Environmental Health Officer

Summary

Environmental health officers assess risk and develop, regulate, enforce and monitor laws and regulations governing public health for both the built and natural environment, in order to promote good human health and environmental practices.

Duties & Tasks

Environmental health officers may perform the following tasks:

  • investigate complaints about food safety and ensure shops, restaurants and food processors follow health regulations
  • monitor and control water, air and noise pollution and collect water samples for analysis
  • initiate and conduct environmental health impact or risk assessments
  • design and conduct health education programmes or public information campaigns
  • prepare policy documents and guidelines relating to environmental health matters
  • manage immunisation campaigns
  • manage programmes to control disease-causing pests such as mosquitoes
  • investigate and manage public health incidents such as disease outbreaks
  • manage programmes to control public health and environmental issues associated with major public events
  • respond to disasters and emergency situations where public health is at risk
  • assess building development applications and inspect houses and public buildings to ensure they comply with environmental or health and safety standards
  • inspect and license premises that may present infectious disease risks to the community (such as tattoo parlours and acupuncturists, where skin penetration and body piercing occurs), and inspect hairdressing and beauty salons
  • maintain records, prepare statistics, write reports and give evidence in court cases where health or environmental regulations have been violated.

Working Conditions

They are also involved in consultation, evaluation, managerial and health promotion activities.

Personal Requirements

  • good communication skills
  • good negotiation skills
  • tactful and courteous
  • able to be firm and impartial when making decisions
  • resourceful
  • able to take initiative
  • good problem-solving skills
  • able to work independently or as a part of a team.

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