Environmental health and public health inspection are key components of our public health system. The environmental health program is responsible for protecting the health of the public, and enhancing quality of life by assessing, correcting, controlling and preventing those factors in the environment that can adversely affect human health.
Environmental Public Health oversees:
- Food safety, such as food premise inspections.
- Drinking water quality, for example non-consumption orders for excess levels of chemicals.
- Communicable disease investigations involving food and water-borne illness.
- Recreational facility sanitation, such as swimming pools.
- Private sewage disposal.
- Tobacco control and smoke free environments.
- Health hazard investigations, such as unsanitary housing or public complaints.
Environmental Public Health Resources:
A guide has been developed to help personal care homes, community care homes and other privately owned residential facilities manage viral enteric outbreaks in the Eastern Health region.
General Environmental Public Health Links:
Environmental Health Information for Bed Bugs:
Environmental Health Information for Food Safety:
Environmental Health Risks Related to Pregnancy:
Regional manager of Environmental Public Health
Telephone: (709) 229-1576
The manager coordinates the work of 19 certified Public Health Inspectors (PHIs) from the provincial Department of Service NL, and serves as a content expert for environmental health program areas including enteric and vector borne illness investigations throughout the Eastern Health region.
The regional manager of environmental public health also participates in the development and assessment of provincial health protection legislation, standards and regulations with similar positions in the other three regions.