Health Protection and Promotion Act
In Ontario, the Health Protection and Promotion Act (R.S.O. 1990, c. H.7),1 states that every board of health must make sure to provide certain health programs and services for the people who live in a health unit’s area. The Ontario Public Health Standards describe exactly which mandatory programs and services health units must deliver to the public, and environmental health is one of these programs and services.
What is the Middlesex-London Health Unit’s role?
As a board of health, the Middlesex-London Health Unit has many teams that work to deliver the mandatory programs and services. The Environmental Health Team works to provide, protect, and promote healthy environments.
The programs and services delivered under the Environmental Health Team include:
Public Health Inspectors
Public Health Inspectors are a main part of the Environmental Health Team. They work with members of the community to educate them about environmental health risks. Public Health Inspectors carry out inspections of public places in the community to make sure they meet the minimum standards set by the province of Ontario. They also follow up on reported environmental health risks to help keep the community safe.