Board of Health
DECEMBER HEALTH NEWS
Trying to stay safe and healthy in winter can be a challenge but planning ahead is the key. Equip yourself and your house for emergencies. Prevent over exposure to cold weather on your skin, wear appropriate clothing while outside, dress in layers when working outside or exercising/walking, take a buddy and if not take a cell phone. Keeping up with some type of exercise program whether indoors or outside is important when the amount of daylight is limited in the winter and we usually limit our activity time outside.
Keep an up-to-date emergency kit in your home, stock foods that need no refrigeration and make sure that your family has a first aid kit and medications available in case of a power outage. Protect yourself and your family from carbon monoxide poisoning and fires by making sure carbon monoxide detectors and smoke detectors are functioning. Listen to weather reports before traveling or planning that trip.
Please remember to keep your pets safe during the winter months: bring them in from the bitter cold and snow exposure.
Get your flu vaccine:
A reminder that everyone six-months of age and older should get their yearly flu vaccine. Vaccination to prevent influenza is very important for people who are at high risk, such as diabetes, cancer, asthma/COPD and other medical issues. There are many places in your community to receive the flu vaccine. Local/regional activity has been reported in Massachusetts, Connecticut, New Hampshire and Maine. You can visit the website: www.cdc.gov to view the weekly map of flu activity.
This month we recognized December 1st as WORLD AIDS DAY. An estimated 36.7 million people are living with HIV/AIDS worldwide. Sharing needles, syringes and other injectable equipment puts people who inject drugs at risk for getting HIV and other medical conditions such as Hepatitis. One in ten HIV diagnosis are among people who inject drugs. www.cdc.gov
Finally, from all of us at the Holyoke Board of Health we wish you a safe and healthy holiday season.
LEGAL NOTICE BOARD OF HEALTH CITY OF HOLYOKE
At a regular Holyoke Board of Health meeting held on November 3, 2016, the Board of Health Members, acting under M.G.L., Chapter 111, Section 31, voted unanimously to revise and adopt “Regulation of the Holyoke Board of Health Restricting the Sale of Tobacco Products”. Copies of this revised regulation can be obtained by calling the Board of Health at (413)322-5595, Mon-Fri between the hours of 8:30a.m. to 4:30p.m.
This regulation will be strictly enforced by the Board of Health and its appointed Agents.
Dalila Hyry-Dermith, Clerk
Patricia Mertes, APRN, Chair
Dr. Robert Mausel, Vice-Chair
Following is a Link to the New Regulation of the Holyoke Board of Health Restricting the Sale of Tobacco Products
Please click here: new-tobacco-regulations-nov-3-2016
The Commonwealth of Massachusetts
CHARLES D. BAKER
Public Health Affects Us All.
The mission of the Holyoke Health Department is to enhance public health and safeguard the environment by assessing community needs and to provide prevention, protection, and educational resources to ensure the highest quality of life within the City of Holyoke.
The goal of this department is to improve the quality of life by encouraging healthy behaviors, promote wellness, educate, monitor, and to protect healthy environments in homes, schools, and workplaces.
Under State Statute, the Board of Health is responsible for permitting and inspecting businesses that provide services to the public that include:
Food Establishments Permitting and Inspections, and other Food Handling Issues such as:
- Bottled Water
- Food Complaints
- Frozen Dessert
- Mobile Food
- Retail Food
- Temporary Food
- Tanning Establishments
- Vacant Property
- Burial Permits
- Recreational Camps
- Manicuring Establishments
- Public Swimming Pools
- Ice Skating Rinks
Body Art Technicians & Establishments
Witnessing Title V Inspections
Plan Reviews for Septic Systems, Subdivisions, and Well Construction
Investigation of Foodborne & Waterborne Illness
Housing Inspections for Compliance
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The Health Commission oversees and insures the enforcement of all State laws, regulations, and City Ordinances relating to public and environmental health. They also oversee various programs of Community Health and Environmental Services, and Health Education in order to protect public health and improve the quality of life in the community.
Dalila Hyry-Dermith Clerk- term expires Feb. 1, 2019
Patricia Mertes APRN, Chair – term expires Feb. 1, 2017
Dr. Robert Mausel, Vice Chair – term expires Feb. 1, 2018
What do I need a permit for? What does it cost? Do I need to apply first?
Below we will help to answer your questions. Listed are the permits issued by the City of Holyoke Board of Health. To download the applications, simple click on the link. The list also outlines expiration dates and the annual fees associated with each permit. If you have any questions, please give us a call and we will be happy to help.
NOTE: All temporary applications and fees require that all applications, paperwork and fees must be in the office three business days (72 hours) prior to the event.
No permits will be issued outside of this time limit.
|PERMITS AND LICENSES
|RETAIL FOOD APP (total square footage includes storage)|
|FOOD SERVICE ESTABLISHMENT APP(under 25 seats)||June 30||$150.00|
|(25-100 seats)||June 30||$200.00|
|(101-200 seats)||June 30||$250.00|
|(Over 200 seats)||June 30||$300.00|
|MOBILE FOOD||June 30||$100.00|
|RESIDENTIAL KITCHENS||June 30||$50.00|
|Temporary Food (per event)||valid for 14 days||$50.00|
|Catering Establishment||June 30||$100.00|
|FROZEN TREAT APPL||June 30||$100.00|
|Carbonated Beverage/Bottled Water|
|DUMPSTER APPL||June 30||$20.00|
|Burial Permits*||as needed||$10.00|
|Funeral Directors*||April 30||$50.00|
|MANICURING APPL||Dec. 31||$100.00|
|Poultry farms/Barns & Stables*||Dec. 31||$50.00|
|SWIMMING POOL APPL||Dec 31||$100.00|
|Recreation Camps||Dec. 31||$75.00|
|Transport/Removal of garbage/offal/sewage/Offensive*|
|Septic System Installer/Contractor||Dec. 31||$100.00|
|Disposal System Construction||3 years from date of issue||$50.00|
|Percolation Test (witnessing of test)*||as needed||$100.00|
|Private Drinking Well Water*||No expiration||$100.00|
|Subdivision Plans*||No expiration||$100.00|
|MA Rent Voucher Inspection (MRVP)/per unit||1 yr. from date of issue||$75.00|
|Inspection and Occupancy Fee/per unit||as needed||$75.00|
|Vacant Building Registration Form 2016-2017||as needed||See PDF|
*Apply at Board of Health
ALL FEES PAID ARE NON-REFUNDABLE
Welcome! We do far more than caring for lost and abandoned animals in our community.
It is the goal of the City of Holyoke’s Animal Control Department to provide responsive, effective and courteous animal care and control assistance to residents and animals of Holyoke. Through the professional operation of the Animal Control Program and an animal care and control center. These services include but are not limited to:
- Licensing Information – Dog licenses are available through the City Clerk’s office
- Adoptions – We are pleased to partner with The Thomas J O’Connor Animal Control and Adoption Center, check their site to view current pets available for adoption as well as upcoming events. Also, be sure to visit their Facebook page!
- What to do if your animal is missing or has been impounded- Call 413-781-1485 and/or visit the Animal Care Center, located at 627 Cottage St Springfield, to verify if your pet is already there.
- Lost and Found Services – We will assist you and spread the word to surrounding communities to also be aware of your missing pet. We also urge patrons to call the local Police Department or Animal Control Department in your city/town to advise them of your missing pet.
If you need immediate assistance or have an animal related emergency outside of normal business hours, please call the Thomas J. O’Connor Animal Control Department at 413-781-1485 or the Holyoke Police Department at 413-322-6900
We in the City of Holyoke believe education is key. It is no different when it comes to your beloved pets. Providing valuable information, such as for missing pets, those available for adoption and other helpful links can be found at the following:
- Thomas J O’Connor Animal Control and Adoption Center.
- Dakin Pioneer Valley Humane Society
- Homeless Cat Project
- Living with wildlife and education
- Problem Animal Control (PAC) Agents in the Connecticut District Valley
- Snakes In Massachusetts
- BLACK BEAR Next Door
- Westfield Regional Animal Shelter
- Holyoke Animal Ordinances
Please visit our Frequently asked questions page to find information about animal complaints, wildlife, emergency preparedness and MORE!
Code Inspectors oversee code enforcement activities related to sanitarian, food, environmental, human habitation, air pollution, hazardous waste, etc. They perform inspections and enforce all chapters of the State and Sanitary Code, the State and Environemntal Code, and various other applicable State Regulations, State Statues, and City Ordinances.
Massachusetts Department of Health Code of Massachusetts regulations (CMR)
The Board of Health Provides the following inspection services
- Inspections Under State Sanitary Codes
- Lead Determinations/CLPPP
- Massachusetts Rental Voucher Program MRVP-Owner Request Inspections
Visit the State of Massachusetts web site for detailed information about this program.
We at the Board of Health know how important it is to stay current with your training, development and certification.
This is why we team up with reputable organizations to offer you high quality programming that fits your schedule, budget, and gives you the certification that you need. From workshops to online classes, here is the place to check out the current schedules.
Take a look at what we have to offer:
ServSafe Examination SessionThis is an opportunity to re-test, re-certify or take the exam for the first time to get certified
June 7th at 9:00 am at the Hatfield Fire Department, 59 Main Street, Hatfield, MA
9:00 am – 10:00 am Review Session
10:00 am – 12:00 pm Test
$ 100.00 for Re-Test or Re-Certification
$ 150.00 First Time Certification
If you are interested please contact Merridith O’Leary, R.S., by June 3, 2016 at email@example.com
Welcome City of Holyoke Employees!
The Workplace Wellness program is here for you with the goal to create a healthy community among the City of Holyoke employees. Through programs and events, Workplace Wellness will provide support, education, encouragement, and the opportunity to improve the quality of individual and family lives.
What is Workplace Wellness?
Workplace Wellness is designed as a program to promote healthy behaviors in and out of the work environment in order to combat health conditions affecting Holyoke such as obesity, hypertension, and tobacco use. Improving employee health is not only a way to be a happier and healthier employee; it can help lower City health insurance rates and your overall health care costs.
How did Workplace Wellness come to Holyoke?
Holyoke was one of 9 communities to receive a Prevention and Wellness Trust Fund (PWTF) award in the fall of 2014 for four years. The Trust Fund was established by the MA legislature through Ch. 224 to reduce the rates of the most prevalent and preventable health conditions disease, increase healthy behaviors, address health disparities and reduce health care costs. The Trust Fund is administered by the Department of Public Health (DPH).
What can Workplace Wellness offer me?
There is a variety of opportunities and programming for all City employees:
- Become a Wellness Champion in your department
- Read monthly editions of The Way to Wellness Newsletter
- Take the annual Wellness Interest Survey every January
- Get a free health screening (available only to benefits eligible employees) or PCP form filled out to earn a Wellness Day
- Meet with City Wellness Coach about healthy life changes including family, weight management, smoking cessation, work/life balance, healthy eating, stress reduction, physical activity, hypertension, diabetes, and other chronic illnesses, and any issue in need of support, guidance and accountability
- Sign up for wellness programs
- Participate in offered fitness classes
- Attend nutritional and smoking cessation classes
- Get referred to local programming
- Volunteer for charitable causes
- Take advantage of discounts within the community
- Learn about City insurance benefits
The “Great American Smoke out”sponsored by the American Cancer Society, which began November 1977, is scheduled for November 17th this year.
Tobacco use is the largest preventable cause of death in the United States. Every year, on the third Thursday of November, we recognize the “Great American Smoke out” as a day to encourage someone you know, to create a plan to quit smoking even if it’s for one day!
In 2014, an estimated 40 million U.S. adults were cigarette smokers, with the highest prevalence in men AND those individuals 25-55 years of age, as a larger group who smoke. Surprisingly, 17 of every 100 adults over age 18 years is a smoker.
It’s hard to believe it’s that time of year again! The next few weeks begins the start of the holiday season and along with that is usually an abundance of high calorie foods. Yes, I agree, it’s hard to make healthy choices this time of year. Suggestions from our Wellness Educator: eat in moderation, take a break from the table and go outside and take a walk after eating that meal and most of all try to relax and enjoy this special time with those around you.
Just a reminder, from our Sanitarians, that safely cooked turkey must have an internal temperature of at least 165 degrees and turkey left-over’s are good for four days in the refrigerator! Please visit www.fsis-usda or www.food.unl.edu for some food safety tips before you cook for the holiday.
What not to feed your pet during the holiday:
A friendly reminder from our Animal Control Officer about what not to feed your pet: turkey skin, drippings, gravy, bones and stuffing. Also sage, raisins, grapes, onions, garlic, nutmeg, nuts, mushrooms, corn on the cob, chocolate, candied yams, butter, bread dough and of course NO ALCOHOL!
FROM THE HOLYOKE BOARD OF HEALTH: WE WISH YOU A SAFE AND HEALTHY HOLIDAY!
Tuberculosis Skin Testing
Tuberculin Skin Testing will now be offered at the Holyoke Board of Health. We are located in City Hall Annex, 20 Korean Veterans Plaza.
SKIN TESTING WILL BE DONE BY APPOINTMENTS ONLY!
The fee is $10. You can make an appointment by calling the Public Health Nurse at (413) 322-5598. Please be aware that once this test is administered, you will need to return to the Board of Health to have the skin test read 48-72 hours later.
City Hall Annex
20 Korean Veterans Plaza
Holyoke MA 01040 Map
(413) 322-5596 (fax)
8:30 am - 4:30 pm
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Posted on December 3, 2012 by BOHAdmin