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Policy areas (24) now being considered for national priority status

An initial sifting exercise was carried out on the c60 policy areas enforced by local authority environmental health and trading standards services, considering risk, impact of enforcement, applicability across the country and a range of other factors. This was verified with a group of professionals working in the area. As a result, 24 policy areas have been selected as candidates for national priority status and are now being evaluated fully.

These 24 policy areas are shown in the table below.

Policy areas and aims
Policy Areas

Aim of Policy

Air quality, including regulation of pollution from factories and homes

Local authorities are responsible for measuring the quality of air people breathe, for taking action with others where the quality is below approved standards, and for regulating pollution from some industry and from domestic premises.

Alcohol, entertainment and late night refreshment licensing

Grant licences and certificates to premises, members' clubs and individuals selling and supplying alcohol and/or providing regulated entertainment and / or late night refreshment; and enforce related licensing offences and conditions attached such licences and certificates.

Animal and public health, animal movements and identification

Ensures animal feed does not include prohibited or harmful ingredients and is made hygenically. Provides for the control of animal disease (including those that can be transmitted to humans), and for the traceability of animals from farm to fork.

Approval of food manufacturing premises

Check premises where food is to be made are safe and hygienic and issue certificate. Approval should be sought before business is allowed to trade.

Consumer credit (advertising, illegal money lending)

Ensures traders inform customers of their obligations and rights when taking credit, and advertise credit fairly

Contaminated land

To ensure unacceptable risk to humans and the environment from land contamination is found and dealt with.

Farmed animal welfare and licensing of premises for companion/other animals (welfare/breeding/safety)

Provides for the welfare of animals on farm, during transport and at market. Ensures that premises/events with animals (e.g. pet shops, dog shows) use suitable premises with appropriate safety controls.

Food Standards (labelling)

Ensure food sold is properly labelled

Hygiene of businesses selling, distributing and manufacturing food and the safety and fitness of food in the premises

Ensure premises selling or making food follow hygiene regulations and that food within the premises is safe

Imported foods

Ensure food imported is safe, hygienic and its composition is correct

Improving health in the workplace

To reduce the incidence of ill-health and days lost arising from work activities (in particular in relation to muscular skeletal disorders, stress and chemicals), promote compliance with the law, and reduce the cost and suffering to individuals, companies and society.

Licensing of houses in multiple occupation (HMOs) for amenity standards and management

To maintain minimum standards in privately rented multiple-occupied housing accommodation (HMOs) through licence conditions and management regulations

Local environmental quality

To improve the quality of the local environment, by deterring litter, fly-tipping, fly-posting, graffiti and dog fouling; to require managers of land used by the public to remove litter and abandoned vehicles; and to enable local authorities to use enforcement powers to tackle poor environmental quality and anti-social behaviour.

Misleading prices

Ensure traders do not mislead consumers to the price of goods, services or accommodation

Noise nuisances; prevention and control

To deal with local complaints on noise

Notification/ prevention of infectious diseases

Prevent dangerous, contagious diseases from spreading widely

Operation of the Housing Health and Safety Rating System and its associated enforcement powers in private sector housing

To assess and deal with unhealthy and hazardous conditions in housing accommodation

Product safety (subject to specific safety regulations)

Ensure products placed on the market are safe (for products with specific safety regulations e.g. fireworks, toys, furniture

Product safety (not subject to specific safety regulations)

Ensure products placed on the market are safe (for products with no specific safety regulations)

Safety and wholesomeness of food stuffs

Ensure food for sale is safe and of good quality and deal with contamination by foreign objects, chemicals etc through routine sampling and analysis

Trade description/ trade marking/ mis-description/ doorstep selling

Ensure traders describe goods/services accurately. Includes counterfeiting and rogue trading.

Underage sales and associated anti-social behaviour

Ensure cigarettes, alcohol, knives, fireworks, air guns and solvents (and other age restricted purchases including CDs/DVDs) are not sold to underage buyers and prevent other anti-social behaviour

Work-related safety- preventing accidents from transport and machinery on site and within the delivery chain

To reduce the incidence of injury, and days lost arising from workplace transport on site and within the delivery chain.

Workplace safety- housekeeping, preventing slips, trips and falls

To reduce the incidence of injury, and days lost arising from slips and trip incidents in the workplace.