The aim of a sanitary inspection is to identify all sources of faecal contamination which could affect a swimming location and assess the risk to public health posed by these sources. The knowledge of the catchment, pollution sources and receiving water processes gained from the sanitary inspection provides beach managers with a good foundation for investigating pollution incidents, prioritising and implementing pollution abatement measures and providing sound advice to the community on where and when to swim.
Sanitary inspection category
The sanitary inspection category (SIC) is derived from a sanitary inspection of the beach catchment. The risk posed by each potential source of faecal contamination is assessed by considering the consequence and likelihood of a pollution event occurring and categorised as very low, low, moderate, high or very high. The risks from all identified sources are then combined to give an overall risk, or SIC.
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