UK Health Security Agency
February 2022

Chemical and environmental hazards: an introduction to the UK Health Security Agency’s operational work and research

Science and research is at the core of work to tackle major public health challenges such as new and emerging infections of high consequence or pandemic potential, climate change, air pollution, antibiotic resistance and vaccine confidence.

This webinar focused on chemical and environmental hazards to public health. It provided an overview of the UK Health Security Agency’s (UKHSA’s, formerly Public Health England) operational work and academic research to build the evidence base. UKHSA has an active role in the preparedness and response to chemical and environmental threats to health, working with partners to prevent and reduce people’s exposures to environmental pollutants, radiological hazards, and biological agents. Underpinning research is led by Health Protection Research Units, and speakers will summarise the priorities and current projects related to environmental public health. The natural environment and environmental public health are inseparable, and will be explored in more detail in a case study of vector-borne diseases.