January 14, 2008
Media Release

York Region Public Health Inspectors strive to protect the health and safety of residents and the community

National Environmental Public Health Week is January 14th to 20th
NEWMARKET – The Regional Municipality of York joins communities across Canada in recognizing public health inspectors during National Environmental Public Health Week, January 14th to 20th. 
The 2008 National Environmental Public Health Week theme is “The Changing Face of Environmental Health Inspection – Past, Present and Future,” reflecting the rapidly changing and expanding public health inspection profession.
The responsibilities of public health inspectors have evolved over the years and will continue to expand as the field of public health changes.  From collaborating with government agencies to investigate uninspected and ungraded food products, to the promotion of clean air initiatives, the ability of public health inspectors to adapt and accept new challenges in the field of public health is invaluable to York Region and our residents.
Some of the responsibilities of a public health inspector include:
• Monitoring of public beaches and public drinking water systems for water quality
• Infection control prevention inspections of long-term care and public day care facilities and personal service settings (spas, nail parlours, tattoo and piercing premises)
• Disease investigation, outbreak management and surveillance
• Investigating mould, indoor air quality and other potential health hazard complaints
Some 2007 York Region public health inspector highlights include:
• Conducting 14,363 food premise inspections
• Certifying 1,476 food handlers in the Proton Training Program, which teaches staff in food premises safe food handling preparation to reduce food-borne illnesses
• Responding to 1,207 safe water inquiries through Health Connection
• Issuing 26 boil water advisories/orders
• Monitoring 18 public beaches for water quality from June to September
• Investigating 925 animal bite cases with human exposure
During National Environmental Public Health Week, additional public service announcements will be circulated to the media highlighting more of the important work York Region public health inspectors do to help keep residents healthy and safe.
To learn more about a career in public health inspection, visit the Canadian Institute of Public Health Inspectors website, www.ciphi.ca
For more information on this or any other health-related topic, please contact York Region Health Connection at 1-800-361-5653.
For more information on The Regional Municipality of York and our services, please visit www.york.ca
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Media Contact: Jennifer Mitchell-Emmerson, Community and Health Services, York Region
 Phone:  905 830-4444, ext. 4016 or After-hours Cell: 905 716-2717
 Email:  Jennifer.mitchellemmerson@york.ca

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