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November 2020

Outdoor Winter Dining during the COVID-19 Pandemic

This field inquiry discusses some of the challenges and possible solutions for creating safer winterized patios for use in the restaurant industry.

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Webinar: COVID-19 Risks and precautions for the performing arts

Environmental Surface and Air Sampling in the Context of COVID-19 Pandemic

This NCCEH field inquiry provides an overview of sampling techniques and analysis methods of SARS-CoV-2 on surfaces and in the air, as well as considerations for interpreting the results in various settings and contexts during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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NCCEH Webinar:
Surface Cleaning and Disinfection in the Context of the COVID-19 Pandemic

December 17, 2020 @ 12-1 PM PDT
Fomite transmission is acknowledged as one of the potential transmission routes of SARS-CoV-2. ​This webinar will provide an overview of appropriate cleaning and disinfection practices and the risks of misuse and overuse of disinfectant products. ​


Radon Action Month

November 2020 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.

NCCMT Webinar - Evidence-Informed Decision Making in the Era of COVID-19
November 25, 2020 @ 10 AM PDT

In partnership with the Community Health Nurses’ Initiatives Group (CHNIG), this webinar will provide an overview of Evidence-Informed Decision Making (EIDM) processes and apply those processes to the rapidly expanding COVID-19 literature. Learn how to think critically about headlines and find high-quality evidence you can trust. 

Health Canada: Solicitation of Letters of Intent (LOI) for research initiatives/projects under the Impact Assessment Research Fund

Deadline: November 27, 2020

Health Canada's Impact Assessment (IA) Research Fund will support 1-2 year initiatives/projects addressing three priorities: Noise, Country/Traditional Foods, and Health Impact Assessments. The objective is to support Health Canada's participation in the IA process and deliver its health expertise under the IA Act. Applications must have a representative from the Healthy Environments and Consumer Safety Branch (HESCB) or Regulatory, Operations and Enforcement Branch (ROEB) of Health Canada as the project lead or co-lead.

More information can be obtained from Kathleen Buset, Manager, Environmental Assessment and Contamination Sites (EACS) Division, CEHMB ( or CEHMB or Ninon Lyrette, Senior Environmental Assessment Specialist, EACS Division, CEHMB (

EPICOH 2020 Webinars
December 9 and 11, 2020 @ 10:30 AM ETC, 5:00 PM GMT

Although EPICOH 2020 in Montreal has been postponed until 2021, the organizers are sponsoring two Webinars on December 9 and 11, 2020. Presentations include: Diesel Exhaust and Lung Cancer: A 20-Year Saga and The Application of Standardized Tools to Evaluate Epidemiologic Studies for Risk Assessment: Promises and Pitfalls.

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COVID-19 management in personal services settings:
Lessons learned from a nail salon outbreak

[Webinar Recording]
Supplementary Powerpoint Available Here

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