Home Health Best practices for environmental health : environmental pollution, protection, quality and sustainability
Practical Approach to Best Practices Developed and Utilized by Experts in Their Fields
The practical approach, which is a less rigorous form of evidence-based practices, is most frequently used in environmental health programs. Typically, the Best Practices have already been established by various federal, state, and local agencies; professional associations; and industry.
Best Practices are science-based principles and practical applications of techniques (art of the field) which may help prevent, resolve, or mitigate hazardous situations and existing or potential problems of disease and injury. They may consist of planning procedures, supervision and management procedures, educational approaches, operational and/or maintenance procedures, and/or legal controls. They may exist individually or as part of a system. In any case, priority should be given to those Best Practices which most readily and economically solve, reduce, or prevent a problem and avoid collateral damage from the impact of their use. Typically, Best Practices may be found in several different categories including:
Best Practices and programs described include but are not limited to food protection, food technology, insect control, rodent control, pesticides, lead poisoning, housing and communities, the indoor environment, hospital, school, and nursing home environments, recreational environment, occupational environment, air quality, solid and hazardous waste, private and public water supplies, swimming areas, plumbing, private and public sewage disposal and soils, water pollution and water quality, terrorism, disasters, environmental health emergencies, children’s environmental health issues, injury control, and so on.
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