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Health Agency Projects

We maintain a directory of current projects/practices that health agencies have identified as being of interest to their colleagues. If your agency has a project or practice to share, please bring it to our attention.

Projects are described in their applicable language(s).

Carbon Monoxide in Long-Term Care Facilities

Carbon monoxide (CO) is an odourless, colourless, and non-irritating gas that is harmful to humans. As a by-product of incomplete combustion, CO is produced by fuel-burning appliances including boilers, furnaces, fireplaces, kitchen stoves, and laundry dryers. Cigarette smoke and vehicle exhaust also contribute to indoor CO levels. At low levels of exposure, symptoms can include headache, nausea...

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Drinking Water Project

In Canada, most people have access to safe and secure drinking water. Nevertheless, lapses in management of drinking water safety may lead to waterborne illness outbreaks, which can lead to high personal and economic tolls as a large number of people may be exposed to disease agents simultaneously. Investigation of waterborne illness outbreaks is challenging due to rarity of occurrence,...

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Food Resources

Topics: Food

Public health is affected by the food choices people make, the quality and quantity of food available, and the ways food is produced. The modernization of food systems has resulted in complex environments in which food is produced, processed, distributed, and ultimately disposed. Land use planning and retail environments shape how and where people grow, buy, prepare, and eat food. Contaminated...

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Identifying and Prioritizing the Attributes of an Information Technology System for Public Health Inspection Programs in Ontario

Topics: General

Information technology is used to support public health inspection programs across Ontario. Currently, the majority of health units are using Hedgerow, while others are using either in-house developed or commercially available products. Recently, the Environmental Health Informatics Committee convened to discuss common issues and explore the potential to use information technology in an...

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BBQ Meat Survey - Food handling practices around BBQ meat products in the Asian Community

Topics: Food

A survey that documents the food handling practices involved in preparing, cooking, and displaying Asian barbeque meat products in a number of facilities. A bacteriological analysis of both raw and finished products is conducted at the same time. The information that is collected from the survey is used to create learning tools to be used at an educational workshop involving all the participants...

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Informed Dining Pilot project with Mobile Food Vending

Topics: Food

Pilot project looking at expanding the Informed Dining Program to the City of Vancouver mobile food vending program. The COV promotes mobile vending as providing healthy food choices. This project should provide patrons with the information to make those choices. Contact:Paul Markey, EH Manager, VancouverEmail: Paul.markey@vch.ca

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Mandatory Food Handler Certification 2015

Topics: Food

Evaluation project to determine level of compliance, complaints and suspect food-borne illness associated with respect to having a trained food handler on-site at inspected food premises and whether food handler certification impacts behavior. Contact:Becky HesterEmail: Becky.hester@york.ca

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Predictive Beach Model

Project began as a result of one beach reporting high levels of Escherichia coli which had caused multiple closures in 2013. The goal is to identify any correlation between the different environmental variables and water quality standards. Sampling will take place five days a week from mid-June to mid-September. Contact:Mike Tudor, Manager of Health Inspection DepartmentEmail: mtudor@wechu....

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Training Module for Personal Service Settings Workers

In 2011 a one day workshop was developed for educating personal service settings workers on proper infection prevention and control while providing personal services (hair dressing, barbering, manicure, pedicure, waxing, facial, tattooing, body piercing, etc). As of 2011 until the end of 2014 it is projected that 371 personal service settings workers would be trained in proper infection...

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Area Realignment Project and Job Design

Topics: General

Incorporating GIS and inspection time and efficiencies into inspection area allocation. Contact:Judy HopeEmail: Judy.hope@york.ca

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Cooling Tower Registration Bylaw

Requirements for registering and to meet standards for maintaining the cooling towers. Helpful in investigating and controlling legionella cases and outbreaks. Contact:Eric Mathews, Manager, City of Hamilton, Public Health ServicesEmail: Eric.Mathews@hamilton.caPhone: 905-546-2424 xt 2186

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Septic Effluent Criteria Mapping - Infiltration Project

A project to relate soil/overburden infiltration rates to the potential for groundwater contamination. This information would be used to aid decision-making related to rural/recreational land development Contact:Robert Hart, Public Health ManagerEmail: b.hart@publichealthgreybruce.on.caPhone: 519-376-9420 x1279

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Lead Exposure Investigation/Study - associated with a private shooting range

An ongoing investigation in collaboration with Public Health Ontario to identify pathways of exposure to lead in a hand gun range and to develop strategies to mitigate these exposures. Contact:Robert Hart, Public Health ManagerEmail: b.hart@publichealthgreybruce.on.caPhone: 519-376-9420 x1279

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Mould

Topics: Air, Indoor Air

Mould is a ubiquitous fungus in outdoor environments that inevitably makes its way indoors. The general population is commonly exposed to mould through inhalation, and less commonly through direct contact, with no adverse effects. However, individuals with asthma or other underlying respiratory ailments may show sensitivity to mould or its cellular components that may trigger respiratory tract...

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Bed Bugs

Bed bugs (Cimex lectularius) are small, elusive, and resilient insects that live by feeding on the blood of mammals, including humans. Bed bug infestations have become prominent worldwide, generating increased public concern. Despite the attention given to bed bugs by the public, researchers, governments, and pest management professionals, there are still considerable challenges with managing...

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Bed Bug Initiative

The City of Toronto's current approach to bed bugs across four key control mechanisms: Public awareness, education and prevention; Data collection and reporting; Direct supports to residents; and Enforcement.   Contact:Marco Vittiglio, Associate Director, Healthy EnvironmentsEmail: mvittig@toronto.caPhone: 416-338-8341 Tracy Leach, Manager, Healthy EnvironmentsEmail: tleach@toronto.caPhone: 416-...

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Climate Change and Health Vulnerability Assessment for London Middlesex Area

Topics: Climate

MLHU has identified Climate Change as a potentially significant hazard to the resides of the region and are seeking information which can be used to guide efforts to address the growing risks to health. The economic costs of climate change impacts on health are also expected to be significant as well as increased pressures on health and social services. This study reports on the results of an...

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Personal Service Settings

This website contains data related to the use of personal service settings in Peel, including: Knowledge about licensing of personal service settings Use of personal service settings Data sources, methods and limitations Contact:Liz HayduEmail: liz.haydu(at)peelregion.caPhone: 905-791-7800 x 2503

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The Health Impacts of Exposure to Outdoor Tobacco Smoke: A Rapid Review of the Evidence

A Peel Health “rapid review” of the literature relating to health effects of exposure to outdoor tobacco smoke. This report informed the decision-making process on implementing an outdoor smoking restrictions by-law. Contact:Franca UrsittiEmail: franca.ursitti(at)peelregion.caPhone: 905-791-7800 x 2712

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Training and Awareness Materials for Drinking Water Micro-Systems Available Online

As part of a multi-barrier approach to providing safe drinking water on First Nation lands and at federal facilities, various Canadian federal departments have collaborated to develop a range of training and awareness materials offering key information regarding drinking water and the management and operation of drinking water systems serving up to and including 25 people (micro-systems). The...

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