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Guidance Documents

This section is comprised of recommendations and tools designed to advise on issues encountered in the field. These documents are peer-reviewed and the content is the responsibility of the authors.

Human health risk assessments addressing artificial turf and crumb rubber

[please note that a printer friendly version of this page is attached below] Background Public concern regarding the potential toxicological effects of exposure to artificial turf pitches has led to the publication of numerous human health risk assessments (HHRAs) on styrene-butadiene crumb rubber, the most common infill material used in these installations. An HHRA is a systematic, evidence-...

PDF icon HHRAs addressing artificial turf and crumb rubber - Nov. 13 2019.pdf

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Inuit and Metis radon research across the country

Radon, an odorless, colourless, radioactive gas, is an established carcinogen and the leading cause of lung cancer for non-smokers. Radon poses a health risk for indoor environments, particularly in rooms on ground or basement levels where the gas can enter through cracks in the foundation. Health Canada has been measuring radon levels in homes and workplaces and elevated levels of radon have...

PDF icon NCCEH Overview of historical radon testing programs with FN communities April 2018rev_EN.pdf, PDF icon NCCEH_Radon_Neathway_EN.pdf

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ROOMING HOUSES 2017: Highlights of a study by Direction régionale de santé publique de Montréal and Direction de l’habitation de la Ville de Montréal

Topics: Built Environment Location: General, Canada

The investigation was conducted in summer 2017 and focused on rooming house residents in five central boroughs of the Ville de Montréal: Côte‑des‑Neiges–Notre‐Dame‐de‐Grâce, Le Sud‐Ouest, Ville‐Marie, Rosemont–La Petite‑Patrie and Mercier–Hochelaga‑Maisonneuve. Of the 125 rooming houses listed in these areas, 52 or them were selected at random to form the participant sample. In total, 274...

PDF icon 2019-03-25_Rooming houses _FAITS SAILLANTS_EN.pdf

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Controlling giant hogweed: the scope of a concerted regional intervention

Giant hogweed is an invasive alien plant that can severely burn the skin. The plant is not yet very prevalent in Bas-SaintLaurent, and intervention in the region to date has focused on eradicating it during the first stage of its invasion. To that end, a consultation process was undertaken in 2015 under the leadership of the public health authority and the regional development collective (CRD),...

PDF icon 2019-03-22_BerceDuCaucase.pdf

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Testing for Lead In School Drinking Water: A Summary of Sampling Protocols

Topics: Drinking Water, Lead Location: General, Canada

Low level lead exposure has been linked to neurobehavioral and cognitive effects in children.1 No “safe” level of lead exposure exists and efforts should be made to reduce exposures to as low as possible. The phasing out of lead in gasoline, residential paints, and solder in food cans has substantially decreased blood lead levels among the general population, but residual sources still exist....

PDF icon FINAL-Testing For Lead in School Drinking Water(web).pdf

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Microbial Risks and Canadian Regulations For Specialty Ethnic Foods: Ceviche

Topics: Food Location: General, Canada

Ceviche is a popular dish in Central and South America, and is rapidly gaining popularity in Canada and the US. Typically, raw fish or shellfish such as shrimp or scallops are marinated in lime or other citrus juices until the flesh firms up and turns opaque, although cooked seafood can also be used. It is then mixed with seasonings and other ingredients and eaten as a snack or appetizer. This...

PDF icon Microbial Risks and Canadian Regulations for Specialty Ethnic Foods- Ceviche.pdf

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Microbial Risks and Canadian Regulations For Specialty Ethnic Foods: Pork Dinakdakan

Topics: Food Location: General, Canada

Dinakdakan is a popular appetizer dish originating from the Ilocos region in the Philippines. This dish typically consists of cooked pig organs such as ears,liver, face, stomach, and/or intestines, but can be made with other cuts of meat. Pig brain is typically used to thicken and bind the ingredients together,although in North America, pig brain is difficult to find so mayonnaise may be used in...

PDF icon Microbial Risks and Canadian Regulations for Specialty Ethnic Foods- Pork dinakdakan.pdf

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Fact sheet: Environmental Health Risks of Personal Cannabis Cultivation

Personal cultivation as described by the Cannabis Act (2017) will permit adults to cultivate up to four cannabis plants per household as of October 17, 2018. The Canadian Federal government will be responsible for regulating and enforcing industry-wide standards for commercial producers, while the provinces and territories will be responsible for overseeing the distribution and sale of cannabis...

PDF icon Fact Sheet - Environmental Health Risks of Personal Cannabis Cultivation - Oct 2018.pdf

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Guidance for the Environmental Public Health Management of Crude Oil Incidents

Crude oil spills/releases, alone or in combination with combustion/explosion of the oil, have been the cause of several major disasters in Canada and around the world including the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill and the 1989 grounding of the Exxon Valdez . The 2013 Lac-Mégantic, QC derailment was the most significant disaster involving crude oil in Canadian history, and left 47 dead, a...

PDF icon Guidance for the Management of Crude Oil Incidents_EN.pdf

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Cyanobacteria in Freshwater

What are cyanobacteria? Are cyanoblooms preventable? Who is at risk and how does exposure occur? Is there testing for cyanotoxins? This NCCEH document provides a brief outline of these key questions related to cyanobacteria and the toxins they produce.

PDF icon Cyanobacteria_in_Freshwater-May_2017.pdf

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Evaluating the Carbon Monoxide Monitoring and Response Framework in Long-term Care Facilities: A Brief Guide

This guide is intended for public health practitioners, facility/property maintenance managers, risk managers, occupational hygienists, clinicians, or other persons working at long-term care facilities (residential care facilities, nursing homes, seniors’ residences, care occupancies, etc.) when they: have implemented a carbon monoxide (CO) policy in long-term care facilities (LTCFs) consistent...

PDF icon Carbon_Monoxide_Framework_Evaluation_Guide_Mar_2017.pdf

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Using a Hierarchy of Evidence to Assess Chemical Health Risks of Artificial Turf

Over the past 40 years, artificial turf has become common in public and private settings. Compared to natural turf, artificial turf is easier to maintain, requires less water and no fertilizer, and provides a year-round access to playing surfaces. This is presumed to have important public health benefits by promoting physical activity and access to recreational space, although detailed research...

PDF icon Artificial_Turf_Oct_2016.pdf

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Key resources for environmental public health practitioners to address health equity: A curated list

Public health organizations across Canada have highlighted health inequities as a priority area for action.  Environmental public health practitioners may be unclear of how to approach health inequities within their scope of practice because they have often not been included in discussions about how public health can do this work. This list contains resources specific to environmental public...

PDF icon Key_Resources_Env_PHP_Health_Equity_Oct2016.pdf

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Toward health equity: Practical actions for Public Health Inspectors

NCCEH, the NCC for Determinants of Health, and the BC Centre for Disease Control have collaborated to produce a Framework and accompanying User Guide to help environmental public health practitioners identify potential actions on the social determinants of health and health equity. Environmental health practitioners can play a role to address the social determinants of health (SDH) and work...

PDF icon Health_Equity_PHIs-Framework_Sept_2016.pdf, PDF icon Health_Equity_PHIs-User_Guide_Sept_2016.pdf

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Guide for Implementing the Carbon Monoxide Monitoring and Response Framework in Long-term Care Facilities

This guide is intended for public health practitioners, facility/property maintenance managers, risk managers, occupational hygienists, clinicians, or other persons working at long-term care facilities (residential care facilities, nursing homes, seniors’ residences, care occupancies, etc.) who would like to implement a program to reduce the risk of indoor carbon monoxide (CO) exposure to...

PDF icon Carbon_Monoxide_Framework_Implementation_Guide_Aug_2016.pdf, File Carbon_Monoxide_Framework_Implementation_Slides_Aug_2016.pptx

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Cleanup Instructions for Small Mercury Spills - revised

Exposure to the small amount of mercury found in common household devices, such as fever thermometers, thermostats, or fluorescent light bulbs, is not likely to cause serious health problems. Humans are frequently exposed to greater quantities of mercury, much of it methylmercury, through diet. Nevertheless, all mercury spills, regardless of quantity, should be treated seriously and cleaned up ...

PDF icon Small_Mercury_Spills_Clean-up_Oct_2015.pdf

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Phosphine Poisoning as an Unintended Consequence of Bed Bug Treatment

Recent news on Canadian fatalities linked to the inappropriate use of phosphine for bed bug control underlines the need for public health practitioners to be aware of the issue.

PDF icon Phosphine_Poisoning_Bed_Bug_Treatment_March_2015.pdf

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NCCEH Mould Investigation Toolkit

Public Health Inspectors (PHIs) and Environmental Health Officers (EHOs) across Canada have different responsibilities, policies, and guidelines when it comes to investigating public inquiries about mould in indoor environments. Some PHIs/EHOs conduct initial walkthroughs only, some conduct comprehensive investigations, and others educate the public about next steps without conducting any field...

PDF icon Mould_Toolkit_Overview_Nov_2014.pdf, PDF icon Mould_Toolkit_Checklists_Forms_Nov_2014.pdf, PDF icon Mould_Toolkit_Typical_Fungi_Nov_2014.pdf, PDF icon Mould_Toolkit_Sampling_Methods_Nov_2014.pdf, PDF icon Mould_Toolkit_Interpretation_Lab_Reports_Nov_2014.pdf, PDF icon Mould_Toolkit_Reviewing_Investigation_Reports_Nov_2014(ed).pdf

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Mould Assessment Recommendations - revised

Excessive dampness and mould growth on building material surfaces and contents can pose health risks and should not be tolerated in indoor environments. A mould assessment determines if mould is present, but does not determine or estimate mould exposure. Health-based exposure limits for indoor mould in residential environments have not been established; inspecting for visible and hidden mould,...

PDF icon Mould_Assessment_Evidence_Review_March_2014.pdf

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Mould Remediation Recommendations - revised

Excessive dampness and mould growth on building material surfaces and contents can pose health risks and should not be tolerated in indoor environments. The main goal of remediation is to reduce the risk of exposure to mould and to prevent structural damage; the underlying cause of dampness must be identified and eliminated or mould will reappear. Effective mould remediation requires the ...

PDF icon Mould_Remediation_Evidence_Review_March_2014.pdf

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