Public Health

​​The Environmental Health Unit team consists of environmental health officers and carries out the food safety role and general public health role.

Annual registration and inspection of regulated businesses

There are business premises in the community, other than food premises, that have a potential to put public health at risk. These include hairdressers shops, camping grounds, premises used by funeral directors, mortuaries, saleyards and offensive trades. These premises must be registered under the Health (Registration of Premises) Regulations 1966.

These premises are subject to annual registration under the Health Act and are inspected on a regular basis to ensure compliance with legislative requirements relating to each type of business premises.

You can find information on the registration of regulated businesses, here

Contact Hamilton City Council Environmental Health Department for further information.

Unsanitary conditions

Conditions can exist in the community that are injurious to health (e.g. unsanitary swimming pool conditions), or are just plain offensive thereby causing mental distress and sometimes physical illness.

In some cases these conditions may exist to such an extent that immediate action for the removal of these conditions is necessary.

Public requests for service are prioritised according to their urgency and must be investigated as soon as possible to identify, isolate, and control any nuisance conditions that may be in existence.

Contact Hamilton City Council Environmental Health Department for further information.

Infectious diseases

Communicable disease is a very real issue in the community. Cases of communicable disease can be isolated among individuals or can be household outbreaks, while other cases can be on a large scale associated with a common source of infection.

If conditions allow, uncontrolled disease can spread very quickly and affect a large number of people, resulting in a disruption of work and lifestyle. 

Communicable diseases that are notified to the local authority are documented in the Health Act 1956.

Prompt action on receiving notification of one of these communicable diseases is required to ensure that the source of infection is identified, isolated and brought under control as soon as possible, and to prevent the further spread of infection.

Contact Hamilton City Council Environmental Health Department for further information.

Public health professionals in the Waikato

Waikato District Health Board (DHB) is responsible for health protection, including regulating retail settings and preventing and monitoring infectious disease.

Included in the service are three public health medicine specialists. 

These are statutory positions, and part of their role is the issuing of public health notifications such as algae blooms, sewage spills, outbreak of contagious disease etc.

Waikato DHB’s vision is to improve the health, independence and quality of life for the communities it serves by addressing the needs of the population and reducing health disparities. 

For more information on the DHB and the services it provides visit their website.

Page reviewed: 15 Apr 2016 3:32pm