Environmental Public Health Week Celebrates Public Health Professionals

September 24-28 is Environmental Public Health Week in Newfoundland and Labrador. The Provincial Government recognizes and celebrates the important contributions of environmental public health professionals and the work they carry out every day throughout the province.

Environmental public health professionals are responsible for protecting public health, administering and enforcing provincial legislation and minimizing health and safety hazards. They oversee food safety inspections and drinking water systems; monitor inspections of daycares, schools, personal care homes, long-term care facilities and recreational facilities; and participate in community emergency preparedness and response in addition to other responsibilities.

This year’s theme, The Path Forward, anticipates future changes to the role of environmental public health professionals, and recognizes the continuous and transformative changes across the country.

The Canadian Institute of Public Health Inspectors (CIPHI) sponsors this annual event to recognize and celebrate the important contributions of environmental public health professionals and encourage them to reflect on their important role in protecting the health of the public. The Board of Certification for CIPHI ensures that only individuals demonstrating the knowledge, skills and abilities necessary for successful performance are accepted into the profession.