The Health Department offers forms and resources for town health officers (THOs) about significant public health issues and their role in their community. Below are some resources sorted by topic that may be helpful to town health officers.

For additional information, the Town Health Officer Hotline is available Monday through Friday (except state holidays), 7:45 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at 800-439-8550.

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Appointing a Town Health Officer Forms

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Cyanobacteria (Blue-Green Algae)Cyanobacteria (Blue-Green Algae)Web page with a video on how to identify cyanobacteria, plus guidance for Vermont communities
Cyanobacteria (Blue-Green Algae)

Cyanobacteria Health Alert Poster

Translated posters are available

To post at recreational areas when cyanobacteria are present at less than bloom levels or in areas that are not used for swimming (for example, boat launches)
Cyanobacteria (Blue-Green Algae)

Cyanobacteria Swim Area Closed Poster

Translated posters are available

To post at recreational areas when there is a large cyanobacteria bloom covering most of the swimming area
Cyanobacteria (Blue-Green Algae)Lake ConditionsCheck recent cyanobacteria reports on the Tracker Map or see the weekly summary for Lake Champlain and some inland lakes during the monitoring season (from about mid-June through fall)
Drinking WaterDrinking WaterWeb page with links to the lab and which contaminants private well owners should test for, plus a video on how to use drinking water test kits
Health OrderEmergency Public Health Order TemplateTemplate for writing Emergency Public Health Order
Health OrderEmergency Public Health OrderExample of an Emergency Public Health Order
Health OrderPublic Health OrderExample of a Public Health Order
Health OrderNotice of IntentExample of a Notice of Intent
Health OrderProcedural RightsTemplate for a Health Order Statement of Procedural Rights
LeadLead Hazards and Lead PoisoningWeb page on potential lead hazards and how to prevent lead poisoning
LeadVermont Lead Poisoning Prevention Law: Inspection, Repair and Cleaning (IRC) PracticesWeb page on the requirement for Inspection, Repair and Cleaning (IRC) Practices
MoldMold in Your HomeWeb page on mold clean-up with a link to the Environmental Protection Agency's guide to mold
RabiesRabies Control InformationWeb page on rabies including a Rabies Alert Hotline poster, contact information for Rabies Hotlines, and vaccination clinics
RadonRadon in Your HomeWeb page with information on radon in air and in water, plus how to request a free radon test kit and a video on how to test for radon
Sewer/WastewaterWastewater Systems and Potable Water SuppliesDepartment of Environmental Conservation's (DEC's) web page with sewer and wastewater information
Solid WasteWaste Not GuideFlyer describing what to do with items banned from the trash
Solid Waste and RecyclingA Vermonter's Guide to RecyclingFlyer depicting what is and what is not recyclable
Swimming AreasSwim Area Closed PosterTo post when closing a swimming or recreational area for a reason other than cyanobacteria (blue-green algae)
Swimming AreasRecreational WaterWeb page with links to the Healthy Recreational Waters Guidance document and fact sheet and information on swim water testing