Public Health

The Shire of Collie focuses on ensuring current legislative requirements are met satisfactorily to prevent adverse health impacts on our community.

Follow the links for more specific information on Effluent Disposal, Food Safety, Hairdressing/Body Piercing and Noise and Dust Complaints.

Measures to prevent adverse health impacts are wide ranging and include the following areas:

Food Safety

ensuring that food that is sold or distributed is safe for human consumption

Click on the underlined words to access the I’M ALERT Food safety online training if you are preparing food for public consumption.  Please print and retain your certificate of completion.

Disease Control

preventing or reducing the spread of infectious diseases

Waste Management

ensuring that solid and liquid wastes (including sewage effluent) are appropriately managed

Transfer Station – undertaking audits of the Shire landfill to ensure compliance with Department of Environment Regulation Licence conditions, and managing the upgrade of a septage facility that handles septic and grease trap waste.

Effluent Disposal – The Shire of Collie is responsible for the approval and post construction inspection of on-site sewage and effluent disposal systems. Aerobic Treatment Units (ATUs) are required to be serviced and service records are to be provided to the Shire of Collie.  The Shire conducts random audits to ensure ATUs are being serviced correctly. To apply for installation of an effluent disposal system click here.

Water Quality– ensuring all water used for drinking, food production and recreation is safe.  The Shire provides  water quality testing for premises that rely on rainwater for drinking water supplies on a cost recovery basis. Please call the Shire’s Health Officer to arrange for sampling.

Public Buildings and Accommodation

ensuring that buildings and areas accessed by the public are maintained and operated to protect the health and safety of users and occupiers

Public Buildings –  are inspected for compliance with the Health (Public Buildings) Regulations 1992 and a Certificate of Compliance is issued that is required to be on display within the building.

Vector and pest control

monitoring and controlling (or organising control measures) as necessary vectors of disease and other pests.

Department of Agriculture and Food – The Shire assists the DAFWA as a collection agency for samples and distribution of collection devices.

Air quality and noise

working with relevant State Government agencies to ensure legislative standards are met.

Noise Complaints – The Environmental Protection Act 1986 and Environmental Protection (Noise) Regulations 1997 deal with noise. Commercial and industrial noise complaints may be reported to the Shire’s Health Officer for investigation.  Parties and domestic disturbances should be reported to local police in the first instance.

Roosters – The keeping of roosters in populated areas (within townsite boundaries) is not allowed and may be reported to the Shire’s Health Officer or reported to the Shire Rangers for after hours inquiries.

Air Quality Testing – is monitored by the Department of Environment Regulation or by private industry under licensing requirements.  The Shire can assist in determining the requirements and responsibilities for air quality and testing.

Emergency management

ensuring that public health is adequately addressed in emergency response planning.

Activity in each of these areas is described in the Shire’s Environmental Health Strategy, a copy of which, along with the Shire of Collie Local Law No. 8 – Health appears in the related documents panel.

The Local Law has regulations (often complimenting existing legislation) covering a wide range of matters, including:

  • building design;
  • waste management;
  • keeping of animals including poultry;
  • control of pests including disease vectors such as mosquitoes and rats;
  • infectious diseases; and
  • offensive trades.

The Shire of Collie Local Law No 8 – Health is administered with regard to current levels of risk to public health and in response to complaints.  The Local Law is proposed to be reviewed when the Public Health Bill becomes an Act.

Hairdressers

Hairdressers are required to comply with the Hairdressing Establishment Regulations 1972 which outline basic health and hygiene standards. Other useful fact sheets compiled by the Department of Health include Cut Throat Razors (PDF 133KB) and Use of Ear Piercing Guns (PDF 137KB).

To conduct a hairdressing business you need to seek planning approval by contacting the Shire Planner on (08) 97349000.

Skin Penetration (Body Piercing etc.)

Skin penetration premises are required to comply with the Health (Skin Penetration Procedures) Regulations 1998 and the Health Department’sCode of Practice for Skin Penetration Procedures.

A skin penetration procedure is any procedure which involves the tearing, cutting, puncturing or shaving of the skin and includes services such as:

  • Beauty Therapy
  • Tattooing
  • Nail salons
  • Acupuncture
  • Body piercing
  • Cosmetic enhancements

What do I need to do before I can open?
Before opening the premises you are required to contact the Shire’s Health Service to arrange an appointment time to ensure that the premise complies with the relevant legislation. The Department of Health has produced some Fact Sheets to assist businesses to comply.  The Fact Sheets are located near the bottom of the Department of Health’s page on skin penetration and includeAdvice for the Beauty Therapy IndustryandGeneral Requirements for Operating a Skin Penetration Establishment (PDF 258KB). Once approval is given the premise is then subject to routine inspections by an Environmental Health Officer.

Other Useful Websites / Links
Department of Health – www.public.health.wa.gov.au

Alcohol and Other Drugs Management

The Collie Alcohol and Other Drugs Management Plan (AODMP) seeks to reduce the level of harmful alcohol use within the community by:
• applying comprehensive responses to complex issues.
• promoting access and equity.
• supporting evidence-based practice and applying innovation.
• developing and maintaining effective partnerships.
• promoting stakeholder participation.
• being responsive to emerging issues.
• promoting sustainable change.