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.
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
able to take initiative
good problem-solving skills
able to work independently or as a part of a team.