Tuck IN to a better takeaway


Tuck IN is an Essex-wide campaign, working alongside independent local takeaways, cafes, restaurants and sandwich bars.  It aims to reduce salt, sugar and saturated fat in foods by changing how foods are selected, prepared and served to ‘make food better’ and encourage positive lifestyle choices.
Although these changes are small, they can have a huge impact on the health of customers, especially if these foods are consumed regularly.

By making the pledge to Tuck IN, businesses will be provided with free access to an online nutrition training course for a member of their staff and provide customers with a wider choice of foods.

For customers wishing to Tuck IN to better food, just look for the purple Tuck IN sign in the shop window.







Businesses currently signed up to Tuck IN

  • Sprays Bakeries, Queens Road Buckhurst Hill
  • Rock and Roe, Loughton Way, Buckhurst Hill 
  • Sprays Bakeries, Lambourne Road, Chigwell
  • Sprays Bakeries, High Road, Loughton
  • Nick's Fish Bar – Pyrles Lane, Loughton
  • Elkaz Taverna & Restaurant - The Broadway, Loughton
  • Perfect Choice - Borders Lane, Loughton
  • Perfect Choice - 20 St Peters Avenue, Ongar
  • Anchor Fish and Chips, High Street, Ongar
  • Peggottys, High Street, Ongar 
  • Three Colts, Princes Road, Buckhurst Hill

Further outlets to be added.

The Public Health Team are looking to sign up new business to the campaign and help promote local business as well as widening the opportunities for residents of Epping Forest District to have access to better food so that they can Tuck IN.

If you would like to know more about Tuck IN please contact the Public Health Team by emailing them at contactus@eppingforestdc.gov.uk  






Elkas Taverna






Slips, Trips and Falls


Slips, Trips and Falls


The Health and Safety Executive has identified slips, trips and falls as one of the major, avoidable, causes of accidents at work. There are a number of causes that a responsible employer should examine and provide solutions for:

  • Wet or slippery floors caused by spillages and cleaning
  • Trailing cables and wires
  • Obstructions left in gangways, or even on escape routes
  • Rugs and mats
  • Changes of level, including stairs, steps and slopes
  • Uneven floor surfaces
  • Poor lighting
  • Unsuitable footwear

Good working practices and maintenance should be sufficient to remove most of these hazards, but employers should carry out risk assessments on their activities and review them regularly to avoid problems in the first place.

For more information please see the HSE Website.

Manual Handling


Manual Handling


Manual Handling - The transporting or supporting of loads by bodily force - causes more than a third of all over-three-day injuries reported.  The amount of working days lost and the resultant costs are a major drain on the economy.

It is not always possible to avoid manual handling altogether, but employers should carry out risk assessments and try to reduce the danger of injury as far as possible.  Some options to consider are:

  • Provide training in load assessment and handling technique.
  • Reduce the size, weight or amount of material to be moved as much as possible and make sure that the shape of items to be moved does not make the job more difficult.
  • Reduce the distances that materials have to be moved as much as possible.
  • Provide mechanical assistance, using hoists, trolleys or even fork lift trucks, not forgetting to provide training in their use.

For more information please see http://www.hse.gov.uk/contact/faqs/manualhandling.htm

Environmental HealthEnvironmental Health

 This is a traditional heading used to describe all manner of environmental health issues. We provide advice, guidance and enforcement in a wide range of general public health issues

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 Smoke-Free Legislation

Smoke-Free Legislation


Virtually all enclosed public places and workplaces, including vehicles, are now smoke-free environments.

The legislation applies to: 

  • Every enclosed or substantially enclosed workplace where more than one person works, whether paid or unpaid.  This will include offices, factories, shops, pubs, bars, restaurants, membership clubs
  • Vehicles, including trains, vessels, aircraft and hovercraft, public transport, taxis and work vehicles that are used by more than one person 
  • Every enclosed or substantially enclosed public place where people are likely to be exposed to smoke.

Signs must be displayed in both premises and vehicles, which meet the following minimum standards: 

  • Displayed at each public entrance to the premises 
  • In a position that is prominently visible to persons entering the premises 
  • Are A5 (148mm by 210mm) in size 
  • Include the international red "no smoking" symbol and the words: "No smoking. It is against the law to smoke in these premises."

Vehicles used as public transport and at a workplace used by more than one person, regardless if they are not in the vehicle at the same time, will also have to be smoke-free at all times and will need to display 'no-smoking' signs.


Environmental Health Officers will always attempt to work with businesses to build compliance through education, advice and support. Where a business or individual fails to co-operate, however, Officers are authorised to issue the following penalties:

  • Failure to display minimum no smoking signs: up to £1000 or a fixed penalty notice of £200 
  • Smoking in a no-smoking place: up to £200 or a penalty notice of £50, discounted to £30 for early payment 
  • Failing to prevent smoking in a smoke-free place: up to £2500.