Environmental Health Hazards Resource Booklet

Massachusetts Department of Public Health

250 Washington Street
Boston MA 02108-4619

Bureau of Environmental Health

The Center for Environmental Health (CEH) has the mission of protecting public health from a variety of multi-media exposures. This includes investigating potential problems identified by the Massachusetts Cancer Registry. Staff includes a physician, epidemiologists, toxicologists, computer programmers, environmental scientists, health educators, and a variety of public health researchers. CEH comprises seven major program areas:

  • Community Assessment responds to inquiries regarding environmental health issues, performs preliminary analysis of suspected elevations in disease related to the environment, and completes hazardous-waste-site health assessments.
  • Environmental Epidemiology provides follow-up and research through environmental health studies.
  • Environmental Toxicology provides exposure based health assessments for environmental data including biomonitoring and supports pesticide and fish toxins, indoor air quality programs and drinking water surveillance.
  • Emergency Response/Indoor Air Quality provides information regarding emergency response, indoor air quality, and health hazard evaluation and maintains the Massachusetts Substance List.
  • Environmental Health Education provides information, education, and outreach to health professionals and the general public on the effects of environmental health hazards.

The Environmental Public Health Center (EPHC), 781-828-7703
The Environmental Public Health Center (EPHC) located in Canton Massachusetts, Mass Hospital School, Donavan Bldg. 5 Randolph Street, Canton, MA 02021, provides a sense of public health watchfulness on issues related to the MMR and the Upper Cape Cod Community. BEHA staff are available at the EPHC to answer questions about environmental public health issues and to provide the public with a variety of services including technical assistance and environmental health education or community outreach efforts. Staff at the EPCH work together to coordinate all public health activities and assign priorities to the most pressing issues related to the MMR.

Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention Program
56 Roland Street, Suite 100
Boston MA 02129

The Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention Program (CLPPP) was established for the prevention, screening, diagnosis, and treatment of lead poisoning, including the elimination of sources of poisoning through research and educational, epidemiologic, and clinical activities as may be necessary. CLPPP provides a range of both primary and secondary prevention services to the children of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, their families and others with an interest in the prevention of lead poisoning. In order to accomplish the fundamental goals of identifying lead poisoned children and ensuring that they receive medical and environmental services as well as preventing further cases of lead poisoning, CLPPP has developed linkages with a wide array of professionals and programs that provide services to children. CLPPP also provides coordinated and comprehensive nursing case management.

Bureau of Health Statistics, Research, and Evaluation

Massachusetts Cancer Registry (MCR)
Fax: 617-624-5697

The MCR is population-based, providing the public with information and statistical analysis of cancer incidence in the Commonwealth's 351 communities. Data generated by age, sex, and other demographic variables are submitted from 104 hospitals. These, as well as occupational health and smoking status data, serve as resources for the DPH and as a research tool for epidemiological investigations.

Occupational Health Surveillance Program (OHSP)

The OHSP uses data collected by DPH and other state agencies to document the extent and distribution of work-related injuries, illnesses, and deaths in the Commonwealth. Much of this work has been funded through a grant from the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health. The program also provides information to health care providers and the public on occupational health/medicine issues.

Bureau of Health Quality Management

Division of Food and Drug

The Division's goal is to protect the consumer from unsafe, fraudulent, or deceptive practices in the food, drug, medical device, cosmetic, pesticide, and other consumer product industries. Primary program objectives are to ensure a safe and wholesome food supply, control abuse and diversion of pharmaceutical drugs, and reduce exposure to pesticides and chemicals that occurs via food consumption.

Division of Community Sanitation
Fax: 617-983-6770

Radiation Control
174 Portland Street, 5th floor
Boston, MA 02114
Fax: 617-727-2098
24-hour emergency number: 617-727-9710

Radiation Control responds to worker or management requests for radiation exposure hazard evaluation. The Division has the right to enter a site, and to survey and enforce standards for all users of radiation equipment.

Massachusetts State Laboratory Institute
305 South Street
Jamaica Plain, MA 02130
Fax: 617-983-6210

The mission of the Bureau of Laboratory Sciences (BLS) is to provide testing services of high quality, facilitate training of laboratory personnel in new testing technologies, promptly investigate and identify emerging disease outbreaks, and provide expertise to public and private organizations to improve health status. Environmental health concerns are addressed through analysis of biological and environmental samples (e.g., blood, soil and water samples).

Massachusetts Department of Food and Agriculture

Pesticide Bureau
251 Causeway Street, Suite 500
Boston, MA 02114
Fax: 617-626-1850

The Bureau provides information related to pesticides and their use in Massachusetts. Its Right-to-Know Division answers questions regarding the use and control of pesticides and their effects on health and the environment. The education division distributes informational literature and conducts lectures for interested groups and associations on the use and handling of pesticides.

Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection (MDEP)

One Winter Street
Boston, MA 02108
Central 508-792-7650 Northeast 978-661-7600
Southeast 508-946-2700 Western 413-784-1100

The MDEP administers the Commonwealth's environmental regulatory programs. It is responsible for ensuring the timely clean up of hazardous waste sites, providing emergency response to hazardous material spills, implementing strategies for preserving wetlands, and ensuring clean air and water in Massachusetts.

Massachusetts Department of Labor and Workforce Development

Division of Occupational Safety Administration
1001 Watertown Street
West Newton, MA 02465

399 Washington Street
5th Floor
Boston, MA 02108

In response to employee and employer requests, the DOS makes recommendations after investigating workplace hazards and conducts worksite inspections. Current information about health and reproductive hazards is available.


This information is provided by the Environmental Health Outreach and Education Program within the Department of Public Health.