Environmental health is targeted towards preventing disease and creating health-supportive environments. It includes the aspects of human health that are determined by physical, chemical, biological and social factors in the environment. Environmental health also works to assess and control these factors.
The department has an important role in protecting the health of Victorians from the potential health effects of environmental hazards. The department does this by:
- raising awareness of environmental hazards in the community
- providing technical guidance and advice
- informing state and national policy.
Local government employs environmental health officers to work directly with communities on environmental health issues. The department works closely with local government to support the environmental health profession.
Heat health alerts
Current status: There is a Heat health alert active in Victoria.
When a heat health alert is issued, organisations should respond in accordance with their heat plans. Individuals should also prepare for the heat.
Heat health alert status
Algae in the Gippsland Lakes - Community Information
Community factsheets - bushfires
Environmental health incident: Broadmeadows tyre fire
This information has been prepared to address any community health concerns about potential exposure to smoke as a result of a tyre fire in Broadmeadows, which started on 11 January 2016. For further information about the progress of this fire stay tuned to your local emergency radio broadcaster. A Turkish-language factsheet is also available.
Broadmeadows tyre fire: Smoke and your health
Environmental health incidents: Somerton waste facility fire
Environmental health incident: Strathdownie Kaladbro Road peat bog fire
On 7 November a peat bog fire was reported at the Kaladbro Swamp, approximately 30km north west of Dartmoor in South West Victoria. The fire appears to be the result of a lightning strike onto a fence which ignited peat in a 400 hectare drained peat swamp.
The attached information has been provided to the community.