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Environmental Health Officer

Help ensure environmental compliance and the supply of clean air, food and water to the public
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What's it like to be an Environmental Health Officer?

Environmental Health Officers develop, enforce and evaluate regulations related to public health. They help protect against the spread of disease and pollution, and enforce legislations that ensure organisations meet standards with regard to the quality of air, food and water. Advanced knowledge of environmental health and the ability to enforce legislation are key to the role of an Environmental Health Officer. They work for government departments and local councils, and companies in the environmental science industry.

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Tasks and duties

  • Developing and implementing environmental health management plans.
  • Evaluating and enforcing environmental health policies, legislation, programs and strategies.
  • Inspecting and auditing workplaces, processes, manufacturing plants, public buildings and houses for legislative compliance.
  • Investigating and managing public health incidents including disease outbreaks.
  • Preparing and implementing plans for the safe and economic disposal of commercial, industrial and residential waste.
  • Working to minimise pollution of the environment and improve environmental health.
  • Identifying hazards and assessing and controlling risks in the workplace.
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How to become an Environmental Health Officer


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A bachelor degree majoring in environmental health or a related field is usually required to become an Environmental Health Officer. It is also recommended to join Environmental Health Australia, the national association for professionals working in environmental health.

  1. Complete a science degree, majoring in environmental health, environmental science or a related field. This is usually a three-year course of full-time study. Prerequisites include completion of Australian Year 12 (or equivalent), with required units or assumed knowledge in English, mathematics, biology, chemistry and physics.
  2. Consider completing a Graduate Diploma in Environmental Health or a Master of Environmental Health, although this is not essential to become an Environmental Health Officer.

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Latest Environmental Health Officer reviews

Latest reviews from 3 Environmental Health Officers surveyed on SEEK
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May 2021
Environmental Health Officers are under appreciated by their employers and communities
Experience
10+ years
Organisation size
Large (200+ employees)
Specialisation
Local Government Environmental Health
The good things
Helping my local community stay safe and healthy. Variety of daily tasks both in and out of the office.
The challenges
Working with multiple acts and regulations, requires a lot of knowledge. Dealing with conflict when enforcing the law. Working in isolation and all types of conditions e.g. outdoor inspections in all ...
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May 2021
Environmental Health is an interesting role with plenty of leaning opportunities
Reviewer's Qualification
Graduate Diploma of Environmental Health
Experience
5 – 9 years
Organisation size
Medium (20-199 employees)
The good things
Good mixture of office and field work. The work varies from day-to-day. Always learning and building knowledge. Get to interact with the public.
The challenges
It is a compliance role so working with difficult people
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