NCCEH eNews - June 2017
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On the Wavelength of Public Health: Radiofrequency Radiation

Radiofrequency (RF) radiation are electromagnetic waves emitted from a variety of common wireless communication devices, and personal exposure to RF waves is highest when these devices are held close to the body. Due to the increasing use of multiple RF devices and subsequent concerns about potential health effects to the public, the NCCEH has assembled a list of resources for public health practitioners.

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Going Underground: Electrical Substations and Health

Concerned citizens and municipal authorities contacted their public health region about a proposal by an electrical utility company to build an underground electrical substation in an urban area, near to an elementary school and playground. Find out how the NCCEH assessed the situation with a focus on understanding how exposure to power frequency electromagnetic radiation may impact health.

Radiofrequency and

This 4-page summary document details RF exposure from common wireless devices. The context for this summary originates from a comprehensive RF toolkit, developed in 2013, in response to requests for assistance in assessing the sources and potential health effects of RF exposure.

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Featured Event
• June 29: NCCEH EH Seminar - BCIT Environmental Health Student Presentations​

Missed out on CPHA Public Health 2017?
• The Canadian Public Health Association has posted all presentation materials from across the three days of the conference.

Apply for an Active Communities Grant
Plan H is accepting applications for active communities grants for local governments in Island Health and Interior Health Regions and their partners working towards having a measurable impact on physical activity. The deadline to apply is noon on Friday, June 30.

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Recent Publications

BC Lung Association's State of the Air 2017 Report
Sources, health effects and control strategies of indoor fine particulate matter
Subways and urban air pollution
Costs of pollution in Canada: Measuring the impacts on families, businesses and governments

Built Environment
Resilient streets toolkit: The how-to guide for building community
Building resilient neighbourhoods: Four years of learnings 2012-2016
Green space benefits for health and well-being: a life-course approach for urban planning, design and management
Urban green space interventions and health: a review of impacts and effectiveness
Road safety effects of roundabouts

Urban measures for hot weather conditions in a temperate climate condition
Climate change policies: The role of democracy and social cognitive capital
Assessing greenhouse gas emissions and health co-benefits: a structured review of lifestyle-related climate change mitigation strategies
Impact of ambient temperature on morbidity and mortality

Contaminants and Hazards
Review of studies concerning Electromagnetic Field (EMF) exposure assessment in Europe: low frequency fields
Mobile phone use and glioma risk
The effect of hand-hygiene interventions on infectious disease-associated absenteeism in elementary schools​

Psychosocial and health-status determinants of safe food handling among consumers
The prospective impact of food pricing on improving dietary consumption
Economic instruments to promote healthy eating
From patchwork to policy coherence: principles and priorities of Canada's National Food Policy
Canada’s Food Report Card 2016: Provincial performance

​• Human health screening and public health significance of contaminants of emerging concern detected in public water supplies
A discussion about public health, lead and Legionella pneumophila in drinking water supplies in the United States
Monitoring urban beaches with qPCR vs. culture measures of fecal indicator bacteria: implications for public notification
Minimizing risk of illness and injury at public aquatic facilities by maximizing the power of aquatic facility inspection data


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