Presentation on theme: "Environmental Health Unit: Lesson 1 - Introduction Objective: TSWBAT identify issues of how the environment affects our personal health on a daily basis."— Presentation transcript:
Environmental Health Unit: Lesson 1 - Introduction Objective: TSWBAT identify issues of how the environment affects our personal health on a daily basis. TSWBAT investigate environmental issues, government agencies, and eight laws that deal with our environment.
Big Ideas – Discuss with your seat partner: 1. How do your surroundings affect your personal health? 2. How can your actions affect your environment?
Environmental Health The study of humans & their interactions with the environment. It examines: ▫ chemical, physical & biological agents that move through the environment affecting human health & investigates ways to control or minimize them. Human health is dependant on a high quality environment The professional in environmental health works to protect the overall quality health of air, water, soil & food.
Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Department of the US government Protects the country’s land, air, and water Enforces environmental laws Researches issues related to the health of the environment Educates the public about environmental issues
Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) Part of US Department of Labor Works to prevent injuries and other health problems in the workplace. Sets safety standards for workplaces Helps train and educate workers.
Laws & Acts – Regulate the Environment 1. Clean Air Act: – Law that allows the EPA to set standards for major air pollutants.
Laws & Acts – Regulate the Environment 2. Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, & Liability Act: – Law provides funding to clean up uncontrolled or hazardous waste sites & oil & chemical spills
Laws & Acts – Regulate the Environment 3. Clean Water Act: – Law that sets regulations on wastes going into water and on the operation of waste treatment plants & makes it illegal to release pollutants into the water
Laws & Acts – Regulate the Environment 4. Safe Drinking Water Act: – Law that protects the quality of drinking water. It also sets standards for owners and operators of public water systems
Laws & Acts – Regulate the Environment 5. Endangered Species Act: – Law that protects animal & plant species threatened by extinction.
Laws & Acts – Regulate the Environment 6. National Environmental Policy Act: – Law that requires all governmental agencies to consider and assess the impact on the environment before taking any action that might affect the environment.
Laws & Acts – Regulate the Environment 7. Toxic Substances Control Act: – Law the authorizes the EPA to set standards for the manufacturing, use, transportation, and disposal of toxic substances
Laws & Acts – Regulate the Environment 8. Occupational Safety and Health Act: – Law that sets a series of minimal safety and health standards that all employees must meet.