We have a responsibility across a wide range of issues that are significant in terms of public health. We can provide advice and information in the following areas:
Due to the increase in travel, changing eating habits and outdoor recreational activities, you may still be at risk of contracting a communicable/infectious disease.
Public health involves health improving people’s lifestyles, inequalities in health and the wider social influences on health. The causes of premature death are now dominated by ‘diseases of lifestyle’. Smoking, poor diets and sedentary lifestyles are often contributory factors. We aim to address these issues through:
The Food Standards Agency is reiterating guidance on the control of the spread of norovirus based on some new research. Full details can be found on its website.
Five strategies have been identified for controlling norovirus
- Personal hygiene
- Food handling
- Washing and cooking food
- Surface and uniform cleaning
- Fitness to work
The research involved visits to food catering establishments involved in-depth interviews, surveys and observations.
Strongest evidence was found for:
- Inadequate hand washing
- not washing hands before gloving
- using bare hands when preparing food
- not regularly changing gloves
- food handlers instead of trained staff cleaning where people vomited
- not washing uniform correctly
- and returning to work too early after being ill
Summaries of the data analysis and behavioural theories can be found on the website.