Heath Board of Health
One East Main Street, Heath, MA 01346
Phone: (413) 337-4934 Ext. 8 Fax: (413)337-8542
Board of Health Clerk Office Hours: Mondays, 4:30-6:30 p.m.
A few important public health updates for you:
· Tick season predicted to be especially brutal this year. Take all precautions and check daily for ticks on yourself, others, and your animals. When you find a tick, send it to UMass for testing: https://ag.umass.edu/services/tick-borne-disease-diagnostics Heath Board of Health provides reduced rates for testing.
Schedule for meetings: The first Wednesday of the month at 5:30 p.m. Next meeting, April 5, 2017 at 5:30 Town Hall
FRCOG Board of Health online permitting is now being used for the following permits: Temporary Food Establishments, Food Establishments,Well Application, Solid Waste Hauler, Septic Hauler, Septic Installer, Recreational Camps for children, Public/Semi-Public Pools, Perc Test Request Form,Soil Evaluation & Percolation Test, Hotel/Motel/Family -type Campground, Emergency Beaver Dam Modification, Septic Disposal Works Construction, Local Upgrade Approval, and Tobacco & Nicotine Delivery Product Sales.
FRCOG Cooperative Public Health Service Community Health Needs Assessment CLICK HERE
To access the most recent FOOD RECALLS . New Home Burial Guidelines, Application, and Policy Porta-potty Permit
Please click for complete revised BOH Well Regulations
Please look at the bulletin board downstairs at the town hall for information and updates on all of our programs. BOH minutes are kept upstairs in the BOH office space and are available for reading. The minutes are now also being posted on this website. Click on the following link to go to the Board of Health meeting minutes page: MINUTES
A reminder to all: if you are selling or buying a residence in Massachusetts, a Title V inspection is required. This is the seller’s responsibility. ALL TITLE 5 INSPECTIONS MUST BE WITNESSED BY THE BOARD OF HEALTH AGENT, GLEN AYERS: 413-834-5729. Please instruct your inspector to notify GLENAYERS @ FRCOG.0rg when scheduling an inspection .
Duties of the Heath Board of Health
Determining health needs of community
Making local regulations and policies, including:
Hold public hearings
Define permits and fees
Enforcement of regulations made under State Sanitary Code and Environmental Code
Notice of violations and follow-up
Approvals and inspections
Handling of complaints, documentation and follow-up
Records, Record Keeping and Reports
Submit annual report to town
Maintain numerous records
Process numerous types of reports of cases and diseases
Maintain minutes of all meetings
Maintain written record of all complaints received, (written, verbal, anonymous or named)
Bill homeowners and business owners for work done, and track payments
Health Care and Disease Control
Receive reports of disease dangerous to public health, including reports from schools and doctors, include lead poisoning.
Keep records of these reports. Follow up
Report cases to DPH
Prevention of dangerous diseases
Coordinate availability and disbursement of vaccines
Housing and Dwellings
Enforce state sanitary code re: standards for fitness for human habitation
Enforce state’s lead poisoning prevention regulations
Inspect and certify public lodging houses, B&B, camps
Involvement with oil spills
Respond to complaints re: common housing or rental units
Sanitary Sewage Disposal
Enforce Title 5 of State Environmental Code
Examine sites, witness perc tests, issue certificates of compliance, approve plans
Involvement with all new septic systems, failures, repairs
Evaluate potentially troublesome areas in town
Act to develop prevention programs, such as shared systems.
Betsy Kovacs, Chair
Margo Newton, Clerk