December 23, 2004

National Environmental Public Health Professionals Week
celebrates the work of Public Health Inspectors in York Region


NEWMARKET - York Regional Council has recognized the week of January 3 - 7, 2005 as National Environmental Public Health Professionals Week.  During this week, Public Health Inspectors in the community will be staffing displays and providing information on the various programs and services delivered by Public Health Inspectors with the York Region Health Services Department. 
Recognizing National Environmental Public Health Professionals Week provides an excellent opportunity to increase public awareness regarding the quantity and quality of services provided in our communities by Public Health Inspectors.
In York Region, Public Health Inspectors deliver public health programs including:
 Food Safety Last year, 11,141 food premise inspections were conducted and 1200 food premise staff became Certified Food Handlers through the Proton training program
 Safe Water public beaches, public drinking water systems and private wells are monitored for water quality
 Infection Control In 2003, staff conducted 1756 infection control inspections of long term care facilities, childcare facilities and personal service settings (nail care, tattoo and body piercing premises)
 Rabies Control Last year, staff investigated 808 animal bite cases
 West Nile virus Control This broad health promotion, protection and prevention program involves mosquito and bird surveillance, mosquito breeding source reduction and personal protection education. As well, mosquito control was provided through a larviciding program which included larviciding catch basins on municipal and regional property 4times throughout the mosquito season
 Injury Prevention Staff investigate public pools, spas, wading pools and playgrounds for safety
 Health Hazard Investigation Public Health Inspectors are involved in programs that investigate indoor air quality in arenas, outdoor air quality, pesticides, mould, contaminated sites and environmental investigations. In addition, a 24/7 on-call Emergency Response service is available
 Health Promotion and Education
 Enforcement Public Health Inspectors are Provincial Offences Officers under the Provincial Offences Act

The roles and responsibilities of Public Health Inspectors continue to expand as the field of public health evolves. From emergency response to promoting clean air initiatives, the ability of Public Health Inspectors to adapt and accept new challenges in the field of public health is
invaluable for the Region and local municipalities.  Their importance to York Region will increase as risks to public health and our environment continue to change.    
Visit one of our community displays
To learn more about the public health inspection field, careers in public health and the services Public Health Inspectors provide, visit one of the following locations:
Tuesday January 4, 2005
 Markham Civic Centre
101 Town Centre Boulevard, Markham,
8:30am - 4:30pm
 Markville Mall
5000 Highway #7 East
10:00 am 9:00pm
Wednesday January 5, 2005
 Vaughan Civic Centre
2141 Major Mackenzie Drive
8:30am - 4:30pm
 Town of Richmond Hill Office
225 East Beaver Creek Road
Richmond Hill
8:30am- 4:30pm
Thursday January 6, 2005
 Ray Twinney Complex
100 Eagle St. West
1:00pm - 8:00pm
To speak with a Public Health Inspector or for more information on programs and services offered by York Region Public Health Inspectors, contact York Region Health Services Health Connection at 1-800-361-5653 or visit

The Regional Municipality of York is committed to providing cost-effective, quality services that respond to the needs of our rapidly growing communities.  York Region is comprised of the following nine area municipalities:  Aurora, East Gwillimbury, Georgina, King, Markham, Newmarket, Richmond Hill, Vaughan and Whitchurch-Stouffville.  For more information, visit our Web site at:

Contact: Patrick Casey, Senior Media Relations Specialist, York Region

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