Environmental health publications

List of Publications on environmental health currently distributed by the Office of Health Protection of the Australian Government Department of Health

Page last updated: 06 August 2015

(N.B. This list includes monographs produced by the National Environmental Health Forum, which enHealth has replaced).

Where stated, hard copies of environmental health publications can be ordered from National Mail & Marketing (health@nationalmailing.com.au) phone 02 6269 1000 or fax 02 6260 2770 quoting the ENV number.

Arthropod Pests of Public Health Significance in Australia (2013)

This document provides an overview of Australia's major arthropod pests of public health importance, focussing on their relative public health significance, recommendations for first aid, personal protection measures, and pest management. The content has been updated and expanded from the 1999 version, Guidelines for the Control of Public Health Pests - Lice, Fleas, Scabies, Bird Mites, Bedbugs and Ticks, and now represents a key resource for those agencies and other groups, workplaces and individuals dealing with infestations of arthropod pests.

This publication is available electronically and in hard copy (ENV77).

Asbestos: A guide for householders and the general public - February 2013

This guide provides useful information to enable householders to sensibly and safely manage the risks arising from any occasional encounters with asbestos material in and around their homes.

This publication is only available electronically.

Australian Exposure Factor Guide (2012)

The document is prepared as a companion to the 2012 update of the enHealth guidance document Environmental Health Risk Assessment: Guidelines for assessing human health risks from environmental hazards. This handbook is intended to provide risk assessors with sets of tabulated data on human factors that may be used as inputs to the exposure assessment component of an environmental health risk assessment.

This publication is available electronically and in hard copy (ENV76).

Clandestine Drug Laboratories and Public Health Risks (2013)

The purpose of this document is to highlight the potential public health risks associated with chemical contamination at clandestine laboratories.

This publication is only available electronically.

Environmental Health Practitioner Manual: A resource manual for Environmental Health Practitioners working with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Communities (2010)

This manual is designed as a reference for Environmental Health Practitioners (EHPs) engaging with and working in remote Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities. The manual was originally developed to provide the teaching resources required for the Aboriginal Environmental Health Worker training program, which commenced in Western Australia in 1986. Workforce development and training has evolved considerably since then, as has the sophistication of equipment used, but the core activities of EHPs continue to include work in key areas discussed in this manual.

This publication is available electronically and in hard copy (ENV51).

Guidance on the use of Rainwater Tanks (2010)

This third edition of Guidance on the use of Rainwater Tanks has been produced by the Environmental Health Committee (enHealth) of the Australian Health Protection Committee to revise the monograph produced in 2004. The aim of this guidance document is to consolidate information and advice on rainwater tanks in one document. It provides guidance on managing rainwater collected in domestic tanks in a way that should maximise the quality of water. The information on management and water quality is consistent with the general advice provided in the Australian Drinking Water Guidelines.

This publication is only available electronically.

National Environmental Health Strategy 2012–2015

This document outlines the strategic priorities of the Environmental Health Standing Committee (enHealth) and was endorsed by the Australian Health Protection Principal Committee in 2012.

This publication is only available electronically.

Policy Principles on which to Base Improvements for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Environmental Health (2010)

This list of principles outlines key considerations for developing policies to improve environmental health in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities.

This publication is only available electronically.

Risky Business - a resource to help local governments manage environmental health risks (2012)

This document has been developed for local government representatives and senior management. The aim of the resource is to raise awareness of how to minimise the financial, health and reputation risks related to the environmental health responsibilities of local governments and protect the interests of both their communities and their organisation. This publication is available electronically and in hard copy (ENV74).

The Role of Toxicity Testing in Identifying Toxic Substances in Water (2012)

This document outlines the steps that can be taken to identify an unknown toxicant in a drinking water source. The document describes toxicity testing and its application to water quality monitoring, outlines the standard protocol for toxicity identification evaluation and discusses how to bring the information together to produce a risk assessment.

This publication is only available electronically.

The following publications are available via email.

Please contact the enHealth Secretariat (enHealth.Secretariat@health.gov.au) if you would like to receive an electronic copy of any of the publications listed below:

  • 7th National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Environmental Health Conference Kalgoorlie, WA (2009)
  • Aluminium. Ist edition (1998)
  • Benzene (1997)
  • Child activity patterns for environmental exposure assessment in the home (1999) National standard for licensing pest management technicians (1999)
  • Composite sampling (1996)
  • Copper (1997)
  • Environmental Health Risk Assessment (EHRA) Consultation Summary (2011)
  • enHealth Council Position on Copper Chrome Arsenate (CCA) Treated Timber Products - July 2005
  • enHealth Environmental Health Officer Skills and Knowledge Matrix (2009)
  • Using the enHealth Environmental Health Officer Skills and Knowledge Matrix (2010)
  • Environmental Health Risk Assessment: Guidelines for assessing human health risks from environmental hazards (2012)
  • Environmental Health Risk Perception in Australia - A Research Report to the enHealth Council (2000)
  • Exposure Scenarios and Exposure Settings (2001)
  • Floods: An environmental health practitioner's emergency management guide (1999)
  • Guidance for the control of Legionella (1996)
  • Guidance on water quality for heated spas (1996)
  • Guidelines for Economic Evaluation of Environmental Health Planning and Assessment (2002)
  • Guidelines for the control of public health pests - Lice, fleas, scabies, bird mites, bedbugs and ticks (1999)
  • Health Impact Assessment Guidelines (2001)
  • Health-based Soil Investigation Levels (2001)
  • Healthy Communities Healthy Environments (2000)
  • Healthy Homes - A guide to indoor air quality in the home for buyers, builders and renovators (2002)
  • Human Health and Climate Change in Oceania: A Risk Assessment 2002 Published by the Australian Department of Health and Ageing (April 2003)
  • Indigenous Environmental Health: Report of the Fifth National Conference (2004)
  • Indigenous Environmental Health: Report of the sixth National Conference (2007)
  • Indoor Air Quality: A report on Health Impacts and Management Options (2000)
  • Management of asbestos in the non-occupational environment (2005)
  • National Environmental Health Strategy 2007-2012
  • National Environmental Health Strategy Implementation Plan 2000
  • Nitrogen Dioxide (1997)
  • Ozone (1997)
  • Paint film components (1998)
  • Pesticide use in school grounds (1997)
  • Responding to Environmental Health Incidents - Community Involvement Handbook (2006)
  • Review of Health Issues Associated with Potable Reuse of Wastewater - Final Report (2001)
  • Sulphur dioxide (1999)
  • The health effects of environmental noise - other than hearing loss (May 2004)
  • Thinking Sustainable Development - Acting for Health (2001)
  • Unflued Gas Heaters & Your Health Brochure (2005)
  • Zinc (1997)

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