Environmental Health

The Shire's Health Department administers the requirements of the Health Act which includes matters such as rubbish removal, refuse site management, food premises inspections, food sampling, Disability Services Plan, noise monitoring and pest control (including mosquitoes). Staff also ensure that building plans and effluent disposal systems and any subsequent construction, complies with the Health Act and other statutory provisions.

Essentially the Council is responsible for the creation and maintenance of an environment which promotes good public health and well being through the implementation of statutory and preventative control programs pursuant to Western Australian Health and Environmental legislation.

Areas of responsibility with regard to environmental health includes:

  • The assessment and approval of on-site effluent disposal apparatus including the installation of conventional septic tank and leach drain systems or alternative treatment units;
  • The surveillance of food premises to ensure food safety standards are met. Principally this involves routine inspections of cafes, restaurants, takeaway food shops, hotels and taverns.
  • Disease control including information on the eradication of insect and rodents, regular bacterial monitoring of public swimming pools, investigation and notification of infectious diseases, monitoring of air quality and regular inspections of tourist accommodation and public buildings.
  • The monitoring of noise upon receipt of complaint or as required to ensure compliance with the Environmental Protection (Noise) Regulations 1997.
  • The ongoing management of refuse disposal facilities within the Nabawa and Yuna localities.

To obtain further information on environmental health matters please contact the Shire on 99205011 or via email cso@chapmanvalley.wa.gov.au.

Food handlers and food safety

A food handler is anyone who works in a food business and handles food or surfaces that are likely to come into contact with food such as cutlery and plates.

A food handler is anyone who works in a food business and handles food or surfaces that are likely to come into contact with food such as cutlery and plates.

A food handler may be involved in food preparation such as chopping, cooking, cooling, packing, transporting, food service, or cleaning the premises and equipment.

All food handlers must know how to keep food safe to eat, this includes having the necessary skills and knowledge in food safety and food hygiene and ensuring you don’t contaminate food through illness or unhygienic practices.

The online program includes basic food safety principles, interactive tasks and quizzes, a printable training acknowledgement form and a completion certificate. This training should be completed by food handlers that operate within the Shire of Chapman Valley.

More information about food handling is available at the Department of Health HERE

Get a food handling certificate

Temporary Food Stalls

If you plan to set up a temporary food stall/stand or operate a food vehicle at approved events or at a recognised market across the Shire of Chapman Valley you will require approval from our Environmental Health Services officer by completing an application form below.