The three members of the Goshen Board of Health are elected for overlapping three year terms. The board works closely with the Health Agent on all matters of Public Health. The Health Agent is responsible for all technical aspects of septic and well designs, installations and inspections.
Under Massachusetts General Law and state and local regulations, the Board of Health is held responsible for disease prevention and control, and health and environmental protection.
The Board of Health serves as the local arm of both the Massachusetts Department of Public Health and the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection.
To fulfill its duties, the Board of Health develops, implements and enforces health policies, oversees inspections to maintain minimum standards for sanitation in housing, food service and septic system installation, and assures that the basic health needs of the community are being met.
Some of the areas the Board of Health is responsible for are:
- Disease Control
- Housing Sanitation
- Transfer Station (see the appropriate sub menu page to the top left for more information)
- Hazardous Waste Disposal
- Solid Waste Disposal
- Septage & Garbage Disposal
- Food Protection
- Swimming Pool & Beach Sanitation
- Recreational Camps for Children
- Smoking Regulations
- Private Drinking Water & Irrigation Wells
- Massage Therapy
- Keeping of Animals
- Vaccine Distribution
- Public Health Emergency Preparedness