ANTHC Plans Safety Training for Rural Utility Workers

ANTHC was recently awarded an OSHA Susan Harwood grant #SH-31246-SH7 to develop and deliver safety training for rural utility and construction workers. These workers are exposed to significant safety and health hazards. However, rural utilities lack both the resources  and access to high quality safety and health training. Furthermore, rural workers are more vulnerable than…

2018 AEHA Conference Announced

Mark your calendars for the 2018 Alaska Environmental Health Conference! AEHA is pleased to announce the conference will be October 10-12, 2018 at the Alaska Pacific University in Anchorage, Alaska.  

Overview of NEHA’s REHS/RS Accreditation Process

For many of us, it’s been years since we obtained NEHA’s Registered Environmental Health Specialist credential. I’ve certainly found myself wondering what the credential and testing process is like these days. The Alaska Environmental Health Association’s newest REHS, Michael Vicente, gives us an overview of the current day REHS credentialing process. Early in 2018, I…

From the Desk of the AEHA Secretary

Part 3 of this series features AEHA Secretary – Jeanine Vance. Jeanine is a repeat AEHA board member (thank you for your service!), and she brings in depth knowledge about the organization to the position. Learn about Jeanine’s DEC work and after hours Alaska adventures below!   Hello AEHA Members! For a little bit about me,…

From the Desk of the AEHA Treasurer

Part 2 of this series features AEHA’s new Treasurer – Chris Fish. Find out what Chris has in common with pigeon waste, Keith Cook, and chicken wings (not listed in order of importance). Stay tuned for more AEHA board member bios coming soon!  What first drew you to the field of environmental health? I was…

From the Desk of the AEHA President Elect

Part 1 features AEHA’s new President Elect – Leif Albertson. Stay tuned for more AEHA board member bios in the near future!  While I have known many of you for years, I would like to take a moment to tell you a little more about myself. I have long been a member of AEHA, but…

2017 Alaska Environmental Health Conference Cancellation Notice

Greetings fellow Environmental Health Practitioners, Due to a lack of volunteers with enough time available, the AEHA’s Annual Education Conference (AEC) has been cancelled for this year.  I want to thank those that have committed so much time and effort to the conference over the years. Since there will be no conference, the Board of…

Musings from a Summer Intern

Astha Adhikari is from Kathmandu, Nepal. She is completing an Environmental, Safety & Health Management Masters Degree at the University of Findlay in Ohio. This summer Astha interned with the Tanana Chiefs Conference Office of Environmental Health through the NEHA National Environmental Public Health Internship Program. Coming from a small developing country and getting an…

Food Safety in Disasters Training

Living life in the Last Frontier is like nothing else in this world. Those who choose to live in what probably is the last greatest wilderness state in our Union benefit from the many opportunities that our great state has to offer. From glaciers, countless rivers, lakes, mountain ranges that stretch for miles to vast…

Welcome new member!

Russell Cameron is a lifelong Alaskan of Tlingit descent. He grew up in Sitka and attended Mt. Edgecumbe High School. After graduation, Russ began serving his community as a firefighter and first responder. He completed his undergraduate degree at Sheldon Jackson College, and graduated with a Masters in Public Health from the University of Tulane…

Ergonomics Corner: Exercise Balls as Office Chairs

This article is an excerpt from the 2017 April Alaska Safety Working Group newsletter. Exercise balls (or FitBalls, Swiss Balls, Physio Balls, etc.) have been appearing in the workplace as a replacement for an office chair. There is much debate over the benefits or detriments of using these balls, originally intended for gym or physical…