Environmental Health Informatics
Until today the topics environment and health are often looked upon in different and separate projects. This does not reflect the reality. Every impact on the environment has consequently an impact on the health of humans and also animals. The health of the human population worldwide is extremely endangered by the impact of the environmental pollution. Governments worldwide do not acknowledge this fact adequately.
The research field environmental health has been created by the World Health Organization in 1999.
Environmental health addresses all the physical, chemical, and biological factors external to a person, and all the related factors impacting behaviors. It encompasses the assessment and control of those environmental factors that can potentially affect health. It is targeted towards preventing disease and creating health-supportive environments.
These subjects have to be addressed in combination with modelling, databases, information systems, evaluation aspects, and statistics in order to respect the assessment and control factor of environmental health.
Environmental health concerns include:
- Air quality, including both ambient outdoor air and indoor air quality, which also comprises concerns about environmental tobacco smoke.
- Climate change and its effects on health.
- Disaster preparedness and response.
- Food safety, including in agriculture, transportation, food processing, wholesale and retail distribution and sale.
- Hazardous materials management, including hazardous waste management, contaminated site remediation, the prevention of leaks from underground storage tanks and the prevention of hazardous materials releases to the environment and responses to emergency situations resulting from such releases.
- Housing, including substandard housing abatement and the inspection of jails and prisons.
- Childhood lead poisoning prevention.
- Land use planning, including smart growth.
- Liquid waste disposal, including city waste water treatment plants and on-site waste water disposal systems, such as septic tank systems and chemical toilets.
- Medical waste management and disposal.
- Noise pollution control.
- Occupational health and industrial hygiene.
- Radiological health, including exposure to ionizing radiation from X-rays or radioactive isotopes.
- Recreational water illness prevention, including from swimming pools, spas and ocean and freshwater bathing places.
- Safe drinking water.
- Solid waste management, including landfills, recycling facilities, composting and solid waste transfer stations.
- Toxic chemical exposure whether in consumer products, housing, workplaces, air, water or soil.
Kristina Voigt, Helmholtz Zentrum Muenchen, Germany
Presentation of research papers:
- Influence of international trade on regional human development and relationship with environmental and health impacts by Thomas Gibon, Antonino Marvuglia, Enrico Benetto (20 min presentation, 5 min discussion)
- GIS-based analysis of the air and noise pollution of Berlins allotment gardens by Jochen Wittmann, Vladimir Degtyar, Karsten Fuhrmann (20 min presentation, 5 min discussion)
- Germany Surrounded by Ionizing Radiation Sources from Aging Nuclear Power Plants – Work in Progress Update of French Data 2012 – 2014 by Kristina Voigt, Hagen Scherb (20 min presentation, 5 min discussion)
- About rental prizes and air quality in Berlin, a correlation by Jochen Wittmann, Florian Hübner, Lisa-Kristin Richter (20 min presentation, 5 min discussion)
- ICT Role in Food Security and Food Safety by Walter J Armbruster, Margaret M. MacDonell (15 min presentation, 5 min discussion)