The webinar, co-presented by the NCCHPP and the National Collaborating Centre for Environmental Health (NCCEH), featured a case involving radon testing at daycares and highlighted both evidence and ethics. It was developed primarily for public health inspectors, but was also intended to be of interest for a general audience and was held on November 29, 2016.

Our goal was to present the case and a brief discussion of the evidence regarding risk, remediation and some of the issues facing inspectors, parents, building owners and managers, not to mention homeowners and the general public. Then we turned our attention to considering the ethical issues raised by the case. To do this, we presented an ethics framework in order to guide ethical deliberation in which participants were able to:

  • Identify ethical values and issues that are pertinent to the case,
  • Consider how some conflicts may arise between values,
  • Think about how to balance those conflicts in order to decide what to do.

The presentation includes several resources for further reading, including material about radon, more introductory material about public health ethics and links to several frameworks that can help make ethics more accessible for practitioners.


Anne-Marie Nicol
Environmental Health Scientist, NCCEH

Michael Keeling and Olivier Bellefleur
Research Officers, NCCHPP

Series of webinars on Public Health Ethics

This is the first in a series of webinars presented by the NCCHPP in collaboration with our colleagues at the NCCs for public health. This series will focus on combining evidence and ethics to improve decision making in diverse sectors of public health practice. Our goal is to help practitioners to incorporate ethical perspectives into their everyday practices, with webinars designed to be relevant for practitioners in the various areas served by the different NCCs.


Webinar Recording

PPT Presentation
54 slides