Environmental Health is a Council service set up to make sure that people's living and working surroundings are safe, healthy and hygienic. A wide range of activities are provided, including the inspection of food facilities, investigation of public health nuisances, and the implementation of disease control. The service focuses on prevention, consultation, investigation, and community education regarding health risks and maintaining a safe environment.
- Respond to requests for services within five working days.
- Investigate serious or urgent matters immediately (for example, a food poisoning outbreak or a serious accident at work where there is an imminent or significant risk to health).
- Give clear written advice to businesses on what they need to do to comply with legal requirements.
- Enforce the law in a proportionate, consistent and open manner in accordance with the Council’s agreed Enforcement Policy.
Inspecting business premises and investigating complaints and work related accidents to ensure that shops, offices, warehouses, catering and leisure activities comply with health and safety laws.
Inspecting farms and smallholdings, licensing animal establishments and investigating complaints relating to the welfare of animals.
Inspecting food businesses, providing food safety advice and training, investigating complaints about food safety and standards and alleged cases of food poisoning.
Regulation of business activities which are of public health significance such as acupuncture, tattooing, ear piercing and electrolysis, and control of the spread of infectious diseases within the community.