Cyanobacteria (Blue-Green Algae) in Inland and Inshore Waters: Assessment and Minimisation of Risks to Public Health
Guidance to Directors of Public
Health, to Heads of Environmental Health in Local Authorities (LAs), and to others in
Scotland, on possible risks to public health of cyanobacteria (blue-green algae) in inland
and inshore waters. It updates previous guidance under the same title that was published
by the Scottish Government Health Directorate previously in 2002, and revised in 2007.
SUGGESTED TEXT FOR WARNING NOTICES
BLUE-GREEN ALGAL BLOOMS
High concentrations of blue-green algae have been found in this water.
swallowing the water or ALGAL SCUM OR SHORELINE MATS CAN CAUSE stomach upsets OR MORE SERIOUS HEALTH EFFECTS.
Contact with the water or WITH ALGAL SCUM can cause skin problems.
IT IS A SENSIBLE PRECAUTION FOR YOU, YOUR CHILDREN AND YOUR ANIMALS TO AVOID CONTACT WITH THE SCUM, ALGAL MATS AND THE WATER CLOSE BY.
NOTICE POSTED ON: <DATE>
EFFECTIVE UNTIL**: <DATE>
NOTICE POSTED BY: <NAME OF ORGANISATION>
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Email: Janet Sneddon
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