Environment Health and Safety
at places where we live, learn, work and play
Environment (E), health (H) and safety (S) (together EHS), or also known as Safety (S), Health (H) and Environment (E), (together SHE), is a discipline and specialty that studies and implements practical aspects of environmental protection, safety at work and play, for what organisations and people must do to make sure that their activities do not cause harm to anyone.
Ultimately, it is a system of processes, plans, standards, laws, and regulations that aim to protect the safety of the environment, workers, and the general public.
From a safety standpoint, it involves creating organized efforts and procedures for identifying workplace hazards and reducing accidents and exposure to harmful situations and substances. It also includes training of personnel in accident prevention, accident response, emergency preparedness, and use of protective clothing and equipment.
Better health at its heart, should have the development of safe, high quality, and environmentally friendly processes, working practices and systemic activities that prevent or reduce the risk of harm to people in general, operators, or patients.
From an environmental standpoint, it involves creating a systematic approach to complying with environmental regulations, such as managing waste or air emissions all the way to helping site’s reduce the carbon footprint of the organisation / groups / individuals.
Our SHEILD program focuses on preventing environmental and occupational health related disease and promoting health through our education, research and professional and community service. Our programs prepare students to contemplate the causes and consequences of chemical contamination and poorly designed environments on human health and the ways in which public health professionals can intervene to improve the environment whether at home, in the workplace or in the broader community.
From air pollution and hazardous waste to risk assessment and injury prevention to policy and healthy community design, the centre offers courses and curriculum to meet students’ diverse environmental and occupational interests.
Environmental health studies the impact of our surroundings, both natural and built, on our health. Environmental health specialists are concerned with the air we breathe, the water we drink, the noise we hear and the chemicals we’re exposed to, and the associated health effects. In developed countries, healthier environments could significantly reduce the incidence of cancers, cardiovascular diseases, asthma, respiratory diseases, musculoskeletal diseases and poisonings.
Occupational health studies all aspects of health and safety in the workplace. From chronic beryllium disease and radiation exposure to workplace violence and musculoskeletal injuries, occupational hazards create an enormous and unnecessary health burden, suffering, and economic loss in the workplace. Occupational health specialists work to prevent, treat and control health risks in the workplace.
Environmental & Occupational Health Areas:
Outdoor and Indoor Air Pollution
Health Impacts of Climate Change
Safety and Ergonomics
Environmental & Occupational Policy and Law
Environmental & Occupational Toxicology
Hazardous Waste Management
Occupational Health Psychology
Oil and Gas Development
Public Health Emergency Preparedness
Worker Health and Wellness
As an environmental and occupational health student you’ll learn to:
Characterize the human health effects of major environmental and occupational hazards.
Analyze sources, pathways and routes of exposure to environmental and occupational hazards and determine the populations with a high risk of exposure.
Prevent and control environmental and occupational hazards and recommend and/or design appropriate interventions.
Synthesize policy and practice to help solve environmental and occupational health problems.
Utilize participatory strategies to address the unequal distribution of hazards in the environment and advocate for justice and for a clean and healthy environment where people work, live and play.
SHEILD program adopts a holistic and continual improvement approach to Safety, Health and Environment (SHE) aspects, in all spheres of operations.
CEHS and SHEILD GUIDING PRINCIPLES
Value for human life above all else.
Working together to proactively identify and eliminate or mitigate environmental, health and safety risks in the workplace.
Zero tolerance for unsafe practices, or safety rules not being followed.
Encourage employees, including contractual employees, to adopt a healthy, safe and environmentally conscious lifestyle.
An aim to operate business in a safe, environmentally and socially responsible manner.