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Division of Acute Disease Prevention, Emergency Response, & Environmental Health

Information about Environmental Health (EH) programs is found below. To access information about Acute Disease Prevention & Emergency Response programs, click here.

Ken Sharp
Division Director
Lucas State Ofc. Bldg
Des Moines, IA
50319-0075
(515) 281-5099

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The Environmental Health section of the Division provides technical assistance to local boards of health, local environmental health professionals, public health nurses, and local communities in areas relating to environmental health. Two Bureaus make up EH: Bureau of Radiological health and Bureau of Environmental Health Services.

The mission of Bureau of Radiological Health is to protect Iowans from excessive exposure to radiation. The Bureau conducts licensing of facilities using radioactive materials; registration of facilities using radiation-producing machines or operating tanning units; inspection of facilities using radioactive materials; credentialing of persons using radioactive material or operating radiation-emitting machines; approval of training courses and continuing education; and emergency response as it relates to radioactive materials and nuclear power plant incidents.

The Bureau of Environmental Health Services focuses on assisting local boards of health on environmental health issues; epidemiology and surveillance of environmental health related diseases; the licensing of many professionals, facilities and devices; and performs inspections to ensure the health and safety of Iowans.

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