Date: Wed, 16 Mar 2011 17:00:30 -0600
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From: Alan Hall <ahalltoxic**At_Symbol_Here**MSN.COM>
Subject: Re: Environmental Health Specialist
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Congratulations!  One of the things you'll need to become familiar w ith are your local and State regulations/codes, etc.
If the HAZMAT course you are taking in May is at the Center for Domestic Pr eparedness in Anniston, AL, you should be in for a great experience.&nb sp; You might also consider the EHTER course there (on environmental heal th aspects of disasters).  I took it in January and it was really ex cellent.  I'll be going back in April for another course on Agroterr orism.  I think they will give the last one of these in June 2011, so if you're interested, I'd check immediately with your State DHS Coord inator.
If you'll be in North East Texas, I'd also suggest you make contac t with the good folks at the North Texas Poison Center (your regiona l Poison Center in Dallas -- 800 number is inside the cover of any&n bsp;area phone book).
I second the comment about joining NEHA (National Environmental Health Asso ciation).  I was a member for many years and they have some excellen t programs, etc.
Best wishes and good luck.
Alan H. Hall, M.D.
Medical Toxicologist

Date: Wed, 16 Mar 2011 14:54:32 -0400
From: amber_potts**At_Symbol_Here**HOTMAIL.COM
Subject: Re: [DCHAS-L] Environmental Health Specialist
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I will be inspecting any establishmen t that sells food, such as full service restaurants, gas stations, da y care centers, schools, fast food etc. Also I will inspect food distri bution warehouses, public/semi-public pools, storm water and industrial waste haulers. I work for the Health Department so I am basically inspecti ng these places to ensure the safety and health of its customers. I also re spond to citizen complaints, such as oil in driveways, food borne illne sses and vector control. I am basically a health inspector. Our city is uni que 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 instrument s, glove box and decontamination station. I am only one of two people wit h a chemistry degree, everyone else is either biology or environmental sc ience. So I really want to bring a chemical perspective to the department.&nb sp;


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

We could narrow your reading list if you would describe your responsibilities.
Jo Anna Shimek, PhD , CIH, CSP

On Wed, Mar 16, 2011 at 11:54 AM, Amber Potts < ;amber_potts**At_Symbol_Here** t; wrote:
Hey all, 

I just got my first job out of college as an Environmental Health Spec ialist. 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! 


Amber Potts

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