Career outlook for environmental health officer
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Currently employed in Scotland
What's it like?
You would make sure that the places where people live, work and go for leisure and sport are safe, healthy and hygienic.
Your work would protect people from dangers like pollution, unsafe food and pests.
You could deal with a wide range of issues including:
- Food safety
- Environmental protection
- Pollution control
- Noise control
- Health and safety at work
- Waste management
- Housing standards
You might specialise in one of these areas, or you might deal with all environmental health issues in your local area or company. You could work in both the private and public sectors.
Depending on your specific job, you would:
- Inspect businesses to make sure they meet health and safety, food hygiene and food standards
- Follow up public complaints and investigate outbreaks of food poisoning, infectious disease or pests
- Collect samples for laboratory testing
- Enforce environmental health laws
- Investigate accidents at work
- Advise community groups and give educational talks
- Give evidence in cases that come to court
- Keep records and write reports
- Advise employers on all environmental health matters
You would need to understand legislation and procedures and explain the requirements to the business you inspect.
You would work closely with environmental health officers from other areas as well as with government
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