jo Anna Shimek, PhD, CIH, CSP

On Wed, Mar 16, 2011 at 11:54 AM, Amber Potts <amber_potts**At_Symbol_Here**> wrote:

Hey all, 

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I just got my first job out of college as an Environmental Health Specialist. I am very excited!! Does anyone have any advice on ACS webinars or books that would help me excel during my probationary period? Any comments would be greatly appreciated! 

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Amber Potts


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