Service NL
September 24, 2018

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.

Quotes
“Environmental public health professionals play a critical role in helping protect the public from potential hazards that affect our daily lives. During Environmental Public Health Week, I want to extend my gratitude for the work they do to keep individuals and families safe and healthy.”
Honourable Sherry Gambin-Walsh
Minister of Service NL

“As environmental health professionals we need to be prepared to deal with emerging issues and a constantly changing landscape in the public health. We need to build partnerships with employers and other stakeholders in the health field. This allows us to take our place beside other recognized public health professionals. Each time a positive health outcome is achieved, on a grand or small scale, it is cause for celebration.”
Gregory Barrett
NL Branch President, CIPHI

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Media contacts
Krista Dalton
Service NL
709-729-4748, 685-6492
kristadalton@gov.nl.ca

Gregory Barrett
Canadian Institute of Public Health Inspectors
709-729-5705
GregoryBarrett@gov.nl.ca

2018 09 24                              2:50 p.m.