Environment & health

Outside influences such as radiation (natural or human-made), noise and chemicals can pose a risk to health. Properly informed, you can protect yourself. We work to keep you up to speed on these influences, as well as the effects of heatwaves and alien or genetically modified organisms.


If they’re not used properly chemicals can damage your health. Here you’ll find information on how to handle chemicals in everyday, commercial and industrial settings as well as information on environmental toxins in the home, chemical safety and nanotechnology.

Radiation, radioactivity & sound

Radiation is everywhere: everyone comes across the subject sooner or later, whether as a citizen, consumer, patient or at work.


Here you can find information on the concept of biosafety and the role of the FOPH in the implementation of the Containment Ordinance.

Environmental impact

As humans we are affected by the environment. Pollution can make us ill. Intact landscapes, meanwhile, have a positive effect on our health.


Switzerland is experiencing more hot days and heatwaves due to climate change. Heat impacts our wellbeing and can be dangerous for our health. That is why it is important to take precautions during hot days, tropical nights and heatwaves.