January 13, 2011
Media Advisory

Public Health Inspectors: Celebrating their contribution towards protecting the health of York Region residents

National Environmental Public Health Week January 17 to 23
NEWMARKET – Each year, the third week in January is designated as National Environmental Public Health Week.  The Regional Municipality of York joins communities across Canada in celebrating the work and service that Public Health Inspectors provide to protect the health of residents. 
Through education and enforcement of health legislation, the Public Health Inspectors’ role in our community is to promote and protect the health of York Region residents.  Specifically, York Region Public Health Inspectors are responsible for:
• Inspection of food premises, including restaurants and cafeterias
• Monitoring public beaches and public drinking water systems for water quality
• Infection control inspections of long-term care facilities, child care facilities and personal service settings, including spas, nail parlours, tattoo and piercing premises
• Investigation of cases where a person has been bitten or scratched by an animal to prevent the spread of rabies
• Preventing the spread of vector borne diseases which includes West Nile Virus Program activities
• Public pool, spa, wading pool and splash pad inspections
• Indoor and outdoor air quality, environmental inspections and investigations
• Disease investigation and outbreak management
• Tobacco education and enforcement activities
• Health promotion and education initiatives
In 2010, the accomplishments of Public Health Inspectors in York Region include the following:
• Conducted 12,325 food premises inspections
• Certified 2,029 food handlers on safe food handling practices
• Launched a food safety at home campaign
• Conducted 1,747 infection control inspections, including personal service settings, long-term care homes and child care facilities
• Investigated 839 animal bite cases
• Inspected 1,366 recreational water facilities, including public pools, spas, wading pools and splash pads
• Submitted 4,821 drinking water samples on behalf of private well owners
• Conducted 142 indoor air quality Investigations
• Completed 197 Small Drinking Water Systems Inspections
• Conducted over 5,500 inspections at public places, workplaces, tobacco vendors and schools to monitor for compliance with the Smoke-Free Ontario Act
For more information on this or any other public health-related topic, please contact York Region Health Connection at 1-800-361-5653 TTY 1-866-252-9933 or visit www.york.ca/health
For more information on The Regional Municipality of York, 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: 905-716-9753
Email: jennifer.mitchellemmerson@york.ca

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