Environmental Public Health Week – Innovation beyond inspection

Environmental Public Health Week is celebrated September 25 to 29, 2017.

“Honoring Traditions, Inspiring Innovation” is this year’s Environmental Public Health Week theme and highlights the important work done by Certified Public Health Inspectors in Canada. After more than 100 years of protecting the public’s health, environmental health professionals remain committed to the pursuit of a safer tomorrow.

“The work of public health inspectors may not always be seen, but it is always there to protect you and your family” said Stacey Laforest, Director of Environmental Health. “Public health inspectors inspect your favourite restaurants, the public pools and beaches where you and your children swim, and ensure the water you drink is safe. We are very proud of our public health inspectors and acknowledge their dedication and commitment to public health.”

The role of public health inspectors has evolved beyond conventional inspection, enforcement and education services. Public health inspectors are also involved in responding to threats of emerging diseases, participating in built environment planning activities, mitigating health risks associated with climate change, and supporting marginalized populations.

Constant change in industry and the environment requires a dynamic understanding of human health risk and public health promotion. Public health inspectors work in partnership with other environmental and public health professionals to effectively address public health challenges and to protect and promote health and prevent disease within our communities.

For more information about Environmental Public Health Week or services provided by environmental public health professionals, please call the Health Unit at 705.522.9200 ext. 398, toll-free 1.866.522.9200, or visit www.sdhu.com.

This item was last modified on September 25, 2017