Sep
22
2020

Environmental Health Professionals recognized

Every day environmental health professionals are working across Prince Edward Island to proactively protect the health and safety of Islanders from disease and injury. 

Environmental Health Officers are being recognized all over Canada as part of Environmental Public Health Week, September 21 to 25, 2020. The national campaign is headed by the Canadian Institute of Public Health Inspectors (CIPHI). This year’s theme is Public Health is a Collective Effort

“Environmental health officers work together with the industry and facility operators to reduce the chance of illness and to prevent disease in PEI. They provide a tremendous support to the Chief Public Health Office and play a big role in protecting the health of Islanders.”  

- Health and Wellness Minister James Aylward

The work of environmental health professionals often goes unnoticed until a crisis arises, such as the COVID-19 pandemic.  Environmental health professionals are dedicated individuals, committed to promoting and protecting the health and safety of Islanders, especially during these uncertain times.  These professionals are working the front line of the COVID-19 pandemic response led by the Chief Public Health Office.  

In PEI, there are 11 Environmental Health Officers involved in inspection, enforcement and education activities in a wide variety of settings and service areas. Some of these areas include: food premises, recreational water, long term care facilities, childcare facilities, personal services, drinking water systems, sewage systems, air quality, and rental accommodations.  

In addition to routine work duties, Environmental Health Officers have been deployed as front line staff for the Chief Public Health Office as part of the response to the COVID-19 pandemic. 

“Our Environmental Health Officers have been instrumental throughout the response to the COVID-19 pandemic as they have a distinct skill set to complete risk assessments, enforce regulations and provide education, often simultaneously,” said Dr. Morrison. 

Additional duties have included:

  • completing COVID inspections at PEI businesses;
  • reviewing and approving COVID-19 operational plans;  
  • responding to COVID-19 concerns and complaints from Islanders and local businesses;  
  • completing health screenings of travelers at all entry points to PEI and identifying when self-isolation is required;
  • providing infection prevention and control guidance and support to Islanders and businesses.  

Environmental Health Officers in PEI hold national certification with the Canadian Institute of Public Health Inspectors.  As part of this certification, all have achieved the education, training and testing requirements as designated by the national organization.  They must complete yearly professional development hours to maintain their certification. 

Media contact:
Samantha Hughes
Senior Communications Officer
Health and Wellness
(902) 368-5610
shughes@gov.pe.ca

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