About the Board of Health:
The Board of Health was established by state statue before the turn of the twentieth century. The Board is made up of three (3) elected members who volunteer their time to ensure compliance with federal, state and local regulations. These regulations maintain the safety of public health and the environment through field work, inspections, approval and permitting of regulated activities, public education and policy setting.
Board members are elected for a three year term with no limit to the number of terms that they may serve. The board and it's staff administer the rules and regulations of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and the Federal Government as set forth by the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) in the areas of wastewater disposal, solid waste, recycling , noise, odor, and hazardous waste regulations and the Department of Public Health (DPH) through its community sanitation program in the areas of food protection, lead abatement, camps, pools, housing, infectious waste, tanning, and infectious and contagious diseases and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) through the food protection program.
Through public meetings, a Board of Health can enact reasonable health regulations (pursuant to M.G.L. Chapter 111§ 31) and the office has local regulations concerning, body art, septic, smoking, tobacco distribution, and infectious and hazardous waste. The Board sets fees and enacts policies and practices concerning not only human public health but also animal health. Continue reading here...