We often receive inquiries about vegetable gardening on real or suspected contaminated areas (neighborhoods that were once landfills or were filled in with waste, former agricultural land, etc). Last fall we produced and distributed a fact sheet, “Growing and Eating Fruits and Vegetables Safely” to assist the public in growing gardens safely.
We recently revised the fact sheet to include guidance regarding gardening over septic tanks. Attached is the newly revised version. The fact sheet provides questions and answers about gardening and real or potentially contaminated soils.
Department of Health and Human Services to Conduct CASPER Exercise
Hartford, CT – The City of Hartford Department of Health and Human Services, in collaboration with the Department of Emergency Management, Hartford Fire Department, Hartford Police Department, and Hartford Emergency Services and Telecommunications, will be conducting a Community Assessment for Public Health Emergency Response (CASPER) exercise this weekend. The Division of Environmental Hazards and Health Effects Health Studies Branch (DEHHE/HSB) at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) developed the CASPER toolkit to assist personnel from local, regional, state, or federal public health departments in conducting CASPER in the aftermath of a disaster. One of the main objectives of developing this toolkit is to standardize the assessment procedures by focusing on United States disaster response. The CASPER toolkit provides guidelines on data collection tool development, methodology, sample selection, training, data collection, analysis, and report writing.
About CASPER in Hartford
When: Saturday, June 7, 2014 from 9:00AM-2:00PM
Where: 210 total households to be surveyed from 30 randomly selected blocks in the City of Hartford
Who: 10 teams, each comprised of 3 volunteer staff members from HHS and other public health agencies
CASPER enables public health practitioners and emergency management officials to rapidly determine the health status and basic needs of the affected community following any type of disaster. Without information on the community, public health officials may make decisions based on anecdotal information; such decisions may not accurately reflect the need of the community. CASPER uses valid statistical and surveying methodologies to gather information about health and basic needs, allowing public health and emergency managers to prioritize their response and distribution of resources accurately.
To learn more about CASPER, please contact:
Nicole Hawley, MS| Public Health Preparedness Coordinator
City of Hartford | Health and Human Services
131 Coventry Street, Hartford, CT 06112
Local Health Departments:
CT DPH has assessed the risks and benefits of the common antimicrobrial ingredient triclosan. It is present in many consumer products including soaps, shampoos, lotions, crèmes, deodorants, mouthwash, toothpaste, sports equipment and cutting boards. Thus triclosan exposure is widespread and affects all age groups with children potentially having the greatest exposure and risk. Triclosan is an endocrine disruptor and appears to increase airway reactivity to allergens. The antimicrobial benefits of triclosan have not been established and its necessity has been questioned. While several manufacturers of personal care products have committed to eliminate triclosan it is still in many products and will be for some time to come.
The CT DPH Consumer Fact Sheet and supporting Technical Fact Sheet let the public know why and how to avoid triclosan exposures around the home and point out the importance of keeping triclosan-containing toothpaste away from young children. Refer to the attached fact sheets for more information.
Please let CT DPH know if you have any questions regarding this consumer product ingredient.
Gary Ginsberg, Ph.D., Toxicologist
Environmental & Occupational Health Assessment Program
131 Coventry Street
Hartford CT, 06112
Phone: (860) 757-4700
Fax: (860) 722-6851
8am - 5pm
Community Services Division
Phone: (860) 757.4730
Disease Prevention and Health Promotion Division
Phone: (860) 757-4830
Maternal & Child Health Division
Environmental Health Division
Phone: (860) 757-4760