Environmental Health

The World Health Organization (WHO) defines environment, as it relates to health, as “all the physical, chemical, and biological factors external to a person, and all the related behaviors.

Environmental health consists of preventing or controlling disease, injury, and disability related to the interactions between people and their environment.
Maintaining a healthy environment is central to increasing quality of life and years of healthy life. Globally, 23% of all deaths and 26% of deaths among children under age 5 are due to preventable environmental factors. Environmental factors are diverse and far reaching. They include:

  • Exposure to hazardous substances in the air, water, soil, and food
  • Natural and technological disasters
  • Climate change
  • Occupational hazards
  • The built environment

Poor environmental quality has its greatest impact on people whose health status is already at risk. Therefore, environmental health must address the societal and environmental factors that increase the likelihood of exposure and disease.

The Environmental Health Department delivers a host of environmental health services:

  • Training and Issue of Food Handlers Certificates
  • Food Safety and other Environmental Health related inspections routinely and by request
  • Issue of Wholesomeness of Meat Certificate for Export
  • Advise on Environmental Health matters
  • Vector Control
  • Water Quality, Air Quality and Institutional Hygiene
  • Wastewater and General Environmental Sanitation
  • Solid Waste Management and Landfill
  • Port public health surveillance

Environmental Health Office
St Johns’ Clinic
St Johns

Business Hours: Monday – Friday 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.