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.
Sharps and syringes - disposal and pick up
Sharps are any needles, syringes, intravenous giving sets, lancets and scalpel blades. Syringes and other sharps must be placed in yellow puncture resistant Medical Sharps containers for safe disposal. Plastic bottles, tins or cartons are not designed for medical waste as these may not be puncture resistant. Medical waste containers are available for purchase from most pharmacies or Diabetes SA branches. Additionally, you can purchase a 1.4L container for $5.60 (inc. GST) or a 5L container for $10.20 (inc. GST) from your local Council office.
Sharps items cannot be disposed of in standard waste bins (general waste, recycling, organics or street litter bins). However, these containers can only be disposed of in an approved Medical Waste bin. The City of Port Adelaide Enfield provides community access (non-commercial) to medical waste container disposal at the following locations:
- Civic Centre - 163 St Vincent Street, Port Adelaide
- Greenacres Library - 2 Fosters Road, Greenacres
- Enfield Library - 1 Kensington Road, Enfield
- Parks Library - 46 Traffod Street, Angle Park
The following pharmacies and Community Health service providers in the City of Port Adelaide Enfield accept medical waste containers from the community (waste must be in an approved medical waste container and be non-commercial).
|Craig Robert’s Pharmacy|
126 Semaphore Road, Semaphore
|National Pharmacies Semaphore|
103 Semaphore Road, Semaphore
|Terry White Chemmart Largs Bay|
240 Fletcher Road, Largs Bay
|National Pharmacies Port Adelaide|
Port Canal Shopping Centre
12/220 Commercial Road, Port Adelaide
|Wonggangga Turtpandi Aboriginal Primary Health Care Service|
Corner of Church & Dale Street, Port Adelaide
Mon – Fri 9:30-5:00 – Closed 12:30-1:00pm
|Priceline Pharmacy North Haven|
North Haven Shopping Centre
16/45-47 Osborne Road, North Haven
Fussell Place, Alberton
156 Grand Junction Road, Rosewater
|Terry White Chemmart Northfield|
323 Hampstead Road, Northfield
|Gilles Plains Chemplus|
Gilles Plains Shopping Centre
18/575 North East Road, Gilles Plains
|Good Price Pharmacy Warehouse|
424B North East Road, Windsor Gardens
|National Pharmacies Greenacres|
Greenacres Shopping Centre
132 Muller Road, Greenacres
If you would like a site added as a disposal point for medical waste containers or changes made to the above locations, please contact Customer Service on (08) 8405 6600 or send us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org
What to do if you find used syringes
On public land - arrange for council collection by calling customer service on (08) 8405 6600 or by lodging an online request through the Council webpage at Online Reporting of Syringes/Needles. Council staff will attend as soon as practical. Please note it is important to be highly specific about the syringe’s location.
On private property – arrange a cleaning contractor to collect syringes from rental properties or building sites at the property owner’s expense. Council will not collect from commercial properties.
It is always safer to leave the syringe/sharp where it is if it is unlikely to cause harm and wait for collection. If you elect to collect a syringe the following are important steps to prevent needle stick injury:
- Do not handle the syringe directly
- Do not attempt to break off, bend or cover the sharp end
- Find a rigid, puncture resistant container with wide opening and secure lid
- Remove the lid
- Place the container close to the syringe
- Use tongs and/or puncture proof gloves to pick up syringe and place in container sharp end first
- Secure lid to container safely and tightly
- Wash hands with water and soap
- Store container in a safe location
- Contact Council for collection (08)8405 6600 or email email@example.com
Managing a needle stick injury
- Stay calm
- Allow the wound to bleed
- Wash the area with running water and soap, rinse and pat dry
- Cover the wound with a band aid or dry dressing
- As soon as possible seek urgent medical advice
Public pools and spas are monitored to ensure correct disinfection levels are maintained and the standard of facilities comply with regulations.
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 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.
The following information is provided to owners and operators responsible for the control of Legionella in manufactured Cooling Water Systems and Warm Water Systems.
High Risk Manufactured Water System must be operated and maintained in accordance with the South Australian Public Health (Legionella) Regulations 2013, Australian and New Zealand Standards (AS/NZS 3666) and Guidelines for the Control of Legionella. Australian Standards can be purchased on-line at the Australian Standards website or locally at Standards and Technical Publications, 45D Sussex Terrace, Hawthorn SA 5062.
A summary of new laws applying to the operation of High Risk Manufactured Water Systems is provided below.
Effective 1 October 2008, all new High Risk Manufactured Water Sytems must be registered with Council within one month of commissioning and positive Legionella counts must be reported to Council within 24 hours.
Before 1 April 2009, all existing high risk manufactured water systems must be registered with Council and automatic biocide dosing devices must be fitted to each cooling water system.
Before 1 October 2009, drift eliminators must be fitted to each cooling water system and plans, manuals and up to date log books for each system must be kept on the premises in an accessible location.
Greywater results from the use of water in the laundry, kitchen, bath or shower (excluding the toilet). A significant proportion of the water we use in our homes is for washing clothes or ourselves, and these activities produce a large amount of wastewater which, like sewage, is disposed of to the mains sewer or a septic tank via the normal household plumbing and drainage system.
In these times of increased awareness of the need to conserve water, many people are investigating ways to re-use grey water from their homes for domestic purposes such as garden watering.
Council encourages the re-use of grey water, however, it is important to be aware of the regulatory approval process currently in place in South Australia.
Greywater Re-use Systems
In existing buildings, and where site conditions allow, modifications may be made to retro-fit a SA Health approved Greywater Re-use System.
The installation or alteration of a Greywater Re-use System requires approval under the provisions of the South Australian Public Health (wastewater) Regulations 2013.
No work in relation to the installation or alteration of a Greywater Re-use System can occur until the approval of the relevant authority has been granted. Regulations under the South Australian Public Health Act 2011 designate to Council the responsibility for approving and monitoring Greywater Re-use Systems in the Council region.
The Environmental Health Department (State Government) is available to provide assistance on all matters associated with the application and approval of Greywater Re-use Systems.
For more information and advice on greywater re-use please contact Council's Environmental Health Department on telephone (08) 8405 6832 during office hours.