Environmental Health Practitioner

Environmental Health Practitioner Job Description

Environmental Health Practitioners (EHPs) Act As Advisers, Educators, Consultants, Managers And Enforcement Officers, Ensuring People Are Able To Live, Work And Play In Safe, Healthy Environments.

EHPs Are Responsible For Developing, Implementing And Enforcing Health Policies, Using Specialist Technical Skills And Knowledge To Maintain And Safeguard Standards Relating To People's Health And Well-being. They May Be Generalists Or May Specialise In Specific Areas Of The Industry, Such As:

  • environmental Protection;
  • waste Management;
  • food Safety And Food Standards;
  • noise Control;
  • pollution Control.
  • housing;
  • public Health;
  • occupational Health And Safety;

Environmental Health Practitioner Duties/Functions/Responsibilities

  • taking enforcement action, initiating legal proceedings, preparing and giving evidence in court;
  • advising on health and safety issues in relation to new buildings and developments;
  • arranging for removal of abandoned vehicles and refuse.
  • taking photos, producing drawings, removing samples and conducting interviews as part of the inspection process;
  • investigating complaints from the general public;
  • ensuring the health and welfare of animal livestock on farms and other premises, as well as during transportation;
  • issuing licences for pet shops and other animal-related businesses;
  • advising on planning and licensing applications;
  • carrying out food hygiene and food standards inspections;
  • investigating accidents at work and complaints about poor standards of health and safety, as well as identifying areas of negligence;
  • monitoring levels of noise, air, land and water pollution;
  • giving talks at public enquiries, meetings and exhibitions, as well as ensuring compliance through education, advice and enforcement;
  • investigating outbreaks of infectious disease and preventing it spreading any further;
  • carrying out routine or unplanned visits and inspections to ensure compliance with health and safety legislation and taking action to improve conditions;
  • providing advice and assistance to householders and businesses;
  • taking water samples to maintain and improve standards in public swimming and bathing areas as well as private water supplies;
  • monitoring radiation activity, taking action when safety levels have been exceeded;

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