You are here

Contaminants and Hazards


Identifying hazards posed by infectious diseases, chemicals, radiation, and noise, in homes and personal service establishments.

Event

The Canadian Urban Environmental Health Research Consortium (CANUE) - Noise Exposure and Cardiovascular Onset

Environmental noise has been linked to a number of health effects including annoyance, sleep disturbance and cardiovascular diseases (CVD). In this seminar, we will present the current evidence on the association between environmental noise and onset of CVD. We will also present preliminary assessments of associations between noise and CVD in Quebec. These assessments are based on population...

View Full Article

BC Healthy Living Alliance - Hashing it Out: Can We Learn About Cannabis From What We Know About Alcohol?

In recent years, there has been a dramatic shift in policy approaches to substance use in Canada and BC. The introduction of Happy Hours and expansion of booze sales to new places such as farmers markets, grocery stores and hair salons are a few examples of the loosening of alcohol regulations that happened when elements of the 2013 Liquor Policy Review promoting consumer convenience and...

View Full Article

NCCEH eJournal Club - Water Quality Survey of Splash Pads After a Waterborne Salmonellosis Outbreak

The NCCEH eJournal Club is a series of informal hour-long sessions discussing and appraising articles relating to environmental health. Active participation is encouraged. Although these sessions are directed at public health inspectors, anyone interested in a given topic is more than welcome to take part. Remote viewing instructions are available on the Eventbrite registration page. Title of...

View Full Article

Ecohealth Knowledge to Action Research Group (EKTA) - Wildfires and ecosocial determinants of health: Reflections on the experience in the NWT and BC

This webalogue will explore the complex implications of wildfires for the ecosocial determinants of health, exemplified by experiences of recent wildfire events in the NWT and BC. Consideration of wildfire impacts on public health will be explored in relation to environment, social and cultural impacts, with consideration of impacts on communities, wildfire and ecosystems. The session will...

View Full Article

Simon Fraser University (SFU) - Epigenetic Embedding of Early Life Experiences: How Environments Get “Under the Skin”

This presentation will highlight the emerging role of epigenetic modifications at the interface between environments and the genome.  Drawing on a large interdisciplinary research network of human population studies with partners from child development, psychology, psychiatry, and epidemiology, Dr. Kobor will discuss how early life adversities such as poverty and family stress can ”get under the...

View Full Article

BC Lung Association - 6th BC Radon Workshop: Collaborative and Innovative Approach to Radon Issues

Radon is a ubiquitous, naturally occurring radioactive gas in open atmosphere that comes from the decay of uranium, which is distributed throughout soil and rocks. Radon and its decay products are found in higher concentrations in confined space such as homes, buildings and underground workplaces. Radon is the leading cause of lung cancer for non-smokers and the second leading cause after...

View Full Article

BC Centre for Disease Control (BCCDC) - 2017 Zoonoses Symposium

The Zoonotic Disease Symposium is a collaborative, interdisciplinary forum that provides an opportunity for professionals from across BC to gather, network, and learn about health issues affecting animals and humans.  The Symposium program offers a broad range of topics that are relevant to professionals from a variety of disciplines. The agenda for this event will be made available closer to...

View Full Article

UBC School of Population and Public Health - Rats! Purveyors of pestilence or public health helpers?

Presenters: Kaylee Byers, Interdisciplinary doctoral student, Vancouver Rat Project researcher, and Friedman Scholar Michael Lee, SPPH doctoral student, and Vancouver Rat Project researcher

View Full Article

UBC School of Population and Public Health - Characterizing the Impacts of Residential Woodsmoke in BC Communities

The best of current research in the Occupational and Environmental Hygiene (OEH) field is presented at these seminars, which run weekly during the academic year. Presenter: Matthew Wagstaff

View Full Article

CIPHI Seminar Series - Rabies Is Real… An Innovative Approach to Rabies Awareness

On December 4, 2015, Hamilton Public Health Services received a report from the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) of raccoon strain rabies in a raccoon that attacked two dogs. This rabid raccoon was the first rabies-positive terrestrial animal since 1994 in Hamilton. Between December 2015 and December 2017, Hamilton received reports of over 275 rabid animals. This presentation will provide...

View Full Article

Occupational Cancer Research Centre (OCRC) - Environmental sources of polybrominated diphenyl ether (PBDE) flame retardants and associated risk of breast cancer in young women: Early results from a population-based Ontario study

In this seminar, an update of the Ontario Environment and Health Study (OEHS) will be provided. The OEHS is a breast cancer case-control study in Ontario women, aged 18-44 years.  In this study, blood and urine were collected to measure biomarkers of exposure to PBDE and OP flame retardants. As part of the overall exposure assessment strategy, a database of PBDE in foods and supplements was...

View Full Article

Occupational Cancer Research Centre (OCRC) - Burden of Occupational Cancer in Ontario: Major Workplace Carcinogens and Prevention of Exposure

In October 2017, the Occupational Cancer Research Centre (OCRC) and Cancer Care Ontario released a report on the impact of workplace carcinogens in Ontario. The report, “Burden of Occupational Cancer in Ontario: Major Workplace Carcinogens and Prevention of Exposure,” focused on carcinogens that are well-established causes of cancer: solar ultraviolet radiation, asbestos, diesel engine exhaust...

View Full Article

NCCEH eJournal Club - A medical-toxicological view of tattooing

The NCCEH eJournal Club is a series of informal hour-long sessions discussing and appraising articles relating to environmental health. Active participation is encouraged. Although these sessions are directed at public health inspectors, anyone interested in a given topic is more than welcome to take part. Remote viewing instructions are available on the Eventbrite registration page. Title of...

View Full Article

UBC School of Population and Public Health - Perspectives of Botswana policy-makers and healthcare workers towards Tuberculosis infection control and occupational health measures

The best of current research in the Occupational and Environmental Hygiene (OEH) field is presented at these seminars, which run weekly during the academic year. Presenter: Bojosi Gamontle

View Full Article

CIPHI Ontario Seminar Series - Student Edition

This CIPHI Seminar Series will feature three student abstracts. Microbial Levels of Kibbeh Nayyeh Presenter: Mahmoud Kanaan Kibbeh Nayyeh is a raw beef ready-to-eat dish typically found in the Middle East, but also prepared and served in Canada. Under Section 33 (7) of Ontario Regulation 562:  Food Premises (1990), it is specified that all ground meat, with the exception of poultry, must be...

View Full Article

Public Health Ontario - PHO Grand Rounds: The Burden of Illness of Enteric Zoonoses in Ontario

Enteric diseases are a significant contributor to the overall burden of reportable illnesses in Ontario, accounting for approximately 9,500 cases in 2011. Consumption of contaminated food and water, contact with animals and their environment, and person-to-person contact constitute important modes of transmission for enteric illnesses. In this session, we will present the overall findings of a...

View Full Article

Simon Fraser University (SFU) - Mycotoxins in Food Insecure Countries

Presenter: Dr. J. David Miller, Department of Chemistry, Carleton University, Ottawa Abstract: There are five agriculturally important mycotoxins in food and feed, aflatoxin (1961), ochratoxin (1965), deoxynivalenol (1974), zearlanone (1966) and fumonisin (1988). In the US and Canada, contamination by mycotoxins costs the agri-food system between $200 million and $2 billion in loss each year....

View Full Article