Environmental Public Health Services Conditions in the environment, both natural and man-made, can affect a person's ability to achieve and maintain good health. A healthy environment includes safe water and food supplies, suitably built and maintained housing and community facilities, as well as proper treatment and disposal of wastewater and solid waste. Planning for and responding to emergencies is another component required to maintain a healthy environment, and work to prevent and control communicable diseases.
The NHBS’s Environmental Public Health Services team works in partnership with First Nations communities to prevent or identify environmental health risks that could threaten the health of community residents. The NHBS works with First Nations Inuit Health Branch (FNIHB) and Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo's (RMWB's) Environmental Public Health Services team provides services to all Fort Chipewyan community members.
The following is a list of areas of responsibility for the Environmental Public Health Services unit based on the needs of the communities.
- Safe Drinking Water (to verify the quality of drinking water for public and private water systems through sampling, testing and interpreting water quality results).
- Food Safety (work with community members, food service operators to prevent food borne illnesses through inspections of food service facilities and community gatherings.
- Housing (inspections of housing, evaluating indoor air quality, contaminants, pest control, water supply, solid waste disposal, general safety, structural defects and overcrowding).
- Wastewater (inspections and responding to complaints of onsite wastewater disposal systems ).
- Solid Waste Disposal (inspections of disposal sites and transfer stations)
- Facilities Inspections (of health facilities, community care facilities, recreational facilities and temporary special events) to minimize public health risks and reduce safety hazards.