Environmental Health Officer
Environmental Health Officers help keep people and the environment healthy, using a mix of law, science and communications skills. Environmental Health Officers help control communicable diseases, by regulating food and drink, recreational waters and spas and swimming pools, and by organising vaccinations for the community. These Officers also help control pollution of land, air and water.
Owen Hunt is an Environmental Health Officer “I started as a bricklayer, then I worked in administration, quality assurance and food safety for a food manufacturer. Then I took a technical officer job with the Clarence City Council, and then a Cadetship in Environmental Health which gave me a good job and allowed me to study. The best part of my job is the variety, I get to go out on the road a lot and in summer I sample water from our beaches each week. I also look at all the restaurants in town. Although much of my work means I have to apply legislation, there is room to be able to talk and negotiate with and explain what they have to do. With the skills and experience I received in local government I now work as a private consultant”.
- Training for Environmental Health Officers is no longer available in Tasmania, potential students may wish to study on line. One example is the Bachelor of Natural Science (Environment and Health) University of Western Sydney.
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