Environmental and Occupational Health
We provide scientific and technical support to assess factors in our community and work environments that can cause illness or injury.
We perform and assist with literature reviews, jurisdiction scans, assessments of environmental health data, environmental measurements, and environmental health research.
Director, Environmental and Occupational Health
Rena Chung joined Public Health Ontario (PHO) in 2010 as an environmental science specialist in the Environmental and Occupational Health team. In 2015, Rena became the manager of Toxicology and Exposure assessment. Rena’s work with Environmental and Occupational Health has been focused on supporting Ontario’s public health units and Ministries on environmental health topics ranging from the application of toxicology to interpreting chemical impacts to air, groundwater and soil, drinking water guidelines as well as risk communication.
Prior to joining PHO, Rena worked in consulting as a group leader and senior environmental risk assessor, where she managed large teams specializing in human health risk assessment, brownfield redevelopment, environmental permitting and planning and water resources. Rena has a Master in Environmental Studies degree from York University and a Bachelor of Science (Honours) degree in Life Sciences and Environmental Sciences from Queen’s University. Rena is also a diplomate of the American Board of Toxicology.
Public Health Physician
Areas of expertise:
- surveillance of environmental hazards and exposures
- food safety and risk
- primary care medicine
- land use planning policy
- environmental burden of disease
Learning Exchange: Supports for workers responding to overdoses in Ontario
This interactive session will include presentations and facilitated discussion on the current needs of workers experiencing grief and loss in the context of the current drug poisoning crisis, as well as practices, challenges and opportunities for supporting the health and well-being of workers.