Information for Idahoans about environmental factors that impact health, and how to maintain healthy environments at home, work, and school.
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A pesticide is any substance that prevents, destroys, repels, or controls a pest. Pests can be insects, mice or other animals, unwanted plants, fungi, bacteria, or viruses
The Environmental Health Program is part of the Idaho Division of Public Health's Bureau of Community and Environmental Health. We partner with local public health districts, state and federal agencies, and community organizations to achieve our mission.
The Environmental Health Program works to improve the overall health and welfare of Idaho’s communities. We are committed to advancing public health by conducting environmental assessments, protecting children’s environmental health, promoting asthma management and education, and developing fish consumption advisories.
Idaho is fortunate to have an abundance of this precious natural resource; yet, our water can become contaminated and threaten the health of those who consume or recreate in it. The Environmental Health Program is committed to promoting healthy and safe water through education and awareness including fish consumption advisories, well water testing, and harmful algal blooms (HABs).
Since breathing clean air is fundamental for good health, the Environmental Health Program works to protect Idahoans’ air quality through education, awareness and collaborations with other agencies and organizations. Poor air quality or indoor radon can worsen existing health problems and create dangerous respiratory conditions for vulnerable groups. We provide education for protecting health during poor air quality days and promote preventative action for asthma management and radon testing.
The condition and location of housing affects the health of the people who live inside. A quality home can support wellness, while prevent disease and injury. The Environmental Health Program promotes healthy homes by providing education and resources about potential public health issues found in homes.