Board of Health

 

MISSION

The Board of Health is responsible for administering state health laws, adopting town health regulations, and addressing the health concerns of town residents. The Board of Health is also responsible for recording, reporting, and following up on communicable diseases within the community. Together with the town’s health director, the board enforces sanitary codes and regulations. It conducts inspections and issues permits for various food establishments, businesses, and institutions. The board develops and enforces tobacco related policies. It enforces stat regulations regarding TitleV: septic tanks and home sewers. The Board of Health sponsors a flu clinic and a rabies clinic each year, and serves as a resource for the Town for health promotion activities and technical assistance.

The board consists of five members appointed by the Board of Selectmen for three-year, staggered terms. Members serve without compensation.

STAFFING:  Beverly S. Hirschhorn, Health Director

                     Carol Steiner, R.N., M.S., Public Health Nurse

                     Esther Moomjian, Clerk

LOCATIONS:  Business Office:  Community House, Lower Level, 735 Longmeadow St., (413) 565-4140

                                                       Hours: 8:30 AM – 4:30 PM Monday – Friday

                        Nurse’s Office:  Greenwood Adult Center, 231 Maple Rd., (413) 565-4154

                                                        Hours: 9:00 AM -2:30 PM, Monday – Friday

NOTE:  FOR EMERGENCY “AFTER HOURS CALLS”: CALL 911

 


Longmeadow Board of Health Joins

Mass. Dept. of Public Health Electronic Immunization Registry

 Effective March 17, 2014, the Longmeadow Board of Health, as are all medical providers of vaccinations to the public, is required by state law to submit vaccination information to a new web-based Massachusetts Dept. of Public Health Immunization Registry.  The data on this Registry is confidential but may be exclusively shared with your healh care provider; your primary care physician may want to know your vaccination status (e.g. whether you have had or are overdue for a recommended vaccination).  It is possible for individuals who are immunized to decline the sharing of Registry data with health care providers by signing the appropriate form available from the Board of Health.

For further information on the Registry, its advantages to patients and the public health, and patient rights to decline data sharing, kindly refer to the Patient Fact Sheet link.

 


Longmeadow Board of Health Regulation Prohibiting Smoking in Municipal Buildings and Vehicles

Effective Date: December 18, 2014

 


Guidelines for Operation of Chimineas, Fire Pits, and Outdoor Fireplaces

In recent years the use of such devices have become increasingly popular; the increase in usage has also resulted in complaints from neighbors of residents using these devices regarding improper use relative to fire safety hazards or conditions potentially injurious to the public health. These new guidelines hopefully serve as a useful checklist for the proper and safe operation of these devices.

Although these guidelines are not regulations and, therefore, not enforceable, both the Fire Department and the Board of Health already have the authority to enforce existing state regulations within their scope (the Fire Department enforcing fire safety regulations; the Board of Health enforcing air pollution regulations and state laws in regard to pubic health nuisances).


Longmeadow Board of Health License Fees- effective 7/1/11 Below are forms from the Longmeadow Board of Health Department:

Permit Applications

Food Service

Outdoor Eating Food Service

Outdoor Eating No Food Service

Retail Food

Bakery

Frozen Desserts

Catering

Milk

Temporary Food Service

Residential Kitchen: Food Preparation

Residential Kitchen No Food Preparation

Mobile Food Service

Methyl-Wood Alcohol

Tobacco Sales

Septic Installer

Septage Hauler

Private Well

Health Club

Tanning Facility

Swimming Pools

Camps

Other Forms

Complaint Form for Sale of Tobacco Products to Minors



 

Western Massachusetts Medical Reserve Corps

The Western Massachusetts Medical Reserve Corps is a coalition of Medical Reserve Corps (MRC) serving the western Massachusetts counties of Berkshire, Franklin, Hampshire and Hampden. There is a MRC group located in Longmeadow led by Beverly Hirshhorn- Director/ Longmeadow Board of Health. You may submit a volunteer application on line, or by downloading a copy and submitting a hard copy.


 Longmeadow Registry of Individuals Who Need Additional Assistance In Emergencies

The Longmeadow Board of Health maintains a confidential Registry of Individuals who, due to mobility or other medical or psychological challenges, might need special assistance in the event of a weather or some other emergency situation.  Participation in the Registry is voluntary.

The Registry allows town emergency staff to pre-plan for special needs in the community.  for example, participants might receive targeted notifications regarding preparation for emergencies given their special challenges.  Also, participants might receive a telephone or an in-person wellness check of their status in responding to an emergency condition.

If you are interested in enrolling in the Registry, kindly print out and complete the (IRAA Form link here) Form and return it to the Longmeadow Board of Health, 20 Williams Street, Longmeadow, MA 01106.

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Temporary Handicapped Parking Permits Available from Board of Health

The Longmeadow Board of health issues temporary handicapped parking permits to residents who have mobility issues due to injuries or short-term medial conditions.  Permits are available for a three month period and are renewable only for one additional three-month period.

Kindly contact the Board of Health Office 9565-4140) or bhirschhorn@longmeadow.org) to get further information regarding the permit, the permit sticker, or the medical documentation required for permit issuance.

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Residents Strongly Advised to Submit Bats Found in Homes to Board of Health for Rabies Testing

Bats are an animal species that can become infected with rabies.  Rabies can be transmitted to humans and family pets from the bites of or other types of exposures to infected animals.

Given the danger of rabies infection, the Board of Health will facilitate the free testing of potentially rabid animals by the Mass. Dept. of Public Health State Lab.  The test results are used as one of the primary tools to assess the risk of rabies infection to exposed humans and animals and whether preventative rabies vaccination is recommended.

Bats found inside a residence should be trapped and contained in small, covered containers.  Upon notification, the Board of Health will pick up the contained specimens at the resident’s home during normal business hours.  Specimens contained “after-hours” or during weekends will be picked up by the Board of Health on the next business day.  Specimens are brought back to the Board of Health office of the legally required packaging and then shipped off to the State Lab for testing.  Results are usually available from the Lab on the day following the specimen pick-up.

The direct phone number for the Board of Health is 565-4140.  There is voice mail for messages left “after hours” or when the office personnel are otherwise unable to answer the call.

For email access to Board Of Health Dept, send correspondence to:townhall@longmeadow.org

Board of Health Meeting Minutes

2014 12/02/14 06/30/14 01/16/14 2013 11/25/13 06/10/13 03/14/13 2012 12/03/12 09/06/12 08/13/12 06/18/12 04/18/12 02/27/12 01/12/12 2011 03/07/11 06/27/11 10/06/11 2010 10/18/10 05/24/10 02/22/10 01/04/10 2009 10/27/09 07/13/09 06/29/09 03/30/09 2008 10/30/08 03/24/08 2007 12/17/07 05/14/07 01/22/07 01/05/07 – Outdoor Wood Burning Public Hearing 2006 12/04/06 09/25/06 05/31/06 05/01/06 03/06/06 01/30/06 2005 12/12/05 11/14/05

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