November is Radon Awareness Month07 Nov, 2018 | Posted by: cnhe


Radon is a radioactive gas that is formed naturally by the breakdown of uranium in soil, rock and water. Radon is colourless, odourless and tasteless. When Radon is released from the ground outside it mixes with fresh air and gets diluted resulting in concentrations too low to be of concern. However, when Radon enters an enclosed space, such as a house or basement, it can accumulate to high concentrations and become a health risk.

Radon gas can enter a house any place it finds an opening where the house contacts the soil: cracks in foundation walls and in floor slabs, construction joints, gaps around service pipes and support posts, floor drains and sumps, cavities inside walls, and the water supply.

Radon can also be found in groundwater from private or small community wells. Radon produced in the ground can dissolve and accumulate in water from underground sources such as wells. When water containing Radon is agitated during daily household use – showering, clothes washing or cooking, for example, the Radon gas can be released into the air. However, research has shown that drinking water that contains Radon is far less harmful than breathing the gas. The health risk does not come from consuming the Radon, but from inhaling the gas. And in most cases, the risk of Radon entering the home through water is much lower than if it enters through the ground.

Almost all homes have some Radon. The levels can vary dramatically even between similar homes located next to each other. The amount of Radon in a home will depend on many factors. Because there are so many factors, it is not possible to predict the Radon level in a home; the only way to know for sure is to test.

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Nurses and Environmental Health Webinar - View the Recording07 Nov, 2018 | Posted by: cnhe


Nursing and Environmental Health Webinar at ARNBC

Date: November 28, 2017
Time: 12 - 1pm PT

Click here to View the Recording

Ecological sustainability and ecoliteracy development are goals of many Canadian organizations and professionals, including nurses. Currently, many ecological issues demand societal attention, such as climate change, food safety, unsustainable development, species extinction and exposure to toxic contaminants and pollutants. Critical issues that influence the health of our natural environment impact all of the social determinants of human health in many ways.

An Associate group of the Canadian Nurses Association, the Canadian Nurses for Health and the Environment - Infirmieres et Infirmiers pour la Sante et l'Environnement (CNHE/IISE), represents Registered Nurses dedicated to the improvement of environmental health across all domains of nursing practice, policy, research and education.

The CNHE/IISE works to achieve the following objectives:

- Facilitate knowledge sharing and transfer based on environmental health principles and nursing best practices
- Support evidence-based environmental health practice
- Influence policy development and legislation to support environmental nursing practice
- Promote educational and research opportunities for nurses.

To that end, the CNHE/IISE is designing environmental competencies and curriculum to share with nurses and educators. CNHE/IISE has initiated this work to encourage engagement and explore ways that nursing can collaborate with others to support environmental health. Join us for webinar to learn about the innovative technological tools being developed by CNHE for teaching environmental health and developing ecoliteracy in nursing education and practice.

Webinar Goals

To increase awareness around nursing’s role in improving environmental health.


By the end of the webinar, participants will be able to:

- Develop awareness of the interconnectedness of environmental and human health.
- Analyze how environmental health is a foundation for nursing and primary health care.
- Understand the role of the Canadian Nurses for Health and the Environment (CNHE) and the advantages of engaging with this group.


June Kaminski, RN, BSN, MSN, PhD(c)
Fiona Hanley, RN, BScN, MSc

CNHE Strategic Planning Meeting will be held on Nov 10, 201830 Oct, 2018 | Posted by: cnhe

CNHE 2018 Strategic Planning Invitation


Our CNHE Strategic Planning Meeting is a follow up to our Annual General Meeting and will be held Saturday November 10th 2018.

It will begin at 2 pm Pacific, 4 pm Central, 5 pm Eastern

The CNHE invites all current members to attend our Strategic Planning Meeting via Blue Jeans video conferencing (you can join by computer or phone).

Please join us to further discuss our strategic plans for the upcoming year - we have a lot of exciting activities in the works and request your input to ensure we do this in a way that serves YOU!

Please also consider joining our Executive Board. We have the following positions open:

• Provincial and Territorial Representatives (we need reps for all except ON, BC, QC)

Check your Email or the Member Portal for details on how to join the Meeting.

The Meeting is open to all Current CNHE Members.

Climate Change & Extreme Heat Webinar27 Oct, 2018 | Posted by: cnhe

Join Jennifer Morin RN, MN, CAE to learn how climate change and extreme heat impact our society. As our climate continues to change, extreme heat events and heat waves are expected to increase in frequency, length and severity, resulting in increased health risks for many Canadians. Additionally, the health effects related to air quality can increase the number of hospitalizations and visits to emergency departments as well as mortality rates.
Extreme heat is a current health risk. Older adults, those who are chronically ill and socially disadvantaged people, among others, are more vulnerable to health effects related to extreme heat. These effects can include serious illness and even death. In some parts of Canada, the annual number of extremely hot days is expected to more than double over the next 30 years (Government of Canada, 2018).

Please contact Jennifer with any questions or if you would like to set up an education seminar that is focused on content specific to your work environment through the CNHE website contact page.

Climate Change & Extreme Heat from ARNM on Vimeo.

Air Quality Health Index Webinar27 Oct, 2018 | Posted by: cnhe

Join Jennifer Morin RN, MN, CAE to learn how air quality affects our society. Air pollution is a growing health concern. The correlation between air pollution and cardiovascular and respiratory disease is strong. Individuals with existing heart and lung disease are at an increased risk, as are individuals with diabetes, older adults, young children, some members of the general population, pregnant women, and people who are active outdoors (exercise; workers). The effects of short-term exposure to pollution include exacerbation of pre-existing diagnosis such as asthma, COPD, and cardiovascular disease. Long-term exposure effects can include increased incidence of lung cancer, pneumonia, and the development of atherosclerosis.

Please contact Jennifer with any questions or if you would like to set up an education seminar that is focused on content specific to your work environment through the CNHE website contact page.

Air Quality Health Index from ARNM on Vimeo.

Waste Reduction Week - Day Seven: Sunday Oct 21 - E-Waste21 Oct, 2018 | Posted by: cnhe

Did you know globally last year, the total amount of electronic waste reached 44.7 million tonnes and approximately only 20 per cent is recycled?

Our new theme for 2018 is e-waste. On Sunday of Waste Reduction Week, join the conversation on e-waste and how less waste can be produced through circular approaches to product design, business models, and procurement.



Key messaging for E-Waste Sunday

* Purchase refurbished electronics instead of purchasing
* Repair broken electronics whenever possible
* Refurbish or recycle electronics instead of landfilling them.
* Creating innovative approaches to product design

VIEW VIDEO: Almost everything you know about e-waste is wrong

VIEW VIDEO: waste: Why We Need to Act Now


Electronic Products Recycling Association operates regulated recycling programs in nine provinces across Canada. Please select your province to find out more about electronics recycling near you.



Introducing the Recycle My Electronics Learning Hub. Filled with games, quizzes and videos about recycling end-of-life electronics, this hub is a fun and interactive resource for students, educators and parents alike.