Pesticide-Related Programs/Services - EH: Minnesota Department of Health

Pesticide-Related Programs/Services

The following are Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) pesticide-related programs and services. This is not a comprehensive list of all MDH programs/services. For more information, see:

  • Develop Standards and/or Advisory Levels for contaminants: We develop standards and/or advisory levels for contaminants, including pesticides. These values are used by the Minnesota Department of Agriculture, Minnesota Pollution Control Agency and others to assess health risks from pesticide exposures. For more, information see:
  • Provide Consultation about Pesticide Health Risks: We provide consultation to the public and others regarding pesticide health risks. We also conduct presentations, and develop fact sheets and other information about pesticide health risks. For more information, see:
  • Evaluate Emerging Topics and Develop Policies to Protect Public Health: We evaluate peer-reviewed journals, attend state and national meetings, and collaborate with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and other national researchers to keep abreast of current scientific research about pesticides, insect-borne diseases, and other related public health issues. We develop policies to protect public health, including vulnerable populations, such as children. For more information, see:
  • Promote Integrated Pest Management in Schools: We promote the use of Integrated Pest Management practices in schools, as a strategy to prevent unnecessary exposures to pests and pesticides. A primary focus of this effort is providing support to the Minnesota Department of Agriculture in the development of IPM training materials for schools. We also work directly with schools and school districts to integrate IPM in Indoor Air Quality Management Plans. For more, information see:
  • Protect Drinking Water Quality: We assure the compliance of community (public) water supplies with the Safe Drinking Water Act, which includes federal standards for several pesticides. We also provide information to the public about testing private wells for contaminants, including pesticides. For more information, see:
  • Conduct Surveillance and Education to Prevent Mosquito And Tick-Borne Diseases: We conduct surveillance and education to prevent mosquito and tick-borne diseases. This information is used by the Minnesota Department of Agriculture, Metropolitan Mosquito Control District, local governments, health care professionals, and the public to prevent the spread of disease. For more information, see
  • Prepare for Emergencies/Pesticide Security: We are collaborating the Minnesota Department of Agriculture, Department of Emergency Management and others to prepare for emergencies and provide for pesticide security measures. For more information, see:
Updated Monday, August 15, 2016 at 11:18AM