Health Services

Council's Environmental Health Officers are involved in monitoring various aspects of the community in order to ensure public health is maintained. Regular inspections of food premises, public swimming pools, hairdressers and tattooists are undertaken along with investigations of concerns in regard to food, vermin and insanitary properties.


In the interest of public and staff safety residents are asked to use only approved sharps containers when disposing of hazardous biological waste.

If you find a syringe in a public place, advise Council Customer Service Centre of its exact location by telephoning 8405 6600 or completing a customer request below.  Ensure your own safety when approaching a sharp, as there may be other unseen hazards nearby.  If you need to move a sharp or syringe do not attempt to pick it up in your bare hands. Safe practices suggest using a dustpan and bucket, barbecue tongs, rigger type gloves, or any other safe, non-touch method.  Please ensure the sharp is secured in a safe location (i.e. in a jar or rigid container) and await Council collection.

Council is able to sell approved sharps containers to members of the public with managed health conditions such as diabetes at a cost of $9.50 for a 5 litre container.

Council will also pick up discarded syringes both from public and private properties. Council, however, will not collect syringes discarded by home owners or tenants - this is the responsibility of the property owner.

Hairdressers and Skin Penetration

Hairdressers, tattooists, body pierces, acupuncturists and beauty therapists are inspected annually by Environmental Health Officers to ensure that safe hygienic procedures and practices are being undertaken to prevent the spread of infectious diseases. Premises undertaking these activities are inspected for compliance under the South Australian Public Health Act 2011.  If precautions are not taken, blood-borne diseases such as Hepatitis C, Hepatitis B, human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) and various bacterial infections can be transmitted.

Acupuncture is the practice of inserting sterile needles into specific parts of the body to treat disease or relieve pain. The majority of items used in acupuncture are available as pre-sterilised and single use.

Beauty Therapists 
Beauty Therapy procedures where skin penetration can occur include waxing, electrolysis, micro pigmentation, nail manicures and pedicures, lancing, and colonic lavage or colonic irrigation. Some of these procedures do not penetrate the skin under normal circumstances, however they do come into contact with other body substance able to transmit infection. Bleeding can occur during some of these non-skin penetrating procedures such as waxing, increasing the risk of the transmission of blood-borne disease.

The Guidelines on the Safe and Hygienic Practices of Skin Penetration 2004 are designed to assist Council in the administration of the South Australian Public Health Act 2011 and Regulations.  Within this guideline a Skin Penetration Hazard Analysis Critical Control Point (HACCP) Plan is used during the annual inspections and can be used as tool for the operator to monitor and assess the practices and procedures carried out in the premises.

Hairdressers are currently inspected by Environmental Health Officers using the Guidelines on the Public Health Standards of Practice for Hairdressing 2006 based on a risk assessment. The guidelines provide appropriate information on issues such as infection risk, cleaning processes, sterilisation, operator hygiene and the maintenance of cleanliness standards for a hairdressing premises.

Hairdressers participating in any form of skin penetration are required to refer to the Guidelines on the Safe and Hygienic Practices of Skin Penetration 2004.

If you are intending on establishing one of the above mentioned premises please contact Council's Environmental Health Section on telephone (08) 8405 6832 prior to commencing business.

For further information on this topic, or if you have any questions, please call our helpful Customer Services team on 8405 6600 or send us an email.
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