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This is the latest in a series of posts highlighting each chapter of the "Health of Massachusetts", a comprehensive new report from the Massachusetts Department of Public Health. Chapter eight discusses the work of the Department’s Bureau of Environmental Health (BEH). BEH is responsible for collecting information on numerous environmental and health issues and investigating suspected increases in disease occurrence and their possible relationship to the environment.

The Department works closely with residents, communities, and local health officials across the state to evaluate contaminants in our air, water, soil and food supply. BEH also evaluates indoor air quality in public buildings, posts information on state beaches that are safe for swimming, and enforces regulations such as the state sanitary code.

To learn more about environmental health regulations, prevention measures, and health risks visit

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