Northern Ireland’s Certificates of Fitness

As readers may know, legal housing standards and interventions vary across the UK. England and Wales have the Housing Health and Safety Rating System and Scotland has the Tolerable Standard. Each has its own arrangements for public health. This very interesting blog from Lindsay Shaw, Lecturer in Environmental Health, Ulster University, outlines Northern Ireland's Certificates of … Continue reading Northern Ireland’s Certificates of Fitness


EHPs are publishing! New housing book on the way…

As we have long said those at the front line of service delivery have a rich wealth of experience of dealing with highly complex cases of those who live in poor or unsuitable accommodation of various forms. We have been delighted with the response to our call for case studies for out forthcoming book Environmental … Continue reading EHPs are publishing! New housing book on the way…

Guest blog: Claire Turbutt EHP on Wearable Air Pollution Monitors

The project - Raising public awareness of air pollution is the key to getting political engagement with the issue (1). As we have seen in recent media reports the UK has an air pollution problem. The question was ‘how to make air pollution dosemeters available at a low enough cost that schools, cyclists and motorists … Continue reading Guest blog: Claire Turbutt EHP on Wearable Air Pollution Monitors

Why Grenfell Tower matters for EHPs

The consequences of the horrific fire at Grenfell Tower continue to unfold, whilst speculation about its multiple causes continues and becomes ever more complex. Media coverage has been widespread and sometimes very informative, notably by Inside Housing magazine, but the voice of EHPs still remains largely silent apart from an open letter from health and safety professionals (supported by … Continue reading Why Grenfell Tower matters for EHPs

Tackling the Slums: Addison and the Sanitary Inspectors: Part 2, 1914-1939

Municipal Dreams

I’m very pleased today to feature the second of two guest posts by Dr Jill Stewart, Senior Lecturer in Environmental Health and Housing at Middlesex University, covering the important and sometimes neglected work of our earliest environmental health practitioners. You can follow Jill on Twitter @Jill_L_Stewart and see more of her work on her personal website, Housing, Health, Creativity

As the Great War drew to its end, the Sanitary Inspectors put forth their values and vision for housing for a new era of Homes fit for Heroes to live in: (1)

Proper housing is necessary on account to our climate, which makes it requisite, or at all events, desirable, that we should have shelter and protection from the elements. Also, in accordance with our modern ideas of civilisation, having progressed beyond that age of cave-dwellers and gipsy life…it is also very necessary for the proper upbringing of…

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