Board of Health
The Ipswich Board of Health is comprised of three members appointed by the Town Manager for 3 year staggered terms. The Board of Health meets once a month. Current Board members are Susan Hubbard, Chairperson, Dr. Spencer Amesbury and Charles Hill.
The Town Manager appoints the Director of Public Health. The Department of Public Health carries out the duties and responsibilities of the Board of Health conferred or imposed by law.
The Public Health Nurse is responsible for disease prevention and disease surveillance activities and offers monthly wellness clinics that are free for residents of all ages. At the wellness clinics, the Public Health Nurse provides blood pressure, heart rate and body weight checks and is available to answer any medication or other health related questions you may have. Contact Pamela Lara, Public Health Nurse, at 978-356-1654.
The Ipswich Board of Health is responsible for the enforcement of State Sanitary Codes, State Environmental Codes, and Board of Health Regulations. Areas of responsibility include:
Air Pollution, Advisories, Bathing Beaches, Beavers, Body Art Establishments & Practitioners, Food Establishments, Funeral Director's, Disease Prevention and Surveillance, Emergency Preparedness, Household Hazardous Waste, Housing, Mosquito Control, Motels, Pesticides, Private Supply Wells, Public and Semi-Public Swimming Pools, Recreational Camps For Children, Septic Systems and Septage, Smoking and Tobacco, & Tanning Facilities.
For Household Hazardous Waste Collection Information contact the Department of Public Works at 978-356-6612.
Effective July 1, 2012, there is statewide ban on the disposal of needles, syringes and lancets (sharps) in household trash. Click on the following link for more information: Proper Use and Disposal of Needles and Syringes
[PDF] 2013 Mosquito Control Best Management Plan [PDF] Mosquito Control Best Management Practice Plan, [PDF] EEE Fact Sheet, [PDF] Mosquito-Repellents, [PDF] WNV Fact Sheet, [PDF] faq-mosquitoes, [PDF] mosquito-spraying FAQ, [PDF] Duet Pesticide label, [PDF] Duet Pesticide MSDS
The Board of Health also oversees the Sealer of Weights & Measures.