Environmental Health

Information for Idahoans about environmental factors that impact health, and how to maintain healthy environments at home, work, and school.

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Environmental health means healthy people

In this section

About carbon monoxide

Carbon monoxide is an odorless and colorless gas that is harmful. Because it is impossible to see, taste or smell

About clandestine labs

Illegal clandestine drug labs are typically used to manufacture methamphetamine, commonly referred to as meth, speed or crank, and may

About fish advisories

The Idaho Fish Consumption Advisory Program (IFCAP) informs Idahoans about possible contamination of lakes and streams that may affect fish and the

About lead

Lead poisoning occurs when lead builds up in the body from breathing or swallowing dust that contains lead. Lead affects almost

About mold

Mold problems in buildings are a result of moisture from leaks and condensation. IDHW does not perform tests for mold, but

Keep your home and family safe when using pesticide products

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

About radon

Radon is a colorless, odorless, and invisible gas that rises up from the soil and can enter homes. Long-term exposure to

Drinking water

The Idaho Division of Public Health and Idaho’s local public health districts work together to investigate outbreaks of illness associated with drinking

Smoke and airborne particles from wildfires can impact the air quality in Idaho during the summer and fall. Be sure

About the Environmental Health Program

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.

Healthy communities

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.

Safe water

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).

Clean air

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.

Healthy homes

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.