Board of Health
As we enter another year our focus at the Board of Health is always health prevention. With January being one of the months associated with the Influenza Season, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) has issued a notice that influenza (flu) has been increasing across the nation and is widespread in Massachusetts. Although “flu” season does not generally peak until February or March, it is still not too late to get your flu vaccine. The flu vaccination can reduce flu illness and prevent flu-related hospitalizations. The flu vaccine is recommended for everyone six months and older. Call your doctor or visit your local pharmacy for a flu vaccination today. As always you can visit the Centers for Disease Control Web site @ www.cdc.gov or the Massachusetts Department of Public Health Web site @ www.mass.gov for weekly up-dates on flu activity.
For Immediate Release - December 14, 2016
MEMA Encourages Residents to Stay Safe During Extreme Cold Weather
FRAMINGHAM, MA – Bitter cold temperatures and dangerously cold wind chills are forecast for later this week. Forecasts from the National Weather Service for late Thursday night and early Friday morning include low temperatures between 10° and -5° and wind chill values expected to be cold as -15° to -25° across the interior and -5° to -15° near the coast. While temperatures are expected to warm up by the weekend, extreme cold temperatures and wind chills can be dangerous.
“MEMA urges residents to take precautions during the upcoming extreme cold weather. If you must go outside, dress for the conditions by covering up as much as possible and wear warm layers.” said Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency (MEMA) Director Kurt Schwartz. “Please check on your family, friends, or neighbors to make sure they are safe during the extreme cold.”
Prolonged exposure to the cold can lead to serious health issues including frostbite and in extreme cases, hypothermia. Therefore, MEMA urges residents to minimize outside activities during the extreme cold and to follow these safety tips:
- Dress in several layers of loose-fitting, lightweight clothing instead of a single heavy layer. Outer garments should be tightly woven and water repellent. Wear a hat, mittens (not gloves), and sturdy waterproof boots to protect your extremities. Cover your mouth with a scarf to protect your lungs.
- Watch for signs of frostbite and hypothermia.
- Frostbite causes a loss of feeling and a pale appearance in extremities, such as fingers, toes, ear lobes or the tip of the nose. If symptoms are detected, seek medical help immediately.
- The warning signs of hypothermia include uncontrollable shivering, memory loss, disorientation, incoherence, slurred speech, drowsiness and apparent exhaustion. Get the victim to a warm location. If the person’s temperature drops below 95 degrees, seek immediate medical care.
- Have a well-stocked home Emergency Kit that includes a flashlight, sleeping bag or blanket, portable radio, extra batteries, a first aid kit, bottled water and non-perishable food. Add seasonal supplies to your emergency kit such as extra winter clothing and blankets.
- Make sure your car is properly winterized. Keep the gas tank at least half-full. Carry a Winter Emergency Car Kit including blankets, extra clothing, a flashlight with spare batteries, a can, waterproof matches (to melt snow for drinking water), non-perishable foods, windshields scraper, shovel, sand, towrope, and jumper cables in the trunk.
- Be a good neighbor. Check on family, friends, and neighbors, especially the elderly, those who live alone, those with medical conditions, and those who may need additional assistance.
- Limit outdoor time for your pets. Freezing temperatures are dangerous to animals as well as humans.
- Wrap pipes in insulation or layers of newspapers covered with plastic to keep them from freezing. Allow a trickle of warm water to run from a faucet that is farthest from your water meter or one that has frozen in the past. This will keep the water moving so that it cannot freeze. If pipes freeze, remove insulation, completely open all faucets and pour hot water over the pipes or wrap them with towels soaked in hot water, starting where they are most exposed to the cold. A hair dryer, used with caution, works well to thaw pipes.
- Although temperatures may be cold, bodies of water covered in ice are likely unsafe given recent temperature fluctuations. Residents are urged to stay off frozen bodies of water until ice is at least 4” thick.
Ensure you have sufficient heating fuel, as well as alternate emergency heating equipment in case you lose electricity. When utilizing alternate heating sources, such as an emergency generator, your fireplace, wood stove, or space heater, take necessary safety precautions:
- Keep a fire extinguisher handy and ensure everyone knows how to use it properly.
- Never heat your home with a gas stove or oven or charcoal barbecue grill.
- Make sure all heating devices are properly ventilated and always operate a generator outdoors and away from your home. Improper heating devices can lead to dangerous carbon monoxide (CO) buildup in the home. Make sure you test smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors. Carbon monoxide is an odorless, colorless gas that can cause flulike illness or death. If you suspect carbon monoxide poisoning, call 911 immediately, get the victim to fresh air, and open windows.
- Keep anything that can burn at least three feet away from space heaters. See more winter heating safety tips from the Department of Fire Services.
If you need information on the location of open warming centers or shelters check with local authorities or call 2-1-1.
For additional information about MEMA and Extreme Cold Safety Tips, visit www.mass.gov/mema/cold.
MEMA is the state agency charged with ensuring the state is prepared to withstand, respond to, and recover from all types of emergencies and disasters, including natural hazards, accidents, deliberate attacks, and technological and infrastructure failures. MEMA's staff of professional planners, communications specialists and operations and support personnel is committed to an all hazards approach to emergency management. By building and sustaining effective partnerships with federal, state and local government agencies, and with the private sector - individuals, families, non-profits and businesses - MEMA ensures the Commonwealth's ability to rapidly recover from large and small disasters by assessing and mitigating threats and hazards, enhancing preparedness, ensuring effective response, and strengthening our capacity to rebuild and recover. For additional information about MEMA and Emergency Preparedness, go to www.mass.gov/mema.
Massachusetts Alerts: to receive emergency information on your smartphone, including severe weather alerts from the National Weather Service and emergency information from MEMA, download the Massachusetts Alerts free app. To learn more about Massachusetts Alerts, and for information on how to download the free app onto your smartphone, visit: www.mass.gov/mema/mobileapp.
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:
If you are interested please contact Merridith O’Leary, R.S., at firstname.lastname@example.org
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
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