Environmental health topics

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Our environment affects our health. If parts of the environment, such as air, the water or the soil is polluted, it can lead to health problems. For example, asthma attacks can result from pollutants and chemicals in the air, residence or workplace. Some environmental exposures are part of the natural world, such as radon in the ground. Others result from human activities, such as conduct paint and asbestos Where Mercury from mining or industrial exploitation.

The California Department of Public Health (CDPH) works to protect the health of Californians by monitoring environmental contaminants and their associated diseases, studying the impact of these contaminants on human health, and educating the public on how best to protect your health from harmful pollutants. We provide reliable and timely information that helps others take action. CDPH programs also promote health and help prevent environmental pollution by supporting sound community development policies and by establishing and enforcing requirements for clean water, waste management, food safety and pharmaceutical and radiation protection.

The topics below reflect health information in the various areas of environmental health addressed by CDPH programs.

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