Board of Health

Important Information

EEE: EEE has been seen in MA again please use precautions when outside at night to protect yourself against mosquitoes. View the link below for more information or contact the Public Health Nurse.

https://www.mass.gov/service-details/eee-eastern-equine-encephalitis 

 https://www.cdc.gov/easternequineencephalitis/tech/symptoms.html

https://www.mass.gov/guides/eee-in-massachusetts  

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PAneVHXMjcE  

​Legionnaires Disease: 

The temporary shutdown or reduced operation of a building and reductions in normal water use can create hazards for returning occupants; these hazards can include mold and Legionella. After a prolonged shutdown, building owners and employers should ensure that their building does not have mold and that the water system is safe to use to minimize the risk of Legionnaires’ disease. Guidance on how to do this is available from the CDC
https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/php/building-water-system.html.



Attention Businesses:
For Phase 1 Business opening resources and Individuals with questions please see the link below 
https://www.mass.gov/info-details/reopening-massachusetts


EFFECTIVE IMMEDIATELY
Please Call Transfer Station before bringing large furniture items 
508-476-3742


TRANSFER STICKERS CAN ONLY BE PURCHASED BY:
MAIL OR PLACED IN MUNICIPAL CENTER DROP BOX

MUST INCLUDE THE FOLLOWING:
1. COPY OF REGISTRATION
2. CHECK (PAYABLE TO "THE TOWN OF DOUGLAS")
$200 for the year
$100 if over 65 (must include copy of license)
3. SELF-ADDRESSED STAMPED ENVELOPE

STICKERS WILL BE MAILED TO YOU



Transfer Station stickers are now being sold on a YEARLY basis starting January 21, 2020.  The yearly fee is now $200 and $100 for 65 years and older.   Stickers purchased at the Transfer Station must be check only (payable to the Town of Douglas).

For more information on Coronavirus visit the following link
https://www.cdc.gov/
also see the following letter issued by the Board of Health:
Click Here

MOSQUITO NOTICE

Please click the following link for information regarding Mosquitoes.  

MOSQUITO CONTROL LINK

Meetings


The Board meets regularly on a monthly basis in the Health Department office. All meetings are open to the general public and are televised on the local cable station.


Formation


A Board of Health is a statutory board created pursuant to the Massachusetts General Law Chapter 111, Section 26 and Chapter 41, section 1. The Douglas Board of Health consists of five (5) members who are appointed by the Selectmen. Each member serves a three (3) year term. The Board of Health each year appoints a Chairman, Vice-Chair, Health Agent, Public Health Nurse, Administrative Supervisor, Animal Inspector, Sanitarian and Engineer.

Responsibility


The Board is charged with the protection of the public health and to fulfill their duties by developing, implementing and enforcing health policies which are developed through Federal, State and local regulations. Local regulations can be found on the left side of this page listed under Board of Health Local Regulations.

Duties


Some of the duties of the Board of Health include:
  • Commercial swimming pools
  • Food Service
  • Housing Inspections
  • Rabies
  • Recreational camping including Children's camps
  • Solid waste and recycling
  • Title 5 - septic system installations and repairs
  • Water testing at public and semi-public bathing beaches

Board of Health Video Playlist

Click on the Playlist icon in the upper left corner of the video file below to access the complete playlist of available Board of Health videos. The Playlist icon is three small lines with a tiny triangle, next to the DCAC logo.