The health of our environment and of our workplace are key determinants of human health. Climate change, population density, changes to the natural environment to accommodate the building and expansion of cities, and health hazards in our workplace, such as noise or extreme variations in temperature, can have an impact on our physical and mental health.
We believe that paying close attention to chemical, physical and biological agents in our environment - in our water, food, air and physical space - will help us to prevent a range of communicable and non-communicable diseases and promote the health and well-being of Ontarians. We also think that a holistic approach to surveillance and research is necessary as environmental, human and animal health are linked.
There is a growing demand for specialized capacity within public health to respond to existing and emerging environmental and occupational health issues, and we will work with others in these fields to be able to better respond to an increasing array of these concerns. Consultations with public health partners, academic institutions and other stakeholders are underway as we further define and clarify the steps we will take to move forward in this critical area.
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