Environmental Health

In Australia it is estimated that there is approximately 5.4 million cases of food poisoning each year. A core duty of Council's Environmental Health Officer is to maintain a high level of food safety by ensuring businesses who sell food adhere to the requirements of the Australia New Zealand Food Standards Code and the Tasmanian Food Act 2003. This is achieved by undertaking routine inspections of food businesses in the area.

Food safety relates to all factors which may have an effect on food. These include but are not limited to:

  • Temperature control;
  • Contamination issues;
  • Personal hygiene and the preparation of food;
  • Structural requirements of a food business.

The total cost of food-borne illness in Australia is over $2.6 billion every year, and can result in the loss of life. It is therefore extremely important for everyone to remain vigilant about food safety.

To ensure a high level of food safety is maintained in the municipality Council’s Environmental Health Officer undertake the following regular duties:

  • Inspection of food businesses to ensure compliance with the Food Standards Code adopted under the Food Act 2003;
  • Food-borne disease investigation; and
  • Providing food safety education resources to members of the public.

Food Business Information

It is a requirement under the Food Act that most food businesses are registered on an annual basis (July to June) with a food business registration certificate issued by Council. The types of food businesses licensed includes, but is not limited to: hotels; restaurants; take away shops; bakeries; butcher shops; school canteens; sporting kiosks; and food vans.

Temporary Food Outlets

Sale of food from temporary outlets, such as at fairs, sporting sausage sizzles, etc. needs to comply with the relevant requirements so as to promote good food handling and the sale of safe food. Thus for such events Certificate of Registration of a Temporary Food Business needs to be issued by Council’s

Registration forms for Food Businesses and for Temporary Food Businesses can be downloaded below

Food Business Registration Form

Temporary Food Business Registration Form

These can normally be issued within a few days and there is generally no charge for community/charity events.

Council offers FREE Online Food Safety Training and this is available for anyone, whether or not the y live in the Southern Midlands, visit www.southernmidlands.imalert.com.au to start your training now.

A pamphlet with information on the FREE I’M ALERT Food Safety training can be reached through the following link  I’M ALERT Pamphlet

For further information please contact Council’s Environmental Health Officer, at Council’s Development & Environmental Services office, located at Kempton.

Immunisation

What is immunisation?

Immunisation refers to both receiving a vaccine and becoming 'immune' to a disease as a result of that vaccination.

Immunisation is a simple, safe and effective way of protecting children and adults against certain diseases. It stimulates the body’s natural defence mechanism – the "immune response" – to develop resistance to specific infections/disease without having to be exposed to the disease itself. If/when a person comes into contact with that disease in the future, the body will respond fast enough to either prevent the disease developing or ensure the person only receives a “mild” dose of the illness.

Routine vaccination is now available for many once prevalent and often deadly diseases. For more information on immunisation; vaccines available; and for answers to many frequently asked questions about immunisation, please click on the following link to the Australian Government’s Immunise Australia web page.

Council does not hold regular immunisation clinics for infants however both Dr Greg Booth in Kempton and Dr Robert Simpson in Oatlands undertake immunisations (by appointment).

School Immunisations

In conjunction with Council’s Medical Officer of Health, Dr Greg Booth, Council undertakes an annual school immunisation program at the five schools within the Southern Midlands. This is a free service.

Immunisations are provided in accordance with the National Immunisation Program, information of which is available at  the National Immunise Program Schedule.

Records

Council keeps records for vaccinations provided through the school immunisation program, a copy of which is available free of charge from Council’s Kempton office.

For further information please contact Council’s Environmental Health Officer, at Council’s Development & Environmental Services office, located at Kempton.

On-Site Wastewater Management Systems

On-site wastewater management systems are used for the treatment of wastewater in those areas where connection to a reticulated sewerage scheme is not available. sewage.

Prior to installation of a domestic on-site waste water management system approval must be obtained from Council. This is achieved by gaining the expertise of a suitably qualified person to undertake a site and soil evaluation and design a system for you. This report must then be submitted to Council with a Special Plumbing Permit application.

Please note that the installation of an on-site wastewater system must only occur after a Special Plumbing Permit and Plumbing Permit has been applied for and approved by Council.

Once the system is installed the owner must ensure that it complies with all conditions placed on the permit, and that it does not create a nuisance.

Incinerators and Open Air Burning

Council does not have a By-Law in relation to Incinerators/Backyard Burning, and this means that the Environmental Management and Pollution Control (Distributed Atmospheric Emissions) Regulations 2007 cover backyard burning in the open and in incinerators.

A pamphlet summarising the provisions relating to backyard burning can be reached through the following link  Backyard Burning Pamphlet

Heat Pumps - Guidelines for Installing to prevent a Noise Nuisance

Heat Pumps (reverse cycle air conditioners) are designed and built to Australian Standards in order to minimise inherently noisy designs entering the market. The sound output of each unit will usually be indicated on a descriptive plate as a Sound Pressure Level, for example 50dB(A). Before installing a heat pump the effects of noise from the unit on your property, as well as neighbouring properties should be considered. Noise problems usually occur when the effects of noise emission from the outdoor unit are not carefully considered when selecting its location, such as facing the unit directly at a neighbour’s window.

Heat Pump Installation Guidelines

Noise

Excessive noise can be considered an environmental nuisance and is legislated under the Environmental Management and Pollution Control (Noise) Regulations 2016

Regulations about the permitted hours of use for particular types of vehicles, machinery, equipment, heat pumps, and music for further information can be found on the EPA website

Who deals with noise Complaints

Noise pollution or nuisance is generally investigated by Council's Environmental Health Officer during normal office hours and Tasmania Police after hours and on weekends.  You also have the option of calling the Environmental Protection Authority for repeated noise issues.

How to make a Complaint

A complaint must be in writing and include the address where the noise is coming from, be able to describe the sort of noise, its volume, duration and other relevant information. You should also attempt to keep a history, log or diary of the noise, as this will assist the investigation and may be considered evidence in some cases.

What will Council do about the Noise

When dealing with noise complaints Council strongly encourage both parties to discuss the issue before becoming involved.  Sometimes the creator of the noise does not even realise that they are causing a problem and the matter can often be resolved at this point without Council or police involvement. 

Council Officers will first attempt to discuss the issue with the other party.  If negotiations fail or the noise nuisance continues then Council will take whatever action deemed necessary under the Act.

In some circumstances, Council may require the complaint attendance in court.

For further information please contact Council’s Environmental Health Officer, at Council’s Development & Environmental Services office, located at Kempton.

 

 

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