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Environmental Health

410 Buller St
Woodstock, ON
N4S 4N2
519-421-9901 ext 3520
Toll-Free: 1-800-755-0394 ext 3520
Fax: 519-539-6206
iconPath Administration: Mon-Fri 8:30am-4:30pm
Last Updated: Feb 23, 2023: Suggest an edit


Call or visit * no referral required * appointments or registration required for certain programs or classes

Eligibility / Target Population

Varies depending on service



Area Served

St Thomas, Elgin County, and Oxford County


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Description of Services

Public health specialists concerned with environmental factors affecting human health

Protects the health of the community * inspections of safe water (drinking water, public pools and spas, beach management) * food safety inspections (commercial, retail and institutional food premises) * analysis of health hazards (such as ticks, Lyme disease, mosquitoes and West Nile Virus) * emergency preparedness * weather and air quality alerts

Investigates complaints and responds to inquiries from the public on a variety of environmental health matters including food safety, health hazards, animal bites and rabies, drinking water and infectious diseases

Resources and applications for migrant housing and special events available
  • Animal Bites/Rabies Investigates reports of people bitten or scratched by domestic and wild animals to determine possible exposure to the Rabies virus * reports of bites and/or scratches are required to be reported to the health unit by police, hospital, veterinarian, and others by provincial law * provides post-exposure rabies vaccines to attending doctor for treatment on an as-needed basis
  • Certified Food Handler Training Full day Certified Food Handler courses provided throughout the year and monthly exam challenges * certification is valid for five years and accepted across Ontario
  • Food Safety Conducts regulatory inspections of all food retail, service and institutional food premises to assess compliance with Food Premises Regulation under the Health Protection and Promotion Act * inspections also may be done to investigate consumer complaints/inquiries/suspected and confirmed illness investigations * monitors food recalls for follow-up advisories
  • On Call Services Public Health Inspectors provide on-call coverage and responses for urgent public health situations including:
  • Safe Water Monitors community drinking water systems, public beaches, public pools and hot tubs and provides information on water quality testing and potential health effects
Last Updated: Feb 23, 2023: Suggest an edit