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Proper environmental management is the key to avoiding a quarter of all preventable illnesses which are directly caused by environmental factors.

The environment influences our health in many ways, through exposures to physical, chemical and biological risk factors, and through related changes in our behaviour in response to those factors.  

Working with key partners, BCCDC works to reduce the negative impacts of environmental exposures on the health of British Columbians through research, surveillance, monitoring, epidemiological investigations, and emergency planning. 

We focus on the physical, chemical, and biological factors external to a person, and all the related factors impacting behaviours.

We are closely linked to BC universities and many BCCDC staff teach courses and supervise students undertaking studies in environmental health. The research done by BCCDC staff is based on the problems we address every day through the part we play in the public health system.


We also host the National Collaborating Centre for Environmental Health (NCCEH). 

The NCCEH is one of six centres created to foster linkages within the public health community. The centres are funded by the Public Health Agency of Canada through the National Collaborating Centres for Public Health program. 

The NCCEH's focus is environmental health, defined initially as services and programs currently delivered by regional and local health agencies in Canada. Their function is to: 

  • synthesize, translate, and exchange knowledge
  • identify gaps in research and practice knowledge
  • build capacity through networks of environmental health practitioners, policy-makers and researchers. 

Review, Guidance and Case Study documents prepared by the NCCEH.


Waste-to Energy Working Group: Health assessment for thermal treatment of municipal solid waste in British Columbia Evidence review and recommendations
While proper waste management is a benefit of modern society, it has potential for producing adverse health impacts. Waste management is a complex process involving pick up, sorting, diversion and final disposal. Effective waste management reduces exposures to biological, chemical and physical hazards and leads to employment, energy production and other benefits. It also has potential for adverse impacts on the physical, social and economic environments and ultimately on the health and well-being of populations. Unless these impacts are properly considered, there is a risk of spoiling the benefits of waste management. 

Public health considerations on cosmetic use of pesticides in BC  was written by Environmental Health Services with assistance from the National Collaborating Centre for Environmental Health, BCCDC. This was at the request of Dr. Perry Kendall, BC’s Provincial Health Officer, to inform the public health response to regulation of the use and sale of pesticides for aesthetic purposes. 


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