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Health and Regulatory Inspectors
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     challenging words:    disposal, rigorous, ensure, federal, domestic, investigate, ongoing, addition, approval, providing, foreign, maintain, industry, inspector, position, stamp
     content words:    Cell Phones Cause Cancer, Drug Administration, Human Services, Environmental Protection Agency, United States, United States Department, Occupational Safety, Health Administration, States Department, Administrative Career Examination

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Health and Regulatory Inspectors
By Phyllis Naegeli

1     How do we know if our food is safe? What about the medicine we take? What happens when a problem with our air or water is discovered? Federal, state, and local governments make rules for the safety of the public. In order to make sure these rules are followed, all levels of government hire people to do inspections. Let's look at four different types of federal health and regulatory inspectors.
2     The headlines of your newspaper read, "Do Cell Phones Cause Cancer?" Does anyone test cell phones for safety? This is one of the jobs of the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). The FDA is a part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. They set standards for the safety of food, medicine, and cosmetic items. When a food-borne illness is reported, the FDA investigates. Prescription and over-the-counter medications go through rigorous tests before approval. The FDA tests health-related products such as contact lenses, pacemakers, and vaccines. Products that emit radiation such as cell phones, lasers, and microwaves are also tested by the FDA. The safety of our pets' food and medicines is also the responsibility of these inspectors. Health and regulatory inspectors working for the FDA use special equipment to test products and perform investigations. Their research and findings help set standards and ensure the public's safety.
3     Oil spills, global warming, and water pollution are environmental issues we hear of quite often. How do we protect our environment? The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) oversees the cleanliness of our environment. The EPA is an independent government agency that reports directly to the President of the United States. EPA inspectors are involved in pollution control to ensure our air and water are clean and safe. They promote recycling and work to assure that garbage is disposed of properly. They inspect the cleanliness of hospitals, restaurants, and industries to promote public safety. EPA inspectors are called in to investigate environmental disasters such as oil spills or improper hazardous waste disposal. Inspectors at this agency do ongoing research on the ozone layer, global warming, and other environmental changes. The environment we live in is important to our health. The job of the inspectors at the EPA is to keep our environment clean.

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