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Health Education


Health Education

Scheduled Programs

Through the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) grant, 110 individuals were hired statewide to enhance the public health infrastructure and assist with bioterrorism preparedness. In this group of people are Health Educators/Risk Communicators. Some of the duties of the Health Educator/Risk Communicator are to review and enhance local resources, identify skills and capacities county wide, identify methods for ongoing training, develop and distribute educational materials for the public on Bioterrorism and ensure the delivery of Bioterrorism specific education to the appropriate personnel.

Calendar of Programs

NOTE: All satellite broadcasts are recorded and available in our lending library.

Description of Education Programs

New Jersey Learning Management Network

The Essex Regional Health Commission is now an official downlink site for the New Jersey Learning Management Network (LMN). The LMN is found within Cook College, Rutgers University but is funded in most part by the New Jersey Department of Health and Senior Services (NJHDSS).

          Distance learning education is usually described as teaching/learning interaction in which the instructor is separated from the student by time or physical distance or both. Many, but not all of the offerings are available by satellite downlink.

Distance Leaning program in session

          The LMN offers a variety of health related courses, including the 40 Hour Bioterrorism and Emergency Preparedness Training and Certificate Program. With proper registration, it is possible for various health care licensees to obtain Continuing Education Units, which are a yearly requirement for maintaining an active license (i.e. Health Officer and Registered Environmental Health Specialist).

           To register for courses or to see the listings for the entire state visit: New Jersey Learning Management Network. At this site, a prospective participant can see what is offered, where it is offered, date/time of course and you can register to view that offering at a specific site. The sites that are downlinking the program will be listed with that specific calendar item. There is no cost charged by LMN for this service.

Please visit the LMN site periodically; if there is a course that interests you and you would like to view that course at the Essex Regional Health Commission; please call (973) 325-3212 and arrangements will be made to host.






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Directions to Essex Regional Health Commission

Noise Pollution


Noise Control Program

 In 1974, the EPA estimated that nearly 100 million Americans lived in areas where the daily average noise levels exceeded its identified safe Day-Night Level of 55 dB (EPA, 1974).  In 1990, that estimate had risen to 138 million people”. (Eldred, 1990)

Unregulated sources of noise can have impacts far beyond the obvious transitory nuisance, and complainants may be enduring more than simple annoyance.  Exposure to loud noise has been shown to result in uncontrollable stress which can result in alterations in moods as well as hormonal and nervous system changes in healthy subjects (Brier, 1987).  A lack of control over noise results in a variety of neurobiological and behavioral alterations, a phenomenon known as “learned helplessness” (Brier, 1987).  It has been demonstrated that blood pressure is reproducibly elevated in response to intermittent loud noise (Sawada, 1993).

The noxious stimulus of noise has long been used as a laboratory model for producing stress because it results in the same biological and physiological responses as other stressors (Suter, 1992).  Noise has been clearly implicated in sleep disturbance (Lukas, 1977), resulting in a cascade of negative effects (Suter, 1992).  The stress, tension and fatigue associated with long-term exposure to noise has destroyed marriages, cost people their jobs and forced other people to sell their houses at significant losses (RNTAC, 1991-2002).” *

Noise Regulations in New Jersey are designed to limit noise disturbances generated by fixed Commercial and Industrial facilities and a variety of other activities, as enumerated in  NJAC 7:29.

The Commission investigates complaints of noise disturbances on a 24 hour/day basis.

* Excerpted with permission of the author, Dr. Eric Zwerling, from the Introduction to the  “Community Noise Enforcement” training manual, The State University of Rutgers, Noise Technical Assistance Center, Department of Environmental Sciences and New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection, 2002.

Environmental Specialists Michael Fonzino and Thomas Longo take sound level measurements of an HVAC unit


2012 Complaint Investigations
Air Pollution Control 246
Noise Pollution Control 49
Water Pollution Control 32
Pesticide Control 3
Enforcement Actions 738
Facility Inspections 1383

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Water Pollution


Water Pollution Control

The Commission investigates complaints regarding discharges to surface and ground water, as well as complaints involving non public community water supply systems. Point sources of unpermitted discharges are identified and corrective action initiated in accordance with state and federal regulations.


2012 Complaint Investigations
Air Pollution Control 246
Noise Pollution Control 49
Water Pollution Control 32
Pesticide Control 3
Enforcement Actions 738
Facility Inspections 1383

The Commission is responsible for the inspection of non community public water supply systems in the categories of transient and non transient facilities.  The facilities are inspected to assure that the water system is maintained and monitored for levels of certain contaminants including:

  •  Coliform Bacteria

  •  Nitrates/Nitrites

  •  Lead and Copper

  •  Inorganic Compounds

  •  Asbestos

  •  Volatile Organic Compounds (VOC’s)

  •  Pesticides

  •  Synthetic Organic Compounds (SOC’s)

All violations of applicable state and federal regulations regarding non community public water systems are reported to the NJDEP and enforced in the appropriate venue.


Air Pollution


Air Pollution Control

The ERHC enforces provisions of state and local air quality regulations and investigates citizen complaints, approximately 500 annually.  All complaints are addressed on a priority basis.


2012 Complaint Investigations
Air Pollution Control 246
Noise Pollution Control 49
Water Pollution Control 32
Pesticide Control 3
Enforcement Actions 738
Facility Inspections 1383

The responsibility for inspecting greater than two thirds of the regulated facilities within the county is assigned to the Commission by the NJDEP; facilities include gasoline service stations, dry cleaners, auto body shops, and the majority of other commercial and small manufacturing facilities.

Compliance inspections of facilities are scheduled on a prioritized basis from the Commission’s computerized information management system. Conducting an average 1,000 inspections per year, facilities are selected for inspection based on inspection cycles mandated by the NJDEP, compliance history, new regulatory initiatives or public health concerns.


LINCS Information for the General Public




Assigned NJDHSS  Bioterrorism Planner Glenn Bukowski gives a presentation to the Essex LINCS team


Local Information Network and Communications System


Seven Keys to a Safer Healthier Home

An Ounce of Prevention

Keeps the Germs Away


Staying healthy is important to you and your entire family.
Follow these easy, low-cost steps to help stop many
infectious diseases before they happen!


Poster– Download this poster and follow these easy and low-cost steps to stop many infectious diseases

Brochure– Download this brochure for Seven Keys to a Safer Healthier Home



West Nile Virus: What You Need To Know

West Nile Virus (WNV) is a potentially serious illness. Experts believe WNV is established as a seasonal epidemic in North America that flares up in the summer and continues into the fall.  When dealing with West Nile virus, prevention is your best bet. Fighting mosquito bites reduces your risk of getting this disease, along with others that mosquitoes can carry. Take these commonsense steps to reduce your risk.





LINCS, established by the NJ Department of Health and Senior Services in conjunction with NJ’s local health departments, is an electronic information system that supports interactive reporting, health data analysis, and the efficient dissemination of public health information. As a statewide program LINCS agencies are working together in conjunction with the NJDHSS, local and county health units, Office of Emergency Management and other public officials to develop and operate a system which will greatly facilitate the rapid identification and assessment of, and coordinated response to, public health emergencies.

The purpose of this program is to develop and expand core capacity, expertise and infrastructure for public health emergency preparedness at the local public health level.

The CDC has defined Critical Capacities as the "core expertise and infrastructure to enable a public health system to prepare for and respond to bioterrorism, other infectious disease outbreaks, and other public health threats and emergencies."