Guest blog: Claire Turbutt EHP on Wearable Air Pollution Monitors

The project - Raising public awareness of air pollution is the key to getting political engagement with the issue (1). As we have seen in recent media reports the UK has an air pollution problem. The question was ‘how to make air pollution dosemeters available at a low enough cost that schools, cyclists and motorists … Continue reading Guest blog: Claire Turbutt EHP on Wearable Air Pollution Monitors

Why Grenfell Tower matters for EHPs

The consequences of the horrific fire at Grenfell Tower continue to unfold, whilst speculation about its multiple causes continues and becomes ever more complex. Media coverage has been widespread and sometimes very informative, notably by Inside Housing magazine, but the voice of EHPs still remains largely silent apart from an open letter from health and safety professionals (supported by … Continue reading Why Grenfell Tower matters for EHPs

Tackling the Slums: Addison and the Sanitary Inspectors: Part 2, 1914-1939

Municipal Dreams

I’m very pleased today to feature the second of two guest posts by Dr Jill Stewart, Senior Lecturer in Environmental Health and Housing at Middlesex University, covering the important and sometimes neglected work of our earliest environmental health practitioners. You can follow Jill on Twitter @Jill_L_Stewart and see more of her work on her personal website, Housing, Health, Creativity

As the Great War drew to its end, the Sanitary Inspectors put forth their values and vision for housing for a new era of Homes fit for Heroes to live in: (1)

Proper housing is necessary on account to our climate, which makes it requisite, or at all events, desirable, that we should have shelter and protection from the elements. Also, in accordance with our modern ideas of civilisation, having progressed beyond that age of cave-dwellers and gipsy life…it is also very necessary for the proper upbringing of…

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Tackling the Slums: Inspectors of Nuisance and the Sanitary Inspectors: Part 1, 1848-1914

Municipal Dreams

I’m pleased to feature the first of two very interesting guest posts by Dr Jill Stewart, Senior Lecturer in Environmental Health and Housing at Middlesex University.  They cover the important, sometimes neglected, work of our earliest environmental health practitioners. You can follow Jill on Twitter @Jill_L_Stewart and see more of her work on her personal website, Housing, Health, Creativity

The idea of a job dedicated to dealing with industrial smells, boiling bones, accumulations of filth, offensive trades, drains, effluvia from public graves, abattoirs and sewage contaminated basements may not be everyone’s ideal career path. Thomas Fresh apparently thought otherwise and practically invented this new job for himself in the progressive borough of Liverpool (1).

The aptly named Fresh effectively became the first Inspector of Nuisance statutorily appointed by Public Health Act 1848, setting the path for a professional trail of Sanitary Inspectors, Public Health Inspectors and latterly…

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Grenfell Tower

There is so much now being said, but this blog post is well worth reading:  Grenfell Tower Nearly a week on from this terrible and unnecessary tragedy, what are your thoughts on what the environmental health role could have been and should now be? To donate, click here