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2016 Pool Conferences are scheduled!


Western Washington


April 20, 2016


Clover Park Technical College

Rotundra 3

4500 Steilacoom Blvd SW

Lakewood, WA 98499


Eastern Washington


April 27, 2016


Benton Franklin Health District

Training Room

7102 W Okanogan Place

Kennewick, WA 98336


WSEHA is seeking donations for two causes (donate to either one or both!):

  1. Silent auction.  The charity chosen this year is Mercy Corps.  Please donate items to be auctioned off during the auction.  Contact Ross Lytle if you have any questions.

  2. Raffle.  We will be holding a raffle to raise money for the San Bernardino victims' families. There is an ongoing regional/DOH contest to see who can raise the most donation items, so make sure you donate to your region.  Dayna can help you figure out which region you're in if you're unsure.  Don't let your region down!


For both causes, you can bring items with you to the AEC or write a check (must be clearly labeled with the cause you'd like to donate to, then mailed to WSEHA or brought to the AEC).



The Pub Crawl

Thursday, May 26th at 5:30 pm.
Sign-up at the AEC registration table.


Click here to see the pub crawl itinerary.


Click here to see the brewery map of downtown Vancouver.


We're looking for volunteers to help with AEC planning and technical assistance.  You're a good person.  You want to help.  We'll help you fill that void.  Email us if you're willing!


2017 Pool Conference dates and times are still being determined!
Please check back later for details.  Save yourself time by joining our Mailing List or following us on Facebook to get updates as they come.


Keynote Speaker

Pat Breysse, PhD

Pat Breysse, PhD, joined CDC in December 2014 as the Director of NCEH/ATSDR. Dr. Breysse leads CDC’s efforts to investigate the relationship between environmental factors and health. He came to CDC from the Johns Hopkins University where he served as Associate Chair for Educational Programs within the Department of Environmental Health Sciences, Program Director for the Industrial Hygiene Training Program, and co-director of the Johns Hopkins Center for Childhood Asthma in the Urban Environment.

During his 30 years at Johns Hopkins, Dr. Breysse established a long-standing expertise in environmental health as well as a strong record as a leader in the field. He has published over 200 peer-reviewed journal articles and has presented at more than 25 scientific meetings in just the past 5 years. His research has focused on the evaluation and control of chemical, biological, and physical factors that can affect health, with a particular concentration on risk and exposure assessment.

Dr. Breysse received his PhD in Environmental Health Engineering from Johns Hopkins University in 1985 and completed postdoctoral training at the British Institute for Occupational Medicine in Edinburgh, Scotland. He is also a board certified Industrial Hygienist and an editorial review board member for the Journal of Exposure Science and Environmental Epidemiology.

International Health Committee's

Silent Auction

WSEHA's International Health Committee (IHC) has chosen Water for Life (WFL) as the non-profit recipient for money raised from this year's AEC silent auction.


WATER FOR LIFE:  For 12 years, volunteers for WFL have worked tirelessly to improve the lives of villagers in the jungles of Northern Guatemala by providing critical public health interventions. Among these are drilling over 100 new water wells to provide clean, safe water.  The IHC challenges all LHJs to submit the most creative gift basket (representative of their area) as a donation for the auction. Personal donations and donations from local businesses are welcome as well.   For more information please contact: Luis M. Flores, R.S. by phone at 360-778-6030 or by email at  Click here to see WFL's website for more information.



  • Bring a donation for the silent auction

  • Encourage your organization to participate in the basket challenge

  • Volunteer to man the IHC booth

  • Buy something from the auction at the AEC!



May 18, 2017


April 20, 2017


April 13, 2017


April 5, 2017


March 20, 2017


January 5, 2017


December 13, 2016

Bear with us!  We're having technical issues with our forms & applications.  We're working on it!


This is a face-to-face classroom course that involves a mix of instructor presentation and group and individual hands-on learning activities. The course content is divided into eight (8) modules, and each module is comprised of specific lessons and topics. Exercises to support learning include practical application exercises to support learning outcomes in every lesson and include presentation or discussion of results. Exercises are designed to solicit discussion and encourage a thought process based on risk-assessment, rather than identify correct answers, as this course is based on best practice guidance and not on specific law or regulation. The course learning strategies include a blend of PowerPoint presentation, group discussion, group exercises, video presentation, and demonstration.



1. Explain the Plan Review course objectives and completion requirements.

2. Recognize and control the risk factors and interventions through the plan review process. 

3. Demonstrate the ability to read a set of plans. 

4. Evaluate application, plans, and specifications from a food establishment in order to meet the provisions of the FDA Food Code. 

5. Identify deficiencies in plans and communicate recommended changes and modifications needed. 

6. Verify that the food establishment is constructed and equipped in accordance with the approved plan. 

7. Assess a mobile food establishment’s design and layout for control of the risk factors.

8. Conduct a plan review of a mock food establishment.


Participants are required to complete one (1) web-based prerequisite course (Plumbing Controls for Commercial Food Establishments) prior to attending the three day instructor-led Plan Review for Food Establishments course. The purpose of the web-based prerequisite course is to introduce participants to key concepts and terminology of basic plumbing and cross connection control. The instructor led modules and lessons will build upon the concepts and content presented during the prerequisite web-based course.  

  • You must have a Pathlore account before you are able to access the course. 

  • Click here to find directions on how to access the pre-req course.

  • You may be dropped from the course if you don't complete the pre-req on or before the deadline of February 27, 2017.  

  • Need help navigating the Pathlore system, or forgot your password or ID?  

    • Click here for help OR 

    • contact their Helpdesk (Mon – Fri 9:00AM – 5:00PM EST) at or call 866-807-3742, option 1, then 2. 

    • Note: WSEHA is unable to help with logging in or technical assistance.  

  • Bring a copy of your Certificate of Completion with you to the course.


  • Lunch is on your own.  There is a cafe in the Tacoma Rhodes Center.  Here is their menu if you'd like to take a peak!

  • Light refreshments will be provided

  • There is ample parking at the Tacoma Rhodes Center (TRC)  parking garage, which is located at 950 Market Street in Tacoma.  

    • There is a bridge that connects the parking garage to the conference center.

    • If parking in the TRC garage: it's $8 CASH daily; an envelope is placed on the cars for payment collection.

    • There are early bird lots near the TRC that accept cash or cards.

  • Hotel: WSEHA has a block of rooms reserved for the nights of March 13-15.  The federal per diem rate will be honored until February 1, 2017.  Just tell them you're with WSEHA:​

                       Marriott Courtyard Downtown Tacoma

                       1515 Commerce Street

                       Tacoma, WA 98402


                       *Click here to easily book your room online                                     under our WSEHA block!

Interested in seeing which other courses are being offered by the FDA in 2017 or want to access the Pathlore training webpage?

Check out these step-by-step instructions to help you easily navigate the  FDA Pathlore site!


Payment for registration:  Check or money order accepted, made payable to WSEHA.  (Sorry, credit card payments cannot be accepted at this time.)  Invoicing is available to organizations only.  Send payment to: WSEHA, 1088 Puget Drive East, Port Orchard, WA 98366. Meals are part of the registration and cannot be subtracted from the fee.


Cancellations:  Cancellation of registration needs to be in writing and received by WSEHA no later than 11:59 PM Pacific Time on April 24, 2018.  A $15.00 processing fee will be charged for all refunds. 


"No shows"“No shows” are defined as those that register for the conference, but do not attend the conference and did not send a cancellation notice (see Cancellations section above).  Costs are incurred to WSEHA with each registrant, whether or not the registrant attends the conference.  If a registrant is a "no show," the registrant's agency (or individual registrant if registrant is self-employed or unemployed) will be invoiced for the meals.  Meal purchases are non-refundable if cancellation notice is not given before the cancellation deadline.  Typically, the maximum amount that will be invoiced for a "no show" is equivalent to the Emeritus/Unemployed registration fee.


No partial payments accepted:   Organizations requiring their employees to make a partial payment (such as membership fees) must send all  payments together.  Checks and money orders must reflect payment in full.  An organization refusing to pay for any registrations will become the responsibility of the registrant.


If you have any questions regarding registration, please contact:  Dayna Katula, WSEHA Executive Secretary, at (414) 688-2491 or Dayna@wseha.orgFederal Tax ID#: 91-1312779.  Registration by phone will not be accepted.             

Registration Type               Member                 Non-Member

Full (attend all days)               $300                               $350

Monday only                           $100                                $125

Tuesday only                           $175                                $200

Wednesday only                     $100                                $125

Student *                                  $115

Student Economy **              $75

Emeritus ***                            $115

Unemployed ****                   $115

*If you are a full-time student, you are eligible for a discount on your registration.  To qualify, send proof of full-time registration in an accredited college with your registration payment.

**Registrants must be a WSEHA member and willing to work a limited number of hours at the AEC.  To qualify, send your availability for May 7-9, 2018 and proof of full-time registration in an accredited college or university with your registration payment.  Limited to the first 20 registrants.

***You must be able to qualify for the Emeritus membership type.  Click here to see a description of our Emeritus Membership category.

**** Must be a WSEHA member.




LHJ School Plan Review Workshop

This is a great opportunity to get together and work through real plan review, increasing knowledge and consistency.  You'll work in groups on printed sets of the same plans.

TARGET AUDIENCE:  Local Health Jurisdiction (LHJ) school plan reviewers of all levels of expertise.    

WHEN: May 7, 2018

TIME: 9:30 am- 4:30 pm, but this workshop is designed for you to come               when you can and leave when you're done.

WHERE: Hotel RL in Olympia

HOW TO ATTEND:  The workshop will be held prior to/as part of the WSEHA AEC. Participants will need to register for at least the Monday of the WSEHA conference.  Lunch is provided.

WSEHA's 5th Periodic Golf Tournament

When:  Monday, May 7th

Tee time: 9 am

Where:  Tumwater Valley Golf Club

Format: Nine-hole, two- or four-person scramble (teams will be formed and format rules will be given prior to teeing off)

Cost: $21 to walk, $35 with a cart (price includes $4/person for prizes)

Questions?  Contact Dave Gifford at

A Note From Ruth Piccone, the AEC Chair:

June 2017 Update


Hello, Colleagues.


If I have not met you yet, or didn’t get the chance to talk to you at the conference in Wenatchee, I want to introduce myself.  I’m Ruth Piccone.  I have the good fortune to be the conference chair for 2018.  Although filling Mark Toy’s shoes may be challenging for me, I am lucky to have many of the same great people volunteering on committees for 2018.  The 2017 AEC went so well that it provides a great template to reproduce!


I volunteered because I find conferences an energetic, synergistic endeavor.  One of the highlights of my 22 years working at local and state public health jurisdictions was serving as the Montana Environmental Health Association President.  Despite the fact that Washington’s AEC brings in more than four times the number of attendees than that of a typical Montana conference, I felt at home among all of you, and was inspired by your obvious dedication and quality of character.  It was a pleasure meeting many of you at the 2017 AEC, and I’m looking forward to seeing you again at the 2018 AEC!


The 2018 conference will be held May 7, 8, and 9 at the remodeled Red Lion in Olympia, now called the RL.  While not as large as the Wenatchee venue, the RL does provide some advantages that we can enjoy.  This convenient location offers a variety of entertainment and dining options.  The remodeled rooms are more allergen-free (carpet-free).  The conference rooms will accommodate small and large break out sessions.  More parking is available now.  And, if you are like me and like big windows, there is a relaxing restaurant/lounge offering a great view of Capitol Lake, complete with walking trails.


I’m a big believer in conferences. They provide us with opportunities to meet new colleagues, share stories, learn something, and make new friends.  Volunteer for a committee and you will be more connected and appreciated, sharpen your talents, and have some fun.  Choose a committee you wish to be involved in, such as speakers, social activities, logo/bag/goodies, audio/visual, registration, marketing, facilities, International Health, or students/moderators.  Please e-mail us  if you are interested in helping out for the next one.  Remember, many hands make short work so time commitments should be reasonable if the same number volunteer as last time.  This year we are hoping to have a designated photographer (hobbyists are encouraged to apply). Or, start working on your abstract to make a presentation and contribute to our collective effectiveness in environmental public health. 


Ruth Piccone, RS

2018 AEC Chair







You can also contact the AEC Co-Chair, Liz Coleman at or 360-236-3004.

For WSEHA-related questions or concerns, contact Dayna Katula at or 414.688.2491.

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