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July 2022

Climate change is predicted to have significant impacts on coastal food safety and security. This blog sets out some of the possible impacts on public health and considerations for helping coastal communities adapt.

Pools, hot tubs, and other treated recreational water venues

This topic page aggregates recent information on guidelines and best practices for public venues, as well as some examples of how we can address the risks of private pools accessible through the sharing economy.

Recreational coastal, freshwater, and other untreated natural waters

Recreational activities in natural waters can present risks of injury, illness, or death. Our updated topic page provides information on identifying physical, biological, and chemical hazards in recreational waters, and tools for monitoring and managing recreational waters to reduce the risks to users.

Additional NCCEH resources

Benzene contamination in sunscreen: Not worth getting burned

Benzene, a human carcinogen, has recently been identified in some sunscreen products. This blog will discuss the current findings of benzene contamination in sunscreen products and present opportunities for public health messaging around sunscreen use in the context of the potential risk of benzene exposure.”

Research scan

July 2022 environmental health & COVID-19 scan

This monthly Research Scan highlights recent environmental health publications by topic and provides easy access to article abstracts and report summaries to support public health professionals, researchers, planners, students, and others working in public health.

Upcoming NCCEH Webinar

Daily and hourly exposure to PM2.5 and wildfire smoke and cognitive performance in a brain-training game: A longitudinal study of US adults

July 28, 2022 | 12 - 1pm PT

Stephanie Cleland, MSPH,
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill,
 U.S. Environmental Protection Agency


HealthyPlan.City releases new interactive urban heat tool

HealthyPlan.City has released a new tool that maps the distribution of urban heat islands and tree canopy cover in Canadian cities across a variety of populations.

The tool, developed by leading Canadian environmental health researchers and epidemiologists, uses environmental exposure data and Canadian Census data to identify areas of equity priority in over 150 Canadian cities. The current version of the tool draws attention to neighbourhoods with both a greater proportion of vulnerable populations and higher land surface temperatures and fewer trees and green spaces that help cool temperatures. The result is a map highlighting neighbourhoods with greater proportions of vulnerable populations and less beneficial environments.

CIPHI Alberta Fall Workshop registration now open!

The CIPHI Alberta Fall Workshop will be held on October 23 - 25 in Edmonton AB. 

The Federal Zone of CIPHI Alberta Branch is pleased to host the Fall Educational Workshop 2022. The Federal Zone is represented by members from Indigenous Services Canada - First Nations & Inuit Health Branch, Health Canada - Healthy Environments and Consumer Safety Branch, and Concordia University of Edmonton.

Along with professional development and technical content for working Environmental Public Health Officers/Public Health Inspectors, wellness and Indigenous cultural components will be incorporated.

Leveraging geographic information systems (GIS) for environmental public health practice

Geographic information systems (GIS) have enabled innovative solutions to long-standing challenges in Environmental Public Health research and practice. This article, written by NCCEH staff, highlights the novel ways in which GIS is being used in the field and provides an introduction to GIS for public health inspectors, environmental health officers, and managers looking to incorporate this tool into their own work.


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