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.

Fire at an illegal waste recycling facility in Somerton.

Environmental health incidents: Somerton waste facility fire

A fire started on Friday November 20 in an illegal waste recycling facility in Patullos Lane in Somerton has produced a smoke plume which has caused concern amongst neighbouring communities.

The attached information has been provided to the community.

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.
Image of a bushfire.

Bushfires and your health

Smoke from grass and bushfires can reduce air quality in rural or urban areas. Children, older people or people with an existing heart or lung condition, including asthma are more sensitive to the effects of breathing in fine smoke particles.

Bushfire smoke
Protective kits in bushfire-affected areas
Power blackouts - generators
Bushfires and water tanks
Bushfire aftermath - safety tips
Copper chrome arsenic-treated timber
Cleaning up a smoke affected home
Fire retardants and health

Learn more at the Better Health Channel.

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