Environmental Health

Environmental Health

ENVIRONMENTAL HEALTH

 

FREE Online I'm Alert Food Hygiene Training

Brighton Council is pleased to provide you with FREE and unlimited access to a new product that will assist food handlers and people with an interest in food hygiene procedures to gain valuable skills and knowledge in food safety and hygiene.

This program is presented in an interactive, easy-to-follow, and entertaining format and includes the ability for the user to print off an acknowledgement form and a certificate on completion of the program that can be kept as proof of accreditation.

This training program can also be used to assist food business managers in ensuring all staff are trained in this important area  reducing any risk of food-borne illness resulting from poor food handling practices.

It is recommended anyone handling food on a regular basis complete this program annually as part of their training. This is a great opportunity to provide relevant up-to-date training that would otherwise cost individuals and businesses money and a great deal more in time.

For further information on the food safety topics within this training program, please contact Council's Environmental Health Department on (03) 6268 7029.

 

Click here to visit our I'm Alert Food Hygiene Training website presented by Environmental Health Australia.

Please note the I’m Alert Food Hygiene Training program is best completed in the one session if you wish to print out a certificate of completion, this takes approximately 2 hours. For those wanting to address specific areas of food hygiene, individual modules such as temperature control, hand washing etc. can be done individually and take approximately 5 to 10 minutes each.

 

Immunisation Information

Immunisation sessions are conducted on the first Tuesday of every month (unless a Public Holiday falls on the Tuesday) from 2:00pm - 3:00pm at the Bridgewater Community Health Centre located 27 Green Point Road, Bridgewater.

The following are the dates set for 2017:

3rd January

7th February

7th March

4th April

2nd May

6th June

4th July

1st August

5th September

3rd October

7th November

5th December

Please click here to view the free vaccinations which are available for both children and adults.

In addition, Commonwealth funding has allowed Council to provide free of charge influenza vaccine to people 65 years old and over.

Additional Vaccinations: Apart from offering the full range of vaccines on the standard vaccination schedule to infants, children and adults, Council also offers a 20% subsidy (off the wholesale cost) to residents for Hepatitis A, Hepatitis B, Chicken Pox, Influenze and Meningococcal vaccines. The cost to non-residents is wholesale plus a small administrative fee. All vaccines NOT on the standard schedule must be pre-booked two weeks before normal clinic days be contacting Council's Environmental Health Officer on (03) 6268 7029.

For any further information, please contact Council's Environmental Health Officer on (03) 6268 7029.

Immunisation Record Request

If you would like to request an Immunisation Record Certificate, please complete this WebForm.

Noise Information

Noise can really upset your neighbour so be considerate.  Under the Environmental Management & Pollution Control (Miscellaneous Noise) Regulations 2004 there are certain defined hours you can use noisy equipment.

General Equipment

Power tools (excluding percussion tools), mixers and their drives, pumps and their drives, gas or air compressors, generators, etc

Permissible Hours for Use:
Monday - Friday - 7:00am - 6:00pm
Saturday - 8:00am - 6:00pm
Sunday, Good Friday & Christmas Day - 10:00am - 6:00pm

Lawnmowers

Permissible Hours for Use:
Monday - Friday - 7:00am - 8:00pm
Saturday - 8:00am - 8:00pm
Sunday, Good Friday & Christmas Day - 10:00am - 8:00pm

Chainsaws

Chainsaws must not be used in a residential area or within 300m of a residence at anytime, unless for domestic garden maintenance on only one (1) day in any seven (7) consecutive days.

Usage must be between the following hours:
Mon - Fri - 7:00am - 6:00pm
Sat - 9:00am - 6:00pm
Sun & Public Holidays - 10:00am - 6:00pm

Recreational Vehicles

A person must not operate a motor vehicle (i.e. dirt bikes, 4-wheelers, buggies, etc.) for sport or recreational purposes within 500 metres of a residential premises unless the motor vehicle is being operated by, or with the consent of, the occupier of the premises.

Please note 'premises' includes the grounds on which the home is located and is not restricted from the location of the dwelling itself. The 500m buffer distance is measured from the property boundaries on which the premises is located

For further information regarding Noise Information or complaints, please contact Council's Environmental & Development Services Department on (03) 6268 7029.

 

Incinerators, Burning off & Wood Heaters

The following extract is from Council's Environmental Health By-Law No. 1 of 2004. This extract relates to Part 5 - Control of Incinerators, Open Air Burning and Wood Heaters.

Interpretation of Part 5

21. In this Part -

"barbecue" means any device, structure or equipment used or adapted for use for cooking food for human consumption in the open air;

"incinerator" includes any fireplace, construction or container not housed inside a building, which is used for the purpose of burning any flammable material and which is not licensed under the provisions of the Environmental Management and Pollution Control Act 1994, but does not include a barbecue whilst being used bona fide for any purpose in connection with the cooking of food for human consumption;

"Building Code of Australia" means the code produced by the Australian Building Code Board relating to the design and construction of buildings.

Incinerator construction

22. A person must not install an incinerator that is not constructed of a suitable non-combustible material such as brick, concrete or metal.

23. The proprietor must maintain an incinerator in good repair and in a manner that promotes efficient combustion.

24. All incinerators must be fitted with a lid and/or approved spark arrester so as to prevent the emission of ash and other particulates.

25. An incinerator or open-air fire must not be constructed on any property within the municipal area unless:

(a) it is situated not less than 2 metres from any boundary;

(b) it is situated not less than 10 metres from any dwelling; and

(c) it is clear of any overhanging foliage or other flammable material.

Operation

26. Provisions of this By-law are in addition to and not in derogation of the provisions of the Fire Service Act 1979.

27. A person must not on any land burn or cause or allow to be burned in an incinerator or open air fire any matter, material or substance in such a manner or to such an extent as to cause a nuisance, environmental harm, or as to be liable to be dangerous to health or as to be offensive to any person.

28. (1) A person must not light or allow to be lit or to remain alight more than one incinerator or open-air fire at any one time on any property within a residential zone.

(2) A person must not light an incinerator or open-air fire or allow an incinerator or open-air fire to be lit or to remain alight unless a garden hose that is connected to a water supply, which is long enough to reach the incinerator or open-air fire, or another suitable means of fire extinguishment, is provided.

29. A person must not, on any land, burn or cause or allow to be burned -

(a) any rubber or plastic substance;

(b) any petroleum oil or material containing petroleum oil;

(c) any paints or receptacles which contain or which contained paints;

(d) any manufactured chemicals;

(e) any food waste;

(f) green plant or vegetable matter; or

(g) used aerosol cans, or anything similar using a pressurised propellant in its operation.

Restricted times and method of burning

30. Notwithstanding any other provisions of this By-law to the contrary a person must not light or allow to be lit or to remain alight any incinerator or open air fire -

(a) on any day on which a total fire ban has been declared; and

(b) on any property within a residential zone on any day or time other than Monday, Wednesday or Saturday between the hours of 10 a.m. - and 4 p.m. within a non fire permit period (as defined under the Fire Service Act 1979).

31. A person must not light or allow to be lit or to remain alight an incinerator or open-air fire on any land unless -

(a) the waste is dry; and

(b) the waste has been lightly loaded so as to allow sufficient air to circulate through the waste to facilitate complete combustion.

32. (1) Any person who is burning any material in contravention of this Part must extinguish the fire if instructed to do so by an authorised officer.

(2) The Council may undertake to extinguish the fire if the person fails to comply with the instructions given in accordance with sub-clause (1) within a reasonable time.

(3) The Council may recover its expenses in undertaking work under sub-clause (2) from the person who fails to comply with the instruction under sub-clause (1) as a debt due to it, in addition to any penalty imposed under sub-clause (1).

Domestic wood heaters and stoves

33. A person must not use a domestic wood-burning appliance, including heaters and stoves, unless:

(a) only seasoned wood is used;

(b) rubbish or materials that could create noxious fumes or odours are not burnt;

(c) a flue with a cowl is fitted in accordance with the Building Code of Australia; and

(d) the flue is regularly cleaned.

A full copy of the Environmental Health by-law can be download on the following link:-

By-Law No. 1/2015 - Environmental Health

 

Air Quality Regulations

New Air Quality Regulations

Recently, the Department of Tourism, Arts and the Environment released new legislation dealing with backyard burning; wood heater smoke; and the importation, manufacture and sale of woodheaters.

Following, are 3 Pamphlets which may assist explaining the intent of the legislation and contain a summary of the requirements.

Backyard Burning Pamphlet

Wood Heater Emissions Pamphlet

Wood Heater Seller Pamphlet

Asbestos Pamphlet

 

Smoke-free Public Events

Carols By Candlelight

Under the Public Health Act 1997, the Director of Public Health has the authority to designate classes of public events as smoke-free. The Director has used this authority to declare all carols by candlelight events as smoke-free from 1st November 2012.

Banning smoking at carols by candlelight events will help to de-normalise tobacco to children at an event predominately attended by families with children. Smoking is less likely to be considered the norm when it is removed from busy public areas, particularly where there are young people. It also protects the health of non-smokers, including staff and patrons from exposure to harmful second-hand smoke and supports smokers by making it easier to quit or remain quit.

Selected Markets and Festivals

From 2nd January 2013 selected markets, food and wine and music festivals are to be smoke-free or have designated areas for smoking.  Events in the Brighton Municipality to which this will apply as of 2 January 2013 are:

The Brighton Show

 

For further information regarding Smoke-Free Public Events within the Brighton Municipality, please contact the Brighton Council Environmental Health Department on (03) 6268 7029 or please consider the weblinks below;

 

Additional External Links:

Smoke Free Public Event Guide for Event Organisers

Smoke Free Management Plan Application Form

SmokeFree Public Events Directors List

Tobacco Control Resources

 

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