The Environmental Health Section deal with issues that affect the quality of everyday life. We aim to promote or enforce standards that preserve public health, public safety and protect the environment.
The work we do includes:
Public Health and Housing
Drinking Water - Lead Piping Advice
In Scotland, lead does not occur naturally in significant concentrations in our water supplies. The problem arises when drinking water comes into contact with lead supply pipes, lead tanks, lead solder joints on copper pipes, or inferior quality brass fittings and taps, particularly for longer periods (e.g. overnight/ weekends / holidays periods). This can result in high lead levels in the drinking water supply.
If you suspect you may have lead pipes, the Councils encourages you to undertake further works with a view to establishing whether lead is present and to take steps to replace them; and as a short-term, implement some precautionary measures to protect your health.Information on the health effects of exposure to lead can be found on the NHS Inform website
Health and Safety at work
Environmental Health Licensing
Animal Health and Welfare
Animal Health undertakes the Council’s regulatory work in respect of animal health and the welfare of animalsThe main areas of our work are
Animal Health – the control of disease in animals which, in some cases can be passed to humans
Animal Welfare – including the transportation of animal and market inspection
Find out more about Animal Health and Welfare >
Regulatory Services attained the National Accredited Customer Service Excellence Award on February 2019. As a regulator, it is difficult to meet the needs of all customers on every occasion, as we may need to take formal enforcement action, or be unable to act, as our legislative powers do not allow us to do so. However, at all times we aim to treat all customers and stakeholders fairly and to discuss the reasons for our intended actions. Customer feedback is essential in measuring how good we are at this and the outcomes of customer surveys, together with our enforcement policy and service charter. Our performance information is available here.