Environment and Health

Environmental hazards are established health threats and various environmental factors have been linked to poor health outcomes. 

Consultants in Public Health Medicine/Medical Officers of Health in Departments of Public Health provide expertise, leadership, support and advice on environment and health issues in Ireland, including risks from biological, chemical and radiological hazards.  

They formed the Public Health Medicine Environment and Health Group (PHMEHG) to assist them in the implementation of the Medical Officer of Health (MOH) function at regional and national level by:

  • Providing a forum for sharing of Public Health Medical expertise on environmental public health hazards in Ireland
    between Consultants in Public Health Medicine in the Departments of Public Health
  • Supporting the provision of consistent evidence-based advice from Departments of Public Health to national bodies
    and agencies as required. 

The PHMEHG annual reports are available at the following links - 2016      2017    2020   2021

Visit the HSE Health Protection Surveillance Centre website

For information on significant environment and health areas, please visit hpsc.ie/. Information is provided on topics such as

  • Guidance on the public health management of environment and health incidents
  • Submissions on behalf of the Departments of Public Health on environmental matters that may affect health.
  • Position Papers on environment and health topics.
  • Air quality
  • Carbon monoxide
  • Climate change
  • Energy
  • Extreme weather events
  • Noise
  • Odour
  • Radon
  • Radiation
  • Water - drinking water and bathing water

Page updated on 15th May 2024.