THE BOH OFFERS THE FOLLOWING SERVICES TO THE RESIDENTS OF ESSEX
THERMOMETER EXCHANGE - Bring your old mercury thermometer into our office and we will exchange it for a new digital thermometer for free.
Old thermometers are then properly disposed of by the Board of Health, to reduce the release of mercury into our environment.
SYRINGE & SHARPS DISPOSAL - For a $1 (one dollar) fee, we will give you a 1 quart sharps container,which may be used to store used syringes, lancets, or other sharp medical waste. When the container is full, or upon completion of use, you return this to our office for no additional fee. We will properly dispose of the container & contents.
For information on the proper haneling and disposal of needles and syringes, click here >>>Sharpsdisposal.pdf
The BOH has Potassium Iodide (KI) tablets for distribution to those who live or work in Essex.
In the event of a nuclear release the BOH or MA Department of Public Health may recommend that these tablets be taken. KI works to protect the body from thyroid cancer caused by a radiation release. This is accomplished by filling the thyroid with KI; thus preventing radioactive iodide from being absorbed in the thyroid. These tablets have a long shelf life and should not be used unless you are told to do so by the Board of Health or the MA Department of Public Health. Anyone with a thyroid issue or an allergy should discuss whether they can take these tablets with their physician.