Environmental health

Lapsi uimassaThe MSAH seeks to identify, prevent and eradicate health hazards from the environment. The Ministry

  • supervises health protection and is responsible for developing legislation in this field
  • is responsible for legislation on supervising chemicals and for the prevention of health hazards
  • monitors the use and development of gene technology
  • supervises the monitoring of biotechnology, and oversees the development of the sector and impact on human health and the environment of the use of biotechnology
  • coordinates estimations of the health hazards of the use of nanomaterials and technology
  • is the highest supervisory and guidance authority in the protection of the population from harmful radiation
  • coordinates the organization of environmental health care at municipal level

Strategic emphases and aims

The areas of focus of social and health policy strategy and the government programme are:

  • Assessing the health hazard caused by environment is part of all planning and decision-making.
  • Ensure the supply to consumers of safe drinking water in all situations.
  • Improve the capacity of the authorities in investigating epidemics transmitted by food and water.
  • Assess the need for further measures concerning the possible health hazards caused by the combined effects of nanomaterials, substances that harm the normal functioning of hormones, and chemicals.
  • Further intensify cooperation between municipalities on environmental health care.
  • Ensure the safety of chemicals on the market.
  • Contribute to the Moisture and Mould Programme with the Ministry of Environment.
  • Ensure the functioning of society in special situations concerning environmental health.
  • Research and regulation of the environmental health risks of gene and biotechnology, as well as guidelines to ensure the safe application of new technologies.

Environmental health legislation

A variety of legislation covers the different areas of environmental health care.