Environmental health officers

Environmental health officers deal with issues relating to public health and environmental safety. It is becoming more common for WHSofficers to have some environmental health responsibilities also included in their duties, as the two areas often intersect.

Environmental health officers deal with issues relating to public health and environmental safety. It is becoming more common for WHS officers to have some environmental health responsibilities also included in their duties, as the two areas often intersect.
 
In common with WHS, environmental health officers commonly have an audit and inspection role to ensure that various limits and regulations are adhered to. They also may be involved in researching and investigating environmental problems or conditions that could endanger people's health or well-being.
 
Environmental health issues include sanitation, drinking water quality, food safety, disease control, and accommodation conditions.
 
Environmental health officers are involved in the following tasks:
  • risk assessment relating to environmental substances
  • environmental protection
  • environmental health policy development, and
  • environmental toxicology and epidemiology.
Many environmental health officers are employed by different levels of government, with their role at local government level tending to that of an inspectorate, and becoming more focused on policy formation at the state and national level.

Environmental Health Australia (EHA) is the key environmental health professional organisation in Australia which advocates environmental health issues and represents the professional interests of all environmental health practitioners.
 
Phone: 07 3000 2288
E-mail: nsw@eh
Mail: PO Box 2222, Fortitude Valley BC, Qld 4006
Website: www.eh.org.au/


[Last updated 5 June 2018]

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