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Health protection

The goal of health protection monitoring is to prevent, decrease and remove factors in the living environment that may be detrimental to people’s health.

The duties of health protection cover people's living environments and any biological, physical or chemical hazards therein. Health protection is governed by the Health Protection Act.

Health protection duties

The duties include monitoring the healthiness of homes and other living areas (e.g. indoor air quality, radon, noise and pests), monitoring establishments subject to notification (e.g. public meeting and accommodation establishments, sporting facilities, schools, day care centres, retirement homes, swimming halls, beaches, hair salons and beauty parlours, gyms and solariums), monitoring household, swimming and pool water, health issues regarding burials and monitoring the health conditions of public areas, buildings and large public events. Preparing for special situations in order to prevent, identify and remove health hazards is also a central duty for the health protection services.

The health protection services regularly monitor operators obligated to obtain a permit or submit a notification in their field. Regular monitoring requires a fee and it is described in the monitoring plan. If necessary, the environmental health services can make inspections and take samples also based on suspected health hazards.

 

Contact information:

Environmental health on-call number, on weekdays from 9.00 am to 11.30 am, tel. +358 (0)3 733 4577, terveydensuojelu@lahti.fi

Personnel e-mail addresses are in the format of firstname.lastname@lahti.fi.

Environmental health inspectors:
Jari Ahonen, tel. +358 (0)50 387 8730
Sami Niemelä, tel. +358 (0)44 416 4596
Miia Virolainen, tel. +358 (0)50 518 4482