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 regulationsmonitor and control water, air and noise pollution and collect water samples for analysisinitiate and conduct environmental health impact or risk assessmentsdesign and conduct health education programmes or public information campaignsprepare policy documents and guidelines relating to environmental health mattersmanage immunisation campaignsmanage programmes to control disease-causing pests such as mosquitoesinvestigate and manage public health incidents such as disease outbreaksmanage programmes to control public health and environmental issues associated with major public eventsrespond to disasters and emergency situations where public health is at riskassess building development applications and inspect houses and public buildings to ensure they comply with environmental or health and safety standardsinspect 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 salonsmaintain records, prepare statistics, write reports and give evidence in court cases where health or environmental regulations have been violated.
They are also involved in consultation, evaluation, managerial and health promotion activities.
- 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.