All premises which have cooling towers and evaporative condensers must register with us under The Notification of Cooling Towers and Evaporative Condensers Regulations 1992.
This is to help us identify potential areas that could give rise to spread of infectious diseases, such as Legionnaire's Disease, and to ensure measures are taken to eliminate the risk of infection.
A Cooling Tower is a type of cooling equipment, often used in manufacturing, that uses water as part of the cooling process. The warm humid conditions can be an ideal breeding ground for micro-organisms such as the Legionella bacteria, which causes Legionnaire's disease.
Here is the current register of cooling towers (33kb) within our district.
We monitor air quality levels to ensure that the people, animals and property of the District stay safe and healthy.
Air pollution happens when harmful substances are allowed into the air. The main pollutant affecting our air is nitrogen dioxide, but problems can also be caused by increased levels of carbon monoxide, sulphur dioxide, lead, ground level ozone, small particles and cancer causing chemicals like benzene.
We operate a monitoring programme for atmospheric pollutants using a network of equipment, and take action to make sure that problems are dealt with swiftly. You can view Smoke Control Zones in the District by using the Find My.. mapping tool on this page.
Where appropriate, developers have to consider the impact of their proposed development on air quality. If necessary developers may have to appoint a consultant to undertake an Air Quality Assessment to look at the potential impact the development would have on existing air quality.
If you are operating a food business you will need to register your food business with us. This must be done so we can carry out a food inspection.
All food businesses are subject to routine food hygiene inspections from our officers; visits to premises are usually carried out without prior notice. The frequency of inspections is decided by a risk analysis, so that those premises that present the greatest risk are inspected most frequently.
During an inspection, officers will want to ensure that potential food safety risks have been identified by the business, and that there are adequate controls in place to prevent any future problems. The officers will inspect records and may take photographs and samples. They will make sure that managers and food handlers are properly trained and will check that the condition of the premises and equipment is satisfactory.
Where conditions are not satisfactory, every attempt will be made to resolve the situation, but where poor conditions exist or where there is a risk to public health it may be necessary to resort to formal action. General information on food hygiene and safety can be found on the Food Standards Agency website.
Industrial activity throughout the UK has left us with the legacy of old derelict sites, many with problems of residual contamination. Some of these sites are potentially hazardous to human health, watercourses or other such sensitive receptors.
In the past it has been difficult to force the clean-up of such sites. However, legislation formed under Part IIa of the Environmental Protection Act 1990 was introduced in April 2000 to facilitate the identification and remediation of such sites. As part of this legislation, Local Authorities were given the responsibility of developing a strategy for inspecting their areas and identifying potentially harmful sites.
Together with most other Local Authorities, we have published our Contaminated Land Inspection Strategy (438kb) and we inspect and prioritise potentially contaminated sites within the District at the Planning Application stage.
This involves the use of historical records and maps to identify locations where potentially polluting activities once took place. There is a legal definition of contaminated land and the purpose of this inspection process is to identify sites that need to be classified as contaminated.
A guide to Submitting Applications For Land That May Be Contaminated (1.7MB) has been produced by the Derbyshire Contaminated Land Sub-Group. The Environment Agency have useful information on contaminated land.
We undertake a wide range of duties designed to protect the health safety and welfare of people at work and those that visit places of work within our area.
This involves enforcing legal standards in a variety of workplaces such as shops, offices, leisure centres, hotels, warehouses and residential homes.
Our main areas of activity are:
- Inspecting workplaces
- Investigating accidents
- Responding to workplace complaints
- Giving health and safety advice to local business
The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) deals with higher risk businesses such as factories, mines, quarries and farms. East Midlands Chamber offer free health and safety advice as part of a project to help businesses in the region cope with regulations. The HSE have also launched a new Beware Asbestos website with information to help businesses be more aware.