Environmental Health

Environmental Health

Carbon Monoxide Alarms and Codes

carbon monoxide alarmFind out what your state has to say about smoke and carbon monoxide alarms.  Find a list of state statutes about carbon monoxide alarms and the different requirements in each state.  Note: The information on this page is for reference by state legislators and legislative staff.  If you are a homeowner, landlord or tenant with questions about carbon monoxide detector requirements in your area, please contact your state or local housing depa



seniors biking Health in All Policies (HiAP) is a concept that explores the health impacts of all policies, especially policies that address the environment. HiAP looks beyond health policies into measures that indirectly affect the public’s health. Issues such as transportation infrastructure, community design, food and farm policy, and chemical control all contribute to this nation’s health.




Stats graphicThis StateStat from State Legislatures magazine looks at outbreaks of illnesses caused by bacteria and other contaminants in public and private drinking water systems.





Database The Environmental Health databases track state legislation and statutes addressing environmental factors that may adversely impact human health or the ecological balances essential to long-term human health and environmental quality, whether in the natural or man-made environment.




Environmental public health relates to environmental factors that affect human health. Major environmental health concerns include asthma triggers, food safety, childhood lead poisoning, indoor air quality issues such as mold and radon, asbestos and pesticide exposures.

NCSL's Environmental Health Project assists state legislatures in their efforts to address environmental health concerns. NCSL tracks state environmental health legislation, provides research and analysis on environmental health threats, and is a leading resource for state legislators, legislative staff and others on policy responses to these threats.

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  • Video | Food Safety Modernization Act

    This page contains a video interview with Mike Taylor of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration discussing the state-federal relationship of the Food Safety Modernization Act with Doug Farquhar of NCSL.

  • Radon

    NCSL's main resource on radon, a cancer-causing,natural radioactive gas that you can’t see, smell or taste. Radon is the leading cause of lung cancer among non-smokers, and the second leading cause of lung cancer in America, claiming about 20,000 lives annually. Radon gas comes from the natural (radioactive) breakdown of uranium in soil, rock and water. It is found in every part of the U.S., and can get into any type of building.

  • Health in All Policies | HiAP

    Health in all policies. HiAP looks beyond health policies into measures that indirectly affect the public’s health; issues such as Health Impact Assessments (HIAs), transportation and health, and health affects in vulnerable populations.

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