Environmental Health Compliance Strategies
Every day, officers from Council's Environmental Health Program undertake a variety of tasks (i.e. inspections, complaint investigations, education) relating to environmental health legislation. This helps to make sure that public health and environmental standards are maintained within the city.
The key environmental health legislation includes;
- Environmental Protection Act 1994
- Food Act 2006
- Public Health (Infection Control for Personal Appearance Services) Act 2003
- Logan City Council Local Law 9 (Licensing) 1999
- Logan City Council Local Law 10 (Public Health) 1999
As with all work undertaken by Council, the Environmental Health program tries to make sure tasks such as inspections and complaint investigations are always carried out in a reasonable, consistent and satisfactory manner.
With this in mind the following compliance strategies have been developed (click below)
- Environmental Protection Act 1994 Compliance Strategy;
- Food Act 2006 Compliance Strategy;
- Public Health (Infection Control for Personal Appearance Services) Act 2003 Compliance Strategy;
- Logan City Council Local Law 9 (Licensing) 1999 Compliance Strategy; and
- Logan City Council Local Law 10 (Public Health) 1999 Compliance Strategy.
Combined with an enforcement matrix (a decision making tool), the strategies provide a clear and consistent method to help Environmental Health Officers in their decision making process. This will result in a solution that is based on the actual risk posed to public health and the environment.
Compliance strategy for operating temporary food stalls
Logan City Council introduced changes to the way temporary food stalls are managed under the Food Act 2006. The compliance strategy approved by Council will mean Environmental Health Officers (EHOs) will have greater ability to enforce existing powers in a more consistent manner. It means that both operators and the public will have a higher level of confidence that the food they are buying is safe.
What does this mean?
- If potentially hazardous food is not prepared from a licensed kitchen, the operators will be asked to remove the food from sale. If the request is not followed, then the Environmental Health Officer may take and destroy the food, cancel the food licence and/or issue a penalty infringement notice
- If a food stall does not have sufficient hand washing facilities the operator will be asked to stop the preparation and handling of food until the hand wash facilities are set up. If the request is not followed, it may result in a cancellation of the food licence, a request to leave the market or event, and/or be issued with a penalty infringement notice
- If food for sale has not been kept under proper temperature control the operator will be asked to remove the food from sale. If the operators do not follow the request it may result with the food being taken away and destroyed, a cancellation of the food licence, a request to leave the market or event, and/or be issued with a penalty infringement notice
- If the food stall operator has had repeated problems that have not been fixed, the operator may be issued with a penalty infringement notice
The compliance strategy for temporary food stalls is available to download in full by following on the link below:
If you require any further information or need clarification regarding the new compliance strategies please contact Logan City Council Environmental Health Program on 3412 3412.