Environmental Health FAQs
What is the difference between Environmental Health and Environmental Protection?
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Environmental Health is focused on protecting public health by managing environmental conditions e.g. housing conditions, food & beverage safety, water & sewage, workplace safety, hazardous substances (including asbestos and radiation), nurse... Read More
How do I contact Vector Control?
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"Vector Control is a programme in Environmental Health a section of the Department of Health. It is located at Read More
What is Vector Control?
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Vector Control is a programme in Environmental Health, within the Department of Health, that has the responsibility to control rodents and mosquitoes in Bermuda. Both of these vermin transmit disease and therefore pose risks to public health. Read More
What is the contact information for Environmental Health?
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For Environmental Health,Tel: 278.5333, Fax: 232.1941, email: email@example.com For the Vector Control Section, Tel 278 5397 Our street address is: Metro Building, 6 Hermitage Rd, Devonshire FL01 Read More
How do I prevent mould and mildew?
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Bermuda is humid and mould and fungi are common occurrences, especially with poor ventilation. To prevent mould and mildew, ensure even in your absence, that there is adequate ventilation of the area and make sure that there are no leaks or sources o... Read More
I have a lot of mould in the house that I rent. Can you do something about this?
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Environmental Health does not remove mold. There are private companies that can assist with mold removal. However, first you should discuss this with your landlord, to determine what can be done. An inspector can meet with you and the landlord, ... Read More
Do we have Aedes mosquitoes in Bermuda?
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Yes, we have Aedes albopictus mosquitoes in Bermuda. Read More
Where do I get more information on the Health & Safety Act?
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Bermuda legislation can be found on line at www.bermudalaws.bm Read More
What are the hours of operation for Environmental Health?
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The hours of operation for Environmental Health are 7:00am-5:00pm. Read More
Is baiting for rats safe?
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"If you have a dog or a child and you are receiving treatment for rodents, every precaution must be taken to prevent the animals and children for accessing the poison. Young children and animals must be kept out of the area that poison is set a... Read More
What services do Environmental Health offer?
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The services Environmental Health offers are: Food & Beverage Safety, Water & Sanitation, Vector Control ( mosquitoes, rodents and vermin), Port Health, Occupational Safety & Health, Housing Safety, Pollution Control, Industrial Hyg... Read More
I suspect that someone in my family has swine flu. What do I do?
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Contact the Epidemiologist at Environmental Health and discuss what the appropriate steps of verification are. The Epidemiologist can advise and help determine what the plan of action should be. Read More
We have had an accident on my job. To whom can I report it?
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Reports of job related accidents can be made to the Safety and Health Officer at the Environmental Health Office. Tel: 278 5333 Read More
Can you find me a child care provider?
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"Environmental Health is responsible for registering child care providers. We do not find child care providers for families. Read More
When do we need a Safety & Health Committee at my place of employment?
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"Any time that you have ten (10) or more persons on a job site you need a Safety and Health Committee for that site Read More
Who do I contact for a workshop on Safety & Health at work?
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"Occupation Safety and Health Officer at the Environmental Health Office can organize workshops on Safety and Health. Read More
How long is a Safety & Health workshop and what is the fee?
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"The Safety and Health Workshop is a four day workshop and the $300 fee covers the workshop materials, lunch and refreshments Read More
What does the Safety & Health workshop cover?
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"The Workshop looks at the Act and its corresponding regulations and discusses steps that must be taken to ensure job safety. It also spells out both employer and employee responsibility. Read More
How can I protect myself from Chikungunya?
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There is no vaccine or medication to prevent chikungunya virus infection or disease. It is advised to: Reduce mosquito exposureUse air conditioning (mosquitoes do not like cold temperatures) or window/door screens Use mosquito repellents on expo... Read More
Is there a fee for courses offered by Environmental Health?
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Yes. For HACCP the course fee is $50. For all other courses, in the series, the fee is $40. Read More
Is there a cost for Environmental Health Services?
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Yes. Contact Environmental Health office for specific costs related to issuing or renewing licences, certificates of registration and inspection. Read More
What mosquito controls does Bermuda have?
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The Mosquito Control Regulations under the Public Health Act states that " Every person must maintain their property free from mosquitoes." The Vector Control Section of Environmental Health works diligently to monitor mosquito distribution and elimi... Read More
Is the Environmental Health office premises, wheelchair accessible?
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No, unfortunately Environmental Health is not wheelchair accessible. Please call us on 278 5333 for suitable arrangements to be made. Read More
Does Environmental Health accept online payments?
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No, Environmental Health does not accept online payments. Read More
How long can I expect to have symptoms if I have Chikungunya?
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Most people feel better within a week. Some people may develop longer-term joint pain. People at increased risk for severe disease include newborns exposed during delivery, older adults (65 and older), and people with medical conditions such as... Read More
What method of payment does Environmental Health accept?
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Environmental Health accepts cards, cash and cheques. Read More
What is Chikungunya?
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Chikungunya is a viral disease that is transmitted to people by mosquitoes. It has occured in Africa, Southern Europe, Southeast Asia and islands in the Indian and Pacific Oceans. In late 2013, chikungunya was found for the first time on i... Read More
How is Chikungunya treated?
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No medication is currently available to cure the infection; only symptomatic treatment is available. Read More
What do I do if I have a mosquito problem in my neighbourhood?
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Call the Vector Control section on 278-5397 to report, or for further advice. Read More
What should I do if I suspect that I have Chikungunya?
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If you experience the symptoms of chikungunya, please see a doctor who can make the correct diagnosis. Protect yourself against further mosquito bites, if you do have Chikungunya, this will help prevent the virus from spreading to others in your comm... Read More
What can I do to reduce the spread of the Aedes mosquitoes in my community?
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Aedes mosquitoes live in a wide range of different environments. The presence of water is of great importance for their breeding as the mosquito eggs require water in order to develop into adult mosquitoes. It is important that everybody takes action... Read More
What can I do about ants?
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Here is the recipe: 1. Boil water and dissolve 2 tablespoons of Boric Acid powder (available at most pharmacies) in a small quantity of hot water. You should have about 1/4 cup clear liquid max. 2. Put 2 cups of brown sugar in a measu... Read More
What are the symptoms of Chikungunya?
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Symptoms usually begin 3-7 days after being bitten by an infected mosquito. The most common symptoms are fewer and severe joint pains, often in the hands and feet. Other symptoms may include headache, muscle pain, joint swelling, or rash. Read More
How do humans become infected by Chikungunya?
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The virus is spread mainly by the bites of infected Aedes mosquitoes. These mosquito types are characterized by white stripes on their black bodies and legs. These mosquitoes bite mostly during the daytime. Read More
Do I need a license to sell local vegetables?
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No, all local produce is granted a waiver from the licensing requirement. One should first consult with Environment Protection to get clarity if the produce/product is exempt. Read More