Environmental Public Health Services

Overview • Communicable Disease Control • Drinking Water Safety • Drought Planning and Response • Emergency Preparedness and Response Planning • Environmental Contaminants, Research and Risk Assessment • Facilities Inspections • Food Safety • Healthy Housing • Solid Waste Disposal • Wastewater


The booklet Environmental Public Health Services provides a full outline of the FNHA's work in the area of Environmental Health. 

Brief descriptions of our areas as well as resources for each area are below.  

Communicable​​ Diseas​​e Control

Services include:

  • health surveillance, investigation and education, to address foodborne, waterborne and vector-borne (infections transmitted by species such as mosquitoes, ticks and blackflies) diseases

EHOs work closely with health professionals in communities and regional health authorities to provide a coordinated response to illnesses and outbreaks.


Drinking W​​ater Saf​​ety

Drought Pla​​​nn​​ing and Response

Emergency Prepared​ne​ss and Response Planning

Services include:

  • guidance in the development of emergency response plans to ensure that public health and safety is maintained should an emergency occur
  • during an emergency, public health inspections for temporary accommodations, residential and public buildings, drinking water, food services, solid waste and wastewater disposal systems

EHOs work closely with the community and emergency operations centres to assist in identifying and controlling public health risks during an emergency situation and after the emergency has ended.


To receive additional information and tools to help develop your community's comprehensive all-hazards emergency management plan, please email the INAC BC Region's Emergency Management Unit at: BCEMU@aandc-aadnc.gc.ca

Environme​ntal Conta​minants, Research and Risk Assessment

This program funds research projects that explore the link between human health and chemical environmental contaminants.

The program helps communities address their environmental health concerns and enables research at the community level; it encourages the integration of Indigenous ways of knowing, Traditional Knowledge and empirical science.

Where suspected or confirmed risks from contaminants exist, assistance is available to interpret research results and provide recommendations to control exposure.

Facilities In​spe​​​ctions

Services include:

  • inspection of facilities for general sanitation, general structure, safety conditions, food safety practices, water quality, sewage and solid waste disposal, pest control, crowding, and air quality
  • education and awareness for facility operators, community members and leadership to promote health and safety at facilities

Community care facilities that require provincial licensing should also contact the appropriate regional health authority licensing office.

Foo​​​d S​​afety

Services include:

  • inspections of all food facilities to verify safe handling of foods
  • FOODSAFE® training program for food handlers.
  • education on safe handling and preparation of traditional and conventional foods
  • notifications of food recalls and alerts
  • investigations when foodborne illness is suspected or confirmed


Healthy ​​Housing

Services include:

  • public health inspections of housing, provided on request
  • work with First Nation housing departments, INAC and CMHC to help address public health issues in housing
  • education on how to maintain a safe and healthy home


Solid Waste​​ Disposal

Services include:

  • assessment of and recommendations for waste disposal sites and transfer stations to reduce or prevent risks
  • public education to create awareness of proper disposal and protection of health and the environment.

EHOs work closely with First Nations, INAC and other agencies to address waste disposal issues in communities.


Services include are:

  • assessment of new installations and repairs to malfunctioning systems for proper design and treatment
  • ensuring on-site sewage systems conform to the BC Sewerage System Standard Practice Manual; design and installation documents are submitted to the local EPHS office
  • conducting inspections when there are public health concerns

On-site wastewater systems constructed on-reserve should be installed based on the current provincial BC Sewerage Standard Practice Manual. Please contact an EHO for applicable forms and submission process. ​


Environmental Health Team

Email: environmental.health@fnha.ca

Emergencies Monday to Friday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Call your local Environmental Health Officer

Emergencies after hours

Phone: 1-844-666-0711
Email: ephs.afterhours@fnha.ca

Calls or emails received after 10:00 p.m. will be responded to the following day at 6:00 a.m.​​​​

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