8/31/2018: A PUBLIC HEALTH MESSAGE FROM THE BOARD OF HEALTH:
DUE TO THE WARMER TEMPERATURES MOSQUITO’S CONTINUE TO BE ACTIVE – WHILE ENJOYING END OF SUMMER WEEKEND EVENTS, PLEASE CONTINUE TO BE DILIGENT WITH PROTECTING YOURSELF AND YOUR FAMILY FROM MOSQUITO BITES.
MDPH has confirmed the fifth West Nile virus case in an individual in their 50’s from Suffolk County who presented with encephalitis. The majority of human cases are exposed in August and September. The weather outlook for the next two weeks appears favorable for transmission events as day and evening temperatures will be suitable for mosquito activity. With Labor Day weekend ahead residents will be at higher risk of exposure as they engage in outdoor events.
SHARPS DISPOSAL KIOSK:
For the safe disposal of sharps, needles, and lancets, please use the sharps disposal kiosk located between the sliding front doors of the Municipal Office Building.
The Board of Health works to enforce the Massachusetts State Sanitary Code. This interacts with several areas of public life:
I. HOUSING. Inspections are directed toward the rehabilitation of substandard housing to meet the requirements of the State Sanitary Code for Human Habitation. We work to ensure that residential units are maintained in a conditions that provides decent, safe and sanitary housing, and to keep neighborhoods free of rubbish, rodent harborage and infestations.
II. AIR and WATER. Inspections are directed toward the control of air and water pollution in Town. We monitor water quality at beaches, and we monitor and control the storage, use and disposal of hazardous materials. The Board of Health works to protect the environment from improper disposal or accidental release of these materials, and we enforce several environmental regulations including the Mass. Env. Code Title V.
III. FOOD and MILK. Inspections are conducted by the Board of Health to ensure that food and milk sold in Town is wholesome, free from adulteration, properly labeled and safe for human consumption. The Board also inspects establishments that offer food products for sale to the public, to ensure that they are maintained safely, in compliance with the State Sanitary Code.
IV. PUBLIC HEALTH NURSING. The Public Health Nurses investigate reportable communicable diseases. This may involve visiting a patient's home, telephone contact and other types of follow-up.
V. TANNING. All tanning establishments are inspected by the Board of Health to ensure compliance with the State Sanitary Code.