Environmental Public Health Week 2014 - Day 4
Health Hazard Management
Did you know?
PHI’s/EHO’s have extensive skills to complete thorough risk assessments to determine what risks could impact public health when addressing areas such as:
- Extreme weather
- Indoor and outdoor air quality (e.g. mould, radon and smog)
- Blue green algae blooms
- Environmental Contaminants such as arsenic, asbestos, lead and mercury
- Pests (cockroaches, rats, mice etc.)
In Ontario, the role of the Public Health Inspector /Environmental Health Officer is to enforce the Health Protection and Promotion Act and its regulations. The PHI/EHO must regularly refresh their knowledge skills to keep up with the demand of an always changing environment or situation ensuring the protection of the public.
As an Environmental Public Health Professional, in Ontario we are required to ensure:
- Public complaints are responded to in a timely manner.
- When a health hazard exists; develop options and implement action plans including strategies for corrective actions for controlling the hazard, and report to the public of corrective actions taken.
- Advocate for future policies or by-laws that could help mitigate the effect of environmental public health hazards in the future.
What can you do?
During Environmental Public Health Week; we need to recognize and be thankful for the hard work of the Public Health Inspector and other Environmental Public Health Professionals. Why not take the time to do one of the following things:
- Obtain a copy of the Ontario Public Health Standards and become familiarized with the many aspects of public health.
- Web search for one of Ontario’s Public Health Units then type “health hazard” in the search engine and see what you come up with.
- Read a book, article or study on health hazard management and discuss with a PHI or EHO.
If you want to learn more about a career as a public health inspector and public health, visit www.ciphi.ca/careers