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Food Safety

Food premise assessments are a core duty of Environmental Health Officers and are used in order to ensure and maintain compliance with the Food Standards Code Australia and New Zealand, the Food Act 2008 and the Food Regulations 2009.  Food premises assessments are conducted to ensre food safety practices and hygiene standards are maintained to prevent food poisoning and to generally maintain the wellbeing of the public.

The Council’s Environmental Health Officers undertake routine food sampling of the chemical and bacterial quality of food products for sale within the Town of Claremont in order to monitor compliance with the Food Standards Code Australia and New Zealand.

In addition to routine food sampling, the Town's Health Service is also an active member of the Western Australian Food Monitoring Group, undertaking scheduled sampling of a wide variety of food products to ensure state wide compliance with the Food Standards Code Australia and New Zealand.

It is a requirement of the Food Act 2008 that all individuals who serve food are able to provide evidence of food safety training. This is to ensure the quality and safety and the food products produced, and in turn ensuring the safety of the community. The Town of Claremont offers basic food handler training free of charge with Environmental Health Australia. Use the code FSCLARE338 to redeem your online voucher.

There are several forms that are relevant to food business owners, these forms should be submitted to the Town of Claremont as soon as practicably possible.

Should you be wishing to establish a new food business it is recommended that you contact the Town of Claremont prior to making this application.
Should you be wishing to make structural changes to the kitchen or building then this form should be completed.
The application must be accompanied by two copies of a plan, drawn to a scale of 1:100 of at least A2 size, showing elevations and sectional drawings of all buildings to be licensed and showing ceiling heights and uses of rooms, inclusive of all fixtures and fittings, bars, food storage and preparation areas and toilets.
For the application form please click here

This form should be completed when a food business is sold to inform the Town of the change of ownership. Click here

Should you wish to have a food stall at an event held within the Town of Claremont then you must have a current Food Registration Certificate from your local authority.  Please click here for more information. 

If you require further information, please contact Environmental Health Services by calling 9285 4300.

Hair Dressers and Skin Penetration Premises

Skin penetration is as a procedure in which the skin is cut, punctured, torn or shaved or the mucous membrane is cut, punctured or torn. This includes tattooing, branding; body piercing, acupuncture, scarification, dermal anchors and three dimensional art, body modifications and some beauty therapy treatments. All persons who perform skin penetration procedures and the premises in which these procedures are performed are required to comply with the provisions of the Health (Skin Penetration) Regulations 1998 (the Regulations) and Code of Practice for Skin Penetration Procedures.
 
The Code of Practice specifies the minimum standards that must be adhered to in order to minimise the spread of infectious disease. It provides for specific measures that must be implemented in regard to hand washing, the use of personal protective equipment or clothing and the handling and disposal of sharps and other contaminated materials.
 
The Department of Health website provides more information on skin penetration
Depending upon the type of activities to be conducted in addition to the Regulations and Code of Practice there may be additional criteria that needs addressing, please refer to the specific procedures for body piercing, tattooing and beauty therapy treatments below for additional information.

Not all activities in the beauty therapy industry are regulated by the Code of Practice and Skin Penetration Regulations however; it remains the responsibility of proprietors and beauty therapy practitioners to ensure the premises and practises are conducted in a safe and hygienic manner.
 
Environmental Health Officers regularly conduct inspections of Beauty Therapists to ensure that health and hygiene standards are maintained.

Hairdressing establishments are required to comply with the Hairdressing Establishment Regulations 1972. These regulations provide the minimum requirements for health and hygiene standards that must be adhered to in order to prevent the spread of infectious diseases.

The Town’s Environmental Health Officers periodically inspect all hairdressing establishments to confirm that these health and hygiene standards are being followed.
 
Being a skin penetration activity the use of cutthroat razors is strictly limited to the use of interchangeable single use blades.
 
The Department of Health Use of cut throat razors in the hairdressing industry fact sheet has more information.  To view please click here.

Should you be wishing to establish one a new skin penetration business or hairdressing business it is recommended that you contact the Town of Claremont Planning and Health Services prior to making this application.  Environmental Health Services will review the application following approval from Planning Services.

Should you be wishing to make structural changes to the premises or building then click here to complete the form.
 
Please contact the respective Departments on 9285 4300 or email TOC@claremont.wa.gov.au  
 
The application must be accompanied by two copies of a plan, drawn to a scale of 1:100 of at least A2 size, showing elevations and sectional drawings of all buildings to be licensed and showing ceiling heights and uses of rooms, inclusive of all fixtures, storage and preparation areas and toilets.

Smoking Indoors and in Outdoor Dining Areas

The Tobacco Products Control Act 2006 (Act) replaced the current Tobacco Control Act 1990 and bans tobacco advertising and other forms of promotion, requires all persons who sell tobacco products to be licensed and introduced substantial fines for those who sell or supply tobacco products to minors. Improved enforcement and investigation provisions to support compliance activities, sees Western Australia with some of the toughest tobacco laws in Australia.
 
The Act bans smoking in all outdoor dining areas other than those with a hotel and tavern liquor license, although a minimum of 50% of the outdoor dining area must be non-smoking and cannot affect the patrons in the non-smoking areas.
 
The Act also bans the use of Shisha products even if they do not contain tobacco, in an outdoor dining area where food and drinks are being served.

The Act will also became the head of power for regulations dealing with smoking in enclosed public places.  Environmental Health Officers (EHO’s) will still have a role in the monitoring and enforcement of the regulations.
 
From 31 July 2010, smoking was banned in all enclosed public places including those within all licensed premises, except the Burswood Casino’s International Room. 

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