Food Safety for Businesses
Adelaide City Council has over 1,000 food businesses located within its jurisdiction. Council's Environmental Health Officers are involved in conducting routine inspections of these businesses to ensure compliance with relevant legislation as well as to provide advice and guidance on food safety to business owners.
Public Pools & Spas
Public swimming pools and spas must be maintained properly or else they can become a source of harmful microorganisms that can cause illness to users.
Bathers and the environment can introduce pollutants to pool water, which may lead to the spread of infectious diseases. Poorly maintained chemical levels can also cause problems such as skin rashes and irritated eyes. Managers of public pools are responsible for ensuring that the facilities they are providing are safe and hygienic.
Infections can occur during hairdressing procedures. Items such as razors, scissors, combs, clippers and hairpins can accidentally pierce the skin. Blood and body fluids do not have to be visible on instruments or working substances for infection to be transmitted, putting both clients and operators at risk.
Body Piercing Studios
In any procedure that involves penetration of the skin (i.e. body piercing), contamination of equipment with blood (or body fluids) cannot be avoided.
It is possible that clients and operators may include people who are carriers of viral infections such as hepatitis B, hepatitis C or HIV. Contaminated skin penetrating equipment can transmit these blood borne viruses to clients or to operators who may accidentally pierce themselves.
High Risk Manufactured Water Systems
The Public Environmental Health (Legionella) Regulations 2008 came into force on October 1 2008.
Some of the main features of the Regulations include:
● Compulsory registration.
● Mandatory requirement for automatic biocide dosing equipment.
● Mandatory requirement for compliant drift eliminators to be fitted.
● Requirement for high Legionella results to be reported to Council.
Current medical knowledge makes us aware of the potential dangers associated with skin penetration procedures, such as tattooing.
If precautions are not taken, blood-borne viruses such as Hepatitis B, Hepatitis C, HIV and a range of bacterial infections can be transmitted to clients or operators by contaminated equipment.
As a result, it is essential that tattoo studios are fully aware of the potential dangers of their procedures and understand the precautions that need to be taken to minimise the likelihood of infection or spread of disease.
Skin penetration premises in the city, such as beauty salons are inspected by Environmental Health Officers under the Public and Environmental Health Act 1987 to check for compliance with relevant Guidelines.
These guidelines have been prepared to assist relevant authorities and operators of premises — where the practice of skin penetration procedures such as micropigmentation, body piercing, waxing, electrolysis or other hair removal/beauty therapies are undertaken — by providing information on how infection can occur and how to minimise risk to clients, employees and the community.