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ENVIRONMENTAL HEALTH e-NEWS
Produced by the Environmental Health Directorate (EHD)
August 2020
CONSULTATION OPEN
 
Consultation is now open on the: 

Air-handling review: Part 2
 
UPDATES
 
Housing regulation review consultation summary
The Managing housing risks in WA consultation summary paper outlines feedback received following the review of the public health risks of WA residential housing. The review confirmed support for new regulations to be created under the framework provided by the Public Health Act. The Minister for Health has now approved the drafting of new regulations, which are currently underway. 
Phase 5 delayed - COVID-19
Phase 5 of the WA COVID-19 roadmap,has been delayed. The new tentative date for Phase 5 will now be Saturday, 15 August. A final decision on whether Phase 5 can proceed on this date will be communicated closer to the time. Phase 5 would see remaining restrictions removed, except WA’s hard border and access to remote Aboriginal communities. It would also see the removal of WA’s 2 square metre rule and the 50 per cent capacity for our major venues.
Public health planning roles and responsibilities
To support local governments with the public health planning process, the Department of Health and each Health Service Provider (North, South, East and WA Country Health Services, and Child and Adolescent Health Service) have formally outlined the roles and responsibilities of each agency when supporting and guiding local governments who initiate their public health plan in accordance with Part 5 of the Public Health Act 2016. Local governments are encouraged to contact their Health Service Provider in the early phases of preparing their plan. Refer to the public health planning page for 'further support' and contact details. 
2016-19 Food Act report
The Report on the Food Act 2008 2016-2019 analyses information received from the Department of Health and local government enforcement agencies on the performance of food regulatory functions over three reporting years. The report findings assist the EHD with monitoring food safety legislation in WA. Review the infographic, summarising key findings for 2018-19. 
Tide gauges for mosquito management
New tide gauges, strategically placed along the Swan and Canning Rivers, are set to improve mosquito management. The gauges provide an early warning system to local government, signalling tidal inundation of breeding sites - a precursor to increased mosquito activity. This project has been a collaborative effort between the Department of Health, Department of Transport and local government. Tide data is now available online.
Mosquito-borne disease reporting
Mosquito-borne disease quarterly reports (April-June 2020) are now available online for each of the WA Health Regions. The reports also summarise annual/long term data for the State, and provide climate outlook predictions that are likely to impact mosquito breeding over the coming season.
Play it Food Safe. campaign promotion
The Play it Food Safe. campaign was piloted within the City of Busselton and surrounding areas, with the campaign findings to be released to local government along with a request for a partnership approach to support the promotion of the campaign throughout November 2020 to February 2021, when incidence of foodborne illness peak. Correspondence will be circulated over the coming weeks. Refer to the campaign package and campaign materials for supporting information. 
Reminder - Annual local government reporting
Local governments are reminded to submit reports on the performance of functions under the Food Act and Public Health Act for 2019-20 by 31 August 2020. A letter advising of the reporting requirements and the reporting questions have been sent to all local government CEOs. The questions should be completed online. Further information is available on the Public Health Act reporting or Food Act reporting webpages.
Pesticide licensing and business registration applications
Regional local governments can assist the EHD with new applications by providing initial pesticide business/vehicle inspections. Forms and checklists are routinely updated, with the new Pest management business and vehicle inspection checklist now available to allow local governments and prospective pesticide businesses to undertake a self-assessment prior to scheduling an inspection. The Pest industry licensing and registration page lists a range of forms including the pesticide technician licence applications, business registration application and fumigation approval form.
New pregnancy warning labels
New mandatory pregnancy warning labels on alcohol came into effect. Businesses have three years to comply with the new requirements. Details are outlined on the FSANZ website, and welcomed by the State Government which has been a strong supporter of the initiative. The new labels will say: 'PREGNANCY WARNING Alcohol can cause lifelong harm to your baby.'
Health local laws
Local governments wanting to update their health local laws should ensure they are made under the provisions of the Local Government Act 1995. The EHD no longer needs to approve or review health local laws. Refer to the local laws webpage for more information. 
How the national food system works
In Australia and New Zealand, laws on food are covered by a range of laws and policies. There are many different government organisations responsible for particular areas of our food regulation system. These national committees, which EHD staff are represented on (or provide policy advice to) include:
CONSULTATION OPEN
 
Consultation is currently open on the following discussion paper.
Reminder: Proposed air-handling regulation content - Part 2
The Air-handling and water systems of commercial buildings review – Part 2 has been released for 3 month consultation ending on the 31 August 2020. The key focus of Part 2 is to obtain feedback through the online survey on the proposed regulation content to manage the public health risks associated with commercial air-handling (e.g. cooling towers) and water systems. 
Contact us
The Environmental Health Directorate can be contacted on (08) 9222 2000 or ehinfo@health.wa.gov.au 
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