The Environmental Health and Sustainable Development (EHS) Department of the Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA) supports the Caribbean’s sustainable development agenda by playing a lead role in key areas related to environmental management for optimal public health.
CARPHA Member States include a number of vulnerable Small Island Developing States (SIDS) and low-lying coastal states. These SIDS face significant challenges to their sustainable development as a result of climate change, natural and environmental disasters and other global threats.
EHS is committed to becoming the Caribbean’s centre of excellence for Environmental Health and Sustainable Development, through its dedicated pursuit of sustainable solutions to environmental problems within the Region. EHS Brochure
Environmental Monitoring Services
The Environmental Health Laboratory (EHL) located within the EHS is accredited to ISO 17025 by the Canadian Association for Laboratory Accreditation (CALA). This full-service microbiological and analytical laboratory provides environmental analyses, including water quality monitoring, plant, soil and tissue analyses, food microbiological testing, indoor environmental quality monitoring and noise testing.
The laboratory is operated by certified professional and technical staff trained to consistently deliver to quality standards the laboratory provides testing services to CARPHA Member States and private sector clients, and offers the following technical and advisory services.
Indoor Environmental Quality
Indoor environmental quality is a major concern because it can impact health, comfort, wellbeing and productivity. It has been estimated that people spend up to 90% of their time indoors. EHS conducts assessments of indoor environments to evaluate and make recommendations for addressing potential hazards and indicators associated with ill-health, comfort and safety including:
- Carbon dioxide
- Carbon monoxide
- Dust mites
- Ergonomic factors
- Indoor air
- Particulate matter
- Temperature Relative humidity
- Volatile organic compounds
- Water migration Mould