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Overview

Environmental Health Officers develop, enforce and evaluate environmental health policies, programs and strategies to improve health outcomes, and oversee the implementation and monitoring of environmental health legislation.

Day-to-day

  • develops, implements and reviews environmental health management plans and occupational health and safety plans
  • prepares and implements plans and strategies for the safe, economic and suitable disposal of commercial, industrial, medical and household wastes
  • advises on and enforces relevant legislation
  • implements prevention programs and strategies for communicable diseases, food safety, waste water treatment and disposal systems, recreation and domestic water quality and any contaminated or hazardous substances
  • works to minimise air, sea, water and noise pollution to improve health outcomes
  • identifies hazards, assesses and controls risks in the workplace
  • develops, implements and monitors programs minimising workplace and environmental pollution involving chemical and physical hazards
  • promotes ergonomic principles within the workplace such as matching furniture, equipment and work activities to the needs of employees
  • inspects and audits workplaces, processes, plant, chemical and physical hazards for legislative compliance
  • trains employees in personal protective equipment and safe working procedures
  • records and investigates injuries and equipment damage, as well as reporting on safety performance
  • co-ordinates the return of injured workers into the workplace.

Considerations

  • requires driving
  • working outdoors.

To become an Environmental Health Officer

  • You usually need a bachelor degree in environmental health, environmental science, health science, public health or another related field to work as an Environmental Health Officer. Some workers have a Vocational Education and Training (VET) qualification.

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Skills employers are looking for

  • Environmental Health and Safety

  • Public Health and Safety

  • Communication Skills

  • Food Safety

  • Planning

  • Problem Solving

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