Environmental Health

What is Environmental Health

Environmental Health addresses all the external environmental (physical, chemical, and biological) factors that impact on, or have the potential to impact the health and wellbeing of a person.  It encompasses the assessment and control of those environmental factors that can potentially affect health or introduce disease to the individual or community. It is targeted towards preventing disease and creating supportive healthy environments.

Council provides important public and environmental health services to the community.

Environmental health professionals oversee a range of actions at the local, national and international levels. Each day Kangaroo Island environmental health officers plan, coordinate and implement strategies to minimise adverse environmental and health impacts within our islands borders, protecting residents and visitors.

Some major issues are managed at a much broader level. For example, South Australian state government provide services to supplement activates and initiatives on Kangaroo Island. We work cooperatively to protect and enhance the health and sustainability of highly rural and remote communities.

The role of environmental health officers includes providing responses to public health issues and strengthening communities through environmental health planning.

Projects include a diversity of tasks including monitoring and responding to air, noise and water pollution and pest outbreaks through a risk based approach to deliver quality public health services. Officers inspect local businesses to identify any health and environmental impacts.

Field staff conduct assessments and carry out inspections of:
  • Restaurants and take away food outlets
  • Hair dressers, beauticians, body piercers and tattooists
  • Swimming pools and spas
  • Festivals and organised events
  • Liquid (septic) and solid waste management
  • Warm water systems
  • Supported Residential Facilities
Other responsibilities and duties of Environmental Health Officers:

Process applications and conduct routine assessments, education and complaint investigation in the following areas:

  • Hotels and accommodation premises
  • Insanitary premises, domestic and commercial
  • Environmental impacts from motor vehicle workshops, marinas, and industry
  • Water (drinking) carriers and rainwater suppliers
  • air pollution
  • asbestos
  • fish kills
  • land pollution
  • mosquitoes
  • noise pollution
  • vermin
  • water pollution
Powers of an authorised officer

Authorised officers have many powers under various state and local legislation. These powers are relevant to the investigation/legislation and may allow an officer to:

  • enter any premises or other place, make an inspection and take samples
  • stop, detain and search any vehicle
  • require a person to produce any licence, registration, permit, approval, certificate or other documentation
  • require a person to state their full name and address and ask for verification
  • question any person and require answers
  • seize and detain any articles or equipment
  • open containers and packages
  • take photographs, video, other images and audio
  • request assistance from a competent person
  • use such force that is reasonably necessary

Further information please contact Customer Service on 8553 4500 or email kicouncil@kicouncil.sa.gov.au