This is a broad program that gives legislative authority to the Northwestern Health Unit to prevent, eliminate and/or decrease the effects of health hazards with definite or potential health implications. As well, the Mandatory Health Programs and Services Guidelines (1997) require the Health Unit to identify health hazards and take appropriate action that will protect community health and ensure continued public health services are delivered during a health hazard event.
24-Hour Emergency Call Number
The Northwestern Health Unit is accessible 24 hours a day in the event of a health hazard emergency. To report a health hazard, call 1-807-468-7109.
What is a Health Hazard?
A health hazard is:
a condition of a premises;
a substance, thing, plan or animal other than man;
a solid, liquid, gas or combination of any of them, that has or that is likely to have an adverse effect on the health of any person.
Here are some examples of health hazards:
Environmental tobacco smoke
Outdoor and indoor air quality
Community Emergency Response Commmittees
The Northwestern Health Unit is a key member of all Community Emergency Response Committees for the areas including Atikokan, Dryden, Ear Falls, Emo, Fort Frances, Ignace, Kenora, Minaki, Pickle Lake, Rainy River, Red Lake, Sioux Lookout, and Sioux Narrows. Each committee brings together community partners to develop, coordinate and monitor the implementation of Community Emergency Response Plans so that communities are prepared for emergencies.
The Medical Officer of Health is responsible for the coordination of the Health Unit's role in all Community Emergency Response Plans. Community Emergency Response Plans are available in each of the Northwestern Health Unit offices.
Kenora Integrated Pest Management Committee (KIPMC)
The KIPMC ensures that pesticide use within the municipality of Kenora does not adversely affect human health and/or the environment. Their focus is broader than just lawn care, taking in a broad range of insecticides, herbicides, rodenticides, and fungicides.
Membership includes representatives from the City of Kenora, the Ministry of the Environment, commercial pesticide applicators, and local home and garden businesses.