Health Environment

The Health Environment approach is a comprehensive approach to protect and promote current population and future generations’ health by preserving and improving the environment (including indoor environment). In other words, the WHO formulates “Today’s environment, tomorrow’s health”. The environmental health aims to study and reduce the overall health effects due to:

  • Living conditions (exposures related to the habitat and/or occupational exposures for example, nuisances such as noise or insalubrity)
  • Environmental contamination (water, air, soil, etc.)
  • Environmental changes (climate, ultra-violets, etc.)

BURGEAP, environmental specialist, has placed Health-Environment at the heart of its development for almost 20 years.

A dedicated expertise unit recognized by the administrations

  • The High Council of Public Health (HCSP) has entrusted us with project management assistance for the development of three indoor air pollutants benchmark values.
  • BURGEAP was requested by the Ministerial Working Group to contribute to the Area Studies Guide and by the HCSP in the framework of the « Health Risk Assessment in Area Analysis – Utility, Methodology and Interpretation »;
  • BURGEAP engineers trained ICPE inspectors in the field of quantitative health risk studies (EQRS) and DRASS agents for modelling aspect.
  • BURGEAP carries out third-party expertise for health risk assessment files at the DREALs request.
  • BURGEAP also took part in the AFITE (French Association of Environmental Engineers and Technicians) Health and Environment Commission and the SFSE (French Society for Environmental Health) section entitled « Health Risk Assessment Methodology ».

Support industrials for the characterization and control of their activities’ health impact.

State of the Environment Interpretation (IEM) and Quantitative Health Risk Assessment (EQRS)

BURGEAP’s mastery of implementing multi-habitat environmental monitoring and environmental data analysis are proof of its ability to conduct state of the environment interpretations proportionate to the stakes, with hindsight and pragmatism.

BURGEAP has carried out about ten health risks studies at industrial basin scale (zones study) most of which under the aegis of the DREAL or the SPPPI and over a hundred health studies mostly for industrials. Our multidisciplinary technical centre masters both environment metrology and pollutants dispersion prediction tools (all habitats) to quantify populations’ exposure. Going beyond a simple calculative risk exercise, we bring hindsight and management advice.

Territorial actors support on health aspect

Project Management Assistance for Territorial Health Environment Plans preparation

The objective is to develop the national plan and territorialise the policies defined in the fields of health and environment. A collaborative construction must allow project owners to enhance and enrich the action plan and the approach. The various members of the working groups should express their opinion and contribute favourably to the development of the action plan. We can support you conducting working groups, and holding information and consultation public meetings

Health Impact Assessment (HIA)

On WHO’s recommendation, health impact assessment (HIA) is a policy decision support approach characterised by a scientific and participative approach linking policymakers, public health actors, communities in charge of urban planning, and population directly or indirectly affected by the project.

BURGEAPs transversal vision (environment – health – urbanism) combined with a real consultation and project management capacity makes it possible to successfully integrate health determinants in your urban planning projects.

Air and Health components for road infrastructure or ZAC design impact studies

The « Air and Health » study aims to assess individual and collective health risks to which people and populations living in the study area are/will be subjected to, and more specifically the negative but also positive effects on air and health from changes in traffic related to the neighbourhood development or the creation/modification of road infrastructure, in order to suggest possible measures to fight against air pollution and inform concerned populations.