The Regional Municipality of Durham

News Release

Health Department celebrates Environmental Public Health Week, Sept. 23 to 28

WHITBY, September 16, 2013 - Durham Region Health Department will join with public health inspectors (PHIs) from across Canada to mark the 100th anniversary of the Canadian Institute of Public Health Inspectors (CIPHI) during Environmental Public Week, Sept. 23 to 28. Acknowledging the theme of this celebration, “100 Years of Public Health Distinction”, Durham Regional Chair Roger Anderson, has also proclaimed this week as “Environmental Public Health Week” in Durham Region.

CIPHI, the professional organization for public health inspectors, focuses on advancing the profession, science and field of environmental public health through certification, advocacy, education and professional competencies. To commemorate the organization’s anniversary, PHIs from Durham Region Health Department will visit a number of area secondary schools to promote the profession as a great choice for students deciding on a future career.

“Presentations will be provided to students describing the day-to-day work of PHIs, as well as the education and training required to receive professional certification in public health inspection,” said Ken Gorman, Director, Environmental Health with Durham Region Health Department. “In addition to the school visits, fact sheets, posters and displays will be provided at public locations throughout the Region to help promote both the profession and the important work of PHIs in our community.”

Over the last 100 years, PHIs have played a key role in protecting Canadians and promoting public health by inspecting public facilities and educating the community. PHIs are responsible for the inspection of: food premises; recreational water facilities; healthcare and childcare facilities; personal service settings; drinking water systems; sewage systems; implementing infectious disease and tobacco control programs; and, working towards the control or elimination of health hazards.

“We’re excited to celebrate 100 years of CIPHI and reflect on the contributions that this organization has made in the field of public health,” added Mr. Gorman. “The Health Department’s public health inspectors and tobacco enforcement officers work very hard in our community to provide health protection services in essential areas such as drinking water quality, infectious diseases and outbreak prevention, investigating and managing health hazards, smoke-free legislation enforcement and food safety, just to name a few. Our staff is responsible for ensuring that these services are delivered in a manner that protects public health and meets all mandatory requirements.”

For more information about the Health Department’s Environmental Health division, please call the Environmental Help Line at 905-723-3818 or 1-888-777-9613. To learn more about professions in environmental public health visit

Media Inquiries:
Glendene Collins - Health Department 905-668-7711, ext. 2999