Environmental Public Health Week celebrates the important work of Environmental Public Health Professionals (EPHPs) across Canada.
This year’s theme is “Strength through Collaboration” recognizes that EPHPs work collaboratively with partners to collectively control disease, hazards and injury, and help Canadians stay out of hospitals.
Through evaluation and monitoring to control risks posed to the public, EPHPs, also known as Public Health Inspectors and Environmental Public Health Officers, use a broad array of strategies and interventions to prevent the occurrence of injury, disease and premature death by minimizing environmental health risks to the population.
We educate and ensure compliance with regulations on recreational water, food safety, health hazards, safe drinking water, safe built environments, onsite sewage systems, smoke-free facilities, and indoor air quality. We are part of emergency response teams and multi-agency approaches to safeguard the public. Our employers and partners include health authorities, government agencies, public health organizations, interprovincial/territorial committees and more, all working together to support and protect the health of Canadians.
This summer, CIPHI launched a national campaign to build awareness of the breadth of work completed by EPHPs. For Environmental Public Health Week, CIPHI National will be running a social media campaign similar to previous years, and we hope to see members, partners and employers share our posts widely again. Stay tuned for more information about EPHW and how you can support it.
On April 9th, 2022, the National Executive Council (NEC) approved the amalgamation of all CIPHI member appeal review processes under one national operating policy – NOP #28 National Appeal Review Process.This policy can be found here.
The NEC, the Board of Certification (BOC) and the Council of Professional Experience (CoPE) collaborated on this new policy which is effective immediately. Previous appeal processes found in NOPs #6 and #24 and BOC Policy #9 have been replaced with NOP #28. New appeal processes have been added.
This new policy is intended to:
inform members as to what CIPHI policy decisions can be appealed (Sec 1.0 Right to Appeal)
streamline the appeal application and review process and
promote fair and equitable treatment of appellants regardless of the nature of the appeal
Generic process information that guides all types of appeals are in the body of NOP #28 and specifics for each decision under appeal can be found in the appendices to the policy. Application forms for submitting an appeal are also included in the corresponding appendices. If you still have questions on the national appeal process after reading NOP #28 please contact the CIPHI National Office at office@CIPHI.ca
In this Issue, we have one paper that reviews Ontario’s public health units’ practises regarding beach water monitoring including highlighting barriers and challenges of this program. A second paper reviewed over 4,500 swimming pool inspection recommendations compiled over 18 years to be able to categorize these infractions. Nelson Fok’s very helpful journal summaries can also be found in this issue too.
We always welcome scientific articles, short reports, commentaries and other submissions for publication. Submissions from practicing environmental public health practitioners, educators, and researchers will help to inform the field about current and important issues and continue to make the Environmental Health Review an important read for environmental public health professionals in Canada. Submissions can be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Dear CIPHI Members & www.ciphimember.ca Account Holders,
We at the CIPHI National Office are very excited to announce we will be launching a brand new Member Service Center in the first two weeks of March. This portal will be replacing the current www.ciphimember.ca website. What does this mean for you?
As some may have noticed, the Continuing Professional Competency PDH Logs for 2022 are not yet open – this is because we will be starting the 2022 logs fresh in the new portal. CoPE will be in touch with a communique on March 7th that goes into the new updates in more details – stay tuned!
The CIPHI National Office will send another e-blast in the coming 2 weeks with information on how to access your new profile. All historical data from the current MSC has been transferred over to the new system, though your username and password will need to be created when you first log in. Again, instructions on this step will follow.
This new portal will include a Members Directory. By default we have set everyone’s information to confidential. That said, when you first log in, you may edit your personal and business information to be public or confidential, to your preference. When we say “public”, please note we only mean visible to co-CIPHI Members; this information will never be made public outside of the CIPHI membership.
In the interim, the CIPHI office is temporarily pausing all membership renewals. Our office is holding all received paper/email submission renewals and have kept a record of all online renewals to transfer to the new portal upon our launch. We appreciate your patience in the coming month while we catch up. If you had submitted a membership application/renewal that is time sensitive (e.g., in service of a BOC exam application, job application, etc.) please let us know and we would be happy to provide a letter explaining the situation in the interim.
Again, our office will be in touch to advise access information, and CoPE will be in touch to advise updates to the CPC Program/PDH logs in the coming weeks. If you have any questions in the interim, please do let us know.