Community and Children's Environmental Health
The Bureau of Community and Children's Environmental Health (BCCEH) provides support to the community through outreach programs providing education to residents, community partners and educators. The team of investigators responds to complaints regarding childhood lead poisoning, indoor air quality, occupational health, medical waste, radiation compliance and smoking. The EMS Team in the bureau also oversees the safety of ambulances.
- to develop a cross referral/follow up system dedicated to tracking community and children’s environmental health,
- to incorporate the expertise of community advocates through social justice and legislative change to focus on the success of the community and children’s health,
- to education families and to make homes environmentally safe,
- to reduce the environmental hazards of lead poisoning, asthma and unintentional injuries that impact health.
The BCCEH brings both experience and resources to find housing solutions that are affordable, practical and immediate for low income populations. -- Photo at right is a lead paint inspection.
Healthy Homes Program
- Provide educational information.
- Enforce the No-Smoking Ordinance and the Cigarette Vending Machine Ordinances.
- Investigate indoor air and surface pollution complaints from contaminants such as mercury, carbon monoxide, pesticides, mold and other chemicals and biohazards.
Medical Waste and Infection Control
- Investigate medical waste and infection control complaints and remove illegally dumped waste from public property.
Investigations, inspections and tests
- Investigate occupational health complaints.
- Conduct inspections of industries with occupational health and safety problems.
- Conduct inspections to license funeral homes.
- Collect samples and conduct tests to evaluate hazardous conditions.
- Determine methods to control and prevent health hazards.
- Provide educational information and technical advice.
Radiationa and radioactivity
- Radiological Compliance and investigate radiation complaints
- Conduct inspections involving sources of ionizing radiation and non-ionizing radiation and provide radiation training and education to employees and emergency responders.
- Review and update radioactive material licenses and registrations.
- Children and Lead
- Basic information about mold
- Texas Children’s Health Plan and the Houston Department of Health and Human Services educate local families on the dangers of lead poisoning
- Get the Lead Out - a message from Texas Children's Health Plan
- Take the Healthy Homes environmental hazards quiz (PDF)
- Lead Poisoning - interview with Dr. Brenda Reyes
- Spanish version of interview with Dr. Brenda Reyes
- "It's not natural to
have any lead in your system."
Information about the dangers of lead and lead products
- Protect your home from the dangers of lead paint
- Lead poisoning in children
8000 North Stadium Drive, 2nd Floor
Houston, Texas 77054
7411 Park Place Blvd., Suite #200
Houston, Texas 77087
To file a complaint / Indoor Air Quality, No-Smoking Ordinance, Occupational Health Inspections, Medical Waste Complaints, Radiation Concerns, please call 832.393.5750