Water Quality at Massachusetts Swimming Beaches - All public and semi-public bathing beaches in Massachusetts are monitored for fecal indicator bacteria by local health departments and Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR).
Keep up to date with beach closures during the upcoming 2023 season on the State's Current Public Beach Postings website.
For Camp Operators - Find several camp required forms and guidance documents, including the State's Camp regulations and Christian's law
Access the Massachusetts Environmental Public Health Tracking Program to view your City or Town's data on a series of environmental and health statistics, including but not limited to; heart attack rates, cancer, indoor air quality, asthma and more!
The Massachusetts Department of Public Health COVID-19 homepage has easy access to information about vaccinations, testing, treatments and more
Visit the Massachusetts Interactive COVID Dashboard for community-specific COVID data, including, number of cases, hospitalizations, deaths, etc.
Wondering if your local drinking water is safe to drink? Read Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection's FAQ's on "Safe Drinking Water in Massachusetts".
- Massachusetts Drinking Water Standards and Guidelines - Check with your Town's Water Department for its annual drinking water quality report
- Per and Polyfluoroalkyl Substances (PFAS)
- Information on Drinking Water Boil Orders
- Labs Certified to Test Drinking Water
- Lead and Copper Drinking Water Results in Schools and Childcare Settings
On the national level, get Ready for emergencies with resources like a fillable "Family Communication Plan" or learn more about the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) newly updated mobile app.
For emergency preparedness at the State level, visit the Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency (MEMA). Learn about specific threats and hazards that could occur in your area like hurricanes, floods, winter storms, and more! Then, learn how to be prepared for emergencies.
View the latest recalls on Food and other Food and Drug Administration (FDA) regulated products (like cosmetics, veterinarian food, tobacco, dietary supplements, etc.).
View other recalls associated with every day consumer products, motor vehicles, etc.
Consumer Focused Food Safety
The Food and Drug Administration has an exuberant amount of information, resources, and great videos for consumers on a plethora of food safety topics including, but not limited to, every day cooking and shopping, holiday cooking, food safety for the elderly, choosing the right seafood, eating outdoors, and many more!
The government's Food Safety website as well as the Center for Disease Control and Prevention's Clean, Separate, Cook, Chill education are also great food safety resource sites for consumers.
At the local level, visit Massachusetts Partnership for Food Safety Education for a summary of food safety topics you can follow in your home as you prepare food for yourself and your family.
Resources & Quick Links for Food Establishments
Visit the Massachusetts Food Protection Program homepage. Food establishments should also visit the Food Protection Program's Retail Food website to access the State and Federal Food Code, and Certified Food Manager and Allergy Awareness Trainers.
Hand Washing Posters are available online.
If you would like to report a concern about a food establishment, please email our Pubic Health Food Inspector, Paul Gilpin.
Each Town within the Bristol Norfolk Public Health Partners may have year-round or periodic opportunities for their Town residents to dispose of household hazardous waste. Links below will send you to each respective community's website related to household hazardous waste:
Learn more about proper disposal options of household hazardous waste with the State's Department of Environmental Protection. This site also includes disposal facilities that are open to all residents within the Commonwealth.
- Legal Remedies for Tenants (PDF)
- If you require legal assistance, reach out to MetroWest Legal Services
- Bed Bugs FAQs
Report a Concern
If you would like to report a concern related to your housing situation, please email our Public Health Housing Inspector, Clifford Pierre.
Visit the Massachusetts Department of Mental Health website to find the support and resources for adults, youth and families.
Formerly called the "National Suicide Prevention Lifeline, the 1-800 number was recently shortened to an easier to remember three-digit 9-8-8 number. Learn more information about the 9-8-8 Suicide and Crisis Lifeline and what to expect if you call. Or visit the Lifeline Organization website.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's Guide to Mold, Moisture, and Your Home provides homeowners with general information about mold, its possible health effects, and mold remediation cleanup steps.
For information about mold in schools and the prevention of mold growth in schools to maintain air quality, visit the Massachusetts Department of Public Health, Bureau of Environmental Health Mold, Moisture, and Mildew homepage.
Bristol County Mosquito Control Project - Serving all communities in Bristol County (including Easton, Mansfield and Norton within the Bristol Norfolk Public Health Partners)
Norfolk County Mosquito Control District - Serving all communities in Norfolk County (including Foxborough, Plainville, and Sharon within the Bristol Norfolk Public Health Partners
The Center for Disease Control and Prevention's Healthy Swimming has excellent information and resources for homeowners with pools as well as for pool operators of public and semi-public swimming pools. It includes valuable information such as pool chemical safety and what to do if you experience a fecal or vomit incidence in your pool.
Did you know that all public and semi-public swimming pools, spas, and other water features such as splash pads, are licensed and inspected by your local Health Department? View the State Sanitary Standards for Swimming Pools regulation.
The Massachusetts Rabies Law requires that all cats, dogs and ferrets are vaccinated against rabies.
Check with your local Health Department to see if they are offering any upcoming rabies clinic!
Learn more about rabies within Massachusetts with the State's Rabies Fact Sheet.
Center for Disease Control and Prevention - Rabies and Kids - A kid-friendly website for kids to explore the facts about rabies
Radon is a radioactive gas that comes from soil and rocks. The Massachusetts Department of Public Health recommends all homes be tested for radon. For more information about radon, it's risks in the home and more, visit the Bureau of Environmental Health's Radon Summary.
Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection - Septic Systems and Title 5 is your one stop location for all information related to septic systems.
Your local Board of Health may have additional requirements or regulations governing the installation or repair of a septic system; contact your Town's Health Department with questions.
Effective July 1, 2012, Massachusetts imposed a ban on sharps (needles) in household trash in order to reduce injury and health risks among individuals in the home, as well as janitorial and sanitation workers. Each town within the Bristol Norfolk Public Health Partners has established their own disposal opportunities:
View the State's "true to size" Tick Card (PDF) displaying common ticks found in the area and what they look like.
To review the 2019 Tobacco Control Law, learn more about youth use of vaping devices and resources to help you or someone you know quit, visit the Massachusetts Tobacco Cessation and Prevention Program website.
For Tobacco Retailers
Find all signs required to be posted within Massachusetts Tobacco Retail Establishments per 105 Code of Massachusetts Regulations (CMR) 665 (PDF). Available in multiple languages.
Find answers to some of the most common questions about vaccines on the Massachusetts "Vaccine Information for the General Public" webpage.
Center for Disease Control and Prevention Immunization Schedules for children, adolescent, and adults
Visit Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protections "Guide to Water Quality Testing for Private Wells to learn more about private well water quality, why you should periodically test your private well water and what to test for.
- Search for a Massachusetts Certified Laboratory to Test You Private Well Water
- Did you have your private well water tested, but confused of the results? Visit the State's "Be Well Informed" Online Tool.
- All wells drilled within the Commonwealth, whether it be a private irrigation or drinking well, an environmental monitoring well, or a well that was decommissioned, must be submitted to the State Department of Environmental Protection (MA DEP). Access MA DEP's Well Database.