NCCEH eNews - November 2017
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Radon: An Invisible Hazard

Radon is a known human carcinogen and the leading cause of lung cancer for non-smokers in Canada. Colourless and odourless, it can accumulate indoors through basement foundations. November is Radon Action Month, and NCCEH has updated our list of resources to promote radon awareness, proper testing, and effective remediation.

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Radon and Child Care Facilities

This presentation was delivered at the 83rd CIPHI National Annual Education Conference this month. The slides are now available online and provide an overview of testing research and policies to reduce childhood radon exposure.

Radon eJournal Club Session on Nov 30: Register Now

On Thursday November 30th, join the NCCEH with guest facilitator Greg Baytalan (Interior Health) to discuss and appraise the paper: Implementation of a radon measurement protocol and its communication plan by child care centre managers in Québec.

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Ron de Burger Student Award
• The NCCEH is now  accepting evidence reviews from environmental and public health students  through the 2017-18 academic year. Up to five successful candidates will receive an award and a monetary prize.

Request for Collaboration on Fermented Food Safety Guideline
• Lorraine McIntyre of BCCDC Environmental Health Services is looking to collaborate with provinces who have encountered fermented foods and put together a joint guideline on general fermented food safety. To find out more about the working group, please  contact her  by January 15, 2018.

Public Health Inspector's Guide
• Public Health Ontario's new  PHI Guide to Environmental Microbiology Laboratory Testing  is available online. The Guide is designed to support effective public health practice, ensuring that inspectors have timely information on Public Health Ontario's laboratory services and expertise. It will be updated regularly.

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Recent Publications

•  The ventilation problem in schools 
•  Air quality inside subway metro indoor environment worldwide 
•  Wildfire smoke exposure and human health: Significant gaps in research for a growing public health issue 

Built Environment
•  The chief public health officer’s report on the state of public health in Canada 2017 – Designing healthy living 
•  Public health considerations associated with the location and operation of off-leash dog parks 
•  Framing water sensitive urban design as part of the urban form: A critical review of tools for best planning practice 
•  Preventing disaster before it strikes: Developing a Canadian standard for new flood-resilient residential communities 
•  Lessons learned from the Coalitions Linking Action and Science for Prevention (CLASP) initiative for physical activity and built environment policy 

•  Experiments in climate governance – A systematic review of research on energy and built environment transitions 
•  Managing climate change (Winnipeg, MB) 
•  Prince Edward Island climate change adaptation 

Contaminants and Hazards
•  Call for action on radon in child care settings 
•  Emerging infectious diseases: prediction and detection 
•  Final evidence summary: Lead levels in childhood and pregnancy: screening 

•  Organic agriculture: A foundation for food security in Canada 
•  Control of parasites by freezing in fish for raw consumption 
•  Health-related outcomes of new grocery store interventions 
•  Lessons learned from the Coalitions Linking Action and Science for Prevention (CLASP) initiative for food environment policy 

Practices and Procedures
•  How the July and August 2017 wildfire smoke events affected health and quality of life in Kamloops, BC 
•  The challenges and opportunities of peer review in health impact assessment 

​•  Legionellosis following water birth in a hot tub in a Canadian neonate 
•  A water strategy for New Brunswick 2018 - 2028 


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