Hello all and welcome to the Environmental
Public Health Tracking (EPHT) Community of Practice (CoP) on Knowledge
Hub. The work shown in this CoP is managed by the Environmental
Epidemiology Group (EEG) within Public Health England (PHE).
EPHSS is a comprehensive surveillance system for environmental
events, hazards and chemical incidents. It provides the essential
information required for a health risk assessment to take place. It is
the first integrated environmental exposure surveillance system for
public health in England. The system allows you to share data securely
with authorised users. You can search for and download data, as well
as automatically generate reports and maps.
In England, no integrated population-based surveillance existed that
incorporates routinely gathered data on different aspects of
environmental hazards/exposures and facilitates applying public health
principles and measures to reduce harm-based evidence. However, over
the past few years the development of EPHSS allows us to collate and
integrate this data within the system to provide users with a more
EPHSS hosts several different modules including:
- Surveillance of environmental events including chemical
incidents where PHE has given public health advice
- The Lead Exposure in Children Surveillance System (LEICSS),
providing statistics on the epidemiology of lead exposure in
children in England
- An interface with Met Office weather databases that allows
users to request and download meteorological or weather-related data
from the Met Office
Currently, EPHSS is being rolled out to internal users within
PHE but we are working towards releasing it to external users
too. Over the next year, we are also hoping to release a help document
for the Met Office module which is fairly large and detailed. A
surveillance report based on data collated in EPHSS has also been
initiated, where the uses of this exciting project will be detailed
via case studies and surveillance outputs.
To learn more about this system, click here.
You can also read about it more in our Environmental
Public Health Tracking Report.
Join our group for further updates on the work we’re involved in.