Health and Family Services Cabinet
Kentucky Celebrates Environmental Health Staff
March 19-23 is Environmental Health Professionals Week
FRANKFORT, Ky. (March 19, 2012) - Governor Steve Beshear has proclaimed March 19-23, 2012, Environmental Health Professionals Week in honor of the numerous registered sanitarians working across the state to ensure the health, safety and welfare of their fellow Kentuckians.
Throughout the week, the Kentucky Department for Public Health (DPH), local health departments and industry professionals will devote extra time to acknowledging the work of environmental professionals as well as educating the public about their role in public health.
“Environmental health professionals, or registered sanitarians, work very hard so that we do not have outbreaks of illness associated with foods, water, milk, swimming or other public health dangers,” said Dr. Steve Davis, acting DPH commissioner. “This important workforce does such a good job preventing illness, injury and outbreaks that we rarely stop to thank them for the excellent job they do. This observance gives us a chance to do that.”
Environmental health professionals help ensure the safety of restaurants, grocery stores, supermarkets, food production facilities, schools, hotels, motels, mobile home parks, public swimming pools and tattoo businesses through routine health inspections. They also provide support for other health programs that target issues such as lead-based paint, septic systems, radon, milk, water, quality assurance, animal rabies and many more.
“Environmental health impacts all Kentuckians in many different ways,” said Kathy Fowler, director of the division of public health protection and safety in DPH. “When members of the public dine at food establishments or buy groceries, we have already been there to ensure food and dairy safety. When you swim in a public swimming pool, stay in a hotel, get a tattoo, install a septic system, receive an X-ray, chances are we have already been there to make sure it met the required health standards.”
Call your local health department to inquire about educational events planned for Environmental Health Professionals Week. Visit the Kentucky Registered Sanitarians website for information and employment opportunities at http://chfs.ky.gov/dph/sanitarians.htm.